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You might consider it an easy week, but...Becky has a plan for ya and you really outta pay attention to this weeks episode! See, Becky is the Race Director for the Arts and Drafts 5k coming up in Norton Shores later this Summer and it's her goal to make it the best run ever. So, you are going to find ways to work your way in to shape for the event over the coming weeks and months so when the race day arrives on August 17th you are ready to go. If it's your first attempt at a 5k or maybe you're s seasoned veteran, you can be part of this event she's pouring her heart and soul into to help benefit No More Sidelines.
This week, it's proper techniques to get stretched out and ready to run. What to stretch, show to stretch it and where to take a little precaution when it comes to "over doing it" when you're trying to limper up.
As always, make sure the Dr. says you're ok for this or any other exercise program. Drink plenty of water, say your paryers...take your vitamins...well, you get the idea...episode 99....let's go! It's Fit and Healthy With Becky on The Muskegon Channel.
Now you're limbered up! Go for a run...if you're just starting....go for a walk...get yourself ready for the race in August or just get yourself moving. That's all she's asking of ya! We all have goals, and Becky's is to give you just a little bit better health, one step at a time.
Now, let's get on to the race sign up! Click on the pic below to get in on the fun. Let's help sell out the race to benefit No More Sidelines and as an appreciation for all the hard work Becky puts in for us at the Muskegon Channel!
It's a huge event and it's a great source of family fun minus the beer tents and everything else that seems to be part of a "festival" anymore. Nothing against a good beer tent, but to know that a town festival can be pulled off without one and that some of the good "old fashioned" fun things are still available to all, well, that's makes ya feel warm and fuzzy all over and to see a festival like that in a community like Fruitport..makes perfect sense for the beginning of Summer. It's a huge undertaking for the Fruitport Lions Club and a source for them to help fund all the great work they do.
Fruitport, to me is were "Muskegon" begins. In a lot of ways, it reminds me of my hometown of Sparta. Trojans, or Spartans, our schools share the same mascot and colors. Both communities share industry, agriculture and maintain the "small town" feel and since Mrs. O is a teacher at Fruitport High School, I get to see a lot of the people and families..and yes...I always feel right at home in Fruitport. There are good people who take great pride in their home and they are a great link between all the major city's of the area. Not to mention, they have Pomona Park which is becoming a site used more and more for incredible events like Dancing into the Sunset on Thursday nights and has been the home of the midway for Old Fashioned Days for years!
Everything for this years Old Fashioned Days gets underway May 22nd. You'll find the midway and a list of events daily that will keep anyone entertained, well fed and coming back for more! It's a 150th celebration in Fruitport too this year so the expanded festival time and events will be keeping everyone busy. Of course, the save a few bucks on the midway, you can get a wristband in advance at the following locations. Buy in advance and get your ride wristband for only $20! Locations are,
Buyers Guide, 1781 5th st (at Laketon), Muskegon, MI Kangaroo Palace, 3524 Green St., Norton Shores Lakeshore Federal CU, 2182 Lakeshore Dr., Muskegon Mr. Quick: All locations Pin Crest Lanes, 6571 Airline Rd., Fruitport 49415 Prenger's Jewelry, 2264 Apple Ave., Muskegon 49442 Spring Lake Orchard Market Community Shores Bank, 5797 Harvey St Community Shores Bank, 1120 S Beacon - G H Community Shores Bank, 1030 Norton - N S Village Pharmacy 10 S 3rd Fruitport, 49415 Waypoint Dock & Spirits, 187 S 3rd Ave Fruitport Whitlow's Forerunner 4610 Airline Rd Fruitport Ye Old Tavern 24 South 3rd Ave (Park St), Fruitport.
Heidi Tice is the Village of Fruitport Supervisor and we sat down to talk about the fun to come and the events you don't want to miss. Take a listen!
Fun! The old fashioned way! Don't miss the celebration in Fruitport and be a part of a great annual community event. Fruitport is truly a treasure in our area, and growing....quickly! We are all living in a fast forward time in and around these parts...so, grab yourself a sno cone, maybe an elephant ear and a corn dog and do things the Old Fashioned way for a while in Fruitport! For a completel list of events or the run sign up, click on the photo below.
Let me start off by saying, this was one of the most fun interviews I have done in a while, and it could have easily gotten out of hand...quick as we sat down to reminisce about the photography gallery that's going to be on display beginning May 23rd at the Muskegon Museum of Art. Tough as it might have been, the artist and myself managed to keep it together....for the most part and talk about the display and the work that went in to the gallery...30 years in the making. Let's rewind to begin.
Way back when, I was just a lad getting started in radio. There was the internship where I got my start, then the next step was to be hired on as a "board op". The board op had to stick around the radio station and run the music, commercials and everything else when the actual air personality went out to broadcast live somewhere. It was the second step to being "on the air" and it was a chance to get used to the mechanics before you drove yourself into the wall actually talking on the radio for the first time. Which I did....and how. Amazing the humiliation you'll put yourself though for $6 bucks an hour if you want something bad enough. Anyway, Paul Jendrasiak was also a board op and if memory serves me right, he did some air work too back when. Part time, weekend stuff and it was always good to work with Paul.
Paul on the other hand was a lot more eclectic in his focus when it came to all things media and music. Ya, we were both a couple of "mullets" (his was WAY better than mine) but we loved the heavy and hard stuff and while I was out mingling with fans and bands, Paul was writing about them for the Music Review and gathering up photo passes to really capture some amazing moments from behind the lens. Paul's photography and journalistic approach led him to a world of surreal experiences, much like I had, but just from a different angle and the amount of shared experiences we had over the years....the amazing events, the incredible people...it's truly the stuff dreams are made of. Paul did have one distinct advantage though.
Paul's memories are all preserved. Photos...1000's of them, the best of which will be on display beginning may 23rd at the Muskegon Museum of Art. It's a comprehensive gallery covering the three decades Paul has been on stage, or side stage with the biggest names in the business. Moments just before a lot of bands really hit the big time, or some moments of when established icons came to West Michigan for a visit.
Paul and I sat down for a chat in front of Metallica front man James Hetfield, a photo Paul took at the LC Walker Arena on November 1st 1991. Paul was behind the camera, and I was in the center of the stage in the "Snake Pit" for the show that barely left the LC Walker Arena standing. Take a listen.
His memories are in print...mine...all in my head. I think in the long term, I had to give the win to Paul for his amazing work and his terrific approach to an industry we both grew up loving...and both found ways to dig in deeper than most anyone could. It's been a great 30 years of friendship...and even the few minutes of getting together brought back so many memories. Please join Paul for his gallery opening and photo discussion on May 23rd. I will see you there to hear Paul's side of the story. For more about the Muskegon Museum of Art, click on their logo below.
We're all in the business of "Watching Us Go". Well, watching us go includes everything else going on around town too, and if you have not taken a look lately, things are jumping in more than just one neighborhood in the area.
Today, we're taking a look at North Muskegon. North Muskegon is getting more and more involved with larger events and welcoming more and more people in to enjoy the peaceful neighborhoods, the beautiful lakes and the great restaurants in the area. The parades are still some of the best in town and things like the North Side Family Fun Fest, the Annual Community Picnic, the Circle of Trees Dog Parade and more give you a chance to meet the friendly people and absorb some of the great tastes and hospitality. There is also this incredible school filled with Norsemen....years and years of pride in a great district.
North Muskegon also has a competitive side, and if you have the goods...well, you can put them to the test on May 26th at the Bear Lake Triathalon and Duathalon. Ron Knoll is the Event Director and took over after he "retired" from insurance and went on to work for what happens to be his passion. Starting as a runner, he tried a Duathalon and then...he was on to a Tri and carry on to develop these events all around Michigan. It's a combination of all of the elements that make these events so special to him, especially the people who participate in them.
Up to 8 events a season now, Ron brings these fun, family oriented events to places like North Muskegon, Grand Haven, Traverse City and with the events, come the people. Is athletic tourism a thing? Well, it is now. Hundreds will converge on North Muskegon to participate and watch. Community members will pitch in, local police and fire will be on hand for safety and at the end of it all, everyone in the area will be seen as a pretty great place to visit and we'll see them come back for maybe a visit to a State Park, or the Winter Sports Complex, The Block House....who knows.
There's still time to register!! I met up with Ron at The Coffee Factory in Downtown Muskegon on a rainy day to talk about the North Muskegon Triathalon. Take a listen.
A great way to show off the shape you're in, or...show off our great community. A triathlon isn't exactly for beginners, so...if it's something you might aspire to, maybe come out this year for a view and set some goals. If you are were you need to be to get in on it, what are you waiting for? Jump in Bear Lake, get on that bike and lace up your sneakers! May 26th will be an awesome day for everyone, and a great day for athletes and fans in North Muskegon.
Our place in the world gives us a chance to hold on to some memories that just can't be housed elsewhere. We are so incredibly lucky to live on the coast of one fifth of the worlds fresh water supply, not only to enjoy the beauty and splendor it brings, but to also be able to use that water for the preservation of some pretty incredible maritime treasures, and memories that can't be forgotten to the pages of time turning.
We have the USS LST 393 moored Downtown Muskegon, her service on D-Day alone is worthy of her status as a museum. We've got the treasured passenger ship the Milwaukee Clipper and in the Muskegon Channel resides the USS Silversides... the 3rd most lethal US submarine in WWII. Not only was she one of the strongest ships to serve in the "silent service" she was lucky, only losing one man to combat in the years that she, and the "Greatest Generation" saved our world from the perils we were facing. The reality of it is too, that while the Silversides floats stoically in the channel, those who served in that war are becoming harder and harder to find... time waits for no one, and WWII people are in their 90's now. It's our great fortune and our duty to remember and honor them.
That's the theme of "Lost Boat" which is observed at the USS Silversides annually. May 26th you are invited down to be a part of the ceremony where they honor the submarines and crews that were lost. The bells will toll... flowers will be released in to the channel to remember those fallen and you'll hear from dignitaries and enjoy a fly over with the Warbirds. There will be a picnic lunch for those who attend and it's something that only happens a few times a year and can only happen in Muskegon, the engines of the Sliversides will fire and the ship will come back to life.
Peggy Maniates from the USS Sliversides Museum is joining me on the dock in front of this national treasure parked right in the Muskegon Channel to talk about Lost Boat, take a listen.
The duty and honor on board this vessel should bring a tear to your eye. Those of us who are here day in and day out often forget that world history is right in our back yard and that anyone is hard pressed to find this kind of amazing thing to see anywhere. Make the Lost Boat part of your weekend and make sure too, that your kids understand the significance of what sits moored so close to home, and how the world is reaching out to them so history doesn't repeat itself. To learn more about the USS Sliversides and the Museum, click on the image below.
You probably see Pioneer Resources buses all over town. The help transport people who might not otherwise be able to get where they are going by traditional methods due to a limitation or maybe age. But the work of Pioneer Resources is much deeper than just a way to get people to and from. From their website, the mission statement - "Our mission is to help people with disabilities and seniors attain independence and dignity by creating opportunities for participation in the community. People in pursuit of: a place to live affordable housing and specialized homes, a place to learn vocational training and community living supports programs, a way to get there transportation services, a place to grow and play camping, recreation and ABA Therapy programs."
Some of what goes on seems pretty complicated, but in the end, it's all really about being able to give people a chance where they might not otherwise have one. How can shared knowledge or skills be given to the next generation, especially those who might have been thought to be unable to work. In the past, some limitations have been seen as stoppers for peoples opportunities to grow and flourish, but with great organizations like Pioneer, some of those older myths about who can do what are falling away...quick!
Of course, learning some of the skills needed to hit the job market, well, those take a little more to learn things like self advocacy skills, goal setting, professionalism, rights and responsibilities, leadership skills and more. Most anyone could use a course in those things.. this writer included. Well, they are all being offered in a unique setting over 4 days and 3 nights at Pioneer Trails Camp on Big Blue Lake in the Manistee National Forest. The camp runs from June 17th-20th and will feature educational and hands on learning experiences. There will be role playing in real life situations, guest speakers, prepared curriculum and of course...it is a camp, so there will be fishing, boating, arts and crafts and more. It's a pretty amazing few days and nights for people 16-26 to be a part of.
I met up with Stacey Freed, Lindsey Frazier and Josh Kuer at Pioneer Resources to learn a little more. Take a listen.
It's a great organization doing incredible things for people who have so very much to offer. PATHS to employment is a great way to help build some of those essential skills in a setting that is fun, welcoming and a way for people to connect and grow together. If you'd like to know more, please, click on the photo below to visit the Pioneer Resources website. You can learn about the camp and all the other wonderful work they do.
Welcome to episode 98 of Fit and healthy with Becky on The Muskegon Channel, where today, Becky is going to show us a thing or two you can do with a barbell that doesn't involve some guy standing there looking in a mirror trying to look all "buff" at the gym. Yes, there are actually plenty of practical applications for a barbell and a little added weight, if you are up for the challenge, and Becky is going to run you through them this week from The Gym in North Muskegon.
As always, please...consult a physician before beginning this or any other exercise program, warm up, stretch out and drink lots of water...here comes episode 98 of Fit and Healthy With Becky on The Muskegon Channel.
One step closer to a better you! Keep chuggin' away and work toward a goal, like maybe a 1st time 5k. Becky is the Race Director for the Arts and Dash 5K in Norton Shores. You have the whole Summer to get ready for it, so make the commitment now and reward yourself with a fun first time experience in August. Click on the photo below for more info.
The visible changes in Muskegon are all around us and they are a constant reminder of the incredible times we are living in. One glance around the Harvey Street corridor in Norton Shores will show you new hotels going up, on Henry Street in Shores, the old K-Mart will finally give way to a new medical center and housing area. Downtown Muskegon has exploded with new places to live, work and play and with the groundbreaking of the new Convention Center happening this week...what's apparent and easily seen shows us all how far we've come.
There has also been incredible, if not close to unbelievable progress made in areas that are not so easily seen by everyone, but...tho those who have put so much time and effort into what's not seen is equally important if not vital. We're talking about our lakes, streams, creeks and marshy areas. After all, we were named after a marshy area....we best protect our namesake right? It's been a labor of love for so many for so long, especially the work on Muskegon Lake, it's infinitely better...the work continues, the progress continues and after that, the shift will have to come to preservation of our pristine lake and to avoid getting to the "brink" again.
If you're newer to town, Muskegon Lake is a 4000 plus acre lake where at one time, 47 saw mills lined the banks providing a huge industrial base for our local economy. It took a lot of lumber to rebuild Chicago after the fire and it came right from here. Our port also was vital to our other industries over the years....years when things like environmental protection were not really paramount in the minds of those using the lake for business. It took it's toll, heavily and Muskegon Lake really had some problems. It was at the brink.
"Muskegon Lake - Back from the Brink" is a short film produced by Great Lakes Outreach Media. It will be shown in conjunction with a community discussion about the lake...where we are now and how we got things turned in the right direction. It's an absolutely free showing, 6p Wednesday May 15th is when you're encouraged to arrive at the Frauenthal.
I met up with David Ruck of Great Lakes Outreach Media and Kathy Evans and Mary Cooper of the Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership to talk about the film and work that has gone in to our lake, and what's to come. It's a great conversation and invite to you to come see the show and be a part of the discussion. Take a listen.
The film alone should be a draw, can't wait to see the beauty and splendor of our lake on the big screen. The discussion is vital and our "rebirth" in Muskegon has to be at every level. We truly live on the edge of heaven, and if you doubt me, stand on the banks of Muskegon Lake at sunset and try and argue that. Please accept the invitation to be part of the show on the 15th at the Frau! To learn more about Great Lakes Outreach Media, click on their logo below to visit their website.
We have heard the arguments over and over about getting a job and what kind of training should people entering the workforce have. For the last 20-30 years, it was "Get a degree or you'll go nowhere". Today, we're hearing more and more of the need for skilled trades workers who might not necessarily go the 4 year degree route but they can land themselves a decent paying job after some training and apprenticeship in their chosen field. There is nothing wrong with either path, but how many communities can look at people wanting to enter the work force and say "How about a career on a ship?" Not many, but we can.
Muskegon is so fortunate to be where we are. Muskegon Lake leads to Lake Michigan which leads to the entire planet. One thing that all of us forget in our daily lives is how very connected this planet is, and how very dependent we are on shipping. If you glance up from this article just for a second and look around you....I would be willing to bet that at least half of everything within a glance of you has at one point or another been on a ship, it's been through a port and it's taken some pretty skilled and pretty well paid people to get it to you. Did you catch the part about pretty well paid? That's usually an eye grabber.
Luckily for us in Muskegon, we have the access to all of that. After all, we are the Port City right? But, where do you go to begin looking into a career in maritime working? You go Downtown Muskegon to Mart Dock on May 16th where they will be hosting their Maritime Career Fair on May 16th with 2 sessions, from 10:30-12:30 and 12p-2p. You'll get to see in person what it takes to crew a Great Lakes freighter and meet Captains and other crew members who make it happen every day. Get this....after training....starting pay is $5000-$7500 a month and your room and board sails right along with ya. This is a free event, but space is limited and pre-registration is mandatory, you'll find the link to register to the right.
Max McKee from Mart Dock invited us down to learn a little more about the career fair and the amazing opportunities there are for those willing to work, and have a little adventure....take a listen.
Imagine that as a job early in life, or a long term career? This is real and the time is now. If you are looking for a job and need something more than the 9-5 clock punching thing or maybe you want a high paying job while you're deciding what your full time long term life goals are, get registered for this job fair and take full advantage of this opportunity that can only happen in Muskegon. Our thanks to Max for having us down and our best wishes to those who pursue this awesome opportunity. Click on the photo below to visit the Maritime Career Facebook Event page.
The 3rd Annual Fremont Freedom Dinner & Silent Auction Monday, June 24th At True North Center 6308 S. Warner Avenue, Fremont MI 6pm doors open....dinner served at 6:30pm $25 per person.... For tickets in advance call Debi (231) 245-3597 or Mary (231) 747-8555. You can visit The Hope Project USA by clicking below.
May 8th 2019 marked what will hopefully be a truly pivotal moment in the history of Muskegon as community leaders and stake holders all gathered on 4th Street just outside the newly renovated LC Walker arena for the ceremonial ground breaking of the convention center that is to be built and operational by 2021. When complete, Downtown will have a whole new look. Imagine the Holiday Inn, soon to be a Marriott, connected to the 20,000 square foot convention center with an additional 10,000 square feet of space for break out meeting areas, connected to the LC Walker Arena all with a tip of the cap to our rich history in Muskegon and an expansive view of Muskegon Lake. Where we were once known for our amazing Summertime tourism, now, with a facility like what's to come, we can bring in visitors year round to enjoy all of Downtown Muskegon and the rest of the area.
Lot's of dignitaries and developers spoke and gave the statistics to the value this development will bring to Muskegon. It's a staggering set of numbers that will impact our local economy for years to come. There were also plenty of onlookers who wanted to be there for the moment, some of which have been part of Muskegon since before even the LC Walker Arena was there and some...as new as only here for a year or so as they have found the message of "Watch Us Go" to resonate and they decided too that Muskegon was the place for them. One thing is for sure... there is momentum, and it really feels like it's on our side.
We know not everyone can drop everything and be a part of a ceremony like this, so, we decided to bring the presentation to you. Take a listen to what was said this morning on the soon to be gone 4th Street. You'll hear from Bob Lukens of Visit Muskegon, Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron, Tom Schultz of The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and John Rooks from Parkland Properties.
You may have noticed, behind the speakers as well as around the whole event there were signs being held up saying "Local Jobs for Local Workers". This was an organized demonstration of our area union workers who are equally eager to see the Downtown Convention Center get underway and they were there today to peacefully voice their thoughts with those involved with the construction and development of the entire project that Muskegon has a very qualified and skilled workforce and they are ready to be a part of this project and more. It's a lot of community pride that's being built in the heart of our city and it's pretty natural for those who can apply their trade to such an endeavor to want to be a part of it. As the groundbreaking ceremony concluded, local union leader Ryan Bennett went over to some of the contractors on site, shook hands and simply reminded them that our work force is ready, willing and capable to be a part of this great new era in downtown, and from there, we caught up with Ryan at the CIO hall to hear a little more. Take a listen.
It was a great day and everyone had a chance to be heard. There were no shouting matches... there were no angry faces. We made steps in the right direction for the City, County and those who hope to help build the Convention Center. We'll all watch and see the progress over the next couple years. From our perspective, we will do all we can to get in there and show you the progress from time to time and then and again. If you've been here to see it all since the mall came down like most... it sure feels like a time of great renewal. Watch ALL of Us Go!
Photo by Derek Wong 2019
Photo by Denzel Thomas 2019
It's a great day in Muskegon anytime the hard work of anyone is recognized. Let's face it. We're really coming along and growing by leaps and bounds, but a lot of what we do still has to come from grass roots, boots on the ground volunteer efforts for so many things. We help staff events, we help with annual happenings, we volunteer to help at schools, churches, bake sales...the list goes on and on. We pitch in not only because it's the right thing to do, it's what we know and it's how we connect with one another as a community. We pitch in....exclamation point!
Well, a few years ago, those hands pitching in pitched in to save the lives of some little furry creatures. Diane Valk and some friends took it upon themselves to begin a shelter for cats and kittens called Heaven Can Wait. The goal being to stop the loss of life when it comes to cats that end up euthanized or feral, to foster cats in the homes of volunteers to keep costs to a minimum and to see to it that when the pets they do foster are adopted, they are fixed, up to date on their immunizations and micro chipped so once they get to their forever home, they can stay there and live out their days with the family that adopted them. Since the beginning, Heaven Can Wait has been at the Muskegon Petco Location every Saturday and Sunday with some of their adoptable bundles of fur and their mission continues today.
Well, over that time the dedication and devotion has been noticed, especially by the Petco Foundation. The Petco Foundation has been very generous with our area animal protection agencies. In 2018 we covered the Petco Foundation and their gift to Pound Buddies on Positively Muskegon and WAY back when on Positively Muskegon we covered Petco and another grant they made to Heaven Can Wait. Today it's another visit from the Petco Foundation to Muskegon for the presentation of a check for $40,000 to Heaven Can Wait.
It was a day filled with excitement as regional manager Joesph Haddad was on hand along with April Hamm from the local Petco store on Harvey Street in Norton Shores for the check presentation. Take a listen.
It's a mission of saving lives and remaining committed to helping control the population of pets and making sure those in Muskegon who work so very hard to do just that are recognized and supported. As we've been showing you for years....Petco makes a huge difference in the lives of pets and families in Muskegon. They are fully committed to assuring that they practice what they preach when it comes to pets and we're honored to be here to tell you the story.... again. It never gets old. :) If you'd like to know more about Petco and the Petco Foundation and the great work they do, click on their logo below and visit their webiste. We should add too, remember what you've seen today the next time you're out shopping for your pet. We have an ally for Muskegon in Petco.
Have you noticed? We're inching closer and closer to 100 episodes of Fit and Healthy With Becky on The Muskegon Channel. If you've been here since the start, you're probably going to live to be 100 years old or more, and if this is you're just coming on board, you've found the most fun way to get going on a fitness program there is.
Becky packs in the basics for you weekly work out and also gives you a chance to get started and maybe take it to the next level if you want with a group setting or a one on one program. She's a certified personal trainer and her dedication to you is incomparable.
This week, it's the medicine ball. It's not your old version of a medicine ball either. Today's medicine ball is a valuable tool in a multitude of ways. Becky is going to show you just how it helps. Before you start, make sure you consult a doctor, warm up, stretch out and drink plenty of water. Here comes episode 97 of Fit and Healthy with Becky on the Muskegon Channel.
You've done it! this week a medicine ball, next week you'll conquer the world. Well, maybe not...but you've gotten a start and it's that first step that is the key to a new beginning. If you like what's happened, consider one of Becky's classes or a one on one scenario. She's also the director of the Arts and Dash 5k coming up later this Summer and you're invited to get with her to shape up for the run too! You can click on the photo below to learn more about the race and get signed up!
Some come with 900 pounds of ribs to cook and sell because that's the kind of draw the Grand Haven Ribfest has. It's an event filled with food, fun and purpose and it's set early in the season so the excuses for you to have something else going are slim. When you add in that it's a fundraiser to help our Veterans of the Lakeshore and there is plenty of entertainment, beer, activities for the young and old and a feeling that your good time is going to help some pretty incredible people.
It's been going on for 15 years, and it's been growing steadily. It's a competition between those who fancy themselves as pit-masters and those who see themselves as foodies. Different cooking styles come into play, secret rubs...sauces and techniques. Cultures palates come along next to see who's made what and which restaurants of food trucks they will be following around all Summer. Names like A&E BBQ, Big Moe's, Daddy Pete's, Famous Dave's, Holy Smokers, Old Iron, Paisley Pig, Pork N Stein and Stable Inn will be applying their tricks of the trade to impress the crowd and judges.
Music, they have that. Mr. Whoo Ha, Perfect Storm, Northbound and more. For the kids, there will be face painting, underwater robot building, balloon animals and more. Something sweet? Goobers and Ma's Kettle Corn will be there too. Add in plenty of frosty cold beverages and NO COVER CHARGE and you have the makings of a great party.
Do keep in mind though, this is at the VFW. Yes, everything you're up to is benefiting those who have served in the military and were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. Mike Baauw is the Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs for Muskegon County and the work they do extends way past just Muskegon. They serve thousands and thousands and they continue to grow who and how they serve. Anything from a food pantry for some essentials to helping navigate the rather difficult system for Veterans benefits. The hold group meetings, they help special specific needs and they also advocate for veterans needs on a higher level. Amazingly good things happen out of the Muskegon Department of Veterans Affairs, and our support is the least we can give.
Mike and I sat down for a chat about this year Ribfest. Take a listen.
Save the date - or dates. They may need a hand with 900 pounds of ribs from just 1 vendor, may need being the key phrase. It's going to be a foodies delight and a place to party like no other and the purpose is one anyone can agree with. It's a great time for a great cause. Head to Grad Haven and enjoy the 15th Annual Ribfest and do a good turn for some incredible hero's.
It first got underway in 1972. Motorcycle riders from all over Michigan converge on the small town of Baldwin and head to the airport grounds for their annual blessing on their bikes to keep them safe during the riding season. It's a fun pastime for some, a lifestyle for others but there is a risk factor to the ride so what can any good luck or blessing hurt if offered to a rider, right?
Flash forward to 2019 and the Blessing of the Bikes draws thousands and thousands and yes....thousands more bikers from all over the Midwest. Every race color creed, ever club, gang and loner all coming together for some fellowship, to see what everyone else is riding and of course to welcome in the riding season. The Blessing now brings vendors, bands, food trucks, camp sites and more. Baldwin doubles or triples in size for the weekend and a good time is had by all.
Of course, bikers are known to be incredibly giving and amazingly charitable, so..it's only a matter of time until someone has the idea to put on an event really raise some money for important things. In the case of Camp 37, it started 10 years ago and now, has grown to a two day party and camping opportunity that will be hard to beat anywhere. The best part of Camp 37....the funds go to help benefit Veterans.
The funds raised go to the Ruby Creek Disabled Veterans Hunt Club which gives our veterans a chance to break free of what might hold them back and get them out in the woods to enjoy some R&R and the excitement of a hunt. Camp 37 is a completely volunteer run organization and the passion put in by those who make the event happen is a way of saying thank you to those who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.
I caught up with Marcella Henry and Shannon Mullaney at Hot Rod Harley to learn a little more about the event. The camping is sold out, but there are plenty of day passes to be hand for a great time. Take a listen!
If you're heading up, ride safe. If you're heading up and looking for a party with a little purpose behind it, make it a visit to Camp 37 and help them give a Vet or two a great experience and a thank you for what they did for all of us. Below, you'll find the complete schedule of events and if you click on it, you'll be able to visit the Camp 37 website! Ride safe this season, and if you don't ride....look twice and safe a life!!
Mona Shores Middle School Band held their 2019 Spring Concert featuring their 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands at the high school auditorium, with special guest featuring the High School Jazz Band. Each grade performed three songs to a full auditorium with standing audience all the way at the back on both levels, the High School Jazz Band gave a strong finish with the theme from Peter Gunn by Henry Mancini. We have condensed the performance into a 7 minute video featuring one song for each grade / band, enjoy.
0:00 6th Grade
1:28 7th Grade
3:30 8th Grade
5:21 HS Jazz band
Education today comes in many forms. Sure, there is the traditional "school day" which most of us grew up with. We are a proud family with three teachers in it, all who work so hard to make sure their classrooms are filled with every opportunity for young minds to learn and grow. There are also options like arts academies, Montessori's, charter schools and of course home schooling. It's a parents intuition that quite often dictates what might help their child thrive academically. Myself, I look back on my "school years" and I wonder if I might have done better in a different structure for learning. I had ants in my pants, I was highly creative and imaginative in a time where it was more about the "Three R's" (reading writing and arrhythmic...for those who don't remember that acronym) and traditional school and I didn't quite get along. Would it have been different if there was another option? Who knows?
Today, with the options it also brings a need to teach a few things that you might not have direct access to at home. Sure, the standards can be taught, but what about things like the "hands on" learning that it takes now a days? How do parents who home school access some of the necessary S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering and Math) tools to help their kids along with that discipline of education? Well, it's right here in Muskegon. In fact, it's right in the heart of Downtown Muskegon at the Fab Lab at the Sturrus Center of Muskegon Community College.
Thursday's from 8-12n the Fab Lab is open to area families who home school. It is staffed with educators who can help provide a curriculum if you need it, or they can provide a little guidance...or maybe just a push in the right direction to meet up with the person who "really knows" the particular technology that is of interest. Is it computer aided design? Maybe it's 3-D Printing? Maybe you need to learn laser etching, die cutting....you name it. If you can dream it, they are probably doing it at the Fab Lab and if they are not doing it, they will most likely get the hive mind going and find a way. It's a pretty innovative bunch down there.
I first found out about the Fab Lab for home schoolers when I was there a couple weeks ago doing a story on Big Brothers Big Sister of the Lakeshore, and that's when I met Holly Magalei who is the Fab Lab STEM Coordinator. We sat down for a chat about what's offered for parent who home school....take a listen.
Pretty cool huh? Did you even know that something so amazing was offered right here in Muskegon? If you are a home school parent and would like to know more, it's as simple as a visit to the website of the Fab Lab. It's a wonderful way to integrate some of that essential S.T.E.M. education into your child's life and with instructors like Holly on hand, who is a home school mom herself, you will have a great hand learning the "hands on stuff" from people who understand the home school experience. Click on the image below for more information.
We dabbled in the past with some stories about robotics in the area. Kind of a sideline view of the teams and a general idea of what the competition was all about. This year, we went a little more "full on" and followed the MARS Rovers 4004 team pretty closely as well as brought you the competition live all day on the Muskegon Channel when teams from all across the area and state met at Orchard View High School. It was a great day for all the competitors and families and the community and it was a great day for us, because we get to work on making our long form programming a little better every time! It was a win for everyone!
All this winning going on, well it carried across the state. Some of our area teams continued on to the State finals and then it was on to the World Finals in Detroit to see how our local Muskegon competitors stacked up against the best in the world all the way to Ford Field for the big chamionships, which equate to the Superbowl of the FIRST Robotics competition.
As the season came to completion, the MARS team had a meet and greet for fans, supporters and media to talk about their finish and show off some of their brass, and of course, the robot they built to help get them to their finishing spot....which I will tell you...is a very very low number when you're talking about placement. You know "low" like 1st, 2nd or 3rd.
The Drive Team consisting of Matthew Reynolds, Harrison McIntyre, Andrew Uriarte and Nick Gerstweiler joined me to recap the season and tell us what's to come, take a listen.
It was an awesome year for us at the Muskegon Channel getting to know the MARS team, The Wavelengths, The Robosharks, The TechnoTrojans and on and on. These youg people participating in the FIRST Robotics competition are brilliant, engaging and offer so much for the future. We celebrate our athletes, we celebrate our perfomance artists and our academic achievers. We're proud and thankful to have had a chance to share the season with all of our area robotics teams, and if you missed it, here's another look at the special we put together of the competiton day at Orchard View. Enjoy! We'll see ya next season!