We introduced you to Dan Salas, aware winning photo journalist a couple months ago when he came out to tell the story of us here at The Miskegon Channel and Positively Muskegon. His history in West Michigan media is deep and his stories show a very human side of people in and around all of Michigan. We saw in a big hurry that his work certainly had a home here on The Muskegon Channel and we'd help get the word out about those who are not right in our back yard, but have a pretty amazing effect on their community and the projects that are important to them.
Today's story comes from Dan at PositivelyMichigan.net as a remembrance of Paul Krupp. Paul and his family are farmers over between Sparta and Rockford. Sadly, Paul was lost this year in a car accident, but his life had an impact on people for years in the area and as they diversified their endeavors, Paul and his wife Nancy operated a travel agency to help others attain the dreams they dreamed of by getting to destinations all over the world.
Paul taught pretty much every area kid the value of working hard, after all, getting a strawberry picking job in the summer at Krupp Farms quite often meant that the rest of the summer was going to be well funded when it came to all things someone 12-15 needs. A long time friend of Andy O'Riley, Paul would bring in a flat of berries to the Bow Tie Bar every season for everyone to enjoy, and had a famous question about dusk.... "Think the bees are in bed yet?" Meaning he had to go finish up the day after a burger and fries for dinner at the legendary Bow Tie.
Dan Salas takes you on a memorial of Paul Krupp on PositivelyMichigan.net
We'll keep you up to date on Muskegon, Dan will show you the rest of Michigan. Make sure you book mark his page and follow his delicate and interesting story telling! You can find more at Dan's webiste below. Click on the picture to visit PositivelyMichigan.net
Fit and Healthy With Becky is on to Episode 79 on The Muskegon Channel!! This time, it's called the "E-Mom" work out! What does "E-Mom" mean? Well, she's the professional so we're going to let her break it to you. Let's just put it this way. With Christmas coming next week, there's a sneaking suspicion that the intensity level is going up just a little bit and that YOU are in for some sweaty and heart pounding action. Now, if you can manage to accomplish all you're assigned, you may very well get to catch your breath here and there in this weeks workout, but if you're lolly-gagging....you ain't getting off easy!
Always, remember to make sure you check with your doctor before you start this or any other workout program. Warm up, stretch out and drink plenty of water!
Hang on buck-a-roo!! It's episode 79 of Fit and Healthy with Becky on the Muskegon Channel!
Boom! You survived! Now on to the figgy pudding and the roast beast!! Let's say after the holidays you feel that your blood stream is replaced by gravy and you'd like to really get serious in the New Year! Well, good news! Becky has openings in both one on one settings as well as some of her groups and if the whole workout things seems like overkill, hey...excercise can be fun with something like a dance class that she offers! It's also a great last minute gift idea...so....click on her website for more details on how to connect and be your best you!
Chef Char makes the most delicious stuff you're going to find! If you'd like to grab the recipe you'll find it below along with some helpful hints on how to best care for your cast iron cookware. If you need hands on help, maybe consider a cooking class at Kitchen 242 with Chef Char! She's got a varitety of different topics she teaches and the classes are fun, informative and a great way to see what a treasure we have here in town with Kitchen 242. You can click on Chef Char's pic to visit her site and see what's coming up at Kitchen 242 that might interest you!!
Great things happen every day in Muskegon. They happen from the people and business here and the Ronald McDonald Childrens Charities reach goes so far beyond their primary purpose of helping give rest to parents of kids who need treatment. If you'd like to know more about Ronald McDonald Childrens Charities, click on their logo below.
We're unique into ourselves in Muskegon. We have our own rich history in so many ways. From names like Hackley and Hume, to LC Walker and Shaw....who we are and where we came from isn't defined by anything other than the names of the founders of this community and they are written all over town as they should be. We are also very fortunate in the fact that anywhere in the state of Michigan, when a sports team hears that they are playing a team from Muskegon, there is a moment of pause given because the reputation of our athletes and the teams that are built here are nothing to be toyed with.
If the name Big Reds or Sailors pops up or maybe Tigers, Wildcats, Trojans, Vikings and more comes up, things get pretty quiet in the other teams locker rooms and with good reason. Our teams are strong, focused and an excellent part of the overall educational experience in the Muskegon Area School District. We have championship football teams almost every year. Our basketball programs are incredible and we can't forget the other sports too... baseball, track, cross country and more. We have an incredibly rich history of athletics in Muskegon and it's carefully curated by The Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame.
Organized in 1986 the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame has all of their collection on display at the LC Walker Arena. There are parts of it for the moment that are not readily seen due to the renovations at the arena, but over 100 sports notables have been inducted over the last 30 years and the tradition continues. This year they are narrowing down the candidates and will be announcing the inductees soon. Philanthropy has been a big part of the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame as well giving back in excess of over $100,000 to area schools.
They have a fun event coming up over the holiday break. It's going to be held December 27th at Reeths-Puffer HS. It's the Hall of Fame Basketball Classic. It's a $5 donation at the door to get in to see an entire day of basketball action. For that $5 bucks you can see basketball all day! You'll see teams from Shores, Puffer and Muskegon and coming in to take them on will be G.R. Christian, Holland West Ottawa and East Kentwood. Huge games and huge purpose, to help the HOF and the work they do for today's athletes.
Mike Mack is the President of the HOF and we sat down to talk about the organization and the game coming up. Take a listen.
Circles back to what we're all about. Muskegon is rich with our own history, but more importantly, our own future. We look back with pride on the athletes we've had and we help foster those who are competing today. After all, those competing today are our future and who knows..someday, it might be them going up on the wall in the arena. If you'd like to know more about the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame, click on their logo below and visit their website and save the date for the basketball calssic on December 27th.
It's been a while since Becky busted out the timer! Yes, Tabata is a workout program based on bursts of work, followed by bursts of rest and it's all designed to mix it up when it comes to what your body is experiencing. After all, a routine is good but you want to change things up a little and get those muscles attention. 20 second cycles of lunges, squats and more. Add in a weighted bar for your proper pump-a-tude and you're getting it!
We're in the home strech of the year! Becky is giving you that final push to help you stay on track for the holidays! With the extra libation, the shrimp cocktails, meatballs, onion wraps and more everywhere you turn, a little more get up and go might be necessary to keep that belt from getting tighter. Keep in mind too, that in January Becky has an entire month full of swing dance lessons that will not only help keep you in shape, they will help you beat the Winter blah's!
For now, let's get on to episode 78 of Fit and Healthy With Becky on The Muskegon Channel.
Becky is a Certified Personal Trainer and reminds you that it's important to consult a doctor before you begin this, or any other workout program. Warm up, stretch out and always stay hydrated while you're working out!! If you're thinking about 2019 being your year to get into a little better shape, we tape these shows at The Gym in North Muskegon. It's an awesome facility with a relaxed feel and a grown up atmosphere. Becky also works out of The Gym with group and individual classes! Word is, there are gift certificates available for both Becky's training services and a membership at The Gym!! What better gift? You can visit Becky's site by clicking on the photo below!
A couple of years ago, Muskegon County voters passed a millage to help our senior citizens out. It's taken a while to get the finding moving like it does with any millage, but the process is up and running and the services offered to the older generation are wide. Everything from transportation to food, activities to assistance understanding the in's and out's of complicated things like Medicare..or maybe even a hand with essentials like bills, home needs and more. It's all there waiting for you, but how do you even begin to understand how it works or where to begin?
It can be a very confusing, and honestly, intimidating process and with all due respect, some older people are not as tech savvy as younger folks and some too, are just used to getting by with what they have been able to do themselves, even though they have earned and are entitled to some of the benefits that are out there. So a big part of the millage was to help find some people who could help those who need a hand finding their way through the red tape.
The Health Project of Muskegon County with Mercy Health has set up a program where those in need of a hand with the overwhelming amount of information out there and how to find it. They are the Senior Navigators and the good news is, that they are going to deploy all over the county so those in need don't have to struggle to find a hand. They can visit where they are comfortable goin and find a setting that is private, familiar and work with a person one on one to see what's out there and how they can benefit from all the assistance offered.
I had a chance to meet up with Judith Kell, Tay Jones and Julie Wilde who are all part of the program. They will explain in detail just how easy it is for those who need a hand to figure out the nuts and bolts of everything available if they plan a visit with a Senior Navigator. Take a listen.
Difficult and kind of intimidating, but the resources are there for anyone who needs a hand. This is community helping community and none of it is "freeloading" or taking a "hand out". These are all programs set up to help senior citizens out with what they have already given in. Take a few minutes and visit the Senior Services website by clicking on the picture below. Make an appointment to visit your Senior Services Navigator and get started on what's available. Our many thanks to Tay, Julie and Judy for coming on to introduce the program! Our thanks to to the senior citizen community... it's our turn to pay you back a little. Click below and let's go!
From day one, No More Sidelines has been all about what it's new campaign is saying, "Building Belonging". We know, because we've been there almost form the start. No More Sidelines first came to Andy and Dave and asked if they would be interested in being emcees for their "Set the Stage" Gala. Not really sure how two guys who kick each other in the rear all day would fit in to the suit and tie crowd of a swanky fundraiser, Andy and Dave first asked if they were sure that they wanted them...and almost 15 years later, they are still the event emcee's and the relationship continues to grow.
No More Sidelines was founded when Alivia Blair asked her mom why she didn't have friends like the rest of her brothers and sisters. Alivia has CP and Autism and was about 12 at the time. Like any mom, Cyndi Blair wanted her daughter to have a normal life experience, with friends, hang outs, events and more, but there was an invisible wall there....one that needed to come down so others could see just how little difference there was between "those kids" and the "normal kids"
A small group of families who had kids with "unique abilities" first started hanging out together for some fellowship and as the group grew, the began integrating the group with other teams, mostly centered around sports and the result has been that young people who were once thought different, are now seen in an entirely new way and some of those barriers are now gone. Loneliness became a bridge and a solution to the fear people have over differences.
They have called the Folkert Community Hub home for a while now, on Seminole Road in Muskegon. They have plenty of space, and some of it needs a little more TLC yet. They are in the final stages of the fundraising for the Building Belonging Campaign and they had an announcement on December 4th about the project and what's to come. The Muskegon Channel was on hand to catch the presentation for you. Take a listen.
"The Hub" has been a place for community gathering since the doors first opened. They have world class banquet and meeting space. They have areas for the No Moresidlines group and the building also houses some special educational opporunities for kind who need a little more one on one attention. It's an amazing gift to all of us to have an organization like No More Sidelines here in Muskegon. If you're thinking about a place for an event or meeting, keep in mind, renting their building helps fund the group and everyone is included....they stick to the mission.
We first met up with the amazing young athletes of the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club just before Halloween. Like most of our stories, it all started with a mom who sent in a message wondering if we'd be interested in talking about a bunch of kids who were doing a little show for friends and family, but they put in so much work that she was just hoping to see if anyone would help share the story. It's our favorite message to get actually. Yes. We will be the first on hand to help and you know, we have some friends that might be able to help too. Word spreads and before you know it, nearly 400 show up to see kids from 5-18 pouring their heart and soul into their art and between the different media outlets that helped them out...a little spark happened and we're now known as much for our figure skaters as we are our countless hockey players here on the Lakeshore.
Hey, we're all about advancing great things, and great kids. We love to see beautiful things take off and we love to see the hard work, dedication and drive of both the athletes and parents of these kind of things be rewarded with some attention. They deserve it. Launching a career in figure skating isn't easy and the time and energy put in is done in the hopes that someone, somewhere will be thrilled to see it and the athlete will be recognized for their accomplishments and hard work.
We're also all about helping fill some seats at the newly renovated LC Walker Arena! So, here's the details! Sunday, December 9th you're invited to see the show that begins at 3:45. It should be about an hour long and you'll see these talented young future champions strut their stuff to some of your favorite holiday songs. There will be some group routines as well as individual performances and the best part is that it's a free show. They are asking for a $5 donation if you can swing it, but if money is a little tight and you'd just like to treat the family to a wonderful holiday treat, the doors are open to ya.
I caught up with Kelly St. Martin who's with the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club to talk a little about the club and the event. Take a listen.
We're coming along great in Muskegon, but we might not get the Johnny Weir and Tara Lapinski Christmas Wonderland skating show just yet, but in reality...wouldn't you rather see our local kids get a "Standing O" and flowers tossed on the ice after a show? After all, there are our kids and our future. Let's get down there and support them and show them that their hard work and dedication to their craft pays off! We'll plan on seeing you Sunday at 3:45 at the LC Walker Arena! For more details on The Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club, click on the photo below!