40!! Hard to believe we've done 40 episodes of Fit and Healthy with Becky on The Muskegon Channel! It's been a great way to help spread some health and fitness around town and a great way to show folks that a healthier and more active lifestyle doesn't have to come with the drudgery attached to a fitness journey alone. Becky has found a way to show you what works, keep it fun and bring it right to your living room if you want to use it. Of course, if it leads to more, great...can't hurt to get out and get in better shape can it?
Becky is a certified personal trainer. She works out of The Gym in North Muskegon as well as The Muskegon Country Club. She offers group and one on one training and her commitment to her clients is unmatched. On The Muskegon Channel, she's our point person to get you moving and keep the blood pumping. Her advise is always the same. Before you start this or any exercise program, check with your doctor, warm up, stretch out and drink plenty of water!
Today, she's breaking out the stair stepper! Let's get to Episode 40!
Boom! 40! Our sincere thanks to Becky for her commitment to your health and giving you the chance to get in shape with The Muskegon Channel! Now, if you like the start...why not take the next step? You can get a hold of Becky through her website. Click on the photo below to learn more. Or, stop into our "home gym". Mary Switzer runs The Gym located on The Four Corners in North Muskegon. It's a relaxing atmosphere that's got more of a club feel than a typical gym. You'll love the people and the atmosphere.
Muskegon is a proud hockey town. We have a rich history in the sport and we've built generations of players right here in town. Our pee wee leagues are bursting at the seams, the high school programs are thriving and at the LC Walker Arena the next generation of NCAA and NHL players are being built in the top tier developmental league in the world...the USHL. We have young players, and their families coming from all over the world to perfect their skills for their shot at the big time.
Hockey is a physical and tough sport. The strength and stamina it takes to play is tough for anyone. Now, imagine wanting to play hockey, but...you don't have the use of your legs. To the players on the Grand Rapids Sled Wings...the answer is pretty simple. So what. They are going to play hockey anyway. That's the attitude to have.
The Sled Wings are a two layered team. There is the youth group and the adult team. They compete all over the country and spread the word that hockey is for everyone. They are supported by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and the goal is simple. To give those with lower limb affected disabilities the chance to play, compete, be on a team, grow friendships, share in victory and learn from loss. They have also found a group who are sincerely out to win hockey games, and they don't mind one bit coming in to a hosting barn and showing the home team who's boss.
Locally, Philipe Hernandez is like any other kid. Watched him grow up at the Jacks games coming with his grandfather Ralph Burr who was the Head Score keeper for the team for years. Philipe decided he wanted to play regardless of his chair and found the Sled Wings a few years ago and has been part of the team ever since. Coach Steve Kozlowski has been an elemental part of all if it as well, being with the team for years and seeing first hand how the sport and the team has effected the young people that play. We sat down to talk sled hockey and the upcoming game against the Jacks on Feb 25th. Take a listen.
February 24th during intermission you'll get a quick chance to see some of the Sled Wings in action during the Muskegon Lumberjacks game then on the 25th The Muskegon Lumberjacks take on the Sled Wings in a game at the LC Walker Arena. It's a donation to get in, so if you head there to check out the game, consider a $10 spot to help the Sled Wings continue their love of hockey and their mission to spread the word that hockey....is for everyone. In Muskegon...with our rich hockey history....we know that to be true. Click on the photo below for more on the Sled Wings.
It was a one time occurrence. It was an almost unheard of happening to get so many giants of their industry into one room and it's only happened a handful of times since, and it could be argued that it was never "topped" because of the people that came together one time at a studio in Memphis in 1956. The People? Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. The studio? Sun Records. The instigator? Sam Phillips. If you know anything about rock history....you are intrigued now.
Well, that one session was not supposed to be recorded. Even back then there were things like record contracts and lawyers, but.. Sam Phillips did manage to hit record and the one time all four power house players were in the studio together, was captured in time. Even I have "Down By The Riverside" on my Ipod because it was such a monumental coming together. How do you NOT have that around?
Today, the memory lives on in a rock musical coming to the Frauenthal Center March 3rd. It's appropriately called "The Million Dollar Quartet". The performers actually play their real instruments....they are actually the singers....they are in character and as the show builds to it's electrifying ending...the lives of Johnny, Carl, Elvis and Jerry are shared leading right up to the moment they all started jamming out that December night in Memphis!
I had a chance to site down and talk with "Elvis" himself... Daniel Durston plays Elvis in the show. Daniel is a pretty well established touring musician with some time in musical theater, some singing and song writing credits of his own...which by the way....are really good... check out Daniel Durstononline. We talked a little about his background, what got him into musical theater and what to expect from this awesome night coming up at the Frauenthal. Take a listen to our chat below!
It's a great show for the entire family and to think we get one night with it in Muskegon....it's a can't miss! If you were a fan from way back or, you'd like to take the kids out to show them how it's really done without the "autotune" and all of today's modern techno mumbo jumbo they listen to....don't miss the show! Our many thanks to the Frauenthal for the the hand setting up the interview and their great sponsorship of our work, as well as Daniel Dunston for taking a few minutes out of his day to talk about the show and his career! Click on the link below and get your tickets while you can!
It's been just shy of a month since we welcomed new sponsor Bluewater Wellness to the Muskegon Channel and Positively Muskegon. Dr. Ramona Wallace and Pharmacist Dee Kohley were excited enough to be a part of the work we do they offered me a chance at a little health improvement to go along with the ad, so...I went with it. It's a sugar thing. I am a fan...I love sweets. I like the heavy taste of chocolate...I like the taste of sweet and sour...ice cream....caramel....you name it. Now, don't get me wrong...all things in moderation are good by me, but...at night...I'd binge. In my mind, being a 14 year recovering alcoholic, I'd justify it. "Hey, at least it's not booze", but in the end...it's still a pretty self defeating endeavor and I do have a pretty strong family history of diabetes. So...how do you address it? You admit there's an issue and grab for a safety rope.
Now, to say that I have been perfect in my first few weeks, well, that would be a stretch...but...I have done MUCH better especially when it comes to the sheer volume of sugar I'd eat. I have some new vitamins I am taking along with a pretty delicious powder that gets mixed up in an almond milk shake. Have you ever had almond milk? You know....it's really pretty good. I like the vanilla flavor. We've also retooled what I eat some. I wasn't much of a processed food guy anyway, so that wasn't hard, but...getting to the point where I could cut out the candy, that took a little coaching. Which I get weekly at Bluewater Wellness. One on One.
I went back Wednesday night for a follow up with the Doc and Dee. I also sat in on a presentation about their process and how they work to find the root cause of most health issues and work on those as opposed to the practice of seeing a problem, writing a prescription and sending you on your way. There was quite a turn out. There were people of all ages and lifestyles. Men and women who wanted to know more and learn about "functional medicine" in the seminar that lasted a half an hour or so. Take a listen to our chat to see what's happened to me so far and what's next in the process. You can also learn more if you think what they do is right for you!
So far, so good for me. I really enjoyed the information presented last night. It was fun too to meet some other people who are interested too in the aspect of "functional medicine" and how it can help them. After the talk, I even became a bit of a "work in progress" example. I was able to share the results, some of the ups and downs I've found in the first few weeks and I gotta be honest...it was pretty cool to have people come up and say that they saw the first story on The Muskegon Channel!
Stop in an learn a little more. It might be the program and guidance you are looking for, and if not...I am willing to bet you will at very least take away a little knowledge about some health and nutrition ideas that can really benefit you and your family for the long term. Stay tuned...we'll be back in a few more weeks to update you again from Bluewater Wellness! You can link to their page from the photo below.
Recently I sat down with Jon Felske, the Chief Executive Officer of Covenant Academies Foundation and Covenant Hall of Muskegon County. Wow!.... What an amazing organization!
Get ready to get crunchy! Yup! Becky is taking you to the mat this week in an effort to strengthen your core and give you those dreamy abs you've been working for!
I'll tell you this...it's a quick one. We were taping under the gun a little as the senior citizen class was only about 10 minutes from needing the floor space at The Gym in North Muskegon but...being the true professional fitness guru she is, Becky packs it in and gives you the tools you need to tighten and tone!
Also, listen for details on a little fun coming up to help benefit Dancing With the Local Stars! Learn a little bit about Crunch Out Hunger coming up February 10th in the video this week! Here comes episode 38.
Packed it in AND got a nice round of applause from the senior citizens waiting for the space!! Is there ANYTHING this woman can't do? If you enjoy Becky's work, stop out and take part of her event Crunch out Hunger at Verdoni's. She puts her heart and soul into Dancing with the Local Stars and the event is great for our community!!
More often than not, we here at the Muskegon Channel like to use the platform to show you the who, what, where, why and how around Muskegon to get things done. Where things are going on that will have an impact in your life, our community and how there will hopefully be a long term benefit from what's happening. This however, is not one of those times. :)
This time, it's amusement. Pure and simple. Tom Bitson got a hold of me the other day and said that The Plaza 1&2 had something special planned for Groundhog Day and wondered if I could stop by. So....since Celebration Cinema has never once said they couldn't help me with something I had going on, be it a donation for a charity thing or enough popcorn to feed an army...I figured I'd return the favor. Celebration Cinema does a LOT for the communities they have theaters in, including the Celebrated Service Award and I honestly think that a little recognition in return is due.
So, here's the deal. The classic Bill Murray film "Groundhog Day" returns to the screens of The Plaza 1&2 this weekend for a few shows! Yes, you've seen it once, you've seen it 10 times...but...it is 25 years old this year believe it or not, so you may have missed the chance to see it in the theater! Well, not anymore!! You've got 4 showing happening this weekend to get out and enjoy the movie for next to nothing combined with all the great movie treats and the comfortable setting of The Plaza.
Tom Bitson joined me for a little chat about the film and while we were at it, we talked about what was coming to the Plaza as well at Cinema Carousel this Spring and Summer....take a listen.
Always great stewards to their markets. I am so thankful to Celebration Cinema for all they do for Muskegon and our community! Go enjoy the fun of Groundhog Day. Who knows....maybe we're on to the next big "Rocky Horror Picture Show" cult following. Can you believe 25 years? Wow! Thanks to Bitson for coming on. For more shows and showtimes at the Plaza, click on the photo below.
We live in "Small Town America" for the most part. Our community is small enough that we have fairly easy commutes, we have access to all the modern amenities that make life cool. We've got great restaurants, an evolving night life, sports teams, good schools....MILES is priceless water front, great people, communities that work together for the most part - schools that do a great job education kids who want to learn...museums, maritime treasures...beautiful woodland areas...rivers...in land lakes...
And then one day....a pipe bomb goes off at an indoor event with over 1500 people at it because a lunatic wanted to make a point.......
You know it's only a simulation.
An event like this is what's being trained for at the Frauenthal Center Monday the 29th and Tuesday the 30th. Our area first response teams, doctors, nurses and others are coming together with the help of the Muskegon County Medical Control Authority this week. What's happening is this. It's an exercise where doctors are going to be able to experience in a remarkably realistic situation, more on that in a minute, just what it's like to do the job of the first responder team. Be it EMT, police or fire and rescue....these professionals all know their role, but...what happens when you flip flop those roles and give the players on either team a chance to see what the other group endures? Cameron Taylor invited me down and as we talked, he brought up a fairly new "buzzword" "silos". Yes, we all have our own little "silos" of specialty, what's happening today and tomorrow at the Frau is to build a bridge between the silos so our people have a better understanding of what the complete job entails when the unthinkable happens.
Now, since this is a live event happening right now, I can't tell you what the group will be experiencing, but...I got a walk through while there was some lecturing going on in the Beardsley Theater today and I am here to tell you. The scenario's that these folks will be placed in are the stuff nightmares are made of. There will be more than one life and death situation and it involves every nook and cranny of the Frauenthal Center. We were in the bowels of the basement up to the rafters of the roof previewing the drill...and simulation or not...no one will leave there tomorrow without a sincere realization of just what it is to encounter a disaster of magnitude and how everything has to flow all together after to do what they can, for who they can in proper order.
As mentioned, I was invited down by Cameron Taylor to learn a little more about how all this works, why the training is so vital and how all of these collective teams work together and learn what it takes to handle a mass casualty event where we least expect one. Right here in Muskegon. Take a listen.
We hope it's never needed, but...we also know that this is a big scary world. It's great to know that the people are being trained and cross trained to know how to handle the unthinkable. We also wanted to cover this story as a thanks to those who quietly and purposefully stay behind the scenes to make sure that those on the front lines of an emergency situation like this are up to speed and can handle whatever is thrown at them. If you'd like to know more about the West Michigan Regional Medial Consortiom please click on their logo below to visit their website. Our best wishes to those in the training tomorrow.
Thursday night, January 25th at Baker College, a panel of law enforcement officials and advocacy groups met at Baker College along with about 200 members of the community to discuss human trafficking in it's different forms. It was a great discussion and much information was shared.
At The Muskegon Channel, we believe this is the kind of programming that should be covered. We set up our live studio and got rolling to bring you the discussion live on our Facebook feed and have embedded it here as well to archive it for those who missed the live event or would like to come back later and review the message.
A programming note, there is some low audio during a video presentation. For that we apologize. We didn't know that we'd need to patch in to another device to add their audio. We will correct that for future events.
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Everyone loves animals and everyone loves pizza. You should go to the one event that combines your love for both on February 3rd at Fricano's Event Center on Muskegon Lake. Now, some writers might stop right there with the article, because really, that's all you need....pizza, puppies and kittys...done deal. There is quite a bit more to the story though and since the Muskegon Channel is all about the quite a bit more...stick around.
The Muskegon Humane Society is a 501c3 No Kill Animal Shelter that was established in 1972. From their website - "We have made it our mission to encourage animal welfare, promote education, work against abuse, but above all, serve as a shelter for mistreated and abandoned animals until a new forever home is found." The also receive no financial support form city, state or federal governments. It's based on community giving and sponsor donations. They have also done an awful lot of work recently not only to improve the shelter for the animals, adding all kinds of great amenities for them, they have extended the mission to outside of the shelter. They take the animals out to schools, assisted living centers, community groups and they even have people come in to spend time with the animals there at the shelter to enrich lives of both the pets and the visitors.
All of that takes a little money, well, it takes a lot but if everyone does a little...well, it becomes a lot in a hurry. So....let's do something fun to make it happen and let's get behind the great work going on...right? Saturday February 3rd, Fricano's Event Center will be the place to be for Pizza for Paws. It gets underway at 6pm. You'll find great music, great food and fun, a silent auction, a photo booth some raffle prizes and more. There will be a cash bar and as the party continues on into the evening, late night pizza will be available as well! All of the proceeds of the event will go to benefit the great work done by the Humane Society.
I was able to catch up with the Executive Director of the Muskegon Humane Society Alexis Ogborn and Paula Smith who's a dog trainer as well as service dog handler to talk a little about the party, the cause, the work and the guy they have coming to help host the shin-dig....take a listen!
Hey, it's the middle of winter, you're looking for a reason to get out of the house and the Muskegon Humane Society sure could use a hand in taking care of the critters they serve. It's a win for everyone! Make sure you get some tickets for the great event and plan on attending! We're excited to help spread the word and applaude the work done by these great people in Muskegon! For tickets, click on the photo below and if you'd like to visit the Muskegon Humane Society online, click on the photo below that!
I was at a meeting the other night, and the County Treasurer Tony Moulatsiotis said that April would be when they started to foreclose on properties that had taxes due from 2015 and that if people needed to make arrangements to get caught up, now is the time to get a hold of his office. Well, I immediately knew that I needed to tug on his shirt after the meeting and set something up because, well, I have been there and I really wouldn't want anyone to live in that fear like I did when there are ways to make things right and ways that can benefit everyone involved in the process. Let me back up a minute though.
A couple years back, I was "under employed". Meaning I had a job, but it wasn't paying enough and even though I had the one job and the work I did at home and a weekend gig...I was getting behind on things and really doing all I could do to hang on to what I have. It's not much, but when you're 45 and starting to get notices in the mail that you may lose your house it's not only frightening, it's a pretty big blow to your ego because it's not for lack of effort that you're behind. People can beat their knuckles bloody and still go in the wrong direction with the circumstances around them. I needed to take action but I didn't know where to start. To make a long story short, I had to get with my mortgage company, explain the situation and then begin looking into the HARP program to see if I could get a hand in finding a way to get the payment to where I could afford it. I didn't get a break on the principal of what I owed or anything, but they were good enough to work some numbers and help me get a little easier payment and kept my in my home. Not asking for a handout, just a hand until I could get to where it wasn't hanging over my head like it was, and it worked.
Now, let's say you find yourself in the same situation with taxes. Hey, it happens. Here's the thing...no one wants your house or property. The last thing anyone wishes is to see someone out on the streets and in all honesty, a foreclosure will end up costing everyone involved more in the long run than finding a way to help you keep what's yours and get things made right. Thus..my visit with Tony and Jennifer Matthews who is a property tax specialist at the Treasures Office. We're going to talk about the process it takes to get you on the right track. Protect your home or property had how the treasurers office will work to help you find ways you never imagined to get caught up and back on your way. It's a fascinating interview with a LOT of valuable information. Listen up!
Government working for you. Hey look, I know it's kind of scary to hear that there might be a foreclosure. I know too that it's intimidating to go in and say that you need help. But as you just saw, and heard...the Muskegon County Treasurers Office truly wants to help find a way to keep you from going into foreclosure for the good of you and all of us in Muskegon County. Take that first step. If you are in danger of a foreclosure, NOW IS THE TIME for action. Click on the Muskegon County Seal below and take that first step to getting the government to work for you!
Recently I sat down with lifelong Muskegon native Marian McDermed who is the Executive Director of Family Promise of the Lakeshore to chat about the incredible way they help families in our Muskegon area. Since 2009 Family Promise of the Lakeshore has been offering a secure place to stay for parents with young children who have fallen upon hard times.....but also, so much more than just a place to stay. Family Promise offers ongoing financial budgeting education, child care-parenting classes, life skill development assistance, food and household item donations, children's activities and library as well as daily warm meals and fellowship with other families and no pressure church organizations.