We dodged it as long as we could this year, but Winter has taken a firm grip now and we're all back to heating our homes. There are a multitude of ways people heat places, but all come with some risk. Yes, there is a risk of fire from anything that generates heat, but if there is combustion involved, there is a chance there could be carbon monoxide.
Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer. It's an odorless, tasteless gas that is produced anytime you burn fuels and it can build up in homes and poison humans and animals that breathe it. According to the CDC, every year 400 Americans die from carbon monoxide poisoning, 20,000 visit the emergency room and 4000 are hospitalized. CLICK HERE to visit the CDC website for more statistics and information about carbon monoxide.
In Muskegon, the statistics are staggering as to how many homes are not protected by the proper smoke detectors, let alone the proper devices for carbon monoxide detection, but.. it's as simple as a phone call to make sure your home is taken care of properly. Safe Kids is part of Mercy Health and they have just received a grant and along with Kidde and a joint mission of area fire departments, they want to make sure your family is safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide and the best part is, it won't cost you a penny. This program is open to owner occupied homes and all it takes is a non emergency call to your local fire department to get the process started.
Once you get a time, trained fire fighters will visit your home, they will take a look at what you have currently and help you out with what you need. They can also help with an evacuation plan, maybe show you an area or two that could be a problem if a fire occurs and most of all, they can check and make sure your equipment is up to date, and able to perform at it's best to save you and your family.
Holly Alway is the injury prevention coordinator at Mercy Health and she is also the grant writer who's helped bring this opportunity to Muskegon for Safe Kids West Michigan along with Kidde to help make your home safer. Ted Karnitz is the Fire Marshall of Norton Shores and Scott Hemmelsbach is the acting Fire Marshall of Muskegon. We all met up at the Muskegon Central Fire Department to talk about the dangers, and the ways you can get a hand from any of the county's fire departments to help protect your home and family. Take a listen.
Time to take advantage of this great opportunity. Don't wait! It's a free service as long as the equipment is available and there is nothing to lose by setting up an appointment to have your home checked over. In Norton Shores cal 231-799-6809, in Muskegon call 231-724-6793.
It's the holiday season!! You might find yourself in the middle of the party's, the goodies, the gravy, cheese sauce and booze. Hey, it's that time of year...just don't drink and drive....but live it up!
Becky Biesiada is here to help you keep it on track though. She's got a special for you!! It's the 12 Days of Christmas work out! We're not promising it's going to be easy, but it will give you the energy and drive you'll need for the "extras" you'll be indulging in!!
Let's get to it!! It's the 12 Days of Christmas work out from The Gym in North Muskegon!!
Whew!! Happy Holidays from all of us at The Muskegon Channel! If you'd like to give yourself the gift of better health Becky is a personal trainer at The Gym in North Muskegon as well as the Muskegon Country Club. She is also available for home visits and if you'd like to have some fun and learn to dance, get a hold of her for her swing dance lessons! Click on the photo below for a link ot Becky's website!
It's hard to believe, but it's been 10 years since Dancing With the Local Stars come on the scene in Muskegon and in those 10 years, the amount of money raised for area food banks is staggering. Dancing With the Local Stars is an event put on by the Womens Division Chamber of Commerce in Muskegon and in the 9 years they have been going on, over $755,000 dollars have been raised to help supply area food banks. Over 3/4 of a million dollars going to help those who suffer food insecurity in the Muskegon area is a monumental endeavor in itself, but Dancing With the Local Stars has gone on to do so much more.
For one, it's been a catalyst for a lot of new relationships in town. People who would have otherwise never met are coming together to share skills and ideas. Professional dancers and pared with local "celebrities" who learn a little about dancing, and they also use their connections to help raise some money and awareness about just how much need there is in Muskegon for those who go without the staples in their lives. Second, the event itself is held in February and if you've been around Muskegon long enough, you know that by the time February rolls around, pretty much everyone in town is dying for a chance to get out of the house and do something fun. Cabin fever sets in pretty hard by that time. Finally, to put a fun spin on such a serious need...that's a great thing. We have a true need for food here in Muskegon. We can ask, we can do canned food drives, we can take collections up at work or church, all of which are great efforts, or we can innovate and turn out an incredible event that focuses on the need but provides an outlet for some fun while doing it.
The Womens Division Chamber of Commerce is behind a number of great events. Downtown Dancing, Trinkets and Treasures, Fashion and Frolic, they all keep us busy, but Dancing With the Local Stars has become a marquee event in Muskegon and it's looked forward to every year by many. Mary Kendall founded the Dancing event all those years ago. I caught up with her Friday night as the cast of the 10 year celebration was about to be announced. Take a listen to our chat, which leads into a couple of the professional dancers, which leads into a visit from one of the original local celebrity's and another pro!
Dancing with the Local Stars is a 2 weekend extravaganza this year!! To be held at the Holiday Inn Downtown Muskegon on February 16th and 17th and the 22nd through the 24th. Tickets go on sale January 2nd and you can call Mary Kendall at 231-798-4244 to purchase yours! It's a great time and a great cause, so save the dates and be a part of the 10 year anniversary celebration of Dancing With the Local Stars!!
You are at week 30 - kinda..... Last week you got some time off for the holiday and all, but Becky is going to step it up a bit for ya this week. Yes... as week of respite was nice, but this week it's an advanced workout for ya! Get ready...I hop you're up for the challenge.
Becky is a personal trainer here in Muskegon...you can find her at The Gym in North Muskegon as well as the Muskegon Country Club. She does home visits too! Her mission is to help you look and feel better by designing a personal work out that will fit into your time and budget and help you live a healthier life!
Here we go with week 30!
Whew! Get a drink of water and catch your breath! You did it!! Congrats! If you'd like to know more about a membership at The Gym located at the 4 corners in North Muskegon, give the link below a click and visit their website. It's a small, personal touch kind of place and the atmosphere is wonderful. A great place filled with friends and neighbors who are supportive and caring!
How bout a good old fashion chili cook off to warm up a cold winters weekend? You'll have the chance to stop in to one December 9th at Tiffany Woods Apartments in Roosevelt Park. Everett Hawkins is part of the staff over at Tiffany Woods now, but he's got quite a past in the area working with local bands, bars and booking gigs for different places and he and the staff at the complex thought it was high time to throw open the doors and invite friends and neighbors over for some fun, food and a chance for chili masters to win some pretty cool prizes.
The event will be going on from 12-3 in the club house of the apartments. If you've ever been there for on of the safety days they host, or maybe you've been over there to take a swim in the indoor pool as a guest of a resident, or you live there and frequent the place...they like to be active with the community and this is a chance for you to stop in and check out the goings on. There will be a blue ribbon panel of judges who will be sampling the chili... Matt Dirito of Pop Evil will be there, so will Mike Kotecki of Two Heded Chan. Tony Laskowicsz of 1st Assured Bail Bonds will be judging as well.
It will be a fun time and a chance to get out of the house and away from the holiday hustle and bustle for a while! Stop on out to the Tiffany Woods Chili Cook Off. Tiffany Woods is also a Toys for Tots drop off location so you can bring your donation for that too!! We'll plan on seeing you next Saturday at Tiffany Woods!! Come on out for the fun!
It's not everyday that Muskegon get's a "Social Entrepreneur" in town. Just what is a "Social Entrepreneur" you might ask? Well, it's a title that someone gets when they see something that needs to be fixed and takes a grass roots idea and turns it into a national platform to help others see more in themselves. They also take their experience, strength and hope and put it to work so that others might be able to avoid some of the pitfalls in life that have been experienced and that the next generation can be stronger, bolder and ahead of the game when it comes to their life.
Molly Barker came to Muskegon today. Molly is the founder of the Girls on the Run program. It began with 13 girls in her neighborhood and has grown to empower girls across the nation to believe in themselves. The mission is to "inspire young girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun experience based curriculum which creatively integrates running." Girls on the Run's vision is to "create a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams." I personally got involved with Girls on the Run a few years ago when I was asked to be the emcee at their event in Muskegon and saw immediately that it was something I wanted to be a bigger part of. Our young people are our future...they are our greatest investment and it's up to all of us to do what we can. seeing the faces of these girls on race day, crossing the finish line...it's an experience beyond any price point.
After founding Girls on the Run, Molly has gone on to other social platforms working in Washington DC for a while on the Bipartisan Policy Center and now, she's founded The Red Boot Way. The Red Boot Way "creates compassionate communities by teaching a practice of intentional communication where self awareness, connections and trust grow." Molly was in town to speak to the Rotary lunch and I was invited down a little early to meet this inspiring woman and talk a little about Girls on the Run and her new Red Boot Way. Something all of us could use a little more insight on. Take a listen.
It was a great pleasure and honor to meet Molly. Thanks too to Susan Gifford and Lori Burgess for the local arm of Girls on the Run for the opportunity to sit down and talk with such an icon when it comes to strengthening others and leading by example. Miracles happen every day. They happen in every town, and they happen by the work of people who see a reason to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Some are big, some are small....but one thing is for certain, they all impact someone. Molly's miracle grew to touch thousands of girls and their families...don't think that what you've got stirring in the back of your mind can't do the same thing. To learn more about The Red Boot Way, and maybe watch another miracle unfold....click on the photo below. My thanks to Molly for her time today and her inspiration to so many.
Muskegon, we're in for a treat. We love our food and restaurants that offer a great value and unique tastes are starting to pop up more and more in the area. Foodies can rejoice on December 1st as we're set for the opening of a very unique and very good new endeavor called Gouleese. Yes, it's a goulash restaurant! Now, before you go thinking "a goulash restaurant?!?" let me tell you a little something.
Goulash is a dish that's got many different definitions around the world. Growing up, goulash to us was always macaroni, ground beef and some other magic my mom would throw in a pan...honestly, I have yet to figure it out and since Mrs. O isn't much of a fan, I only get that once in a while now....but....my education on goulash from a global perspective is going to be growing quickly. There are versions like Hungarian, Mexican, Italian and more. Gouleese will also be offering chicken dishes, I heard burgers mentioned a couple of times and I saw a picture of a meatball dish that kids are going to go wild over.
Let me tell you about the setting too. It's quaint. It's casual and it's in a neighborhood setting. Biedler street right off Laketon in Muskegon. As you pull up to the place, you can see in short order that, as we've watch 3rd Street re-emerge Downtown Muskegon, Biedler could very well be the next pocket neighborhood to open up thanks to a delicious restaurant and in time, hopefully some more new places of interest that will come along to accentuate the resurgence. It's the slow but steady progress of Muskegon redefining itself.
The Grand Opening is December 1st. That's this Friday!! 11am-9pm are the hours for you to take a few minutes out to enjoy the new place. We'll talk about the menu and prices in the interview below!
Tim Painter is the principal behind the whole thing. He dreamed of owning a restaurant at one point and worked to make it a reality and thought that a unique twist with a fun menu and one of a kind atmosphere would be the route. He along with Emilio Trejo and team put all the work into the building, the menu and the dream...take a listen to our chat below.
I am excited!! I am full too, Delicious sample of the goulash and I was just delighted with the charm of the insides of the newest restaurant here in Muskegon. I am telling you...as we were wrapping up today, we were talking about Muskegon and how nice it would be to see more neighborhood places like this. Small stores that sell essentials...unique restaurants.....shops that cater to specialized items and shoppers.....kinda like the old days. We've been through a lot in Muskegon that's for sure, but we're seeing more and more that people are saying enough of waht was and they are building toward a future of what will be. I am so excited to see it. Click on the photo below and follow Gouleese on Facebook! Make sure you check out their Grand Opening this Friday!
Monday! Let's get to it! Not a lot of fanfare leading into today's workout. Just time to get yourself into motion and make the best of this short holiday week!! Let's get to week 29 of Fit and Healthy With Becky.
There are a multitude of benefits to having one of West Michigan's most famous chef's on board at your online TV station. Not only do you get her sage advise on how to masterfully handle anything in the kitchen. You also get her commanding presence, her friendly and fun personality and if that's not enough at the end of the segment, someone has to make sure the final product is of the highest quality...so you can imagine where the pie ended up.
This week, we visit Chef Char in Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers Market for a lesson on how to make the perfect apple pie! There are some tricks you know. Char has been busy helping a local restaurant get going and keeping her classes full at Kitchen 242, so it's been way too long since we've had a visit from here here. She's got classes of all kinds at Kitchen 242. Everything from kids healthy cooking classes to evenings set aside for grown up's to come out and enjoy some of the finer touches on making the most delectable dishes!
Kitchen 242 is an outstanding addition to Muskegon. It gives anyone with a desire to work in the food industry a chance to operate in an "incubator" setting while trying to establish their business. It's also a place for classes like Char offers and an outstanding back drop for segments like this! Let's get on to the workings of that perfect apple pie!
Easy as pie right? Give it a shot yourself or click on Chars picture above to visit her website to learn more about the awesome classes she hosts at Kitchen 242 Downtown Muskegon. You'll be baking pie perfection in no time thanks to Chef Char! Here's the recipe for all you just saw!
Pies at Kitchen 242 with Chef Char Morse
Flaky Pie Crust:
8 oz. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut up into Tablespoon-size chunks and frozen
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
½ cup buttermilk
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
In a mixing bowl, add frozen butter, flour, salt and sugar. Next, add the buttermilk and vanilla. Using a dough hook on an electric mixer, mix the dough ingredients until it forms a ball and butter chunks are about the size of nickels and dimes. Wrap ball of dough in plastic wrap or place in a sealable plastic bag before placing in refrigerator until ready to roll out dough. When ready to roll pie crust, split the ball of dough in half. Lightly dust a clean surface with flour and roll half of the dough into a circle to cover a 9 inch pie pan. Place bottom crust in pan. Fill with fruit filling of choice (mixed berry filling recipe below) and roll other half of dough ball on a lightly floured surface into a circle big enough to cover a filled pie. Place crust over pie filling, pinch edges of crust, brush with egg wash, then sprinkle with granulated sugar. Slice small holes into the top crust before placing pie into a 375 degree preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Remove pie from oven and allow pie to cool slightly before serving.
Apple Pie Filling:
4 cups local apples, peeled, cored and sliced (Char likes honey crisp and golden delicious mix)
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Mix pie filling ingredients until apples are completely coated. Scoop filling into the bottom crust in a 9 inch pie pan.
Holiday travels coming up? If you are heading out always check the Muskegon Airport for your travel plans. First off, let's just talk about the simplicity and convenience of it. It's right here. There's no long drive, there are no long lines, there are no exorbitant parking fees and the overall pressure of flying drops by about 80% with the ease and friendly approach of the staff at the Muskegon County Airport.
It's no secret that the Muskegon County Airport is a great sponsor of the Muskegon Channel and Positively Muskegon. We're proud to have them on board because flying out of Muskegon is really the way to go. When we personally travel, the thought of adding on a hotel stay in some other town or the idea of having to get up at 3 am to drive to catch an early flight is enough to ruin day one of any vacation. The added expense, the stress then, when you get back....the drive home from where ever.....we'll check Muskegon first.
The Muskegon airport is offering some expanded service over the holidays. They have also moved their early flight in the am to a much more conducive time to catch connecting flights in Chicago. They are also expanding their tour flights. We've seen the tour packages going to Laughlin Nevada for a couple years now, they are always a sell out and always a great time. Now, they have added Atlantic City flights with S&S Casino Tours. We've done the Atlantic City flights a few times and you can't beat it. You get on the plane, and in about an hour or so...you're on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, and for me personally, 10 minutes after that, I am either down on a cheese steak or sausage and peppers from one of the great Boardwalk restaurants.
I stopped out to the Muskegon County Airport to talk with Marketing Director Dianne Hoffman and Jeff Tripp who is the General Manager of the airport to talk about the newer schedule, the fun flights and the over all ease and simplicity of flying Muskegon. Take a listen.
Make your travel as simple as you can. Cut out the long drive, the added expenses and the stress of the big cities when it comes to heading out. The Muskegon County Airport offers lower fares, easier access and an environment that's much friendlier. If you are heading out, click on the Muskegon County Airport logo below to see flights, times and fares! Thanks to Dianne and Jeff for taking a few minutes to join me!
Wallflowers! This work out is for you! Find yourself a spot on the wall and get ready for Becky's wall work out!
Becky Biesiada is a Personal Trainer at The Gym in North Muskegon and brings you a weekly work out here on the Muskegon Channel. You can do this work out at your own pace, on your own time and as often as you like. That's the beauty of it! Of course, she asks that you check with your doctor to make sure you are ok to begin this or any other work out. Warm up and stretch out too before you get going!
There you go...have at it all week!! If you'd like to know more, or maybe get more out of a work out with a group or one on one training with Becky, click on the photo below to visit her site.
Time for a little history lesson as well as some holiday fun! The Greater Muskegon Women's Club has been operating continuously since 1890! Over 100 years of work toward a better community, empowerment for women, education, philanthropy, and social functions right in the heart of Muskegon. Like any club, there have been high points and some where there has been a bit of a struggle, but it's stayed alive and intact all these years and preserved a piece of history in Muskegon that all should be proud of.
Today, they still thrive at the corner of 2nd and Webster. They still work on the social pleasantries like tea parties, luncheons, book discussions, dances and other special events. The still host special events like artisan markets, a fine arts scholarship, honor women of accomplishment and host fun community based events like a gingerbread house building weekend which is coming up November 17th-19th.
It's open to the public and you're encouraged to bring the kids out on Saturday and Sunday for the Fun. The Friday evening event is set aside for a grown up's only night out. Hey, if people are willing to go out for a night of painting as a group, why not make it a date night and build a gingerbread house? It's said that a certain special visitor who's famous for his sleigh and red attire will be in attendance and the cost which is minimal will help fund the work done by the Greater Women's Club of Muskegon.
Nancy Bierenga invited me down to the "inner sanctum". :) I took the chance to pay a visit, not only to see the historic and beautiful insides of the building, but in all honesty, to learn a little more about the club, the history and what they do today. Take a listen to our chat below.
Some social fun, some community activisim, some empowerment and some deep history in Muskegon. As Nancy said, the Greater Muskegon Women's Club may be the oldest in existance in the state. That's much to be proud of. If nothing else, take a look at their website. Click on the picture below to visit.