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We announced last week that we're partnering with Muskegon County to help get the word out about the importance of the 2020 Census for all of us here in the county. It's as simple as answering 9 questions, it will take you no more than 10 minutes and the impact it will have on your municipality as well as our community as a whole is $18,000.00 for the services we need, the programs we love and the people who need to be taken care of. It can't be explained easier than that. Everything that comes this way from federal dollars over the next 10 years depends on this information as does how we are represented in Washington. Your role in it is 10 minutes.
The Muskegon free COVID testing weekend story, in under 1000 words.
So there is a clear thought on the COVID testing offered in Muskegon Heights this weekend, I’d like to share as briefly as I can how it all came together and why. There are plenty of differing views on the virus, and in all honesty, yours, mine or anyone else’s are not needed. This is what happened and why.
Holiday!?! Good! You'll have time to do Fit and Healthy With Becky twice. Welcome to episode 144 of Fit and Healthy With Becky. It's Tabata again incorporating 8 short bursts of work with short breaks in the middle combining to give you a maximum impact and enormous advantage in the world of health and wellness! (Was that enough of a sell?)
Becky's a Certified Personal Trainer on a mission! We are lucky to have her and we're also pretty proud to be able to bring you such a great workout in a short format that can be used again and again, and seen on multiple platforms. You can watch here online, or on The Muskegon Channel for Roku or Amazon Fire TV. Your phone, your tablet...whatever you got! All easy ways to get your workout in and keep yourself in good shape.
Like any other workout. It's important to consult a doctor first. You need to know if you are in shape to do this or any workout. Also, warm up, stretch out and drink lots of water!! Here comes Episode 144 of Fit and Healthy With Becky on the Muskegon Channel.
Ta-Da!! Mission accomplished! Now...let's talk about your nutrition part of all this? Need a hand with it? Becky can help!! She's got West Michigan Meal Prep. She's using Kitchen 242 to make delicious meals that are affordable, ready to eat and ready for the week every Sunday! There's a new menu weekly and on her website you can get a look at the food and prices. Breakfast, lunch or dinner...think about a few things. Shop local, support a small business, eat healthy and save time for yourself! It's a great way for a win for everyone! Visit West Michigan Meal Prep below!
Attorney Shon Cook in Whitehall supports the work we do at the Muskegon Channel and our other publications and for that, we're very thankful. In this time where sometimes answers are hard to find about just about anything, finding out what's happening in the legal system now is paramount. Things are beginning to even out a little, however there are still a lot of changes happening week to week, day to day, and ever hour to hour and having knowledgeable and qualified help is essential right now more than ever.
Today, Eric Stevens who specializes in criminal law for Shon's practice, visits with Andy again. He's here today to speak on what happens if someone is arrested in today's day and age or incarcerated. The process is still moving, however there are some things you need to be aware of. From arraignment to court dates and the use of Zoom and even into the use of YouTube to make sure that courtroom proceedings are still available under the Freedom of Information Act. For those incarcerated. The process is the same, however there are no jury trials allowed until mid June at the earliest. Can bond be reviewed? What are the options to try and move priority trials up and around? It's a huge list of moving pieces as work goes on to try and find ways to make things happen while things are kind of working, and kind of not working. Adaptation isn't easy.
Specific needs for an attorney client relationship can't be addressed in this discussion. This is general information for those who need it and as you'll hear Eric reference a few times, if you are in need, make the call to an Attorney. A missed Zoom meeting or phone call, a failed attempt to show up at the court house because you didn't get your mail or hear about what you are expected to do in the process can lead to even bigger headaches for everyone involved and no one wants that.
Take a listen to our talk today with Attorney Eric Stevens of the Shon Cook Law Firm.
Eric is a very knowledgeable attorney and works hard to serve his clients with dignity and respect as an individual. If charged with a crime, you have the same rights now as you do any other time and proper representation now is more crucial than ever to help avoid making a bad situation worse by not understanding what's going on in the world of the court system. We highly recommend a call to Shon or Eric for your legal needs at 231-894-0909 for all matters Family Law or Criminal Law. You can also contact Shon and Eric via the website lined in the photo below. We'd like to once again thank Eric for his very gracious gift of time to help explain all of this for the audience of The Muskegon Channel.
We're very excited for the opportunity to help spread the word in Muskegon County about the importance of the 2020 Census for all of us. It's a partnership that was proposed by Muskegon County because of one thing. Our reach and growth has grown because of you, our audience and we could not be more thankful. From day one, our goal has been very simple. We're here to provide a reliable and relevant resource for Muskegon with news, entertainment and to feature the people of our community in a different way than we usually see. We're a little non traditional in our approach, we don't rely on the "click bait" that seems to permeate "news" today and we do our best to steer away from issues that only cause one reaction. Not to say that if something important that needs to be discussed isn't, but we'll take a little lower key approach and let both sides tell their story, and let the viewer decide. We've also seen some pretty dramatic growth in who's watching as we've spread out to things like Roku, Amazon Fire TV and more. The internal question stands. "How do we show our community for the greatness we know, and how do we extend that message out to the rest of the world"? That's what we operate on.
Kathy Moore is the Director of Public Health - Muskegon County and joins us for her weekly update. Mask Up Muskegon is on! Can you help make some masks for those in need? Details are here. The Memorial Day Holiday Weekend approaches. Please, celebrate with the proper social distancing and avoid having a block party this year. We talk about the reopening of Muskegon Area Business and the recommendations of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce for best practices. Some thoughts on the importance of contact tracing, testing and helping Public Health in their need to collect data. A recap on numbers including recovery rates and we wish you all a great and safe weekend.
Whew! We've been at this whole COVID thing for a while and honestly, it's taking it's toll on everyone! From those infected by this dreaded new virus to those who have been displaced from the measures that have been taken to "Stop the Spread" and "Flatten the Curve", you'd be hard pressed to find anyone on Planet Earth who's not had some kind of off putting moment from COVID-19. Even as things are starting to open up a little in Michigan and around the United States, we've got a long and uncertain road ahead of us until a vaccine is found, if one ever is. The early days, when we all heard "The New Normal"? Seems like ancient history, but the reality of that is that so much is still unknown, we've got to air to the side of caution and one thing that will be paramount, testing.
Like everything today isn't enough, Muskegon is once again seeing record high water levels and it's effecting more than just the Lake Michigan Shoreline. There is widespread flooding in a lot of areas of the county and there has been an emergency declared by Muskegon County Officials to try and help get some aid in from the Government.
Muskegon is up on the wheel and making things happen. For some, it's a new thing and for others, it's kind of what they do day in and day out. Do us one favor, and remember where The Muskegon Channel got it's start...a little blog called Positively Muskegon where we found folks who were doing pretty remarkable things and making life better in their own way, day by day for all of us here in town. It's the premise that what we do as individuals all contributes to us as a community and that our greatness is defined by all of us. We've carried that notion over to The Muskegon Channel as well.
Up and at 'em!! Or.. It's your lunch break! Let's go! Or.. Let's cap off your day with a great workout! See what's awesome about Fit and Healthy With Becky on The Muskegon Channel? EVERYTHING! No matter what time of day, no matter when it works best, no matter how many times a day you'd like to do it...your workout is right here waiting for you on the Muskegon Channel!
We're thankful for a hand on a couple of fronts. One, Attorney Shon Cook of Whitehall and her staff for being a sponsor of the work we do on the Muskegon Channel, Positively Muskegon and Channel 96 Muskegon and 2, the fact that they are willing to go above and beyond for us as well as our viewers when it come to their areas of expertise, the law! While things are certainly not what they were when we first came in to the times we are living in now, not everything is easy and no matter the circumstances, the average person doesn't have any idea of the in's and out's of the legal system and it takes highly qualified professionals like Shon and her staff to help.
Public Health - Muskegon County Director Kathy Moore joins Andy O'Riley for her weekly update for Muskegon on COVID-19. It's another fairly good news week. An update on the official numbers in the county. A huge outbreak isn't expected, however we might see numbers go up due to the increase of testing. Good things are happening, people are getting antsy..we all know it, there's light at the end of the tunnel, but it won't be Pre-COVID for a while. Thoughts and resources on best practices for the reopening of things. How to prepare and maintain precautions. Some talk about bars, restaurants and their reopening practices, they are already ahead, patrons might have to rethink some stuff as they frequent. The message in Muskegon is to stay safe and breathe a small sigh of relief.
We're doing our very best to keep you updated. If you'd like to follow updates directly from the Muskegon County Public Health Office, you can click on the link below to connect directly to their website. You can also find the information you need on the Muskegon Channel Radio App. It's a free download for either Iphone or Andriod devices.
Snappy headline right? Nothing better than hearing news that's not only helpful, it won't cost you a penny to make best use of it and it's a service that's available 24/7 and it's available in parts of Muskegon that you couldn't get it any other way! The Muskegon Area District Library has high speed free Wi-Fi available for use at all 10 of their countywide locations and you can access it from your car, maybe a nice bench on the outside of the building or in some cases, the signal is so strong, you can pick it up down the street!
Last week, Becky eased you back in to the new workout routines with half of a normal Tabata routine. She was nice. Well, that was then. This week, it's full tilt on the full Tabata style workout and includes all 8 segments of activity, with the rest breaks in the middle!! Yes, she realizes that it's Monday morning and your weekend was spent under a blanket watching Netflix because it was cold out...but HOP TO IT!
You're going to need a dumbbell that suits your fitness level. Becky, she's going big. She's got a 25 pounder and she's pushing it hard in todays workout. Strength, cardio and some endurance is going on here. Along with a few of those bursts...comes a "shock" to the muscle groups and it kinda amplifies the effectiveness. She's a Certified Personal Trainer, she knows what she's doing!
Like any of Becky's workout's, make sure you warm up, stretch out and drink plenty of water. If you are just getting into a workout routine, make sure you check with your doctor. Chances are you can check with them right through the phone or computer now a days!
We're so very thankful to be back with new episodes and we're more thankful that you're here with us! Here comes Episode 142 of Fit and Healthy With Becky on The Muskegon Channel!
You done gone and did it!! Put a gold star on the fridge! You earned it! You know what else? Becky can help with the nutrition part of the overall health of ya! Check out West Michigan Meal Prep and see what she's got going at Kitchen 242! Delicious, healthy food...ready to eat and available for you to pick up or have delivered every week! It's an awesome way to make sure you're getting the best quality at the most affordable price! Click on the photo below to visit her site!
In 2019, Andy O was asked to be the "Official Spokesman" for the Alzheimer's Association's Annual Walk in Muskegon. It was a bit of an overwhelming task to be honest. Emcee from a stage and ad lib. Piece of cake. But to be considered an "Official Spokesman" seemed to elevate things significantly and might lead to situations that were rather uncomfortable due to the limited amount of personal exposure to the horrible disease. What if people had questions that couldn't be answered? What if ya had to go speak to a group of "VIP's" who'd look at you thinking "Why'd they pick you?" All kinds of reasons float through the head. In the end though, it's about lending a hand, and getting out of your comfort zone a little, right? So whaddya do? Find someone who really knows what they are talking about and let them have the spotlight.
Shon Cook is a sponsor of The Muskegon Channel and our other publications. She's a compassionate attorney who strives for her clients on every level and was out front when it came to adapting to the changes that had to be made when it comes to serving clients in the legal system when the COVID safety measures started coming in, Utilizing technology to not only keep her clients taken care of and advised of all the current situations, but also pushing the legal system to help keep moving things along so when things do open back up, the "log jam" was as minimal as it could be.
Kathy Moore, Director of Public Health - Muskegon County brings her weekly update on COVID-19 in Muskegon. We go over the confirmed cases, and the number of losses. We talk about yesterday's article and what it means. It's a good thing, but it's not time to just forget what has to be done for the time. We were more than adequately prepared and that was good. We explain the difference between "State of Emergency" and the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order. There's a big difference.
Long ago, there was this kid who walked into a radio station one day and wanted a job. He was willing to do anything and settled on an internship figuring that it was a foot in the door, and that at bare minimum, at least he'd be around radio people to go along with all the weekend dances he dj'd at schools or clubs or wherever he could find a place to play his records and tapes. CD's were just starting to be a "thing". He wouldn't leave and after a while, they figured if they gave him $6 bucks an hour for handing out bumper stickers after concerts and staying behind and running the music while the real DJ was doing a live broadcast at some appliance store, well, maybe he'd quit begging for food. That was 1989 and 1990.
The Lakeshore Fitness Center announced a couple of weeks ago that it was no longer able to stay open sue to the unforeseen future with everything surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic. Parts of Muskegon were shocked and others were not surprised as for quite some time, the financial struggles of the facility had been a heated topic among all of the "experts" on social media. Our story here today, like anything else we publish isn't to point fingers, or assume we know the whole story of the intricacies of running a huge facility like that, because, we don't. There is however plenty of impact for people in Muskegon here, and a facility that could most likely be put to good use in some way shape or form for what it's intended to do, so we asked.
Formerly the Muskegon YMCA, Muskegon Community College purchased the building in 2015 and reopened the building under the MCC umbrella in 2016. It's been a place for all of the kinds of activities you'd find in a health care facility of it's size. Everything from swim lessons to spin classes and amenities offered to a wide range of community members. There were associative programs through other organizations in the community, including the former owner of the building the YMCA, as well as The Boys and Girls Club, area schools and more. It couldn't have been an easy decision to make on anyone's end to close the facility, nothing like this ever is.
Upon the notice given though, there was an immediate urgency on social media as well as among some of the members and staff to start thinking about the "what if's". What if another owner was found? What if the center was taken over by a newly formed organization to run it, as well as help develop some of the surrounding areas in an booming area of Muskegon? What if there are programs elsewhere in the state or country that have worked and been put in place to help keep a community resource open like this and how do we all come together to keep it open. For a very tough decision to be made in a time of uncertainty, they are some equally tough questions that are being asked to help assure a community asset can find a new way and those served by it can continue, and hopefully...the Lakeshore Fitness Center can continue it's path of growth that they had seen in the recent months.
It's one of those situations were there's really no "right or wrong". No one is to blame, economics sometimes force things that no one wants. Muskegon however is truly remarkable in the fact that our greatest asset is our people and when things that are important to us, we find a way to keep them.
Jeff Lohman was the director of the Lakeshore Fitness Center. While the future is uncertain to Jeff and the staff of the facility, we reached out to him to ask about what he's heard from those community members who've started some gears turning. We also talk about some programs that have worked in other areas of the state to protect assets like this and we hope, that with this discussion, a bit of a spark is made that will spread...not only to help those who enjoyed and made use of the club for the health and wellness, but the communal gathering spot, the resources it provides and the jobs it created. Take a listen.
"Times, are uncertain." if we could all get a nickle for every time we've heard that in the last few months, we could fund the Lakeshore Fitness Center till the end of time. Unfortunately, lie so many other painful decisions that have been made in the last few months, figuring it out is going to take a couple things. Patience. Perseverance. Understanding and most of all us. There's an answer out there for the Lakeshore Fitness Center, and Muskegon finds it's answers....always. We'll do our best to follow the developments and keep you updated. What we hope most of all, is that the thoughts shared today are yet another great example of how resilient this community is and that with all of us working together, nothing is being taken away from us.
To learn more about the 5 Healthy Towns program Jeff talked about, click on the image below.