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Christine Robere of the United Way of the Lakeshore is back to talk this week about the post pandemic recovery efforts. As we get back to normal, proper hygiene with hand washing and social distancing is still a best practice. We really don't want to go backwards. Recovery efforts continue to look for ways to help people get vaccinated. Do you have ideas? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Can you lend a hand with some of the work to come over the Summer in and around town? Are you aware of all of the awesome things coming up this weekend that are all possible because we got through this mess? Find out with a recovery update from Christine!

Summer....got a little more fun on the Lakeshore this year with the announcement today of the 7 Steps Up Summer Sessions Concert Series at the beautiful new Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium in Grand Haven.  Opening the series this season will be Los Lonely Boys on July 1st and July 18th the super sounds of the 70's with Poco, Pure Prairie League and Firefall to get your retro vibes going.  Two more shows will be announced as the Summer progresses but the ball is rolling and great show experiences will be growing as the years go by and it's from the dedication of some pretty visionary promoters who brought what come consider one of the most unique live music experiences to West Michigan ever. 

It was quite an honor to hear from the 6th largest brewer in the country saying "Hey...we'd love to reach the good people of Muskegon and let them know about a party we're having....can you help us spread the word?"  Ya...we sure can.  We'd LOVE to get people in on a concert the size of Founders Fest and work on that whole idea that somehow....Grand Rapids and Muskegon are so far a apart that it takes FOREVER to get there.  It's a half an hour or so....in either direction....so being neighborly is in the best interest of everyone. 

It's always a true pleasure to sit down with my good friend Mary Suarez with The Hope Project of Muskegon County.... recently Mary and I were joined by Debi Jo Kett... also of the Hope Project...to talk about a very important annual event that raises important funds and awareness for The Hope Project which is doing all it can to help young girls and women in our community who have been victims of human sex trafficking. 

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. 

We live in our own little pocket here.  Honestly, it's not a bad problem to have.  Things are generally safe, we don't see some of the issues the "rest of the world" has to deal with, at least we don't thing we do and quite often it takes one of our own to get out in to the world and come back and bring a realization back that what we think we're protected from, well...it's happening here and now and it's not always under the circumstances we think.  

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