Labor Day comes and goes and while the idea of Party in the Park gets mothballed, the ice does get put down in the hockey barns around town and the deep chill of the winter sets in indoors for those who are ready for some action in Hockeytown West.  Grabbing one of the very first spotlights this year are the Grand Rapids Sledwings who are coming to town on September 18th for a game that will show you that hockey is "every BODY's game."

It was earlier this week when one of our readers named Dee Saville made a comment on a silly video Andy took on a mini bike showing off a newly paved road up near Crocker Lake on 120 in beautiful Cedar Creek Township.  Dee had commented that it was nice to see a road not on the MATS route as that is her way around town and it kinda sparked an idea.  Maybe just this once we'd make it as simple as possible and let anyone enjoy something pretty spectacular any old time they like.

Dogs sometimes eat poop.  Blucch.  Most have seen it.  Some have had a smooch from Fido right after the occurrence and found themselves a little shocked by what's taken place, some meaning our host Jodi.  To us human kinds, there's not much more disgusting than waste.  The dog however has some reasons for this practice and Jodi is going to outline them for you this week on Dog Blessed.

Just earlier today, I got a message on Facebook asking me what brought about the demise of the once seemingly endless beer tents we had here once upon a time.  I had actually just left taping at Roosevelt Park City Hall talking about Roosevelt Park Day which if you recall, was easily one of the biggest beer tents anywhere.  It was so big they had a charity casino goin on in there with more blackjack tables open that you'll find on an early Saturday afternoon at a casino. I was there.  I had my 15 empty cups of beer stacked up as bragging rights.  But like so many others...time passed and it kinda just fizzled.  

Dr. Suess has been an icon of growing up since as long back as I can remember.  Theodore Geisel wrote under the pen name and brought literacy to millions with his rhythmic prose and his approach to the world of fantasy and imagination like no other.  Opening our minds to the idea that "woozles" and "wuzzles" were real and that cats in hats made magic and that Sam I am ate Green eggs and ham!  We all pretty much owe a memory or two to Dr. Seuss.

Cars for Cancer returns to the Lakes Mall this weekend and it's an event unmatched in the area for it's draw, it's purpose and the amount of growth we've seen since it began.  The Different Strokes Car Club got to work a few years ago on a Labor Day Weekend event that would become a stable for not only car lovers from all over Michigan, but also a major fund raiser for the Johnson Family Center for Cancer Care at Trinity Health in Muskegon which most, if not all of us will have some kind of contact with at one point or another.  Cancer is awful.  There's no other way of looking at it.

It was a fun month of working with Yodels Frozen Yogurt in Roosevelt Park and North Muskegon to help them grow their texting program a little and….it would seem that it worked! At the beginning of August we met up with Nic Tong at the Roosevelt Park location to announce the drive, talk a little about the shops and what they offer. From there, we dropped the number and the texting began! It was about a 25% increase in his reach over the month and today, we dropped into the Roosevelt Park shop to make a years worth of Fro-Yo come true…..take a listen! 

In 2021 we tried something a little new.  We have had a few of our creators that have been noticed and been asked to audition or to take on bigger projects since we began, and in the midst of the pandemic....a creator with Muskegon ties came to us asking if we'd consider showing his Michigan based documentary "Heartprints in the Snow" featuring his love of dog sledding and his families history in the sport as amateur mushers.  Well, we aired it on demand and ran it on our sister station Channel 96 Muskegon and low and behold the movie was Emmy Nominated!  Congratulations to Robert Michael!

It's time to celebrate the heritage and culture of the Latino Community in Muskegon and after an amazing launch in 2019 and of course a "siesta" in 2020 and 2021 like the rest of the world got, 2022 is time for one and all to experience the rich tastes and ample amount of festive fun and abundance of love in Muskegon who's ancestry is from Mexico and South America.

This week on lunch date with Mari we had the great pleasure of interviewing Shawn Church, owner of Nipote’s. Nipote’s Italian Kitchen specializes in bringing authentic Italian food, wine and desserts to downtown Muskegon. Located at 98 W Clay Ave, Nipote’s atmosphere and delicious food transports you right to northern Italy.

In this episode we be talking Michigan Irish Music Festival with Laura Holmes and Morgan Whitmer, The Muskegon Polish Festival with Tom Sanocki and Greg Moss and Author Marie Helena Cisneros will be on to talk about her new book Haunted Muskegon and will have signed copies for purchase. We'll wrap up the night with some music from Chris Clayton Loop! Muskegon Tonight Live! A Local talk show with Andy O'Riley and Jeremy DeWitt.