It would seem that Fruitport has become a place that's not too awful shy about grabbing the bull by the horns and finding ways for young people to get some real life experience in a work environment while they continue their education and wonder what it's like in the "real world".  Of course, when the publisher has a wife who teaches at Fruitport and her friends have no issue in working to help network, that doesn't hurt much either.  We found Kolton Woods as he commented on a pandemic spurred graduation drive thru video we did, and over close to the last two years, he's been right here dealing out the weather Monday-Friday while going to Valparaiso to get his degree, and our next Trojan has come up to the plate to give it a try as well.

Meet Joe Lalonde of Muskegon.  Joe is a blogger and now author of a book called "Reel Leadership".  Joe had dropped me a line on Facebook about his project and I looked into it a little more to see what he was talking about and it was kind of surprising to me that we share an identical passion and I though it was pretty cool that I wasn't the only one who quite often finds hidden meaning in things.  In fact, not only am I not the only one, from talking to Joe a little today, not only am I not alone, but Joe has made a recurring blog about the theme and now, he's got a book to be published soon about finding ways that you can learn leadership from what is heard and seen in the movies.

Ho Hum.  Well kinda.  We're all working our way back to normal and most everything we know and love is kinda coming back on line.  Yes, there are still a few of our biggest events that are "playing hurt" because a lot of what goes into planning and pulling off these big events were decisions that had to be made long before any restrictions were lifted and that left a lot of really incredible people in town who give of themselves to make these big events happen standing there with a LARGE gamble to make.  It's no place anyone wants to be having to wait yet again for something like Rockstock or the Michigan Irish Music Festival but the simple fact is that so many unknowns play into planning an event like this and the losses from a resurgence or the virus or, another round of crowd limits could ruin the events for good.  So, some have scaled back, some have had to wait.

If that headline don't make your mouth water, um...."Houston, we have a problem."  We're back in the kitchen of the Soul Filled Eatery on Glade Street in Muskegon with Chef LaKisha Harris and you are in for an explosive taste treat today.  Brace yourself for breakfast, LaKisha is whipping up candied bacon and blueberry waffles.

Been going on a while now.  This idea of doing something in Downtown Muskegon other than trying to cross the street in the dead of winter to get in to a hockey game.  Slowly but surely, we've seen the emergence of a vibrant and festive area where people can commune and enjoy the friendly surroundings of the bars, restaurants, Mercy Health Arena and new this year the VanDyke Mortgage Convention Center.  What was once an abandoned downtown with a couple of bars and a hotel is now a beating heart of an entre community and the streets have literally become a canvas to paint on when it comes to things to do to keep people occupied and engaged.

Cooking is a family affair for LaKisha Harris.  It's been a point of discussion for her since day one with us here and her heritage and mentorship from her mom and grandmother come shining through in everything she makes and serves.  It's only natural that she'd be passing those secrets down too to her daughter Rheyma would be in on some of the cooking that goes on.  Actually, "Mini Soul" as she is often referred to in close circles is usually just off the camera trying to get a peek at what's being recorded or, she's been known to tell the camera guy to "stick around and help her momma with the dishes", which he's been known to do.

We are humbled, excited and honored all at once over this one!  We mainly focus on all things Muskegon by intent of course, but quietly we also know that we've got a little bigger audience than just our area and that's part of the plan.  We work daily to share more good things about our area and then once we find them, we utilize just about ever avenue we can find to amplify that message to a much wider audience so they too can hear the real story about who we are and why we are the truly incredible community we don't get enough credit for.  (Steps down off the soap box)

The AMAZING Chef LaKisha Harris is back!  We kinda figured on our first meeting that we found us a rock star and we were right.  Not only has she gotten her restaurant on Glade Street in Muskegon Heights open for daily service, she's been a part of the advance of Taste of Muskegon again, she's got her catering business rollin' and if that's not enough, she's finding time to teach kids how food is prepared and what it takes to get a career in culinary arts going.  When we said we found a dynamo a little over a year ago, we have never been happier to be 100% correct-a-mundo on a subject!  This gal is on fire!

We welcomed DP Comics and Collectables on with us as a sponsor here a while back.  DP Comics is both a brick and mortar store on Grand Haven Road in Norton Shores as well as an online retailer of all things super cool when it comes to comics and collectables.  Don has built a wonderful business out of sharing joy and passion for things that spark memories, bring fun and also bring people together to reminisce about days gone by.  At his shop location however, Don saw a really unique opportunity so with a little pixie dust and with the thought of adding in something that has gone by the way side, it was time to adjust the name of the physical place while maintaining the online name.

We have put together a feature length highlight video for the Miss Michigan and Miss Michigan Outstanding Teen 2021. In the video you will find the introduction to all the contestants, crowning and awards, selected talent showcase, special guest Pam Eldred (1969 Miss Michigan, 1970 Miss America), and introducing this year's Miss Michigan Princesses.

As we sat it out last year, and "it" meaning all of it, we were all given a chance to see just how important all of the extra added things we love in Muskegon meant to us.  Everything and everyone took a hit when it comes to the events that fill our hearts and our streets..and for some, our pocket books.  It's in the rearview for the most part now and getting back to the fun stuff....well, it's a welcome sigh of relief to everyone.

Mona Shores High School Choir Presents - The 49th Annual Pop Go The Sailors
The first "Pop Go The Sailors" was presented in 1973, started by Mr Skip Frizzell, choir director at that time. Each show since 1983 has been based on one theme, for example 2017 - 'Staches & Lashes, 2018 - That's Entertainment, 2019 20th Century, 2020 - Stay Home, and now in 2021, MIXTAPE. Senior walk off is also included at the end of the performance.