A divorce is a time that many feel is an end.  There are certain things that we can't live with, there are ways that people change over the years, and there are differences that just can't be settled.  It's a stressful and hard to manage time should it become the case.  However, if one of the parties in the divorce passes away during the time it takes to sort things out and come to a settlement, it's a scenario that A) rarely happens and B) when it does happen, it takes an amazingly sophisticated and compassionate legal team to understand.  Shon Cook at Tabono Law has not only that team, but the experience to back it.

The story of Tanya Hart is an amazing one.  Upon graduation from Orchard View, she headed off to school at Michigan State like many others do.  The time spent in Muskegon was valuable and left he with some pretty well established values and purpose, however, there's a big world out there and getting to know it, and what else it might hold is an investment that many bring back, including Tanya.  She might call Hollywood home now, but her return to Muskegon is a homecoming that will bring decades of experience in a field that not many like her were in when she began, and her rise to the top....well, it's one that took a lot of determination. 

What a wonder it is to live in a place where people with literally travel for hundreds of miles to see.  The symbolism and meaning behind a lighthouse is almost a global assurance of safety and security and they have been a part of the human existence for so long, it's pretty much a subconscious thought as to what they represent.  We drive by them daily.  Others, are not so lucky.  We do get the opportunity to share them with those who seek them and this weekend opens the season for these treasured beacons in Muskegon.  

 

Kim Lange invited us down to help share the news about this weekend's opening.  Muskegon Lights is the group that tends the lighthouses as well as provides the tours and maintains the small giftshop you'll find at 1431 Beach Street in Muskegon.  It's their opening weekend on Memorial Day and it's an exciting time as the gift shop is filled with the fun things that will make the visit memorable as well as give some local artisans a chance to show off their creations.  From beautiful photography to hand made Muskegon items, you will find them in the shop and of course, like any small shop in a tourist business, you're going to find someone who can spin you a yarn about the light houses and their significance.  Then, you get to go on the tour to the top for $5 bucks and see a sight that's limited to those in the world with access to it.  It's an almost surreal view looking 360 degrees our of the pure and spotless glass that houses the light.  It's one of the best spots anywhere to realize that we truly live on the edge of Heaven.

If you're a townie, there's a chance for you to pitch in too.  The Muskegon South Pier Lighthouse is always looking for an extra set of hands from a volunteer or two.  It's not a huge commitment to spend a 4 hour shift at the beach.  You'll get to enjoy the cool breeze, learn more about the lighthouse as well as the necessity for us to help raise a few bucks to repair and maintain them and above all, you'll get to be the memorable experience for someone who's made that journey to see exactly the symbolism behind all that is a lighthouse.  

Please CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE MUSKEGON SOUTH PIER LIGHTHOUSE ONLINE.  You can also follow them ON FACEBOOK to see if there are any last minute closures or changes if you plan to come down for a visit.  Our thanks to Kim Lange and "The Swag Guy" for their time today to help launch the season.  

 

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It's an incredible opportunity to get a phone call asking if you'd be available to come to something remarkably important when it comes to the preparedness for the unthinkable.  We know that we live in a community that's not perfect, but the over all "fear factor" is minimal compared to what some might deal with in larger cities or in communities that have historic buildings or places that would be best to be made an example of in an attack.  However, we are not immune from the unthinkable in any place anymore.  Imagine a scenario that we have a dignitary coming in to town.  Maybe a President.  Head of a foreign state.  A Governor coming to speak or something where an opportunist would see the potential to make an attack.  In Michigan, we have the 51st Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team who can be on site in 90 minutes if needed to assist, and today at Trinity Health Arena they were training, and we were honored to be invited to show you exactly what they do. 

The opportunity to be a part of the unveiling of something that can have such a profound impact on the lives of a community as well as the individuals in it is truly the most savory part of our work.  It's taken a while to earn the trust of the community and to get an invite to help share the story of an opportunity that expands the world of people who might otherwise never see what they can do...it's the highest purpose we can think of when it comes to publishing.  We've called Muskegon a "town filled with miracles" in the past, and this weekend, when Abilities Unleashed opens, another one will unfold. 

To think it's been 80 years since D-Day when the allies in World War 2 made the decisive move to land on the beaches of Normandy.  It was actually a 50 mile stretch of ocean front that was invaded by the US and the UK and their allies.  The beaches were given the code names UTAH, OMAHA, GOLD, JUNO, and SWORD. The invasion force included 7,000 ships and landing craft manned by over 195,000 naval personnel from eight allied countries. Almost 133,000 troops from the United States, the British Commonwealth, and their allies, landed on D-Day.  In Muskegon, we have one of those remarkable ships that changed the course of history.  The LST 393 is in Muskegon Lake and resides at the Mart Dock and the D-Day Memorial is an important remembrance that we are so fortunate to be able to preserve in the way we do. 

Think back to the 70's and 80's if you are old enough.  Just the thought of someone having a stroke was a horror story.  If not almost instant death, the level of damage that happened in the brain left people with almost insurmountable challenges after recovery with speech problems, mobility issues and more that quite often mean incapacitation.  Today, stroke is still the number 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the USA, but up to 80% of strokes can be prevented.  Dr. Patrick Pavwoski from Trinity Health is here to share his incredible knowledge on the topic.

Mission for Area People in Muskegon is an organization that stands out when it comes to human services.  A self proclaimed "Tiny agency with a big impact" is right on the money when it comes to their work for those in need and they have been providing that for over 50 years.  Tucked away inside a church in Muskegon Heights and right across from Muskegon Height High School you'll find their work happening.  There has been a lot of work going on inside the facility to open up the possibility for anyone to access the services.  Executive Director Kristen Turgeon shares the news. 

It was an awesome 4 years on our end being a part of a young broadcaster and his desire to get in the business.  The story began on a pretty hot afternoon in the pandemic when kids in school had to drive thru in their cars to get their diploma and since my wife Cindy Briggs was teaching at Fruitport still, I asked if they had given any thought to someone taping them as they came by, and like most anything in the middle of that mess, they had not.  It all came together in about 20 minutes from the idea until I threw the camera in the car, and off we went.  Once the video aired, a "like" came along from Kolton Woods Weather Forecasts.  That was the beginning of our development program.

Dr. Jannah Thompson is quick to point out that it's not the first order of business that most talk about medically.  Anything to do with "what's under the hood" especially when it comes to our bodily functions and our "private parts" leaves us all feeling a little uneasy.  Did you know however that ease of conversation changes?  It might be a little less difficult as a woman is in her child bearing years, but later in life, problems can surface in the pelvic area up to and including the "pelvic floor" which is a term it took me 53 years to even hear.  It's time to learn a little more and be a lot less hesitant about the issues. 

Some have wondered if there will be a parade for Memorial Day this year in Muskegon and, yes, there is indeed a parade in Downtown Muskegon on May 27th to honor those who have served, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for all we hold dear.  I met up with Mike and Lolene Osborne just before their committee met to hear more about the event, and there were even a few surprise findings by the Osbornes as they were prepping the parade route.  Take a listen. 

We're going to let Dr. Adam Bayne do the describing in the video this evening, but the gist of it is this.  In Holton, celebrating the academic success and futures of their graduation class....it's just as much of a big deal as seeing athletes signing letters of intent to head to a school, into the service, a trade school or the workforce after their time is up during their high school career.  We were once again on hand to see the stunning display of support for the graduating class of 2024 and if you have a kid about to commence....keep an eye out...we did all we could to get at least one show of their beautiful mug on their way by.