This week, we've been working closely with our sponsor Trinity Health to help them help us.  One of the biggest issues the hospital in Muskegon faces is the staffing.  Before the mess that was the pandemic hit, hospitals here in the area and all over the nation were preparing for a shortage of nurses to help run their facilities.  Enter COVID, and all of the plans that were made to try and fill an already forecast problem were lost almost in an instant.  The entire medical world was turned upside down by retirements, people deciding on other areas to work in and some saw the opportunity to be a travelling nurse for a better wage minus the benefit package.  As the President of Trinity Health Muskegon Gary Allore explains today, it was the perfect storm to cause upheaval in an industry that depends on smooth operations.  It's more than time to get back to the way things "used to be" implementing what we have now with those who can run it.

It's not every day that your local library system is given an award from the Library of Congress, but that's what's happened for the Muskegon Area District Library when it comes to their Library for the Visually and Physically Disabled Branch that serves more than 940 patrons in Muskegon and Ottawa Counties. 

Yesterday, we began our series with Trinity Health about their upcoming in person Career Event on September 15th at the Trinity Health Hospital in Muskegon with Cheryl Goodell, Chief Human Resources Officer. Today, we've got a visit with Linda Dunmore, Chief Nursing Officer, who's going to talk about her career in nursing and how it's evolved at Trinity Health.  

Trinity Health is a great sponsor of our work and we are thankful for their support.  We are also fortunate enough to be able to be invited from time to time to sit down and speak one on one with the leadership of our largest local healthcare system, and employer,  both on camera and off, to learn what's going on at Trinity Health and how we can best share their message with Muskegon.  Muskegon is unique that media here more often than not comes from out of town and is often captured in quick soundbites.  We're introducing a three part series with Cheryl Goodell today to help Trinity explain directly to you that there's a very large need for nurses.  RN's, LPN's and EMT's are the most urgently needed, but there are a lot of openings for other areas too. 

We're in the middle of golf outing fund raiser season.  It's a great way to get people a day off to help a great cause with some funding they need and a chance for those participating in it to win some prizes, enjoy some great food and the company of friends and family.  The Salvation Army of Muskegon however is putting a unique spin on the classic golf outing by making it one the entire family can enjoy at a pretty amazing local mini golf course, Putters Creek, on the Causeway.  It's a day of fun for everyone with a focus on "Doing the Most Good".

It’s short notice for sure, but we’ve worked under tighter circumstances and gotten a fairly good response so we’re swinging for the fences and hope you can join us at the brand new community choice credit union location Thursday for the back to school back pack give away!  This backpack giveaway is open to anyone and you don't need to be a member of the credit union to get one for your kids, but the kids do need to be present.

There's not a word in that title suggesting anything other than stopping violence.  Not one, not anywhere.  The Muskegon County Cooperating Churches have come together to send a message against the use of guns for violence and murder in our community and the event will be taking place at Hackley Park on Sunday August 27th from 4p-6p with the arrival for those who'd like to participate anywhere from 3:30-3:45.  The Reverend Tim Vander Haar from the First Congregational Church invited me down to learn a little more about this event.  Take a listen.

It's been a couple weeks since Shon Cook has had time to meet on up with us.  Between Andy and his trip to the Mayo Clinic and Shon living a life dream on the Appalachian Trail.....playing a little hooky over the summer can't hurt, right?  Back in business this week however and we're kind of matching up the real world with our discussion this week.  Shon took a quick break from her work to come and share with us the ideas behind witness testimony and what all has to go into that before the actual court date arrives.  It also factors in what happens in court!  

A lighthouse can represent a lot of things to those who look at one.  Some see the end of a journey of unknowns and high peril/adventure while others see somewhat of a ghost of days gone by and the lore of history that still has some purpose, but isn't overly applicable in today's world.  In Michigan, there are 129 of these amazing places, and it stands to reason as we're centered perfectly in the Great Lakes and the only state to touch all 5.  In Muskegon, along Pere Marquette, our light houses stand resolute to our history and heritage, and today their beauty attracts many from all over to just take a look.  Monday, August 7th is a day to honor those incredible structures and Kimberly Lange invited us down to talk about the events planned.

The idea of cancer is scary.  The diagnosis of cancer is even more scary.  Once the treatment is past and the new life begins, it's important to know that you're not alone and the Livestrong Program "unites, inspires and impowers people affected by cancer.  Locally, the Muskegon YMCA helps facilitate the Livestrong Program and a recent grant from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County has made it possible for that program to happen at the Viking Athletic Center in Whitehall, also known as the VAC.

Education is a moving target.  Think back to when most of us were young.  There was books, homework, a movie once in a while and a speaker or two a year.  Today, the challenge is a bit more for educators who face the mountain of distractions and living life in the 20 somethings.  The level of information available to kids has never been higher.  The level of input to kids, good and bad has never been more.  The pressures of society continue to increase and to grab young minds and get them to focus.....ever hear of Mt. Everest?  It's that kind of climb.  Innovation is happening at Reeths-Puffer Schools however, in a very big way.  On August 1st they had the Summer Acceleration Celebration and if "Summer School" is what comes to mind.....it's time for a rethink. 

Kathy Woodruff is a name that you might not have otherwise ever heard had her daughter Tiffany not given her a little nudge.  Kathy and her husband, Jody, are part of Muskegon County history that needs to be told because their work might have otherwise gone unnoticed and as they take another step toward retirement, they are asking for a hand to continue what they have started.