It's all we've heard about for the most part over the last weeks and months. Quite honestly, probably with good reason as the world we live in seems to have changed dramatically. At 47, I have to honestly admit that I look at life today and scratch my head a little. How did we get here? How did things get to be so scary.. and why do we seem to be losing a generation of kids under us? I mean, it's a tough world and it's getting tougher...but have we honestly gotten to the point where it's so bad we need to go shoot up a school? Are our entertainment venues really just giant corrals for maniacs to shoot in to?
It's got to be our number 1 priority at the time. We've got to have a plan to assure that any new school built meets a strict set of security standards. Older schools need to have doors locked and access limited and they need to be retrofitted to meet stricter safety codes. All options have to be on the table.
I go back a ways with Kurt Delia. Way back a ways. He grew up around the corner when we were kids. He took off on a police career and now he's trains other police departments and security outfits nationwide on proper tactics and procedures in such situations. He also manufactures a tool for first responders in Muskegon called the Delia Raptor. He invited to meet up with me to share a little of his knowledge on what it takes to secure an environment like a school. He also brought along Fremont Chief Of Police Randy Wright who had just come from the Fremont 17 minute walk out observation on Tuesday. Sandy's Harley-Davidson was kind enough to give us a little space to work in so we could meet a little closer to Fremont for the Chief. Take a listen to their thoughts on school safety.
I know there is a lot of personal perspective in this. Hey.....I have a wife, a daughter and a an entire herd of grand critters all in schools. I am not one to think that an object is the cause of a problem, but I am scared. We have a mental health issue here in our country and we also owe it to our younger people to protect them. It's time for all of us to get to work on some answers. There are many paths to take and it's time to be open and honest with ourselves about what's important....to me....that's our kids. My thanks to Kurt and Chief Randy Wright for their time today. If you'd like to visit the Fremont PD website...click below.
It's Fall Ya'all. Today I had the pleasure of visiting the Baby Bears Boutique to talk to Andrea about fall fashion for the kiddos. While I was at the visiting we had some littles join us to show off some of the hot new fashion items you will be able to find.
The hot colors for this season are going to be the burnt oranges, dark purples, brick read, and turquoise. You will be seeing a lot of fringe and foe fur. Boot socks and leggings are also making a comeback this season as well. Check out the video and you will see that most of the outfits can also be carried into fall from summer and the from fall into winter.
The First little that we had model for us is Isadora, she is wearing an outfit by Meme and Maggie designers out of California. A long sleeve baby doll tee with precious flower embellishment around the neck, leggings with the most adorable leg warmers sewn right in.
Next model is Carley and she is wearing a little red dress. This dress has beautiful gold star detail across the neck. You can very easily take this dress into the fall and even the winter by just adding a little sweater and then some white tights and sparkly boots.
Lastly, we had Morgan who was wearing a grey long sleeve shirt dress with houses along the bottom paired with baby pink leggings. On the leggings they had a sweater like leg warmer sewn in with button detail.
I took a big step this year. I was asked to make a run for State House of Representatives in Michigan and after much thought, I decided that if I was going around town telling everyone to believe in themselves and believe in Muskegon, I had best back it up when opportunity knocks. It's a giant endeavor and I know that it's going to be a year filled with high's and low's and I am going to meet many people along the way. One of which I already met, and would like to introduce to you.
Dr. Rob Davidson is an ER Doctor in Fremont. He's running for the US Congress 2nd District in 2018 and I asked if he could find a few minutes to sit down and have a chat early on as I think his schedule is going to get really busy, really quick. My first impression is that Rob is truly a humanitarian. He's a caring father and husband, loves his work as a physician and when you hear him talk, it's minus the "edge" that so many people who want to work in politics seem to have on their voice. He wants to make sure healthcare is available to all, public education is protected, our environment is safe and that wage equality is there for people. Yes... people. He's actually worried about people.
The election is a year off, but as I mentioned...it's going to get busy. I asked for a few minutes with Rob o introduce you to him and he found the time. We'll be sure to keep our platform open to all candidates as the year goes by, we think that a shared platform is fair and everyone should have a chance. But for now, spend a few minutes getting to know Dr. Rob. We met at his house in Spring Lake for a chat.
It's going to be quite a year for both of us. I am thankful to the Dr. for a few minutes and I wish him the best in his run. We still don't have the 2017 elections out of the way yet, but you can count on the Muskegon Channel to do our best to give the candidates running for 2108 seats a chance to connect and tell you what's important to them and why they are seeking public office. If you'd like to know more about Dr. Rob Davidson, please, click on the link below to visit his campaign page.
There are several layers here....try to follow along. There is a venue called 7 Steps Up in Spring Lake, they host Pin Drop Concerts. The venue is owned by Gary and Michelle Hanks who also have a non profit called Courtyard Concerts which they use to help bolster needs in Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Muskegon and more. They also handle booking music and musicians for a host of other events around the area and if that's not enough their venue is also used for event rentals for everything from weddings to political events! They are busy people to say the very least. They are also very community minded and they see things a little differently than the "locals".
To the Hank's, it's all just one big area the Lakeshore. A need in Muskegon is equally important as it is in Grand Haven or Spring Lake. A food pantry might have an emergency need, or there might be a family with an urgent issue. The non profit is there and ready to be of assistance. But like any non profit, it takes some fundraising, and how better to do that than by what you are best at, booking concerts.
They take the small, intimate feel of 7 Steps Up and move it outside for a show. Sunday September 10th Courtyard Concerts presents Seth Glier+Birds of Chicago. Special guests Jessee Terry and Loren Johnson. It will be in the courtyard at 116 S. Jackson Street in Spring Lake and the proceeds as you've probably guess by now go to the fund that helps them plug the holes that pop up in the surrounding communities they are surrounded by.
I caught up with Michelle Hanks at the Grand Haven Farmers Market. Yes, one of the many places she books music for and we talked a little more about the show and the outreach she and husband Gary operate for the area with Courtyard Concerts. Take a listen.
Mark it down! A great way to spend a Sunday in Spring Lake and you'll know that the event goes a little further than some bottome line somewhere. It will go back into the communities that surround the Hanks family and the people that keep them in business! I can tell you from personal experience, 7 Steps Up is a one of a kind concert experience, Gary and Michelle are true friends to all of us and to the musicians they serve...they are the biggest advocates that can be found! If you'd like to check out the show, you can find tickets by clicking the link below!
Let me start off by saying, being part of the Sandy Corely Memorial Run for as long as I have has been one of the greatest sources of accomplishment in my career. When I first came to Muskegon, making sure the radio station did all it could to help the cause was paramount. The Corley family and the staff at the shop....not to mention the Fremont HOG Chapter are remarkably dedicated to their purpose and their event. In my mind, the least we could do was get all hands on deck to aid in the battle of treatment of cancer for Muskegon and the Lakeshore area.
We helped promote the event, we helped promote the pre-parties, held some pretty spectacular radio auctions. We talked to the rock stars coming there to perform, we took listeners back stage to meet them. All the typical radio stuff. But there was one moment of selfishness for me every year, and that was being asked to stand on stage while the bike raffle and recognition ceremony was going on. To be allowed to introduce Rick and the family and to know that the loss of Sandy was not in vain.
In fact, in the 29 years since we lost the patriarch of the bunch, to fill that hole with the over $2,000,000 dollars for the treatment of area cancer victims has been a testimony to the man. It all started off with a handful of people at Mt. Garfield and now, is probably the second largest event that the Double JJ Resort sees every year. There are still plenty of people in tents, but there are also some pretty big dollar rv's coming in to enjoy the event, and our community. The best part of it all, the fellowship. You take a ride through the campground...people are laughing, partying, talking and sharing. I have been known personally to roam the lot looking for the best food...might even do that this year again. :)
I caught up with Rick Corley at Sandy's Harley-Davidson to talk about this years event, the new date and his personal feelings on the growth of the event and the size of the checks they are still able to present to The Johnson Center for Cancer Care at Mercy Health. Take a listen to our chat below!
It's a huge event. It's one of the Lakeshores liongest running events and it keeps growing eveyr year. Get there! Be a part of the fun, enjoy some or all of the concerts, enjoy the fellowship and purpose started 29 years ago to remember a guy who may have lost the battle, but left a leagacy of friends, family and fellow riders that will remember his name by doing what they can to help others fight cancer. My sincere thanks to Marilyn, Rick Karen and everyone for giving me the chance to be part of the family that makes up the Sandy Corely Memorial Run! Click on that beautiful Harley below for the SCMR page, tickets and more!
I first met Sandy Baker through No More Sidelines of Muskegon. Her son Eric, or as he was known by all of his classmates "Big E", participated in No More Sidelines and he made quite a splash in his days at Reeths-Puffer Schools as the prom king, announcement reader and all around source of awesomeness. They are avid fans of the Muskegon Lumberjacks and no matter where they go, they seem to collect amazing people to help them further what has become a truly remarkable nonprofit that is growing by leaps and bounds. Sandy has crafted a model by which young adults can find their way to as much independence as they can handle. Eric has Downs Syndrome, but he's really never been any different than the other kids. And like any other kid, there comes a time that they need to spread their wings a little.
Yes, kids with Downs grow up and where they might need a hand from time to time, they are like anyone. Funny, smart.....there are the "teen years" who doesn't love those...but as young adults, how do you keep them from wanting to continue with life like anyone else? Simply put you don't. Now the question becomes...where do they go to get that taste of "adulting". Sandy got to work, and in a matter of a few years of research, hunting, non profit forming and again, surrounding herself with all the right people.. Gracious Grounds was born.
A former Hospice residence was found to plant the first Gracious Grounds flag, nestled away on a quiet street in Grand Haven. The house has 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, common areas, a kitchen, office, a really awesome home theater in the basement and every resident has their own personal room. They can decorate in their theme... Big E happens to love the Dukes of Hazzard so as you can imagine...there's plenty of that. Some like Star Wars, some like sports...it's really no different than any other you. They have their own televisions, fridges, bathrooms...personal care items....you name it. It's a remarkable facility...and a remarkable mission.
I had a chance to stop in and see Sandy at Gracious Grounds, take a listen to our chat.
There are people in this world who create miracles. As Gracious Grounds grows, both in and outside of Grand Haven, you're watching one happen. It's amazing what a mothers love..and a pretty good background in her field..young people with unique abilities will know what it's like to be a grown up. Some of the residents there have shown "remarkable progress" in life as well as independence. We all understand what it feels like to accomplish something on our own...it's really amazing. Be the good! If you'd like to know more, make a donation or maybe get tickets to the gala...click on the photo below!