Category Archives: Community News

National Estate Planning Awareness Week

A Smith Haughey Rick & Roegge Article

By: Samantha A. Pepprock, Attorney

 

In 2008 Congress passed a resolution to declare the third week in October for Estate Planning Awareness. The goal is to spread information to the public about the importance and the impact of having an estate plan and the consequences of not having one.

 

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Edward Gordon, the author of “Future Jobs, Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis” Coming to Muskegon

You’re invited to a special visit from Edward Gordon, the author of “Future Jobs, Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis” on October 30th at 6:00 pm at Muskegon Community College. He will be giving a1.5-hour presentation on solving the employment and skills crisis. The public is welcome. Click here to learn more about the event.

You can read the synopsis of his book here.

 

When To Update Your Estate Plan

A Smith Haughey Rick & Roegge Article

By: Jay C. Kakaty & Samantha A. Pepprock, Attorneys

 

How does one know when to update an estate plan? How does one know when to create one in the first place? Estate planning can be a daunting topic for many people. The good news is there are many options available to benefit you and your loved ones because not everyone’s situation is the same.

 

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Life After Divorce

A Smith Haughey Rick & Roegge Article

By: Patricia A. Sheltrown, Attorney

 

You survived! Your divorce is now final, and you are ready to move on to the next chapter of your life, but there are a few more details that you do not want to overlook. Depending on how long you were married to your former spouse, his or her name is most likely all over your estate planning documents.

 

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FantasMenagerie: The Art of Nat Rosales at Muskegon Museum of Art

Muskegon, MI—The Muskegon Museum of Art will present the sculptures of Michigan artist Nat Rosales in a one-person show from October 18, 2018 through January 13, 2019. FantasMenagerie: The Art of Nat Rosales features the fantastical vehicles and creatures Rosales creates from scrap metal, found and manipulated objects, and mechanical parts. The MMA invites the public to an opening reception Thursday, October 18 at 5:30 pm. The artist will talk about his work in a program starting at 7:00 pm. The event is free.

 

Nat Rosales assembles his sculptures using cast bronze and brass animal sculptures, door and drawer knobs, decorative lamp bodies, gears and drives, various housings, and a host of decorative metal, plastic, and ceramic bric-a-brac. According to MMA Senior Curator Art Martin, “The resulting combinations are a blend of Alice in Wonderland and H.G. Wells, an amalgam of whimsy, fantasy, and mechanics.

 

FantasMenagerie features over a dozen of Rosales’ recent works, a menagerie of vehicles, contraptions, and mechanical-animal hybrids. Formed from found objects and scrap, and inspired by Rosales’ life and culture, these fantastical creations invite the viewer along on a journey of magic and exploration.

 

Rosales has been drawn to sculpture since childhood, an ideal expression for his fascination with taking things apart and exploring how the resulting pieces might be reconfigured and assembled. His current body of work began in 2004, with one of his earliest creations, Hog I, appearing in the Muskegon Museum of Art’s annual juried Regional Exhibition in 2005. His Mexican and Catholic heritage combine with a life-long interest in Cubist and Modern sculpture to form the foundation of his artistic expression.

Nat Rosales will make a second appearance at the MMA in a gallery “Crash Course” on Thursday, November 8 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. He will point out features of his works in the show and discuss his techniques at this free public event.

 

FantasMenagerie is underwritten by the Van Kampen Boyer Molinari Foundation. The Michigan Artist Series Media Sponsor is Blue Lake Public Radio. Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located in downtown Muskegon at 296 W. Webster Ave. Visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org or call 231-720-2570 for more information.

 

EXHIBITIONS

  • Through November 7 | 90th Michigan Regional Exhibition
  • Through January 6, 2019 | Armand Merizon: His Life and Art
  • October 18, 2018 through January 13, 2019 | FantasMenagerie: The Art of Nat Rosales
  • November 21 through December 2, 2018 | Festival of Trees

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Marguerite Curran, tel. 231.720.2574

mcurran@muskegonartmuseum.org

MMA Office, tel. 231.720.2571

https://muskegonartmuseum.org/

 

College Students + Powers of Attorney

A Smith Haughey Rick &  Roegge Article

By: Patricia A. Sheltrown, Attorney

 

By now your child has settled into her dorm or apartment and is hopefully working hard at pursuing that college degree and considering exciting career opportunities. While she appears to be quite grown up, living on her own, she may still be dependent upon you for many things like transportation, health insurance, emergency funds and, of course, laundry services.

 

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Muskegon County Calendar of Events 10/15/18 – 10/22/18

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I Say A Little Prayer

A Smith Haughey Rick & Roegge Article

By: Nicholas A. Reister, Attorney

Aretha Franklin died on August 16, 2018, and there is much buzz about the Queen of Soul’s lack of an estate plan. Her estate is rumored to be worth roughly $80 million and possibly more depending on the value of her song catalog. Probate court filings and reports from her inner circle indicate that she died without ever having prepared a will or trust, which is rather shocking. The reality is that Ms. Franklin did have a plan; however, because she didn’t create her own, by default, her ‘plan’ is defined by Michigan law.

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Muskegon County Calendar of Events October 8-15, 2018

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BIGGBY® COFFEE AND ARCADIA BREWING COMPANY ANNOUNCE RELAUNCH OF COFFEE PORTER

East Lansing, MI, October 4, 2018–BIGGBY® would like to announce the relaunch of Morning Nightcap! This beer is the result of a partnership between BIGGBY® and Arcadia Brewing Company. The BIGGBY® and Arcadia partnership sparked from a friendship between BIGGBY® Owner/Operator Kyle Kinney and Timothy Suprise, Founder/CEO of Arcadia Brewing Company. Kinney, who owns several stores in the Kalamazoo area, saw an opportunity ‘brewing’ and jumped on it. “Knowing how big of a fan Tim was of BIGGBY®, this idea just made sense. I love the fact that two well-known and loved craft industry companies have combined forces to produce something absolutely delicious,” says Kinney.

 

 

The beer lover’s consummate coffee beer, Morning Nightcap is a perfect marriage of rich coffee and creamy porter. Brewed with BIGGBY® COFFEE’s Papua New Guinea blend, which was created by Paramount Roasters especially for this collaboration, this BIGGBY® medium blend’s buttery, nutty, and sweet flavors bring out the rich notes of dark chocolate and fruit. When you take a sip of this beer, it’s an experience similar to a refreshing cold brew. Morning Nightcap is currently available on draft at Arcadia Brewing Company in Kalamazoo, MI and is out now in stores in six-packs of 12oz bottles! All Meijer locations will carry Morning Nightcap as well as a few other select retailers.

 

The perfection of the partnership between BIGGBY® and Arcadia Brewing Company is best explained by Timothy Surprise. “The artisanal fabric of craft beer and coffee is woven by committed and community oriented companies, and this Arcadia/BIGGBY® collaboration truly reflects a dedication to quality, innovation and experience.” BIGGBY® is buzzing with excitement over the launch of Morning Nightcap but it doesn’t end there – Arcadia is set to open another bar/restaurant location in Lansing soon!

 

BIGGBY® COFFEE, East Lansing, Mich.-based, was started with a single store on March 15, 1995. One year later, and on the cusp of opening a second location, Bob Fish and Michael McFall, on a handshake and $4,000, decided to franchise the concept. BIGGBY® COFFEE’s cultural values of Make Friends, Have Fun, B Yourself, and Share Great Coffee help coffee-lovers and the coffee-curious alike benefit from a less pretentious and fun approach to the standard gourmet cafe paradigm. Besides connoisseur-worthy drinks with pronounceable names like Teddy Bear® and Caramel Marvel®, BIGGBY® baristas provide a unique experience focused on brightening their customer’s day and supporting them in building a life they love. The “Big ‘B’” on the orange background caught on, and today BIGGBY® COFFEE has 275 cafes open or under contract across 10 states including: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, and New Jersey. In 2018, BIGGBY® launched an Area Representative Program and currently has 4 area representatives in 4 states.

 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Caitlin Carpenter at 517-898-3677 or email at ccarpenter@biggby.com

 

 

 

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