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Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations for 2019

The Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its class of 2019.  There are six categories; Non-Profit Organizations, Colleges/Schools, Environmental Projects, Business/Industry, Individuals, Legacy Circle and Sunrise Youth Award.

 

This is the eighth  year for the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame that has inducted 45  individuals and organizations into the Hall, including former Gov. William Milliken, Howard Tanner, Peter Wege, Mayville Elementary School, the Ruddiman Creek Project, and the Wolves & Moose of Isle Royale are among them. We are looking for nominations for the 2019 class.

 

These are people or organizations that have a long history of environmental stewardship.  Nomination forms are available on the web site, http://www.muskegonlakenaturepreserve.org/hall-of-fame-appl/

 

             The Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame will induct the class of 2019 on May 15, 2019 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum at 7:00 PM in Grand Rapids.  Nomination applications are due February 8, 2019.

 

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#GivingTuesday – Turning the Page on Early Childhood Literacy: Story Time with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

(MUSKEGON & OCEANA, MI) On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. United Way of the Lakeshore is pleased to announce that the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is its focus for #GivingTuesday. The aim is to enrich the reading proficiency of children across our Lakeshore communities. NICHOLS has pledged a $35,000 match through the United Way of the Lakeshore, to the individual gifts that support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

 

 

Christine Robere, President & CEO, United Way of the Lakeshore, said, “All funds raised by United Way of the Lakeshore on Giving Tuesday  will go to support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in our community. With the generous matching funds by NICHOLS and many individual donors, we are able to provide children under five who live in our Lakeshore community with an age appropriate book mailed to them each month.”  Robere added, “Already, over 4,000 early learners are receiving their books thanks to the generosity of NICHOLS and so many individual donors in our area.” Robere said, “Books are provided for by the Dolly Parton Foundation, but that the annual cost of shipping and handling  per child is $25 annually, or $125 for the 5 year duration for the program.

 

 

“My 3 year old and my 2 year old love being introduced to new authors. We like to read the bilingual books together, and they both are so excited when they get new books in the mail” said Lindsay, a Ravenna Community Member. Jess a member of the Muskegon Heights Community added, “I heard about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library through the local libraries and my cousin at Catholic Charities. I love the program because they are high quality books. They are creative, bilingual and allow integrated play.”

 

 

To celebrate the generosity of our communities and to spotlight Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, United Way of the Lakeshore has partnered with Read Early Read Often and the Great Start Collaborative to host a Story Time. Children and their families can come to the United Way located on 31 E Clay Ave, to listen to Dolly Parton books, enjoy crafts, participate in fun-filled learning actives, and see Mr. and Mrs. Claus! This event is free to the community and will be held on Tuesday, November 27th from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM. If you plan on attending, please RSVP by calling 231-332-4006 or emailing the United Way at dominique@unitedwaylakeshore.org

 

 

If you would like to help support the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in honor of #GivingTuesday Donate securely fund by cell phone: text GIVETUESDAY to 41444 or go to: unitedwaylakeshore.org/GiveTuesday

Sustainable Muskegon Hosting WWTP Tour Tuesday

MUSKEGON – November 20, 2018 – West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, Muskegon Area Sustainability Coalition and County of Muskegon will host a luncheon and tour of the Muskegon County Wastewater Management System on Tuesday, November 27 from 12 to 1:30 pm.

 

Featured speaker Steve Barnard, Safety and Technical Coordinator for the Muskegon County Wastewater Management System, will discuss the history of the treatment plant, current initiatives, and the services available through the system. Lunch will be provided prior to the tour. The plant uses a land treatment process encompassing 11,000 acres of aeration and settling basins, storage lagoons, and irrigated cropland; the Wastewater Management System is so massive it has been viewed by orbiting NASA astronauts.

 

The system produces energy using a hydroelectric plant, and the on-site county landfill pumps methane gas 6.5 miles to local industries for direct burning. It is also a designated “Energy Ready” site with ongoing efforts to site solar energy operations.

 

Recreational options are also available on the site, such as birdwatching and hiking. An 11,000 acre portion of the property has been set aside for the future data center development as the MI Tech Hub.

 

The event is the first Sustainable Muskegon Forum of the 2018-2019 season, a program series supported in part by the Environmental Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation of Muskegon County.

 

Cost to attend is $10 if paid online. Learn more and register at wmsbf.org.

 

 

Daniel Schoonmaker

Executive Director

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum

616.308.4761 (cell)

616.422.7963 (Grand Rapids)

269.588.0222 (St. Joseph)

dschoonmaker@wmsbf.org

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 11/19/18 – 11/26/18

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Free Holiday Figure Skating Show at L.C. Walker: Local Skaters and Gold Medalists to Perform

MUSKEGON, MI (11/17/18) – Members of the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club will perform a free Holiday on Ice Show – a Figure Skating Showcase on December 9.

 

The annual Holiday on Ice Show will include festively-costumed skaters presenting routines to “‘You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”, “Let it Snow”, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”, “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer”, The Nutcracker Suite, “Mele Kalikimaka”, “Mary Did You Know”, the Snow Miser/Heat Miser song, “Jingle Bell Rock” — and more! The local skaters are from Muskegon, North Muskegon, Whitehall, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Norton Shores.

 

There are two special guest skaters sure to dazzle: US Figure Skating Association Gold Medalists JoJo Billings and Grace VanZanten. After they perform in the show, they are presenting a skating clinic for the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club members.

 

Muskegon radio personality Andy O’Riley of the MuskegonChannel Radio and Positively Muskegon will emcee the event.

 

This year the show is being held at L.C. Walker Arena in Downtown Muskegon. Club President Kelly St.Martin says, “We are excited to join the Downtown Muskegon businesses and bring figure skating to more kids. All those youth hockey skaters may have little sisters who want to jump and spin with us on the ice.” Rad Dads Tacos is remaining open through the show serving food and drinks.

 

The show begins at 3:45 on Sunday, December 9 at L.C.Walker Arena. Entry is by donation and is fun for the entire family. St.Martin adds, “Come watch our show and see what we are all about.”

 

About the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club

The Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club is a volunteer, registered non-profit organization. The Club was formed in 1998 and is open to membership to those interested in developing ice skating skills for figure skating competitions and recreational exhibitions. The Club serves the Muskegon, North Muskegon, Whitehall, Twin Lake, Freemont, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, West Olive and Norton Shores areas and skates on private ice at L.C. Walker Arena. A weekly Learn to Skate program is traditionally available during the school year for ages 3 through adult, and coaches are available on private ice for individual instruction. The Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club is a member of the US Figure Skating Association and the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit www.mlfsc.org.

 

The event url is: https://www.facebook.com/events/311845322745531/

Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations for 2019

The Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its class of 2019.  There are six categories; Non-Profit Organizations, Colleges/Schools, Environmental Projects, Business/Industry, Individuals, Legacy Circle and Sunrise Youth Award.

 

This is the eighth  year for the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame that has inducted 45  individuals and organizations into the Hall, including former Gov. William Milliken, Howard Tanner, Peter Wege, Mayville Elementary School, the Ruddiman Creek Project, and the Wolves & Moose of Isle Royale are among them. We are looking for nominations for the 2019 class.

 

These are people or organizations that have a long history of environmental stewardship.  Nomination forms are available on the web site, http://www.muskegonlakenaturepreserve.org/hall-of-fame-appl/

 

The Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame will induct the class of 2019 on May 15, 2019 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum at 7:00 PM in Grand Rapids.  Nomination applications are due February 8, 2019.

 

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Lakeshore Museum Center Expansion and Consolidation

Muskegon, MI (November 2018) –
The Lakeshore Museum Center.

 

The Board of Directors of the Lakeshore Museum Center set some big goals at their Board Retreat in October. In reviewing the nine “rooftops” the Museum manages, there was discussion about the dynamic changes happening in Downtown Muskegon. More people are rediscovering the Lakeshore Museum Center, previously known as the Muskegon County Museum, through the many unique and experiential programs offered at its multiple downtown sites, such as the Secrets of Bees exhibit at the “Main” museum and the Obituary Tours at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site. Survey responses from the community via focus groups, online surveys, and post-event surveys resounding show the desire to have the Museum expand its offerings downtown and to include more hands-on science and history components.

 

The Board directed the staff to complete feasibility studies in early 2019 needed for an expansion of the current building at 430 W. Clay Avenue, originally the Women’s YWCA. Studies would include 1) funding options for the expansion, 2) architectural possibilities of blending the historical building with a new addition, and 3) needs and designs for exhibit and program spaces to better serve the community, growing tourism demands, and more school groups. Programs like the Big Lesson and Furs to Fire are at capacity, so expanded space would allow more schools to be served.

 

As a result of the renewed focus on “rooftops”, the Board supported the long-term need to consolidate both the Archive and Collection building “rooftops” that house more than 50,000 artifacts. Depending on space available in the expansion, both building’s collections may be folded into the expansion or they may be moved to one new facility. More research will be done on both possibilities.

 

The Board also decided to close its Whitehall “rooftop”, Michigan’s Heritage Park, in 2019 and bring the best parts of the Park’s living history programming to the future downtown expansion. Recognizing the significant investment and support of the Hilt Family Foundation, the Board discussed with the Trustees of the Hilt Foundation this difficult decision and the Trustees of the Foundation accepted the decision of the Museum Board. The George Hilt exhibit, donor recognition wall, and donor benches will all be incorporated into the Downtown expansion. While the Park gets positive reviews from all visitors, there just aren’t enough visitors to the north-county location to justify keeping it operating.

 

The Park was the vision of George Hilt (Quality Farm and Fleet) and John McGarry (previous Museum Director) as a way to bring the Hilt’s Landing property in Whitehall to life through a living history outdoor museum. The Park just finished its fourth season of operations and attendance continues to decline. Feedback from non-visitors questioned about why they have not yet visited included: “there are too many competing interests in both downtown Muskegon and Whitehall/Montague, it is too far out and difficult to find, poor weather on day they considered going.”

 

Michigan’s Heritage Park was constructed on 19 acres of the larger Hilt’s Landing property owned by Whitehall Township, originally owned by George Hilt. The 19 acres are leased by Lakeshore Museum Center to operate the outdoor museum. The Museum will continue to lease the property at least another year to process all the program inventory and prep it for storage and use in the future facility downtown.

 

The Lakeshore Museum Center Board recognizes that with the dynamic redevelopment of Downtown Muskegon, the fiscally responsible thing to do is redirect funding to where the community wants it. The organization is excited about the future of the Museum’s expansion into a hands-on science and history museum that will provide more opportunities for County residents, schools, and tourists to enjoy.

 

About Lakeshore Museum Center

Our mission is to inspire curiosity, wonder, and imagination through the preservation and interpretation of the natural and cultural history of Muskegon County through exhibits, education, and programs. The Lakeshore Museum Center offers a wide variety of educational and community programs to support this mission.
For more information, please visit www.lakeshoremuseum.org.

Halloween Ice Show sells out; Holiday Ice Show at L.C. Walker on deck

MUSKEGON, MI (11/13/18) – Members of the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club performed a figure skating show to a capacity crowd days before Halloween. Local skaters ages 5-17 showed off their skills dressed in classic Halloween costumes ranging from Wonder Woman to Eleven to Elsa. Treat bags were handed out to the first 100 kids through the door, and a portion of the candy was donated by Fortino’s of Grand Haven. Radio personality Britta Cleveland of The Muskegon Channel Radio was the emcee.

 

Looking forward, the figure skating club needed a larger venue and will perform their next show at L.C. Walker Arena. The club also became members of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. Club President Kelly St.Martin says, “We are excited to join the Downtown Muskegon businesses and bring figure skating to more kids. All those youth hockey skaters may have little sisters who want to jump and spin with us on the ice.”

 

On December 8, skaters in the club will perform at intermission at the Muskegon Lumberjacks hockey game and help clean up after the Teddy Bear Toss.

 

The following day, December 9, the annual Holiday on Ice Show will be held at L.C. Walker Arena. Festively-costumed skaters will present routines to “‘You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”, “Let it Snow”, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”, “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” — and more! Muskegon radio personality Andy O’Riley of The Muskegon Channel and Positively Muskegon will emcee the event.

 

The skaters are from Muskegon, North Muskegon, Whitehall, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Norton Shores. The show begins at 3:45 on Sunday, December 9 at L.C.Walker Arena. Entry is by donation and is fun for the entire family. St.Martin adds, “Come watch our show and see what we are all about.”

 

About the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club
The Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club is a volunteer, registered non-profit organization. The Club was formed in 1998 and is open to membership to those interested in developing ice skating skills for figure skating competitions and recreational exhibitions. The Club serves the Muskegon, North Muskegon, Whitehall, Twin Lake, Freemont, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, West Olive and Norton Shores areas and skates on private ice at L.C. Walker Arena. A weekly Learn to Skate program is traditionally available during the school year for ages 3 through adult, and coaches are available on private ice for individual instruction. The Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club is a member of the US Figure Skating Association and the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit www.mlfsc.org.

 

The event URL is: https://www.facebook.com/events/311845322745531/

 

PRESS CONTACT:

September Yancone, Vice President and

Public Relations Co-Chair

Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club

septlee@hotmail.com

 

Eagle Alloy Honored as 2018 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year

The Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) is proud to announce Eagle Alloy of Muskegon has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award. A prestigious honor since 1981, the award is named after MMA’s longest-serving president and honors the important, positive and tangible contributions individual manufacturers make to their employees, customers and communities. The Eagle Alloy team will receive the award during the 2018 MFG Excellence Awards on November 8 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.

 

Eagle Alloy was selected by an independent panel of judges for being at the forefront when it comes to progressive ways attract students to the manufacturing community, utilizing career day events, internships and community engagement with over 40 charitable organizations.

 

“The Eagle Alloy team, from its executives to its shop floor, represent the very best of manufacturing and place a high emphasis on integrity, teamwork, respect, continuous improvement and accountability,” says Chuck Hadden, MMA president & CEO. “With a tradition of social responsibility and innovative products, the Eagle Alloy name belongs among the 38-year lineage of the John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year award.”

 

The MFG Excellence Awards is a one-of-a-kind gala event promoting manufacturing’s most inspiring people, companies and products as well as the inspiring stories which have made Michigan the global hub for the industry. Now in its second year, the inaugural MFG Excellence Awards received the Michigan Society of Association Executive’s (MSAE) Diamond Award recognizing it as the top association event in Michigan.

 

In addition to presenting Eagle Alloy with the John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year (Large Tier) Award, the MFG Excellence Awards will also present awards for Lifetime Achievement, Emerging Leader, Community Impact, Innovation Excellence and Talent Champion. Additionally, Jim Richards of Total Security Solutions will receive the John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award in the small-tier category and the winner of the “Coolest Thing Made in Michigan” People’s Choice Award will be named following a months-long social media voting process hosted by MLive.

 

For more information on the 2018 MFG Excellence Awards, contact MMA’s Sarah Martin at 517-487-8521 or martin@mimfg.org.

 

Nicole M. Osborn Joins Parmenter Law as New Associate

(Muskegon, MI – November 12, 2018) – Parmenter Law is pleased to announce the addition of Nicole M. Osborn as a new associate. Osborn, a graduate of Reeths-Puffer High School, is returning to the area and to Parmenter Law where she worked as a summer clerk while attending Michigan State University College of Law.

Osborn is excited to come home to live and work in the Greater Muskegon area. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to be back in Muskegon and to begin my career with Parmenter Law,” said Osborn. “I am excited about getting to work and becoming an active member of the community.”

Osborn will begin her legal career at Parmenter Law working in all practice areas of the firm with the intention to focus her practice on business, real estate, public sector, and civil litigation matters. About Nicole M. Osborn – Nicole, a native of Muskegon, joined Parmenter Law after graduating from Michigan State University College of Law and taking the bar exam in 2018. While in law school, she clerked at Parmenter Law, the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office, completed the Trial Practice Institute and became a certified mediator to gain meaningful skills to advocate on her clients’ behalf.

 

Nicole enjoys the variety of her work and values the collaborative approach of Parmenter Law. She draws on her strong work ethic when encountering new issues to solve and help clients reach their goals. She values building strong relationships with clients and always being responsive and accessible to them.

 

About Parmenter Law – For over 70 years, Parmenter Law has served clients along the lakeshore, in Muskegon, and nationwide. The firm’s practice areas include Estate Planning, Elder Law, Family Law, Real Estate, Business, Public Sector, and Civil Litigation. Their office is located in downtown Muskegon at 601 Terrace Street.

 

For more information about Parmenter Law, visit www.parmenterlaw.com or send an email to info@parmenterlaw.com.

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