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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.

 

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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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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.

 

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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.

Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System is hosting an Academic Excellence  Celebration Tuesday, November 13 (5:30-6:30PM) 

Muskegon Heights, MI, November 13, 2018-Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System will  celebrate 46 Muskegon Heights Academy students, grades 7-12, who are performing at or  above grade level on the Fall Dibels CARI (reading) and/or NWEA Math Assessment. This data  demonstrates an increase from 8% to 25% in grades 9-12 reading proficiency since the Fall  of 2017. Over the past year, MHA students have engaged in new reading and math curricula,  which has provided a universal and systematic approach to instruction. In reading content  specifically, all MHA teachers have been trained in a reading intervention program that is  designed to increase reading fluency, vocabulary knowledge, and comprehension skills.  These reading strategies are taught to all students during a specialized ROAR Advisory  period, which provides additional reading support three days a week. As a result of  student progress, these 46 students will move on to new instructional programming during  the second quarter. This additional instruction will focus on mathematics or accelerating  reading growth through challenging book clubs. MHPSAS looks forward to honoring students,  families, and team members during a special Celebration Dinner Tuesday evening.

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ABOUT MUSKEGON HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOL ACADEMY SYSTEM  Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System is proud to serve students in grades K-12  from throughout the Muskegon Heights area.

 

CONTACT

Contact Person: Rane’ Garcia

Company Name: Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System

Voice Phone Number: 231-830-3703  FAX Number: 231-830-3755

Email Address: rgarcia@mhtigers.org   Website: www.mhtigers.org

 

Muskegon Made Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2019

Muskegon Made Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2019

Friday, February 1, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

 

Greetings Friends of Education,

 

On Friday, February 1, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, students will meet with an industry professional in the field of their choosing, to learn valuable career information. We hope to have a wide variety of career opportunities available for students and need YOUR help.

Employers agree to provide students with opportunities to:

  • Get an overview of their company’s industry, the day-to-day operations of specific departments, positions available, and requirements for successful employment (i.e., level of education, career pathways)
  • Interact with a variety of professionals with different levels of responsibility, education, and experience
  • Engage in a hands-on activity or demonstration that reflects the skills required in this sector if possible
  • Preview current or recent projects so they understand some of the potential work demands required.

We are looking for all types of roles and positions to be represented in this event, so please forward this information to people in your professional or personal circles who you believe would be interested in mentoring and encourage them to participate in Groundhog Shadow Day 2019.

 

Please join the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District in creating excitement around the future workforce and help young people find the path that is right for them.

 

We look forward to partnering with you!

 

Click here to sign-up

Healing Center Offers Support Group – Grief & The Holidays

Learn how to cope with the approaching holidays and other special days after a death.

 

(Muskegon, Michigan) – A meaningful event to help you better manage holiday grief on Monday, November 12th at 6:00 PM at Scolnik Healing Center of Harbor Hospice in Muskegon.  Another session will being offered in Hart at 10:30 AM.

 

A viewing of the DVD, “A Ray of Hope: Managing Holidays & Special Days” in which a variety of individuals and couples who have lost loved ones share what has helped them cope with holidays and other special days.  Discussion following.  Light refreshments will be served.

 

Register by calling 231.728.3442 / 1.800.497.9559 and ask for Grief Support Services.

 

Grief support is an important part of the services Harbor Hospice offers to its families and our community. Harbor Hospice provides a variety of supportive services for those who are grieving after the death of a loved one.  Licensed professionals offer individual and group counseling to support families as they cope with their loss.  Mailings and phone call are also available to educate and ease the adjustment to a new normal.

 

Services are free of charge and available to anyone in the community. Seeking help is a sign of strength; we are here to help when you need us.

 

More information about grief support programs and services of Scolink Healing Center please visit HarborHospiceMI.org or call us today.

 

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Contact Information:

 

Beth Bolthouse and Laura Ecker

Scolnik Healing Center of Harbor Hospice

Phone: 231.728.3442 / 1.800.497.9559

Winter Sports Complex Season Pass Sale

The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is getting ready for their Season Pass Sale, happening this Saturday from 9:00am – 12:00pm! You can purchase them online at www.msports.org or in person at the Winter Sports Complex lodge this Saturday.

 

They’re offering the same great deal in 2019 on Family Season Passes that they introduced last season, a pass for a family of up to 6 for only $150. They also have a new offering, the Individual All-Sport Season Pass for only $80. Quantity is limited to only 300 passes, so buy your pass this weekend before they sell out!

BEST VALUE: Family Season Pass

 

The best deal for winter sports is their family season pass. This pass is good for members of an immediate family to ski, skate and snowshoe all season long. If your family plans on visiting more than once this winter, you’ll want to take advantage of this offer!

$150 (up to 6 family members, additional family members are $25 per person)

NEW FOR 2019: Individual, All-Sport Season Pass

 

For the first time, they’re offering a pass for individuals who want to ski, skate and snowshoe. Like their family season pass, this pass gives you access to all of their winter sports for the season, but for a single person.

INDIVIDUAL PASSES: If you’re a one-sport kind of person, they also still have individual season passes for each sport. The Single Sport Individual Season Pass is $65.

 

RENTAL EQUIPMENT ADD-ON: If you don’t have equipment, they have high quality rental equipment including, Fischer skis for both class and skate skiing, Riedell figure and hockey skates and Redfeather snowshoes.

 

You can get access to this equipment by purchasing a rental equipment add-on with your pass for $45. That’s $45 per pass, not per person, which means you can include rental equipment for the entire family for just $45.

 

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex – 426 Scenic Dr., Muskegon, MI 49445

1-877-TRY-LUGE

www.msports.org