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Muskegon County Calendar of Events 08/06 – 08/13/2018

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Tech Center FFA students earn 18 first place awards at Muskegon County Fair

MUSKEGON: The Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) FFA Chapter, which includes students enrolled in the Environmental/Veterinary Sciences program at the MACTC, had their best showing yet at this year’s Muskegon County Fair, July 23-28, 2018. Students brought home 16 first place awards, seven Grand Champion awards, and one Reserve Grand Champion award.



“It was a proud moment for me to see my students step out of their comfort zone to show their animals,” shared Environmental/Veterinary Sciences Instructor and FFA Chapter leader, Jennifer Glombowski.



Second-year Environmental/Veterinary Sciences student, Stefanie Beckley (Fruitport) had some unexpected challenges due to the unusual heat the week of the fair. “My dog didn’t perform quite as we expected because of the heat, but we pushed through and ended up winning the overall trophy!”



Student results:



Showman of Showman

  • Danielle Hysell­ (Fruitport), first place, Grand Champion
  • Stefanie Beckley (Fruitport), fourth place




  • Showmanship

○      Katie Howard (Montague), third place

○      Carter Wacholz (Montague), fourth place

○      Macey Wacholz (Montague), fifth place

  • Guinea Hen

○      Carter Wacholz, first place, Grand Champion

  • Quail Best Other Breed Male

○      Emily Sullivan (Fruitport), first place, Grand Champion

Carter Wacholz (Montague), Katie Howard (Montague), and Macey Wacholz (Montague) placed in the top three for their Dutch rabbits



  • Jr. Doe – Dutch

○      Macey Wacholz, first place

○      Katie Howard, second place

○      Carter Wacholz, third place

  • Dutch Rabbits (overall)

○      Macey Wacholz, Best of Breed

○      Katie Howard, Best Opposite Breed

  • Mini Rex

○      Brynne Tober (Fruitport), Best Opposite Breed, first place Sr. Buck

  • Californian

○      Carter Wacholz­, Best Opposite Breed, first place Jr. Doe

○      Macey Wacholz, Best of Breed, first place Jr. Buck

  • Club Herd– Reserve Grand Champion, second place

○      Macey Wacholz

○      Carter Wacholz

○      Katie Howard

  • Fur Classes

○      Wool Fur

■      Brie Justian (Montague), first place

○      Rex Fur

■      Brynne Tober, first place

Danielle Hysell (Fruitport) with her swine competing in Showmanship

○      Normal Fur

■      Emily Sullivan, second place

■      Macey Wacholz, third place

■      Cater Wacholz, fourth place



  • Showmanship Senior Teen

○      Danielle Hysell, first place, Grand Champion Overall

  • Medium Weight Market Class

○      Danielle Hysell, second place

○      Stefanie Beckley, third place




  • Lightweight Market Steer

○      Danielle Hysell, third place

Corey Lowe (Oakridge) with his steer

  • Showmanship

○      Corey Lowe (Oakridge), fifth place

  • Heaveyweight Market Steer

○      Corey Lowe, third place




  • Stefanie Beckley

○      Overall Grand Champion Dog Showmanship

○      First place, Intermediate Agility

Stefanie Beckley (Fruitport) and her dog with their awards including Overall Grand Champion Dog Showmanship

○      First place, Jumpers with runners and weaves

○      First place, 17 Year Old Open Showmanship

○      Grand Champion, Open Showmanship

○      First place, Advanced Rally B

○      High in trial– Rally

○      First place, Novice Obedience B

○      Reserve High in Trial– Obedience

○      Luv So True Overall Open and Handler High Point



Shooting Sports

  • Kerrigan Semans (Whitehall), first place Senior Teens, Reserve grand champion



Baked Goods

  • Collin Brown (Reeths-Puffer), third place



Pet Show

  • Maya Justian (Montague)

○      First place, Cutest

○      First place, Scary Pet

○      Second place, Largest



For more information about the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center and the free career training programs available to high school juniors and seniors visit 



Parents invited to “stock up” on school supplies August 15 & 16

This month families are invited to gather at fun “School Stock Up Backpack Giveaway” events at The Gateway Church on Pontaluna Road and at Lebanon Lutheran Church on Mears Avenue. Children will receive free backpacks stocked with school supplies and enjoy free meals, fun activities, resource tables, and free vision and hearing screenings. Between the two churches, 750 backpacks will be distributed!



The Gateway Church stock up event will be held on Wednesday, August 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 1641 Pontaluna Road in Spring Lake. An optional, face-to-face, walk-in pre-registration will be held on Monday, August 13 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.



Lebanon Lutheran Church will host their event on Thursday, August 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 1101 South Mears Avenue in Whitehall.



Each child must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian and an ID is required for both adults and children. Supplies are limited and are given away on a first come, first served basis.



Each year both churches work together to partner with area businesses and organizations to offer the popular giveaways. This year’s sponsors include Arconic, Dog ‘n Suds Drive-In, and Thrivent Financial Services.



Pastor Ben Vegh of The Gateway Church said, “We want to help ease the financial demand that preparing to go back to school can have on families.” Vegh said it costs between ten and twenty dollars to purchase a backpack and the supplies inside. Both churches are still raising funds to help pay for the items.



“We have a strong team of people dedicated to serving the families who live in our communities,” said Lebanon Lutheran’s Pastor Doug Ogden. “Seeing a child’s ear-to-ear grin when they receive their backpack makes it all worth it,” he added.



For more information about these events, contact the office at Lebanon Lutheran Church at 231-893-5745 or the office at The Gateway Church at 231-799-2141.



Red Cross Names New West Michigan Executive Director: Tiffany Page to Lead Local Programs and Volunteers

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, July 27, 2018 – The American Red Cross of Michigan recently named Tiffany Page as its new Executive Director for West Michigan.


“West Michigan means a great deal to the Red Cross and Tiffany’s local knowledge and passion for our mission adds a great deal of strength to all our community programs,” said Kimberly Burton, Regional Chief Executive Officer for the Michigan Region. “Local disasters happen each day. Our work helping families recover and move forward with their lives requires the type of dedication that Tiffany brings to all she does.”


Previously Tiffany worked with Catholic Charities West Michigan, overseeing community outreach and volunteer services. Her prior career experience includes leadership and management positions in the for-profit sector while serving as a board member for several local charitable organizations addressing human rights and social concerns.
Tiffany was drawn to the Red Cross by the mission of the organization and the passion of the organization’s volunteers. When Tiffany’s not working, she loves spending time with her family, dog and time at her family cabin. The American Red Cross of West Michigan service area includes all of Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa counties


Last year, Michigan Red Cross volunteers provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to 3,532 local families who faced emergency situations. They also provided first aid classes to 121,277 individuals including CPR, AED, Aquatics and Water Safety. Ninety-one cents of every dollar donated to the Red Cross goes toward humanitarian relief programs.


Nearly 314,000 volunteers serve the Red Cross, helping staff blood drives, volunteering at veteran’s hospitals, teaching people lifesaving skills such as First Aid and CPR, responding to home fires in the middle of the night and so much more. Here in the Michigan Region, more than 5,000 volunteers help communities across the state, and when called upon, also deploy to assist in national disaster relief operations.



About the American Red Cross: The Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.



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Betten Baker Acquires McArdle Buick GMC Cadillac

Midland, MI – Betten Baker is continuing their statewide domination with yet another acquisition. The newest and most recent acquisition for Betten Baker comes from Midland Michigan, where McArdle Buick GMC Cadillac will become Betten Baker Buick GMC Cadillac. This takes the total Betten Baker location count to 18, with hints of 3 more coming soon. This would make a total of 21 locations for the Betten Baker Auto Group.


Betten Baker will be taking over operations of McArdle Buick GMC Cadillac on July 31, 2018. Betten Baker co-owner Chris Baker stated that they would retain McArdle employees. Betten Baker auto group has locations in several counties across Michigan and proudly employs over 850 people.


“This is exciting! Each and every time we do this it feels like the first time.” Says Betten Baker Co-Owner Chris Baker. “We love being able to bring the Betten Baker culture to new communities. Tom [Mcardle] has done a phenomenal job growing and running the dealership, and we will do everything in our power to ensure continued success in this store.”


Betten Baker Chevrolet Cadillac GMC celebrated 36 years in March and has continuously expanded their Muskegon presence by adding Betten Baker Honda and Betten Baker Hyundai and an additional used car location. In addition, they have expanded into other communities including Coopersville, Twin Lake, Lowell, Grandville, Big Rapids, Allegan, Ludington, Cadillac, Alma and Ithaca. Betten Baker’s Massive Motor Mall has continued to be a leader in automotive sales along the lakeshore and will continue this trend into new markets. Their progressive attitude and actions in the community allow them to not only remain a strong West Michigan employer, but also help them remain successful in the future by exceeding the needs and expectations of today’s consumers.



Wayne’s Deli Celebrates 60th Anniversary

(Muskegon, MI – July 31, 2018) – Wayne’s Deli is celebrating 60 years of business. A Muskegon County staple since 1958, visitors to Wayne’s can enjoy a full-service, old-fashioned style deli counter (home to the original “Gimmick” sandwich), a large selection of Michigan wines, fresh roasted coffee, local craft beer, and much more. They even offer catering services and a variety of gift baskets for holidays or special occasions.



To celebrate, Wayne’s is hosting an open house event on Thursday, August 23. Open to the public, the event will feature samples of their signature sandwiches, cheeses, roasted coffee, craft beer, and wine. Visitors can also enter for a chance to win Wayne’s logo apparel, coffee mugs, free lunches, and a pair of tickets to the Michigan Irish Music Festival.



Open House Details


Date: Thursday, August 23 Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm Location: Wayne’s Deli 746 W. Laketon Ave. Muskegon, MI 49441


About Wayne’s Deli Wayne’s Deli first opened on August 12, 1958. The deli changed ownership several times over the years and was purchased in 1999 by current owner and operator, Pat Bogner. Although the owners have changed, many of their signature products have not. Still very popular are their Italian Hoagies, the original “Gimmick” sandwich, pickle wraps, stuff peppers, and onion wraps. For more information, please visit



Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/30 – 08/06/2018

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Inaugural Great Lakes Surf Festival Less than a Month Away, Co-Founder Available for Interviews

Muskegon, Mich. – The inaugural Great Lakes Surf Festival is less than 30 days away. The festival takes over Muskegon’s Pere Marquette Beach on Saturday, August 18th. Co-founder Joe Bidawid is now available for telephone interviews, in-studio TV appearances, and radio interviews.


The Great Lakes Surf Festival, the first event of its kind in the Great Lakes, will offer beach tent camping and RV camping, just a few steps from Lake Michigan. The family-friendly event includes over 40 activities, including free surfing lessons, SUP lessons, kayak lessons, yoga, and numerous other beach and surf related activities. All of these activities can be viewed on the schedule of events page at



More about the Great Lakes Surf Festival


Muskegon’s Pere Marquette Beach will take center stage on Saturday, August 18th as it welcomes the inaugural Great Lakes Surf Festival. The festival will be the first of its kind in the Great Lakes and is expected to draw thousands of surfers, boardheads, artists, and yogis. The event is the brainchild of Michigan resident Joe Bidawid. An accomplished waterman, Bidawid is a well-respected and accomplished Great Lakes surfer. The event is intended to provide a fun and activity-filled day for water enthusiasts of all abilities. The festival will provide the perfect place and opportunity for novice riders to access workshops, free lessons, and product demos. Muskegon’s Pere Marquette Beach was chosen for its central location and large surfing community.


Regional retail shops are expected to participate. Registered participants will be eligible for free product raffles, including a variety of boards, clothing, and a variety of sports-related accessories. The main prizes will be a new Naish Paddleboard and a new surfboard that is signed by 11-time World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater.


Riders and visitors are encouraged to register at



Tee Up for 18 on the 18th to Help Working Families Succeed in Oceana County

(Oceana County, MI) – The 3rd Annual Golf United event will take place on August 18, 2018 at the Oceana Golf Club in Shelby, with proceeds benefitting United Way of the Lakeshore programs in Oceana County



“We are so excited for our Annual Golf outing,” said Barbara Saunders Sims, United Way of the Lakeshore’s Oceana County Director. “It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a fun afternoon of golf and a delicious dinner, while helping working families in Oceana County succeed.”



In Oceana County, 47% of working, tax-paying families (also known as ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) don’t make enough to cover the basics – housing, child care, food, health care and transportation. Proceeds from Golf United will help support programs that are helping these families succeed, by connecting them to resources for income stability, affordable child care, and more.



The event is a 4 person scramble, with a shotgun start at 1:00 pm; golfers of all skill levels are encouraged to join in the fun! Golfing will be followed by a dinner at 5:30, catered by Joanna Clark, with contests, prizes, and raffles. The cost per player is $75 or $55 for Oceana Golf Course Members. Guests are also welcome to join us for the dinner; cost is $10 per guest. Online registration is available, or you may register in person at the Oceana Golf Club, 3333 W Weaver Rd, Shelby.



Organizers are also seeking sponsors for the event. Sponsorship dollars allow all registration dollars raised by golfers to go directly toward United Way programs in Oceana County that advance the education, financial stability and health of Oceana County families. Learn more about sponsorship levels at, or call Barbara at 231-332-4005.



United Way of the Lakeshore is uniting to inspire change and build thriving communities. Our Bold Goal – 10,000 more working families meet their basic needs by 2025. For more information, contact United Way of the Lakeshore at 231-332-4047 or visit



Muskegon Friends of Art fall lecture series to feature “Art Glass”

Muskegon, MI—The Muskegon Friends of Art presents their ArtSmarts! 2018 Fall Lecture Series: ART GLASS on three Wednesday evenings in September at the Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA). This program supports art education at the MMA.



ArtSmarts! 2018 Fall Lecture Schedule



September 12
Studio Glass: Origins
Speaker: Corey Hampson, President of Habatat Galleries of Royal Oak and President of the Michigan Glass Collecting Alliance



September 19
Glass Life, Detroit Glass Community
Speaker: Brent Swanson, Director of the Flint Institute of Arts new and highly regarded glass program

Dale Chihuly, American, born 1941
Cobalt Blue Persian Set with Cadmium Red Lip Wraps, 1992, blown and shaped glass. Gift of the SPX Corporation, 2002


September 26
From the Hot Shop to Everyday Spaces: A look at the installation work of Dale Chihuly
Speaker: James Milostan, Collections Manager at the Muskegon Museum of Art and previous member of renowned studio glass artist Dale Chihuly’s installation team



ArtSmarts! lectures take place at the Muskegon Museum of Art auditorium at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Cost for the complete lecture series is $45 per person and $30 per person for members of the MMA Friends of Art. Individual lectures will be $15 per person at the door. Registration forms are available at the MMA Museum Store or call 231-720-2580.



Friends of Art is a non-profit organization founded to promote the study and appreciation of the visual arts and to support the Muskegon Museum of Art. The Friends of Art has been in existence for nearly 100 years. Membership in the Friends of Art is exclusively open to members of the Muskegon Museum of Art.



The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave., in downtown Muskegon. Visitor information is available at or 231-720-2570.
Muskegon Museum of Art


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