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Muskegon County Calendar of Events Oct. 22-28, 2018

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Sip and See! Party with ThrivePOP at our Ribbon Cutting Event

MUSKEGON, MI- You are invited to ThrivePOP’s open house. Come meet Muskegon’s most creative web, marketing, and design agency, located in the heart of downtown. The open house will be on Thursday, November 8th from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at 333 W. Western Avenue, Suite 207.


Catering will be provided by Boars Belly. Each attendee will receive 2 free drink tickets. Appetizers will be provided for open house guests. Get the opportunity to play a Virtual Reality game in the ThrivePOP office, as well as view agency work and current projects. Plus, meet our neighbors! Check out Edward Jones office, visit Rootdown for some tasty smoothie samples, and tour Winberg Construction’s available office spaces.


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. with the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. Dawn Johnson, Vice President Of Chamber Membership, stated, “The Muskegon Lakeshore is so excited to be growing with so many new and existing businesses. This event is a great opportunity for several of them to celebrate and to showcase the building they share and showcase their products and services.”


Special offers will also be provided at the ThrivePOP open house including first months POPsite Marketing package completely free of charge, just for attending.


“I am really excited to showcase our team, quality of work, and introduce ourselves to the business community.” Says ThrivePOP owner Michele Ringelberg. “We have a fun, yet professional environment and I am ready to grow the Muskegon area with our unique creativity and marketing tactics.”


Save the date for Thursday, November 8th at 4:30 p.m. for the funnest open house you will ever attend. ThrivePOP is Muskegon’s marketing agency that helps: Create. Business. Results.


Michele Ringelberg


844.822.5016 ext 210

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 or call 231-720-2570 for more information.



  • 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



Marguerite Curran, tel. 231.720.2574

MMA Office, tel. 231.720.2571


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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