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Rooks|Sarnicola Entrepreneur Institute and Lakeshore Fab Lab Grand Opening June 1

The grand opening of the Rooks|Sarnciola Entrepreneur Institute and the Lakeshore Fab Lab at 388 W. Clay in the heart of downtown Muskegon is set for Friday, June 1, when the public is invited to attend a noontime ceremony.


Doors open at 11 a.m. and the event begins at noon in Muskegon Community College’s Sturrus Technology Center, which encompasses both the Rooks|Sarnicola Entrepreneur Institute and the Lakeshore Fab Lab.


David Stradal, chair of the MCC Business Department and the Entrepreneurial Studies Program, will welcome the guests. Speakers include MCC Provost and Executive Vice President John Selmon and Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Larson.


Also speaking will be:

  • Entrepreneur Richard Kraft, MCC Class of 1949, who along with his wife, Ann, generously donated a Rapid Prototype Center in the Lakeshore Fab Lab that contains 12 CAD stations, Stratasys high and midrange 3D printers, and a 3D scanner.
  • Jon Rooks, who donated the former Masonic Temple building to MCC; and
  • Nick and Ashley Sarnicola, entrepreneurs with West Michigan ties who endowed an annual cash prize to recognize and foster entrepreneurial excellence at the Institute.

MCC President Dale K. Nesbary, who will be in Europe during the grand opening, will offer live closing remarks via Skype.


Following the formal ribbon cutting ceremonies, the public will be invited to tour the facilities and view informative videos.


Lakeshore Fab Lab


The Lakeshore Fab Lab is a state-of-the-art entrepreneurial hub located in the heart of downtown Muskegon. Supported and managed by Muskegon Community College, the Lakeshore Fab Lab empowers people of all ages to learn, dream, design, and build their ideas.


The facility houses more than $500,000 worth of equipment in a space where inventors can invent, businesses can prototype, and children can learn and gain hands on experience with STEM-based projects.


Membership is open to anyone – students, entrepreneurs, local businesses, museums, clubs, etc. – from anywhere. Members will have access to the worldwide Fab Lab network, a proposed on-site entrepreneur store to sell their products or services on a consignment basis, and future speakers and seminars.


Members can put their ideas into action with the Lakeshore Fab Lab’s various machines, which include 3-D printing, laser etching, robotics, metal milling, large format vinyl printing, t-shirt hot press, digital scanning, plasma water table cutting, and routing.


The Lakeshore Fab Lab is situated within MCC’s Rooks|Sarnicola Entrepreneur Institute and is physically connected to the college’s recently opened Sturrus Technology Center, home to cutting-edge applied technology classrooms and laboratories for automation, robotics, welding, electrical, foundry, alternative energy, engineering and CAD.


To schedule a tour or for more information about the Lakeshore Fab Lab, contact Chris Kaminsky at (231) 777-0212 or

Parmenter Law to Emcee Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber’s 2018 E-Awards

(Muskegon, MI – April 16, 2018) – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce’s annual E-Awards recognize the lakeshore’s most innovative entrepreneurs for the lasting impact they make on the local community. Parmenter Law is honored to be a contributing sponsor and the emcee of the 2018 entrepreneur luncheon for the 7th year.


“At Parmenter Law we are privileged to have the opportunity to work with so many successful entrepreneurs. They are a cornerstone of our law firm. It is our honor to be a part of the celebration of their success.” – Chris Kelly, Partner.


Held on Friday, April 27, at the Muskegon Country Club, the luncheon will recognize all nominated Entrepreneurs of Excellence as well as name Muskegon’s 2018 Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year.


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, Real Estate, Business, Public Sector, and Civil Litigation. Their office is located in downtown Muskegon at 601 Terrace Street.


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City of Whitehall honored as an Agent of Change

Nine community individuals and organizations, including the City of Whitehall, were recognized as the 2017 Agents of Change by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. The Agents of Change program awards those who have made a positive contribution to the Muskegon Lakeshore.


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Living history: Wasserman’s Flowers & Gifts is a story about Muskegon’s past—and future

It is not easy for Angie Wasserman-Nelund and Troy Wasserman to maneuver from one side of Wasserman’s Flowers and Gifts to another. At least, it’s not easy if they want to do it quickly.


It’s noon last Friday, and Muskegon’s oldest family-owned business is packed with customers purchasing floral bouquets and wreaths radiating hues of autumn (think: bursts of the oranges, yellows and reds that now fill our trees). And everyone wants to say hello.


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Mona Shores High School students celebrate grand opening of student-run coffee shop serving Magnum Coffee

Mona Shores High School’s Grand Opening Celebration for the student-run coffee shop, Anchor Cafe, is happening on January 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. To commemorate the opening of the Cafe, there will be a ribbon-cutting, tour of the facility, and sample of the drinks offered at the Anchor Cafe which is located in the newly-renovated Library Media Center/Learning Commons.


The Anchor Cafe is entirely run by business department students, and is the first of its kind in the area.  The students involved in the cafe have developed the product, helped to design the cafe, and worked on other aspects of opening a food business. Students have worked alongside high school staff throughout the process of developing this venture as well as partnering with local professionals to ensure the cafe is up to standards.


The ribbon-cutting ceremony is to celebrate all the hard work and dedication that has gone into the opening of Anchor Cafe. Judy Hunt, marketing teacher at Mona Shores, said, “We’re excited about having a student-run coffee shop at our high school, and we want to share it with the community.” Hunt and her marketing students have been planning the grand opening of Anchor Cafe for months and want to thank the community for their support throughout the process. The full service cafe offers hot and cold specialty drinks and proudly serves Magnum Coffee.


Mona Shores High School is located at 1121 Seminole Road in Muskegon, Michigan and is home to approximately 1200 students.

Four Lumberjacks selected for USHL/NHL top prospects game

MUSKEGON, MI- Four Lumberjacks have been selected to play in the 2017 USHL/NHL top prospects game in Sioux Falls, SD. The event is scheduled for January 9-10 and will be held at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.


Forwards Keeghan Howdeshell and Jordan Timmons; defenseman Scooter Brickey, and goaltender Keith Petruzzelli have been named to the event’s 40-man roster that will eventually be split up into “East” and “West” teams.


The roster is composed of the top NHL draft prospects currently playing in the USHL.


The two-day event will begin on Monday, January 9th with a luncheon featuring a keynote speaker followed by meet and greet opportunities later that evening. Tuesday will feature a skills competition leading up to the main event later that evening. In addition, the Stampede plan to host a Fan Fest leading up to the game as well as a banquet with the players.


In the four-year history of the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, 58 players named to the roster have gone on to be selected in the NHL Draft, including first round selections Kyle Connor (Winnipeg Jets), Brock Boeser (Vancouver Canucks) and Jordan Schmaltz (St. Louis Blues).


“The development path from junior hockey to college hockey to the NHL continues to be validated each and every year,” said Bob Fallen, USHL President and Commissioner. “The USHL has produced 30 or more NHL Draft picks in four consecutive years, something only two other junior leagues in the world can say. The USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is a celebration for all of the youth organizations and the players they helped develop. Most of these players will go on to have very successful college hockey careers, and a select few will continue that success in the NHL.”


“More eyes than ever will be on the USHL and Sioux Falls, SD as a record crowd eclipsing 8,000 fans is expected to attend, in addition to scouts from every NHL member club. The elite players selected to play in this game have an extraordinary opportunity to put an exclamation point on what the League and hockey in the United States have become in recent years.”


35 of the 40 players were named to NHL Central Scouting Preliminary List on Nov. 16, 2016 including three A-rated players: Shane Bowers (Waterloo Black Hawks), Eeli Tolvanen (Sioux City Musketeers) and Maksim Zhukov (Green Bay Gamblers). 38 of the 40 players have been listed by NHL Central Scouting at some point in their USHL career dating back to last season.


32 of the 40 players are currently committed to Division I college hockey programs. 13 different states will be represented in the game, including six states with multiple players: Massachusetts (five), Minnesota (five), Michigan (four), Wisconsin (three), California (two) and Virginia (two). Seven different countries will be represented in the game: United States, Finland, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Russia and Sweden.


16 of the 17 USHL teams are represented, including 13 teams with multiple players: Tri-City Storm (five), Green Bay Gamblers (four), Muskegon Lumberjacks (four), Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (three), Fargo Force (three), Sioux Falls Stampede (three), Waterloo Black Hawks (three), Chicago Steel (two), Des Moines Buccaneers (two), Dubuque Fighting Saints (two), Lincoln Stars (two), Sioux City Musketeers (two) and Youngstown Phantoms (two).


Baker College continues 2017 winter enrollment; Dec. 29 deadline for new students approaching

MUSKEGON, Mich. – Enrollment for 2017 winter quarter is ongoing for new and returning students at Baker College’s Muskegon campus, 1903 Marquette Ave., Muskegon, and the Fremont satellite campus. On-ground classes begin Monday, Jan. 9; the two sessions of online classes begin Thursday, Jan. 5, and Thursday, Feb. 16.


Enrollment deadlines vary. For new students attending the Muskegon and Fremont campuses, the deadline is Thursday, Dec. 29.


“Baker College’s unique focus on the employment market directly benefits students by preparing them to be job-ready and hit the ground running at graduation,” said Lee Coggin, J.D., Baker College of Muskegon president. “Our curricula are designed to meet the ever changing demands of the workforce and are taught by working professionals who have real-world perspectives and understanding.”


Baker College has day, evening, weekend and online classes for degree and certificate programs in the areas of applied technology, business, education, engineering, health science, information technology and social science.


Bachelor’s, associate and certificate career programs offered at the Muskegon campus include marketing, human resource management, accounting, information technology and security, computer programming, computer networking technology-Microsoft/Cisco options, digital media design, early childhood education, elementary and secondary teacher preparation, nursing, health services administration, surgical technology, medical assistant, pharmacy technician, veterinary technology, criminal justice and computer aided design.


Programs available at the Culinary Institute of Michigan, 336 W. Clay Ave., Muskegon, include baking and pastry, culinary arts, and food and beverage management.


The Fremont satellite campus offers bachelor’s, associate and certificate programs in health services administration, medical assistant, business administration-accelerated, management, marketing and basic emergency medical technician (EMT), as well as many options available online and through distance learning.


Classes are offered on a quarter basis for 2017 winter, spring and summer sessions and will transition to semesters beginning fall 2017.


Financial assistance is still available to students, including scholarships, grants, low-interest loans and work-study programs. For more information, contact Kathy Jacobson in the admissions office at or 231.777.5200. Students may schedule an appointment via the Baker College website:


The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1911, Baker College grants doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as certificates in diverse academic fields including applied technology, business, education, engineering, health science, information technology and social science. Baker College has on-ground campuses throughout Michigan and offers online programs that can be completed 100 percent online without ever visiting a campus. In 2016, the Online Learning Consortium recognized Baker College Online with the OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, the highest ranking for online higher education programs. For information, visit or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook,

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Contributes $878,424 to Local Governments Contributions total more than $32 million since casino opening

Manistee, Mich. — The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (LRBOI) presented a check today to the Manistee County Local Sharing Revenue Board (LRSB) for $878,424. This second payment of 2016 brings the total amount of local revenue sharing payments to $32,147,224 since the casino opened in 1999. In June, the Little River Band gave the LRSB a check for $710,408.


The Cycle II 2016 payment represents two-percent of the slot revenues from the Tribes Little River Casino Resort over the past six months. Payments are made twice a year. Under the gaming compact and amendment between the Tribe and the State of Michigan, the Tribe mutually agreed to make annual distributions to the LRSB, which distributes the funds to local governments and schools in the area.


Tribal Council Speaker Virgil Johnson and The Director of Hotel Operations Charmaine Stone presented a check this evening to the LRSB at the Little River Casino Resort.


“Tribal gaming continues to provide a positive economic impact to both the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and our local community,” said Tribal Ogema Larry Romanelli.  “We are pleased to see how the revenues benefit both our Tribe and our neighbors.”


The Tribe has operated Little River Casino Resort as a productive and successful gaming operation for nearly 17 years. The Little River Casino Resort is the largest employer in Manistee County providing more than 1,000 jobs and millions of dollars to local vendors.


The LRSB uses the funds to reimburse local units of governments for costs due to the casino (i.e. law enforcement and emergency services) and to provide a payment in lieu of property tax revenue. Any additional funds are then divided by the local governments and have been used to provide funding for critical needs in the local community.


The LRSB considered 20 grant applications for cycle one 2016 and was able to grant revenues to all applicants. Revenues were distributed to local public safety, schools and governments including:

$23,100 to Manistee County Firefighters Association for partial funding to properly outfit a training facility;

$20,150 to Medical Care Facility to purchase and install cameras and recording equipment to monitor all entrances and exits at the facility.

$9,000 to Cleon Township Fire Department for the purchase of refurbished hydraulic extraction equipment components.

$9,000 to Bear Lake Township Fire Department for partial funding to purchase 12 SCBA MSA carbon fiber bottles.

$7,300 to Manistee County District Health Department for partial funding to upgrade the security system for the health department office.

$7,000 to Cleon Township Fire Department for the purchase of firefighter protective equipment replacement components.

$5,782 to Manistee Township Fire Department for personal protective equipment.

$5,000 to Casman Alternative Academy for partial funding to purchase upgraded lighting around the property.

$5,000 to Manistee County 19th Circuit Court-Family Division for funding a juvenile diversion program.

$5,000 to Manistee Fire Department for partial funding to be used as matching funds for a grant from FEMA in the Aid to Firefighters category.


The three members of the LRSB include representatives from Manistee County, the City of Manistee and Manistee Township.


Seventy-five percent of casino employees are non-Tribal members. The Little River Band has more than 4,000 enrolled members and tribal responsibility for nine counties stretching from Manistee south to Muskegon.


In addition, in accordance with the state gaming compact and amendment, the Little River Band has paid the state of Michigan more than $85 million to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Tech Center students earn top five spots in college CAD contest

All five Muskegon Area Career Tech Center students earned the top five spots in 2D AutoCAD during the 2016 American Foundry Society High School Design Competition on December 2, 2016. Muskegon Community College hosted the contest of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) students from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center, Holland Christian, Hudsonville Unity Christian, Newaygo Career Tech Center, and teams from Fruitport and Reeths-Puffer high schools.


Students were given engineering problems to solve and results were based on technical standards, dimensioning, geometric tolerances, and proper arrangement of views.


Four different divisions of competition were offered: Beginning Sketching, Beginning 2D AutoCAD, 3D Solid Modeling, and 3D Solid Modeling/Assembly/Drawing. The five Muskegon Area Career Tech Center competitors earned top-five spots in the 2D AutoCAD Division. Noah Palmer (Fruitport) earned first place, Jordan Gilbert (Fruitport) placed second, Dan Pavlich (Fruitport) placed third, Simon Johnson (Fruitport) placed fourth, and Anthony Lock (Oakridge) placed fifth.


“I am privileged to work with such a great group of students and couldn’t be more proud of them,” shared Career Tech Center Computer-Aided Design Instructor Troy Foster. “The students earned their awards through good attendance, work ethic, and dedication.”


Sponsors for the event included Muskegon Community College and the West Michigan Chapter of the American Foundry Society, as well as Anderson Global/Express, Metal Technologies, Chassix, Arconic/Alcoa, Hilite International, and Cannon-Muskegon.

CAD/Drafting Contest Winners Announced

 The 30th Annual Muskegon Community College CAD/Drafting Contest attracted 70 students from six schools to the Muskegon Community College campus on Friday, Dec. 2.


The event, coordinated by MCC Instructor Kathleen Liefer, is sponsored by American Foundry Society and many local business and educational institutions. Prizes were awarded to the top finishers in four divisions. This year’s winners are:


Division 1:  Beginning Sketching

For this division, the students were given a part that was printed on our 3D printer.  They had to measure the part and then create a pencil sketch of that part.

  • 1st Place – Becca VanderSloot, Hudsonville Unity Christian High School
  • 2nd Place – Keaton Rhoades, Fruitport High School
  • 3rd Place – Zackary VanDyke, Hudsonville Unity Christian High School
  • Honorable Mention – Ben Mulder, Holland Christian High School
  • Honorable Mention – Trevor Evenhouse, Holland Christian High School
  • Plaque – Mr. Dave Vruwink, Hudsonville Unity Christian High School

Division 2:  Beginning 2D AutoCAD 2017

This division is very similar to Division 1 in terms of the drawing complexity, except in Division 2 the students had to create their drawings using AutoCAD (2D).

  • 1st Place – Noah Palmer, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center
  • 2nd Place – Jordan Gilbert, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center
  • 3rd Place – Dan Pavlich, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center
  • Honorable Mention – Simon Johnson, Fruitport High School
  • Honorable Mention – Anthony Lock, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center
  • Plaque – Mr. Troy Foster, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

Division 3:  3D Solid Modeling

For this division, the students were given a very complex drawing problem.  They had to create a solid model of the part using AutoCAD 2017 3D (Solid Modeler), Inventor 2017 or SolidWorks 2016.

  • 1st Place – Eddie Leonard, Fruitport High School
  • 2nd Place – Chase Vollmer, Fruitport High School
  • 3rd Place – Bodi Pratt, Newaygo Tech Center
  • Honorable Mention – Adam Brunsting, Hudsonville Unity Christian High School
  • Honorable Mention – Gretchen Spruit, Holland Christian High School
  • Plaque – Ms. Kathy Steudle-Schwander, Fruitport High School

Division 4:  3D Solid Modeling/Assembly/Drawing

In Division 4, students were asked to complete a project.  They had to model several parts, assemble those parts and create an assembly drawing with multiple views, balloons and a complete bill of material using AutoCAD 2017 3D (Solid Modeler), Inventor 2017 or SolidWorks 2016.

  • 1st Place – Andrew Harloff, Fruitport High School
  • 2nd Place – Kaylee Meyer, Fruitport High School
  • 3rd Place – Jacob Feenstra, Hudsonville Unity Christian High School
  • Honorable Mention – Alex Smith, Fruitport High School
  • Honorable Mention – Collin Nielsen, Newaygo Tech Center
  • Plaque – Ms. Kathy Steudle-Schwander, Fruitport High School

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A unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. More than 300 artists and crafters will be showcased with fine art in the park, crafts, children’s activities and Michigan food market – all wrapped up in a huge downtown street party atmosphere!   Come out and join us on July 6th,  and July 7th, 2018.

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