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Muskegon Lumberjacks survive scary finish against Phantoms

MUSKEGON, MI- The Muskegon Lumberjacks survived a furious finish Thursday to earn a win over the visiting Youngstown Phantoms, 2-1.


Despite the 10:30am puck drop, Muskegon didn’t take long to get their legs moving, and struck 4:36 into the game when captain Bo Hanson whacked in a rebound to make it 1-0. Hanson is now tied with Wyatt Aamodt for the most points among defensemen (9).


From there, the goaltenders took over, stopping everything thrown their way for the remainder of the first and the entire second period. During that span, Keith Petruzzelli was outstanding, helping the Jacks kill off all five times they were shorthanded.  Petruzzelli made 27 saves on 28 shots in his sixth win of the season.

Ivan Kulbakov was strong between the iron once again, saving 22 of Muskegon’s 24 shots on the day. He fell to 6-2 after the loss.


Entering the third period leading 1-0, the Jacks added to their lead when Collin Adams redirected a Derek Daschke point shot past the blocker of Kulbakov to make the game 2-0.


The lead wouldn’t last long. Youngstown finally broke through with their lone goal with 9:35 to play in the third when Brett Murray found Nicolas Werbik on a nice touch pass across the slot. Werbik one-timed it by a lunging Petruzzelli and the game was back within one shot.


Late in the third is when things got wild. With less than two minutes to play, Youngstown took a timeout. When the puck was entered back into play, the Phantoms had six skaters in addition to their netminder Kulbakov out on the ice. The officials dropped the puck, unaware of the infraction, and no penalty was called. A handful of seconds later, the situation was brought to the referees’ attention, and the play was blown dead. No penalty was called, and play resumed.


According to assistant coach Todd Robinson, the explanation he was given was that since the puck was dropped with too many men, the officiating crew was at fault and could not assess a penalty.


Shortly thereafter, with less than a minute to play and the Phantom net empty, Petruzzelli gave up a rebound that came to Werbik, who appeared to score past a diving Petruzzelli. Five of the six Youngstown skaters met in celebration, but the referees never signaled goal. After the next whistle, the officials met, but did not overturn the call of no-goal.


The Jacks survived the final seconds and escaped with a 2-1 victory. Muskegon improves to 8-4-0 on the season and jumps into third place in the East, while Youngstown drops to 7-5-0 and to fourth in the East.


Muskegon goals: Hanson (1), Adams (7)


Muskegon assists: Garrett Van Wyhe (3), Derek Daschke (4), Casey Gilling (3), Keeghan Howdeshell (2)

DTE Energy Grant to Provide Holiday Meals for Seniors for 6th Year

MUSKEGON, Mich. – Area adults over the age of 60 are invited to a free holiday meal on Thursday, December 15th, thanks to a grant from the DTE Energy Foundation. The $20,000 grant was awarded to Senior Resources to support AgeWell Services’ Meals on Wheels and Meal Site programs. The grant will help provide 2,700 Holiday Meals for seniors in Oceana, Muskegon and Ottawa counties. This is the sixth year that the DTE Energy Foundation has granted the funds for the holiday meal.


Tanglewood Park Café will be serving the holiday meal on Thursday, December 15 from noon to 6 p.m. at 560 Seminole Rd. in Muskegon. Reservations (by Thursday, December 8) are required for this meal and can be made by calling 1-877-211-5253, 231-733-1155 or dialing 2-1-1 between Monday, November 14–Thursday, December 8 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Space is limited.


Nutritious holiday meals will be served to Meals on Wheels participants and to seniors at AgeWell Services’ meal sites throughout Oceana, Muskegon and Ottawa counties on Thursday, December 15th as well. To find a location nearest you, visit or call 1-877-211-5253.


The menu for the day will be Rosemary Roasted Pork, Red Skin Smashed Potatoes & Gravy, Almond Green Beans, Garden Salad with dressing, Dinner Roll, and Cheesecake with Cherry Topping.


DTE Energy employees and some of their family members will also be volunteering to help prepare and serve the meals. The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its principal operating subsidiaries, Detroit Edison and MichCon. The Foundation directs its contributions and involvement to support initiatives dedicated to developing the human and economic potential of the communities it serves. The DTE Energy Foundation is funded fully by the shareholders of DTE Energy.

Get a free slice of ‘Liberty Pie’ when you vote on Election Day

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Your vote on Election Day will get you more than a sticker this year.

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THE COMMUNITY VOTE BEGINS TODAY FOR THE SIXTH ANNUAL CELEBRATED SERVICE AWARD! Big Picture Recognition Given to Muskegon Businesses with Inspirational Service

Grand Rapids, Michigan – – – –  Wednesday, November 2nd  Community voting begins today for the world’s largest service prize.  Ten Muskegon area businesses are being recognized as finalists.  Based on past year’s participation, tens of thousands of public votes are anticipated, and will determine this year’s award recipient!


The award has three goals.  One is to use the power of storytelling as a teaching and training tool for Cinema Carousel employees, who advocate for business finalists based on direct experiences that have inspired them.  Secondly, the campaign aspires to be an encouragement to all business nominees, each of whom receive promotion, movie perks and an invitation to an annual ‘Art of Celebrated Service’ workshop.  Finally, Celebration! Cinema (including Cinema Carousel in Muskegon) hopes that the campaign can be one factor contributing to people’s expectation that this is a region of the country marked by world-class hospitality.


Public voting for the finalists begins Wednesday, November 2, and runs through Thursday, November 10.  The finalists in six markets can be found at where the community can vote, tell stories and determine the award recipient.  Award recipients will be revealed at at noon on Friday, Nov. 11.






The award is supported by sponsors Beene Garter LLP, Fifth Third Bank, MLive Media Group and Zingerman’s Community of Businesses.  “We support the Celebrated Service Award because it focuses on people who are taking care of their customers”  says John Zimmerman, of Fifth Third Bank.  “You could have the smallest exchange with somebody at a coffee shop and it literally could make your day” shared Jamie Dionne of MLive.  “Those moments can be few and far between, but you always remember them.”


Business recipients receive a full year of recognition on Cinema Carousel movie screens, lobbies, web site, Facebook and radio. The award also includes a $5,000 cash prize, specialized training at ZingTrain (in Ann Arbor) and movie watch parties for the employees of the business recipient.  Past award recipients have appreciated all of the encouragement that they have received from their customers and reported that the recognition has contributed to the health of their businesses.  “It comforts people to walk in and see a smiling face,” says Angie Wasserman of Wasserman’s Flowers & Gifts, one of the past award recipients.  “Knowing customers personally brings a lot of fun and excitement to the work.”


One business will win a Celebrated Service Award in each of the six markets that Celebration! Cinema theatres operate.  Those markets are Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Muskegon, Mt. Pleasant and Portage/Kalamazoo. The value of award packages for the six regional recipients total more than $360,000.


“Celebrated Service helps create the culture of West Michigan,” says Tom Rosenbach of Beene Garter.  “I think that people want to come here because they know this culture exists, and they are attracted to it.”


Now it is up to the community to determine the 2017 award recipients!

The public may vote and tell their own stories of great service by visiting or by texting keyword to 22333.


About Celebration! Cinema:  John D. Loeks owns and operates Celebration! Cinema movie theatres in Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Gaines Township, Grandville, Lansing, Muskegon/ Norton Shores, Okemos, Kalamazoo/ Portage, Benton Harbor/ St. Joseph, and Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Celebration! Cinema is a state-of-the-art shared entertainment experience with first rate amenities at each location.  All Celebration! Cinema locations exist to create space Where Story Happens. For more information contact Emily Loeks 616.447.4232 or visit us online:


About Beene Garter:  Founded in 1949, Beene Garter is West Michigan’s largest independently owned accounting and consulting firm. Located in downtown Grand Rapids and providing a range of audit, tax, business advisory and support services, we focus on serving businesses and organizations based right where we are. Beene Garter was recently named the “2012 Fastest-Growing Firm in the Great Lakes Region” and has been one of “West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” for over a decade.


About Fifth Third Bank:  Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $126 billion in assets and operates 18 affiliates with 1,321 full-service Banking Centers, including 102 Bank Mart® locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,398 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 25% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of September 30, 2013, had $318 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $27 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® National Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.



About MLive Media GroupAt MLive Media Group we love options. What to eat for lunch? Which local brew pub to choose for happy hour? Which audience target segment is right for a local retailer? We love having options. We love aligning our options with your marketing goals and objectives. Print, online display, video, mobile, SEO, SEM, email, social media, content marketing, graphic design, web development, and analytics/business insights… to name a few. Our solutions don’t end with the great products we offer … we also have great people with real world business experience. Strategic thinking centered around our “discovery” meetings and “whiteboard” incubator sessions. We pride ourselves on all of the solutions we can offer. We are passionate to develop a new solution, a custom solution instead of fitting you into a package we built last year. Like we said in the beginning, we love options. Give us a shout and tell us what you’re trying to accomplish, and we’d love to introduce ourselves.



About  ZingTrain : ZingTrain, founded in 1994, is part of the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. ZingTrain shares Zingerman’s unique and uniquely successful approach to business through public and private training. Public training, offered as 2-day seminars and 4-hour workshops, covers business topics ranging from customer service to visioning, marketing, open book finance and HR. The list of ZingTrain’s private training clients is quite diverse – including large organizations like the University of Michigan Business School and Hospitals, as well as small bootstrapped businesses all over the country. Further training resources offered by ZingTrain include business books written by Zingerman’s co-founding partner Ari Weinzweig and several training DVDs.




Grand Rapids, Mich., November 1, 2016 — Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge announced today that Eugene Franks, an attorney and shareholder in the firm’s Muskegon office, will be leaving the firm to join Smith Haughey client Family Farm & Home as its Vice President of Real Estate.

“While we’re sad to see Eugene go, his new role is a testament to the strong partnership that we have with our clients,” said Smith Haughey Muskegon Managing Partner Kevin Even. “Eugene has represented Family Farm & Home since its inception and Eugene’s decision to transition to its Vice President of Real Estate given the company’s continuing growth in the agricultural retail sector just made sense for him and Family Farm & Home.”

Eugene was a founding partner of the Muskegon-based law firm Even & Franks, whose attorneys and staff began operating under Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge in October of 2013. As Co-Chair of the firm’s Business and Real Estate practice group, Eugene represents closely held business enterprises, health care providers, and real estate developers with an emphasis on transactional tax planning.

As Eugene transitions into his new role at Family Farm & Home, Smith Haughey is excited to also announce the addition of attorneys Brian Pearson and Angela Kaku to the Muskegon office.

“Although there is much change on the horizon, we look forward to the addition of Brian and Angela to our Muskegon office,” said Bill Jack, shareholder and CEO of Smith Haughey. “There is already a great deal of synergy between our Grand Rapids and Muskegon offices, and the skillsets and experience that they bring will make this transition seamless and add more capability as well.”

Attorney Brian Pearson, who has been a shareholder in Smith Haughey’s Grand Rapids office since early 2014, is also Co-Chair of the firm’s Business and Real Estate practice group, practicing in the areas of business, real estate and construction law. Previously in-house counsel for a publicly-traded manufacturing company, Brian gained valuable experience managing matters pertaining to business law, real estate law, commercial litigation and employment law. Brian received a B.S. in International Relations from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a J.D. from Indiana University.

Angela Kaku joins Smith Haughey as an associate attorney in the firm’s Litigation practice group. Angela earned her BSN in Health Professions from Grand Valley State University and her J.D. from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Before obtaining her law degree, she worked as a law clerk and paralegal for 10 years. Angela specializes in transactional and litigation work.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge has been helping our clients overcome challenges and take advantage of opportunities since 1941. With offices in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon and Traverse City, and more than 75 attorneys and counselors, we offer the most comprehensive legal experience available. For more information about the firm, call 616.774.8000 or visit

Hospice Helps Patients and Families Focus on Quality of Life: Harbor Hospice Makes More Meaningful Moments Possible

(West Michigan) – November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for people coping with life-limiting illness.


“Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.”


Hospice is not a place. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.  These programs combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. Through this specialized quality care, we see many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together.  Hospice helps them focus on living despite their diagnoses.


“Hospice and palliative care is not about taking care of a disease it is about taking care of people.  Our nurses, nurse’s aides, physicians, social workers, spiritual care and volunteers support and care for the patient and family during this difficult time.” Kelly St. Martin LMSW, Clinical Outreach Specialist for Harbor Hospice.


As Kathy Huffman, a Harbor Hospice volunteer noted, “I’m very grateful to be part of this organization.  Every time I go on a patient visit to give, I always walk away having received!”


“Many of our volunteers have experienced the benefits of hospice care firsthand.  I love to hear their stories of how we helped care for their loved ones.  Because of that quality of care, they now want to become a Harbor Hospice volunteer to help provide that same kind of care for our patients” Paula Poel, Harbor Hospice Volunteer Coordinator.


More information about Harbor Hospice, palliative care, advance care planning and volunteering is available by calling 231.728.3442 or 800.497.9559.


Stories showing the many ways hospice makes more special moments possible can be found at  See more Harbor Hospice moments at or


Norton Shores, Michigan – Michael A. Poland, CFA®, CEO & Founder, Chartered Financial Analyst, Wealth Advisor/Portfolio Manager for Braeburn Wealth Management, along with his associates, Melanie N. Meyer, RP™, Associate Wealth Advisor, Sherri L. Balaskovitz, Director of Marketing, and Caitlyn Mouw, Director of First Impressions/Client Services, were presented with a Simon Pearce crystal pyramid award at a breakfast on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by Kathleen Marshall, Vice President, Relationship Management for Fidelity Clearing & Custody Solutions based out of Boston, Massachusetts, for their outstanding achievement in reaching $100 Million in Assets Under Management (AUM).

Braeburn Wealth Management was established in August 2011 in Norton Shores, Michigan, as a Registered Investment Advisor. Mr. Poland is known for his in-depth market analysis, customized portfolio offerings, investing with knowledge and discipline, and development of innovative trend indicators. He has been a financial advisor for more than 25 years and practiced with Rehmann Financial, Merrill Lynch, Paine Webber and Smith Barney prior to establishing his firm.

NOVEMBER at the Muskegon Museum of Art


  • A new exhibition, The Preacher and His Congregation, opens at the MMA on November 10 Super Caturday Free Family Fun Day
  • Festival of Trees
  • Teddy Bear Breakfast and more Festival Events


Thursday, November 10, 12:15 pm

Brown Bag Film

Craft in America: Holiday

(60 mins.) Fall Brown Bag Films focus on different types of American craft. Embrace traditions, both familiar and new—all part of our American experience with the handmade. Holiday features ceramic artist Susan Garson, Garcia Art Glass; paper artist Kathleen Trenchard; ceramic artist Veronica Castillo, National Gingerbread House Competition at Grove Park Inn, Biltmore House; woodcarver Harley Refsal, John C. Campbell Folk School. Film admission, coffee, and cookies are free. Paid admission is required for gallery entrance. Underwritten by Alcoa Foundation/Whitehall Operations.


November 10 @ 5:30 pm  8:00 pm

Opening Event

The Preacher and His Congregation

5:30 pm Public Reception/7:00 pm Special Program

The MMA invites the public to celebrate the opening of this photographic exhibition depicting the life of a Mississippi circuit preacher and his congregation in the 1970s. Admission to the event is free.

In the late 1970s, photographer and writer James Perry Walker (1945-2014) traveled Marshall County Mississippi with circuit preacher Reverend Louis Cole. The resulting photographic essay is a visual record of the Reverend and his congregation, of people, place, and their shared religious and community experience. The Preacher and His Congregation: Photographs by James Perry Walker will run November 10, 2016 through March 5, 2017.The photographs in this exhibition cover a period of six years, ending with his Cole’s death in 1981. The exhibition is on loan from the Flint Institute of Arts, which premiered the photographs in 2000.The exhibition is sponsored by Dr. & Mrs. Joseph R. Schulze and Blue Lake Public Radio. Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs–an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.


November 12, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Super Caturday

Free Family Fun Day

Meow! Join our youngest design team during this Super Caturday. Ms. Ronace will lead this team to create their own unique cat ornaments for our 5th Super Saturday Holiday Tree, which will be part of the Festival of Trees event that starts November 17. Youth participants will get a free admission ticket into FOT. Free admission and activities. Underwritten by MMA Education Partner, Alcoa Foundation/Whitehall Operations

10:00 am & 1:00 pm Film:

The Aristocats

(79 mins.) When Madame Adelaide Bonfamille leaves her fortune to her prized cat Duchess and Duchess’s kittens, her butler plots to steal the money and kidnaps the heirs, leaving them out on a country road. Yikes! See how they make it home and break the butler’s evil scheme.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take

Create your own cat ornament to decorate the Super Caturday Tree that will be a part of the Festival of Trees.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Look

See how many pets you can find in the MMA’s permanent collection of works of art.


Wednesday, November 16, 10:15 am

Friends of Art Program

Fine Art Photography—Commercial Photography, One Photographer’s Journey

Guest speaker Fred Reinecke will discuss his work as a commercial photographer. Reinecke primarily provides photography for business, including architectural, industrial, and product photography. He also specializes in corporate and family portraiture. As a fine artist, Reinecke’s work has been exhibited in several Michigan galleries and museums, including the MMA’s Regional Exhibition. Free and open to the public.


November 17–27

Festival of Trees

The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 12th annual Festival of Trees community holiday celebration runs Thursday, November 17 through Sunday, November 27. The Festival will be open daily 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, noon to 5:00 pm on Sundays, and closed on Thanksgiving. Professionally designed themed trees and décor will set a festive holiday mood. Trees, décor items, and gift baskets will be available for purchase through silent auction over the 10 days of the Festival, and special events, raffles, live music, a gingerbread village, and gift shopping will add to the fun.

Purchase admission tickets at the door: $8 Adult | $5 MMA Member | $3 child 3-17 yrs. (under 3 free) | $14 All Festival Pass.


Festival Title Sponsor is Alcoa Foundation/Howmet. Nichols is Festival Co-Sponsor.



Festival of Trees Special Events

Ticket prices include Festival admission. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase tickets.


Wednesday, November 16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Festival of Trees Preview Party for Volunteers and Sponsors

This special party is for Festival volunteers and sponsors only. Appetizers are included with free admission and a cash bar will be available. To volunteer, call 231.720.2571 or email To learn how to sponsor Festival events, décor items, and trees, call 231.720.2577 or email Event is sponsored by Sherry Becker and Bob Garretson, Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors.


Friday, November 18, 7:30 pm

Matinee: Sunday, November 20, 2:00 pm

A Christmas Carol

As presented by Tom Harryman

$15 per adult, $10 MMA member, $5 for 15 years and under

Join us for Tom Harryman’s masterful one-man performance of the Christmas classic. The Friday night performance will be preceded by a special cocktail hour starting at 6:30 pm.


Tuesday, November 22, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Festival Senior Day

$1 off Festival admission for ages 65 and older. Enjoy free coffee and cookies, raffles, and entertainment throughout the day. Call 231.720.2571 for group bookings. Calling ahead to reserve an arrival time for your group will help us plan welcoming assistance and easier traffic flow. Sponsored by Sonus Hearing Care Professionals.


Wednesday, November 23, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Festival Family Day

Get out of the house for holiday fun the day before Thanksgiving! Discounted family rate and kids’ activities will add to the fun. Call 231.720.2571 for group bookings. Family Day Pass (for family of four): $15/$10 MMA members ($16-20 value). Sponsored by Meijer.


Thursday, November 24

Happy Thanksgiving! Museum closed.


Saturday, November 26, 8:30-10:30 am

Teddy Bear Breakfast

Grab your teddy bears and get ready for another Teddy Bear Breakfast—great fun for ages 3-8 (and their adults). Includes full breakfast, visit with Santa, craft activity, and teddy bear checkup. Like last year, the event is longer with one more breakfast seating and fewer diners per seating. This change will provide more seating room. Tickets are limited, and always sell out. Plan to purchase early. Tickets: $12 for adults/$7 ages 1-17. Includes Festival admission. Call 231.720.2580 for tickets. Sponsored by Hines Corp.


Sunday, November 27, 2:00-4:00 pm

Deck Your Halls Home Décor Workshop

Enjoy wine, coffee, and snacks while Le Fleur Shoppe and Wasserman’s Festival designers demonstrate how you can make creative and affordable décor for gifts or for your own home, using new ideas inspired by Pinterest and other DIY sites. The many items crafted during the program will be given away to one-dollar raffle winning audience members. Tickets: $20 per person/$15 MMA member/$25 at the door. Includes Festival admission. Cash bar. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase tickets.




FINAL DAY: November 6, 2016

Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts

The Muskegon Museum of Art, in partnership with Guest Curator Nancy Crow, is proud to present this touring exhibition that showcases some of the best machine-piecing and quilting being done today. The juried, invitational exhibition features 51 quilts by an array of artists that improvise around the Bull’s Eye pattern: a four quadrant design with a bull’s eye at the center of each quarter. Color and design become the focus of a dazzling array of quilts inspired by the innovations of legendary fine art quilt maker Nancy Crow. The artists were challenged to create artworks that stretched the possibilities of the machine-pieced quilt and conveyed a sense of energy and excitement. Participating artists come from across the U.S. and abroad, with represented countries including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Switzerland. Sponsored by Bayer CropScience and Larry and Roxanna Herder. Media Sponsor—WGVU Public Media.



Through December 11, 2016

David Deming Sculpture

Internationally recognized sculptor David Deming has enjoyed a successful career as an artist, teacher, and arts administrator. Since the beginning of his career, Deming has continued his sculptural endeavors, his classical portraiture as highly acclaimed as his abstract sculpture. He has exhibited in nearly 200 competitive, invitational, group, and one-person exhibitions both here and abroad, and his works are included in more than 100 public and private collections. The MMA-organized exhibition of Deming’s sculpture presents, in bronze, steel, and stainless steel, creative variations of four dynamic groups of abstract work that have engaged him since his student days: Rockers, Tri Pods, Flora Bellas, and Centurions. Underwritten by Harbor Steel and Supply Corp. Media Sponsor: Blue Lake Public Radio



November 10, 2016 – March 5, 2017

The Preacher and His Congregation: Photographs by James Perry Walker

In the late 1970s, photographer and writer James Perry Walker (1945-2014) traveled Marshall County in northern Mississippi with circuit preacher Reverend Louis Cole. The resulting photographic essay is a visual record of the Reverend and his congregation, of people, place, and their shared religious and community experience. The photographs in this exhibition cover a period of six years, ending with Cole’s death in 1981. The exhibition is on loan from the Flint Institute of Arts, which premiered the photographs in 2000. Media Sponsor: Blue Lake Public Radio



The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave., between 2nd & 3rd Streets in downtown Muskegon. Visit or call 231-720-2570 for visitor information. The MMA is closed on Mondays.

Muskegon County Homeless Continuum of Care Network 2016 Project Homeless Connect & Stand Down

Muskegon, MI – On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, the Muskegon County Homeless Continuum of Care Network Outreach Committee is conducting their 2016 Project Homeless Connect & Stand Down event.


“We want to bring our community together as a whole to realize there is strength in our numbers and to ultimately show that, as a whole, we can accomplish much more than we can as individuals. We have the power to change our community! ” states Michael Ramsey, Outreach Committee Chair.


The Outreach Committee’s goal is to connect homeless and at-risk individuals of Muskegon County to resources and local services by offering a resource fair with peer navigator assistance.  We are proud to partner with the Department of Veteran Affairs to provide specialized and targeted services to Muskegon’s Veteran population.  This year, in addition to our largest resource fair to date, we will be hosting a 10,000 Mobile Food Distribution Truck that will be open to all members of the community.  Community members can enjoy a warm home cooked meal while meeting with peer navigators and local resource agencies.


“There are numerous skill sets and talents within Muskegon, not to mention the passion and compassion that we all have to help others; coming together for this worthy cause will only expand our opportunity to make a real difference for people that we should ultimately see as our neighbors and friends”, states Michael Ramsey.


What: Muskegon County Homeless Continuum of Care Network

2016 Project Homeless Connect & Stand Down

When: Wednesday, October 26th

Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: LC Walker Arena – 470 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440


If you are interested in volunteering for Lunch Services, Logistics, Peer Navigations, or the Clean Team, please contact Michael Ramsey at


About the Muskegon County Homeless Continuum of Care Network:  The MCHCCN is a Muskegon Community based organization that is supported by neighboring health and community-based organizations. Its main goal is to end homelessness in Muskegon County, and to provide resources and services to the poor and homeless. For more information, visit

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program seeks volunteers

MUSKEGON – Are you good with numbers, enjoy working with others, and want to make a real difference in your community? Goodwill needs you!


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Services for West Michigan – a coalition of area nonprofit organizations – provided a record number of free income tax returns to eligible low- to moderate-income individuals and families this past tax season. In total, 2,911 federal and state tax returns were prepared, creating a community impact of over $3 million!


Goodwill is urgently seeking more volunteers to help with the program.


“The number of volunteers directly correlates to how many people we can help. The more volunteers, the more of an impact we can have,” said Goodwill Tax program Coordinator Carl Lewis. “It can be an incredibly rewarding experience when you are personally helping people receive significant refunds that often help struggling families pay overdue bills and put food on the table.”


Volunteers have multiple service sites and volunteer times to choose from in Muskegon, Newaygo, Ottawa, and Oceana counties. Appointment sites operate at various times Monday through Friday, with a few select sites operating on Saturdays.


This year, volunteer training is more convenient and accessible with online video modules and printable support materials located on Goodwill’s VITA website at (Regular classroom sessions are also still offered for those who prefer.)


“We’ve condensed and divided the tax law into digestible segments that can be viewed at the volunteer’s pace and convenience,” Lewis said. “Volunteers are required to pass an IRS certification test, also available online.”


PLEASE HELP by donating your time this tax season! If you are interested volunteering, or want to learn more, please contact Goodwill Tax Program Coordinator Carl Lewis at (231) 722-7871 x256 or

Other ways to get involved

Volunteer for the Lakeshore Art Festival

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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Join Watch Muskegon

Muskegon has more to offer than ever before. Join the conversation, movement and Watch Us Go!

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