Brooklyn Bagels launches franchise; will open ‘model store’ soon

MUSKEGON, MI – A Muskegon business is expanding in a big way.

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BAKER COLLEGE, MERCY HEALTH TO HELP MATURE DRIVERS AT CARFIT SAFETY EVENT JUNE 3 Free interactive program aids older drivers’ comfort, mobility

MUSKEGON, Mich. – Baker College of Muskegon and Mercy Health Muskegon are sponsoring the CarFit driver safety event Friday, June 3, to provide tips to improve safety and mobility for older drivers.

The free event is 9 a.m. to noon at the Algot Johnson American Legion Post 69, 803 E. Colby St. in Whitehall. Appointments are required by calling 231.672.4910.

Drivers will progress through three vehicle stops during the 20-minute CarFit checkup at which students in Baker College’s associate degree occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program will provide information about and perform CarFit’s 12-point checklist.

For those who need additional assistance, a Mercy Health occupational therapist will provide information about local resources and mobility equipment, such as a swivel seat cushion, pedal extenders and mobility bars that aid in vehicle entry/exit.

CarFit is a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). It is designed to provide a quick, comprehensive check of how well older drivers “fit” their vehicles.

Among the items reviewed during the CarFit checkup are:

  • Driver’s seat position to ensure the pedals are easily reached.
  • Space needed between the front air bag/steering wheel and the driver’s breastbone.
  • Mirror adjustment to remove blind spots.
  • Proper seatbelt use and fit.

The event is also a learning opportunity for the students, according to Katy Potter, OTA program director at Baker College of Muskegon.

“This annual CarFit event allows Baker College students to gain real-world experience with the 12-point CarFit checklist, which is endorsed by several national organizations,” Potter said. “This will enhance the students’ confidence in working with patients and helps make the students job ready at graduation.”

An OTA is a skilled health care practitioner who works under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist in the planning and treatment of individuals affected by physical, emotional and developmental disabilities.

In 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated the average annual salary for an OTA was $58,340, with the lowest 10 percent earning an average of $38,440. Employment in this field is projected to grow 40 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

The Baker College OTA program is accredited by the AOTA. Graduates are eligible to take the OTA national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

CarFit sponsors hope the event will increase mobility among the elderly in the community. Despite often being the safest drivers — more likely to wear their seatbelts and less likely to speed or drink and drive, older drivers are more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a crash due to the greater fragility of their aging bodies.

Older drivers can also check with their local AAA club or AARP office for a driver safety refresher course or find an occupational therapy driving evaluation program for individualized assessments and recommendations. CarFit is an extension of those classroom programs.

For information about the Baker College of Muskegon OTA associate program, contact admissions at 231.777.5200 or, or visit

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Baker College grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in diverse academic fields, including business, health sciences, engineering, information technology, education and human services. Every Baker College graduate receives Lifetime Employment Assistance—free and forever. Baker College is a pioneer in distance education and offers students the option of completing a degree 100 percent online, without ever visiting a campus. For information, visit or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook,

Baker College culinary student wins ACF-sanctioned competition, takes home gold medal

MUSKEGON, Mich. – Baker College student Mike Kenat, of Holland, won first place in the “Practical and Contemporary Hot-Food Cooking” category at the recent Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Chapter’s American Culinary Federation (ACF) competition event. It was held at Dorsey Culinary Academy, Pontiac, Friday, May 13.

Competitors earn medals and points based on set standards. The winner is determined by the highest number of points; multiple competitors may earn the same color medal. Kenat was the only gold-medal winner in his competition for which 100 points were possible: 60 for taste and presentation and 40 for floor evaluation including sanitation and product utilization. Ninety to 100 points were required for a gold medal.

“Mike represented the Culinary Institute of Michigan well,” said Bruce Konowalow, CCE, dean of culinary arts for Baker College of Muskegon’s Culinary Institute of Michigan. “Students spend hundreds of hours preparing for competitions such as this one. Their practice of skills turns into habits that benefit them in the classroom and as professionals in the workplace.”

Kenat and his five student chef competitors from across Michigan were required to prepare two entrees using the same protein. Kenat selected chicken. His entrees were:

  •          Supreme stuffed chicken breast and asparagus.
  •         Chicken mousseline, tarragon jus lie, potato and celery root gratin, celery root puree, carrot puree, sautéed vegetables, which included carrots, asparagus tips and oyster mushrooms.

The competition allowed the student chefs 60 minutes to prepare the chicken and cook the accompaniments for their two dishes and 10 minutes to plate everything.

Judging the event were Dan Hugelier, CMC, Kevin Gawronski, CMC, and Scott O’Farrell, CEC.

Kenat’s competition advisors are instructor chefs Christopher Sowa and Cory Barrett, of Muskegon.

This was Kenat’s first individual ACF competition. He is captain of the CIM Muskegon team that won the state ACF hot food team title earlier this year and advanced to regionals, competing against nine teams that represented states from Wisconsin to Texas. The CIM Muskegon team earned a silver medal.

Kenat is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in food and beverage management. His parents are Walter Kenat and Michelle Kenat, both of Holland.

ACF is the standard of excellence for chefs in North America and has more than 17,500 members in nearly 200 chapters. It offers educational resources, training, apprenticeships, programmatic accreditation and a chef certification program. For more information, visit

For information about the programs at Baker College’s Culinary Institute of Michigan, contact Kathy Jacobson in the admissions office at 231.777.5200 or

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Baker College grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in diverse academic fields, including business, health sciences, engineering, information technology, education and human services. Every Baker College graduate receives Lifetime Employment Assistance—free and forever. Baker College is a pioneer in distance education and offers students the option of completing a degree 100 percent online, without ever visiting a campus. For information, visit or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook,

SCHERDEL awards new scholarships to Career Tech Center students

SCHERDEL Sales & Technology of Muskegon recently awarded new scholarships to two Muskegon Area Career Tech Center Machining/Engineering Technology students. Mickayla Gorby received a $1,000 scholarship and Scott Beauleaux was awarded a $500 scholarship. Both are graduating seniors from Reeths-Puffer High School.


To qualify, students had to be 2016 graduates planning to enroll in a major related to manufacturing. They also had to be accepted at an accredited two or four-year college, university, or trade school.


“We work closely with Sasamon Parker (Job Placement Specialist) to place Career Tech Center students in internships and wanted to strengthen that partnership even more,” said SCHERDEL Sales & Technology Vice President of Human Resources and Finance Margaret Eastley. “On behalf of the Career Tech Center, we wanted to offer the scholarships and encourage other manufacturers to do the same to support students pursuing careers in manufacturing,” added Eastley.


Next fall, Gorby will attend Wittenberg University in Ohio where she has been awarded a $16,000/year scholarship for four years. She will be part of a 3+2 program where she will attend Wittenberg for three years and then transfer to a nuclear engineering program for two years. Gorby was also recently recognized by the State of Michigan’s Department of Education as a 2016 Breaking Traditions Award Certificate recipient for her accomplishments in a nontraditional career and technical education program.


Beauleaux has been accepted to Muskegon Community College where he will participate in a four-year Mechanical Engineering program offered by Western Michigan University.


SCHERDEL Sales and Technology is part of the SCHERDEL Group, an independent, family-owned, global spring supplier based in Germany.


For more information about the Machining/Engineering Technology program, or any of the 16 other programs offered to high school students at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center, visit and click on the Classes link. In September, adults seeking to complete their high school diploma or GED may also be eligible for dual enrollment in a manufacturing course at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center. Call MAISD Adult Education Navigator Benika Longmire at 231-760 1997.

Muskegon based Brooklyn Bagels Café opens new flagship store Announces launch of Brooklyn’s franchise development


Muskegon. MI  Locally owned Brooklyn Bagels Café announced today the upcoming  launch of Brooklyn’s, a franchise concept featuring the premier of their flagship store that will open on May 31, 2016.


Owned by Denny and Cookie Dyer and operated in tandem with their sons Trent and Trevor, Brooklyn’s is truly a local, family-run business.  Brooklyn Bagels Café opened its first store in North Muskegon on January 1, 2001 and its popularity lead to the opening of a second location in Roosevelt Park on January 1, 2007. The combination of freshly baked goods and custom roasted coffees proved to be very popular, and requests for Brooklyn Bagels Café to consider franchising their business model to other entrepreneurs became a frequent occurrence. In response, the Dyer family is using the new restaurant at 2111 East Apple Avenue as a proof of concept for the potential launch of a new franchise as Brooklyn’s – Beans, Bombers, BagelsTM. The first Brooklyn’s is in a brand new purpose built restaurant, built by local , featuring full service drive through window and community meeting space, located one block east of Quarterline Road on  Apple Avenue in Muskegon Township, Michigan. The new restaurant, built by local contractor D L Morse & Associates, will better serve the East Muskegon market and also be the model store for investors considering participation in  a new franchise opportunity.


The new Brooklyn’s franchise stores will offer the same quality and freshness that the café has become known for in the Muskegon Community. They will also feature their signature custom roasted coffees, cold brewed nitro coffee, smoothies, frappes, tea, muffins, brownies and—of course—the famous bombers offered by their original stores–  just under new branding However, the one thing you can’t get at Brooklyn Bagels Café are day-old bagels.  At the end of every business day, the bagels that are left over are gathered from their various locations and donated to area food pantries.  This is just one way Brooklyn’s will continue to support the local community, no matter where the franchise may be located.


The Dyers are in the process of preparing the necessary filings to allow them to discuss a franchise opportunity in more detail.  According to Denny Dyer, “We have been getting requests from folks interested in becoming part of our program almost since we opened 15 years ago.  The new Brooklyn’s will give us a chance to show them what they can do.”

Michigan’s Adventure – 60th Anniversary Starts This Weekend!

MUSKEGON, Michigan – May 24, 2016 –Michigan’s Adventure and Funland Farm open on May 27.  WildWater Adventure opens on May 28.  It is the perfect weekend to start your summer season.  In 2016, Michigan’s Adventure will celebrate 60 years of family fun.  Beginning as Deer Park in 1956, the original petting zoo has evolved into Michigan’s largest amusement park and waterpark featuring over 60 rides and attractions.


The 60th season will offer guests the opportunity to interact with chickens, geese, goats, a miniature horse, alpaca, llamas, a miniature donkey and various other farm animals.  The highlight of Funland Farm will be the return of deer to the park.  Michigan’s Adventure will also host an Instagram sweepstakes allowing guests to share memories from past seasons.  Prizes will consist of daily admission tickets and a parking pass.


Opening weekend will also include Tribute to the Armed Forces on May 29 & 30.  Michigan’s Adventure will offer FREE admission to active and retired United States military personnel on Sunday and Monday.  This will be the twelfth year that Michigan’s Adventure has extended the offer of free admission to men and women of the Armed Forces during this special event.


As a part of its Tribute to the Armed Forces program, active and retired members of the U.S military will be able to purchase discounted admission tickets for members of their immediate family (maximum of six) at a special military discount price of $25.00 each.  The free ticket offer will be available on Sunday and Monday, May 29 & 30, and a valid military ID must be presented.  Each year members of the Michigan’s Adventure management team look forward to the opportunity to host the distribution table and meet the brave men and women that give so much to our country.



Home to Thunderhawk and Shivering Timbers, Michigan’s Adventure offers a variety of thrill rides, family rides, and kiddie rides.  Thunderhawk is Michigan’s only suspended looping roller coaster, and Shivering Timbers has been consistently ranked as one of the finest wooden roller coasters in the world since it was introduced.


Michigan’s Adventure will be open on May 25 for Physics Day.  Students from around the state will visit the amusement park and put the skills that they learned in the classroom to work while riding thrill rides and roller coasters.


Michigan’s Adventure Season Passes are now on sale at a discounted rate though May 30.  Season pass holders are offered a variety of perks, including early water park entry on select days, bring-a-friend days and park discounts.  For more information about Michigan’s Adventure, call 231.766.3377, or visit


Michigan’s Adventure is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.”  In addition to Michigan’s Adventure, Cedar Fair owns and operates 10 other amusement parks, three outdoor water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels.  Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract.

Middle school students solve problems at Michigan’s Adventure

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, nearly 500 middle school students in grades 5 – 8 from 13 Michigan schools will combine work with play from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. as they attempt to solve scientific problems during the 25th Annual Amusement Park Physics Day at Michigan’s Adventure Cedar Fair Park.


This year students will focus their problem-solving efforts on the Wolverine Wildcat, Kiddie Motorcycle Carousel, Gondola Wheel, Rip Cord, Thunderhawk, and Zack’s Zoomer. Because students cannot interfere with the normal operations of the rides, they will use other problem-solving techniques to find answers to the eight written questions.


Required to work in teams, they will hop on roller coasters, carousels and other rides that create push-and-pull (forces) on them. Students will also use handmade altimeters (for measuring angles), trigonometric ratios, and the length of their own pace to solve height problems. Students will use the relationship between distance, rate, and time in order to determine the speed of a ride, and find the best deal on food using unit rates. At the end of the day, the student teams will submit completed problem sheets that will be scored by the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District’s (MAISD) Regional Mathematics and Science Center.  Results and prizes are sent to teachers within two weeks of the park visit and are posted on the MAISD website at


Prior to their experience in the park, students learn to measure distance, time, vertical angles, and acceleration using a few basic trigonometry and physics concepts. Each child also builds an altimeter (for measuring angles) out of common inexpensive materials. Then they move outside the classroom to solve problems similar to those encountered in an amusement park. They measure the height of school buildings, flagpoles, trees, and telephone poles.  Students complete their preparation by reviewing sample problems.


The following schools are participating in this year’s Middle School Amusement Park Physics Day:   Fremont Middle School, Godwin Middle School, Haslett Middle School, Holton Middle School, Kalamazoo Christian Middle School, Moon Elementary School in Muskegon, Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency, North Muskegon Middle School, Oakridge Middle School, Northwestern Middle School in Battle Creek, Oakview Elementary in Muskegon, St. John’s Lutheran School in Grand Haven, and Whitehall Middle School.

Marsh Field Celebrates 100 Years “Rained Out Birthday Celebration Scheduled for Monday, May 23, 2016 at 6:30”

MUSKEGON, Mich., May 20, 2016 –The rained out 100th Anniversary Birthday Party for Marsh Field, originally scheduled 100 years to the day after Marsh Field opened, has been rescheduled.  Initially scheduled on the true anniversary date of May 4, the game and birthday party will be celebrated on Monday, May 23, 2016 at Marsh Field during a double header between Muskegon High School and West Michigan Christian High School.


The community is invited to attend and enjoy the games, as well as, take part in the birthday party.  The first game begins at 4:00 pm and the birthday party begins between games at around 6:30pm.


The festivities will include local celebrities like Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron; Marc Okkennon, local baseball historian; members of the family of C.W. Marsh, creator of Marsh Field in 1916; Doris Cook an original member of the Muskegon Lassies baseball team a member of the Women’s Professional League that played at Marsh Field; a birthday cake and a giant birthday card for all to sign.


Over 200 baseball games are played at Marsh Field annually including High School, youth baseball and a variety of tournaments.  Marsh Field is also the home of the Muskegon Clippers, part of the Michigan Summer Collegiate Baseball League, which features college players from Junior Colleges to Division 1 Universities playing in a wooden bat league. The Clippers were league champions last year and begin their 2016 home campaign on June 1, 2016.


Marsh Field is located at the corner of Laketon Avenue and Peck Street in Muskegon, Michigan.

New ‘airy’ atmosphere, same BLT vibe: Top restaurateur reopens historic tavern

NORTH MUSKEGON, MI – North Muskegon’s historic Bear Lake Tavern is open again, and it has a fresh new look.


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Experts call for restoring social studies to improve citizenship, reading

Experts from the Michigan Center for Civic Education, The Michigan Council for Economic Education, The Michigan Center for History Education and The Michigan Geographic Alliance recently released a joint position statement calling for restoring social studies to an equal level of importance as other core academic subjects to improve citizenship and reading scores.


The statement calls on all education decision makers, from state legislators and the State Board of Education to local school boards and supporting organizations, to consider the impact neglecting subject areas in Social Studies has both in the preparation for citizenship, and on students’ ability to comprehend increasingly complex informational text.


The statement cites evidence showing the dramatic reduction in time spent on Social Studies and the increased time on direct reading instruction in the last two decades. These changes have had little positive long-term impact on reading comprehension. It draws on recently published documents calling the practice of

reducing time for social studies education to practice literacy instruction in isolation, “counter-productive.” Instead, literacy practices can be productive when they are integrated into opportunities for social studies learning.


According to the state level organizations, the advent of the Every Student Succeeds Act and its emphasis on the right of every child to a well-rounded education makes this the “right time” to make dramatic changes in emphasis. It calls on every educational decision maker to make decisions based on the research which shows how important prior knowledge is for reading comprehension and how important social studies education is for the preparation of future citizens.


The statement issued by four professional organizations representing the content subjects that constitute Social Studies in Michigan has been endorsed by the Michigan Social Studies Supervisors Association. Endorsement by the Michigan Council for Social Studies is expected later this summer. To view the study report visit

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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 1st,  and July 2nd, 2016.

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