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Flyboarding with Living Water Adventures

MUSKEGON, MICH. – In today’s Pascua Pitstop, Jennifer travels to Wolf Lake in Muskegon to experience the thrill of flyboarding!


Living Water Adventures founder Anthony Tift and instructor Chance Fisher show her how much fun can be had using the equipment this summer.


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“Celebrating 25 Years of Quality Health Care Services in Muskegon County.”

Muskegon, MI – The story began in 1992, with an increased rate of pre-term, low birthweight babies. “No one was addressing this issue and access to prenatal care for low income pregnant women in Muskegon was limited,” says CEO, Linda Juarez.  As a result, Hackley Community Care opened its doors in a renovated, tiny brown house on the Hackley Hospital Campus, and began offering Obstetrical and medical services.


In 1992, Hackley Community Care moved to a building on the corner of Peck and Barney and began the Certified Nurse Midwifery Program that provided prenatal care, delivery and follow-up with pregnant mothers. Soon after, we added home services to pregnant mothers with a licensed social worker, nurse, and a dietician.


Hackley Community Care continued to grow from there, and moved to our current location at 2700 Baker Street, and received Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status. From these humble beginnings, Hackley Community Care has continuously expanded to provide an array of services that include dental, behavioral health,  a pharmacy (Community Care Pharmacy), and other supporting programs such as Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, and Komen Breast & Cervical services, to name a few. All of our service are designed to meet the needs of those who are disenfranchised. Today, we have locations at the Mercy Health Partners – Hackley Campus, an Integrated Health Center (IHC) at HealthWest, full adolescent Teen Health Centers at Muskegon High School and Oakridge Public Schools, and school based behavioral health services throughout Muskegon.


“We continue our quest to be good for our Patients, Community and Staff. I can speak for the entire Board of Directors in stating that we will continue striving to assure quality services and supports to the residents of Muskegon County.  We are so grateful for the partnerships and support from the community” says Cheryl Nebedum, Chairperson Hackley Community Care Board of Directors.


Hackley Community Care will celebrate their 25-year milestone with several events throughout the year. We believe it is important to give back to our community, so we will be sharing our successes with a Community Day Celebration Event on Saturday, July 22nd from 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in our parking lot at 2700 Baker Street. This fun-filled Community Day Celebration will include games, face painting, live radio remote, a reading and activity corner for kids, a dunk tank, youth activities, community vendors sharing resources and education, food, prizes, and much more.


Subsequent events include Hackley Community Care Tours on The Trolley.  Legislators, local elected officials, business and community leaders are invited to take a ride on the trolley with us on:

August 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in celebration of National Health Center Week

September 20th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 pm.


This will be the perfect opportunity learn about our patient services offered, why funding is crucial to us as a health center, and to the citizens of Muskegon County, and tour several of our facilities throughout Muskegon County.


If you have questions regarding any of the events or would like to join us on one of the Trolley Day tours, please contact:  Paula Anderson at (231) 733-6751 or


To learn more about Hackley Community Care please visit .


Get Totally Eclipsed!

The Norton Shores Library presents “Totally Eclipsed” on Wednesday, August 9 at 7:00pm!  For the first time in nearly 100 years, a solar eclipse will sweep across the entire continental U.S. on Monday, August 21, 2017.  It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most sky watchers, and the Norton Shores Library wants you to be ready!  Dr. Michael Galvin of the Muskegon Astronomical Society shares all you need to know about eclipses, including what they are, where to best view them and how to be safe while watching.  The Library will also have free solar eclipse viewing glasses from the Space Science Institute available for program attendees to take with them. 

This program is free and open to ages 14 and up, with registration required.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or


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Norton Shores Library
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July & August events related to Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian

July 10, 2017, Muskegon, Michigan – The Muskegon Museum of Art presents “The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians: Our Story,” a lecture by tribe Ogema Larry Romanelli, on Thursday, July 13. The event will start with a reception at 5:30 pm. The lecture begins at 7:00 pm in the MMA’s auditorium. The reception and program are free and open to the public. Mr. Romanelli will discuss the history and current life of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. He is a lifelong Muskegon resident and is from the Thunder clan of Odawa Indians. In 2007, he was elected as the Ogema, Chairman, and Chief of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Manistee, MI. Mr. Romanelli was re-elected to a second term of office in 2011 and to a third term in 2015. He is also a successful businessman and owner of three businesses in West Michigan.


Michigan’s Heritage Park will host Honoring Native Heritage Pow Wow at Michigan’s Heritage Park, Whitehall, on Saturday, July 15, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sunday, July 16, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. See jingle dancers, drummers, and singers and enjoy traditional Native American foods and purchase jewelry and handmade crafts at this special event. For more information, visit or call 231.894.0342.


Other programs at the Muskegon Museum of Art accompany the exhibition Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian. Special programs continue in August with:

  • Standing Rock: A Report from the Field by Levi Rickert

Thursday, August 10, 5:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Levi Rickert, editor of Native News Online, a national publication of, by, and for the indigenous peoples of North America, will talk about his recent experiences at the protests at Standing Rock in North Dakota.

  • Native Storytelling Super Saturday 

Saturday, August 12, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Free Family Fun Day. Explore Native stories with special activities. Free admission and activities.

  • Film Screening & Lecture: Coming to Light with Anne Makepeace

Thursday, August 24, 5:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Film Screening & Lecture

Screening of Coming to Light, Edward S. Curtis and The North America Indians, followed by Q & A with Anne Makepeace, the film’s writer, director, and producer. Coming to Light was an Academy Award finalist for best feature documentary in 2001.


The North American Indian is an exhibition of national significance that explores the depth, breadth, and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis’s monumental work. The exhibition, both survey and critique, tells the story of one of the most prominent photographers of his time, who sacrificed everything for his work on The North American Indian, only to die in obscurity. Curtis’s images have been extensively exhibited and collected, and have become iconic over the past century. Organized by the MMA, this exhibition will be perhaps the largest and most comprehensive survey ever presented of The North American Indian. For what may be the first time, the entire collection of all 723 portfolio photographs will be on display. Importantly, this thorough survey and overview of The North American Indian also examines the challenges and controversies that the work has faced through the years, and in our own time. The exhibition runs through September 10, 2017. Visit for visitor information or call (231) 720-2571. 


Special programs related to Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian in other locations throughout the area:

  • Native Heritage: The North American Indian

Michigan’s Heritage Park, through October 28 and Lakeshore Museum Center, May 11 through September 10

The Lakeshore Museum Center is featuring over 40 Native American artifacts from its collection at Michigan’s Heritage Park in Whitehall and in the Cabinets of Curiosity at the main museum site in downtown Muskegon during the MMA’s exhibition Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian. Among the artifacts on display in the Visitor Center at the park are two headdresses, jewelry, pottery, beadwork, baskets, and moccasins. The items selected for the display complement a selection of Curtis’s photogravures. The items in the Curiosity Corner are primarily beadwork and jewelry. For more information, visit or call 231.894.0342.

  • Honoring Native Heritage Pow Wow at Michigan’s Heritage Park, Whitehall

Saturday, July 15, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sunday, July 16, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

For more information, visit or call 231.894.0342.

  • Theatre Presentation at Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall

The Rememberer by Steven Dietz

Thursday, July 27, 7:30 pm, Friday, July 28, 3:00 pm, Saturday, July 29, 7:30 pm

The true story of a young Squaxin Indian girl, who is forcibly taken from her home and placed in a government-run school in 1911.

  • A Taste of History: Celebrations at Michigan’s Heritage Park, Whitehall

Saturday, August 12, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Jessica Diemer-Eaton will demonstrate traditional Native American food preparation. For more information, visit or call 231.894.0342.

Lakes Mall Office New Hire

The Lakes Mall recently announced their new hire for the Assistant General Manager Position. Click the following link to read more!


Julie Wagenmaker – New Hire Announcement


Baker College fall 2017 classes start a month early

MUSKEGON, Mich. – The start date for fall 2017 semester at Baker College is Monday, Aug. 28, about a month earlier than in previous years. The college has officially transitioned from a quarter schedule to semesters effective this fall. Enrollment is underway for all on-ground and online courses.


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


“We have been preparing for the transition to semesters for about two years,” said Lee Coggin, J.D., Baker College of Muskegon president. “A massive amount of time and energy has gone into revamping our processes and curriculum to fit the semester schedule, and we’ve worked diligently to ensure a seamless transition for students.”


The new academic calendar offers two 16-week semesters and a 12-week summer session, versus four quarters.


Coggin identified some of the advantages of a semester schedule.


“Semesters line up more closely with most high school calendars making dual enrollment easier to coordinate,” he said. “An earlier start in the fall also means an earlier graduation in the spring, allowing graduates to enter the job market sooner. And, because most colleges are on a semester schedule, it will be easier to transfer to and from Baker College and for calculating the transferring academic credits.”


Additionally, he noted internships, a requirement of most Baker College programs, can be longer on a semester schedule.


For more information about Baker College career programs, contact Debbie Smith in the admissions office 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. 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,


“The Colors of Nature” by Kristen Thornton and “In Our Backyard” by Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon at the Frauenthal Center through August 6th

Join us in the Reception Gallery of the Frauenthal Center to experience the brilliant colors and Michigan images from Grand Rapids artist Kristen Thornton in the July exhibition at the Frauenthal Center. The exhibit also includes the photographs of Muskegon by members of the Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon who are participating in the National Image Makers program. The show runs July 6th through August 6th


Kristen Thornton attended Central Michigan University and graduated from Ferris State University with a B.S. in Health Information Administration. While attending college, she took art courses, including drawing and design at both universities. “I started drawing and painting at a young age.  It was, and is, a wonderful outlet for expressing the beauty around us.  In my early works I used more traditional colors and subjects.  As I continued to paint, examine other art works, I found that I enjoyed looking at paintings with different, vibrant colors. Kristen says. “ Some of my influences have been impressionist such as Claude Monet, expressionists/Fauve painters like De Vlaminck and Cezanne.”


This is the 2nd photography exhibit of the Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon at the Frauenthal. These creative 6-18 year olds were guided by their mentor Hillary Jones who says, “This year’s theme is inspired by Muskegon’s rich scenery and architectural gems in our fair city. As you explore the exhibit, you will find yourself strolling through downtown Muskegon.  You will follow the journey of our young photographers as they captured the royal blues of Muskegon Lake and the splendor of Hackley Library.


“We are very excited about the two different perspectives of the Michigan landscape,” said Ricki Levine, Frauenthal Center Managing Director. “The colors and textures of Kristen’s vibrant paintings contrast the photos by the Boys and Girls Club. It seemed like a wonderful divergence to display together”.


Open through August 6th, admission to the exhibition is free. Guests may tour the reception gallery on weekdays from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.,with extended hours on show nights. Exhibits are open to the public (with the exception of during private events) and admission is always free.
For more information about the Frauenthal Center and upcoming events, visit or call 231.722.9750

Career Tech Center student earns gold medal at national healthcare competition

Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) Health Science Academy student Ashley Sokolowski was one of only five Michigan competitors to earn a gold medal during the HOSA 40th Annual International Leadership Conference, June 21–24, 2017. Sokolowski recently graduated from Ravenna High School. This year, Michigan HOSA sent 293 delegates to Orlando for the national conference. Ten thousand students from across the US, Canada, and Mexico competed in 56 separate competitive events.


Sokolowski earned gold in the Personal Care event where she successfully completed seven skills ranging from proper handwashing to discharging a patient. These are skills she uses every day in her job at Sanctuary at the Shore in Grand Haven. Sokolowski began working there in October of 2016.


“Ashley worked hard for this,” shared Health Science Academy Instructor Kathy Andrews. “Even after graduation she came to class every Friday to practice,” Andrews added.


In addition to the competition, Sokolowski participated in leadership academies, educational workshops, and connected with healthcare associations through interactive exhibits. She also explored GatorWorld and held the jaws of a live alligator shut!


HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. 


The Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) offers 16 free career training classes to high school juniors and seniors from public, charter, and non-public schools in Muskegon County. Many students earn free college credits as well.


Muskegon Museum of Art Director Judith Hayner to retire

Muskegon, MI — Muskegon Museum of Art Executive Director Judith Hayner has announced plans to retire later this year, in the fall, after 14 years in the top leadership position at the MMA. The MMA Foundation Board of Trustees is undergoing a search for a new director.


Charles Johnson, III, Chairman of the MMAF Board expressed appreciation for Hayner’s leadership and service, saying,


On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Muskegon Museum of Art Foundation, I want to congratulate Judith Hayner on her remarkable 14-year tenure as the Museum’s Executive Director. Judith’s leadership, passion, and inspiration has elevated our museum to a distinguished place among the best art museums in the country.

Judith has been intimately involved with the Museum’s greatest success stories over the past decade including: the 100th anniversary celebration and corresponding acquisition of over 100 new works of art to the collection; the Inspire Campaign to raise our endowment that enabled the successful transition to an independent museum; and, most recently, the launching the largest art exhibition in our history, Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.

Director Hayner has had an unbelievable impact on the Museum and our community and she will be greatly missed. The Museum’s debt to her is huge, and her impending retirement is, by any measure, richly deserved.


Executive Leadership Opportunity at the Muskegon Museum of Art


The Muskegon Museum of Art Foundation Board of Trustees announces that a new executive leadership opportunity to direct the AAM-accredited (since 1989) art museum in the West Michigan lakeside community of Muskegon will open at the Museum in Autumn 2017. The Board invites interested candidates to apply before July 17, 2017; preferably individuals who have demonstrated significant leadership in the social/charitable or private/ business sectors and who have demonstrated management and operational expertise, including a general knowledge of art history and a passion for and love of the visual and fine arts will respond. Previous fundraising experience also strongly preferred. Visit for the full position summary and application instructions.


Muskegon County Calendar of Events June 26 to July 3, 2017

To view the full calendar, click here. 



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 7th,  and July 8th, 2017.

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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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