We are pleased to welcome Tim Burkman to our team as Executive Director. He graduated from Valparaiso University with a degree in Civil Engineering is a licensed, professional engineer. Tim served as the Engineering Director for the City of Valparaiso in Northwest Indiana for the last 13 years and enjoyed being part of the great transformation that area has undergone. Moving to this part of Michigan has been a longtime hope for him and his family, and he’s thankful to sink roots in the Macatawa area. “I’ve always enjoyed serving to improve the community in which I live. I’m very excited about all that the MACC has accomplished, and am energized to make even more strides toward a healthier and more functional Macatawa Area.”
When Tim isn’t wearing his director hat, he loves spending time with his wife, Jessica, and their three children: Lydia (9), Elijah (6), and Micah (3). On top of all the bike rides, ice cream, and beach evenings, the Burkmans have a unique passion for serving international newcomers. Ten years ago they started up a non-profit organization called Compass International Family Center that cares for immigrants and refugees in Northwest Indiana. “One of the things we love most about this area is the international diversity we’ve experienced. We feel very blessed to call this area home, and look forward to serving within our new community.”
In Michigan, we’ve already had 10 days this summer where air quality has been poor/unhealthy for sensitive groups.
Got a Minute? View this video to learn about why we call for Clean Air Action Days to protect you! These Action days occur when pollutants in the air, such as ground-level ozone and dust, or particulate, can make breathing difficult for some people. Clean Air Action Days are important for everyone to pay attention to, but especially people with breathing problems like asthma, as well as the elderly or young children. Learn more at www.wmcac.org
The Community Enhancement Program Grant Committee awarded just over $3,000 to support the Historic Ottawa Beach Society (HOBS) in purchasing solar window shades which are critical to the museum in that they protect valuable artifacts, provide necessary screening of displays, and reduce heat transmission!
Erected in 1901 as an Edison Electric Power Plant, the building generated electricity with a boiler and two steam-powered dynamos to provide lighting for the hotel and grounds that were present at that time. In 2008, HOBS began discussions with the Ottawa County Parks & Recreation to convert the Pump House into a museum.