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My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

KENTWOOD, Mich.—As the busiest shopping day of the year approaches, police are offering 10 ways to protect yourself and your vehicle from thieves.

 

Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) works with Michigan law enforcement agencies to track down suspected car thieves and those suspected of auto theft-related insurance fraud.    Shoppers are encouraged to follow these tips:

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library announces New Year’s hours

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library announces New Year’s hours

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- Loutit District Library will close Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Thursday, Jan. 1 in observance of the New Year’s holiday.

It will re-open on Friday, Jan. 2 at 9:00 a.m.

Although the library is closed, its website, www.loutitlibrary.org, is available 24 hours-a- day throughout the holiday. Patrons can check on the availability of books and other resources at any of the 55 libraries in the Lakeland Library Cooperative online. They can renew materials, place holds and review the status of their library accounts. In addition, the website provides online databases, downloadable audio-books and e-books, a calendar of upcoming library events and links to other resources to help patrons find the information they need.

The library’s normal winter hours are:

My Town: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

My Town: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to three of the 10 most dangerous places in the state, according to Movoto Real Estate.

The company based its rankings on cities with populations of 10,000 or more that also ranked high in murder, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes, based on the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report.  Flint topped the list, followed by Benton Harbor, Detroit, Highland Park, Muskegon Heights, Harper Woods, Inkster, Flint Township, Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo. Grand Rapids came in at No. 16, Holland ranked 26th,  Walker took 32nd place, Grandville ranked 41st, Norton Shores landed at No. 42, Kalamazoo Township was 45th and Grand Haven came in at No. 50 among the 102 qualified communities.  To see the entire list, visit Movoto’s website here.

My Town: Waterfowl killer spreads in Great Lakes basin

My Town: Waterfowl killer spreads in Great Lakes basin

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A destructive invader has made its way to the Great Lakes basin.

In a three-year study, researchers from ten universities, including the Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute, recently found invasive faucet snails in many new locations throughout the Great Lakes basin.  The snails carry parasites that are deadly to native waterfowl, including ducks and coots.

The findings suggest faucet snails have spread to more areas along the Great Lakes coastline than experts realized. The snail is only about a half-inch in height, making them easy to transport and spread and difficult to kill.   When waterfowl eat the infected snails, the trematodes the snails carry attack the ducks’ internal organs, causing lesions and hemorrhaging.  Infected birds appear lethargic and have problems diving and flying before dying.

My Town: Annual winter reading program returns to Loutit District Library

My Town: Annual winter reading program returns to Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will host the 23nd annual Cabin Fever Reliever, a winter reading program for adults, beginning Jan. 1 and running through March 31, 2015.

Participants who read or listen to ten books during this time will receive a thermometer keychain provided by the Friends of Loutit District Library.

Books and audiobooks must be checked out at Loutit District Library; eBooks and eAudiobooks must be downloaded from OverDrive. Adult readers can register and pick up a reading log at the checkout desk during normal business hours.

“Many library patrons look forward to the beginning of this annual book club as a way of getting through those doldrums that can result from cold and gloomy winter weather,” said Library Director John Martin.

My Town Grand Haven: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish urges public to give blood Dec. 29

My Town Grand Haven: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish urges public to give blood Dec. 29

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- For those in need of life-saving blood, a simple donation can go a long way.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish is encouraging the general public to set up an appointment and donate blood on Monday, Dec. 29, from 12 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the church’s Family Center, 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven.

“The Red Cross blood drive is a great way for people to pay it forward this holiday season, with a simple gift from the heart that will last a lifetime,” said Nancy Megley, RN, parish nurse with St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish.

Fire Barn Gallery kicks off new art dsiplay


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM)-- The Fire Barn Gallery has just kicked off it's newest art show. It's called "New York Cityscapes" by Mariangela Fremura and Tyler Loftis. The artists were asked to make paintings of the city for display.

Fire Barn Gallery is located at 18 North 5th St. in Grand Haven. It is open on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information on the exhibit, visit www.firebarngallery.com.