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Awards Ceremony for Bookmark Contest

Awards Ceremony for Bookmark Contest

Awards Ceremony to Honor Winners of SLDL Children’s Bookmark Contest


On Saturday, November 8, at 2:00 pm, the Spring Lake District Library will hold an awards ceremony to honor the winners of the 21st  Annual Children’s Bookmark Contest. This year children from preschool through 8th grade designed bookmarks illustrating the theme “I Love My Library!” The children’s colorful designs were judged by a panel of local artists and winning bookmark designs will be printed and available at the library throughout the year.


At the awards ceremony, the winners of the bookmark contest will be recognized and all bookmarks entered will be on display in the library. Guest author and illustrator Aaron Zenz will give a brief presentation at the celebration and Spring Lake Village President Jim MacLachlan will also be present to help congratulate the winners. The public is welcome to attend.


Grand Haven man dies in prison homicide

TITTABAWASSEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP/WZZM) - Michigan officials say an inmate at the Saginaw Correctional Facility has been found dead in an apparent homicide.

Sixty-seven-year-old Theodore Dyer died Wednesday in Saginaw County's Tittabawassee Township, near Saginaw.

A state Corrections Department spokesman says authorities believe Dyer's cellmate killed him. The cellmate has been transferred.

Dyer was sentenced in January to serve 25-50 years in prison for first-degree criminal sexual conduct that happened in Grand Haven against a nine-year-old girl. He was appealing his conviction.

The Saginaw News reports his death is the third violent incident reported at the facility in October. An inmate attacked a corrections officer Oct. 17 and a fight broke out between several inmates Oct. 19 in which one inmate was stabbed.

Veterans Day Performance at SLDL

Veterans Day Performance at SLDL

Veterans Day Performance at SLDL


Spring Lake District Library will be hosting a live performance reminiscent of the radio shows of the 1940s in honor of Veteran’s Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 2:00 p.m.  Back by popular demand, the readers’ theatre company Voice Activated will present A Veterans Day Observance which will feature several short performances honoring the generations of veterans who have served our country.


The Voice Activated performers transport their audiences back to yesteryear when radio shows were the entertainment of the day.  They rely on their animated voices, facial expressions, gestures, and the audience’s imagination to create their performance scenarios.


In addition to the performance, members of the Sgt. Alvin Jonker VFW Post 2326 Color Guard will present the colors, place the Battlefield Cross and play “Taps.”


Ottawa County Honors Employee

Ottawa County Honors Employee

Ottawa County Honors Employee for Customer Service

Ottawa County extends its congratulations to Mark Bos for the Outstanding Customer Service Award.  Mark is a Magistrate in the 58th District Court. Learn more about Mark and read excerpts from the three nominations he received at http://bit.ly/cs-award.

Grand Haven sledding death case to head to MI Supreme Court

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court is stepping into a dispute between a western Michigan park commission and the family of an 11-year-old boy who died in a sledding accident.

The issue is whether the Duncan Park Commission is an arm of local government in Grand Haven. The Michigan appeals court said no and said the commission is not immune to a lawsuit.

Chance Nash of Nunica hit an obstruction at Duncan Park and died in 2009.

The appeals court says the park actually is private land, and the city of Grand Haven doesn't make rules for it or maintain it.

School of Choice for Teachers

School of Choice for Teachers

Thanks to Schools of Choice programs in Michigan, students are afforded the opportunity to choose a school environment that best meets their learning needs. These programs also offer our state’s educators opportunities to teach in environments that are best suited for them. Just as some teachers flourish in a traditional school, there are those who prefer teaching at a virtual public school, such as Michigan Connections Academy, the school where I teach.

I work with an incredible team of teachers – they are state-certified, specially trained in online learning, recognized as Highly Qualified under the guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act—and live in Michigan. In fact, even though we teach in a virtual school, more than 60 teachers travel to the school’s office in Lansing every day to lead online instruction for more than 1,700 students across Michigan in grades kindergarten through 12.

Rake-A-Difference volunteers needed; signup due on Monday

OTTAWA COUNTY. Mich. (WZZM) - Here's a volunteer opportunity in a couple of weeks for those fall lovers.

It's called "Rake-A-Difference." It's happening November 7th & 8th from 8:00am until Noon. Deadline to sign up is Monday.

Shannon Morton, Director of Volunteerism from Greater Ottawa County United Way stopped by the News at Five to talk about the event. She says it
serves residents of Ottawa County. Veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities and/or financial hardships are encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity.