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My Town: Longtime family business expands to Comstock Park

My Town: Longtime family business expands to Comstock Park

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—A 114-year-old family business is expanding beyond the lakeshore.

West Michigan Roofing & Construction’s newest branch is located at 3736 West River Drive NE in Comstock Park.  The new location is managed by Edward Macklin III and Joseph Waldner.

West Michigan Roofing & Construction is based in Spring Lake, but provides roofing services to residents throughout the West Michigan area, including Holland, Muskegon, Whitehall, Ada and Rockford.  The business also installs siding, windows, doors and skylights.  The business provides fee estimates.  For additional information visit the West Michigan Roofing & Construction website.

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My Town Grand Haven: Chili Blues returns April 25-27

My Town Grand Haven: Chili Blues returns April 25-27

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.— A lakeshore tradition returns this month, bringing beer, blues and lots of beans to  Grand Haven.

Grand Haven’s Chilly Blues is April 25-27.  Visitors can sample a variety of chili soups while listening to live blues performances, including the national act, Big James and the Chicago Playboys.

"The longevity of the event is due to the quality of the music, the fun atmosphere, and the popular chili contest that draws people from all over the state.  It has come to signify the beginning of summer in Grand Haven!" says Steve Loftis who started Chilly Blues 22 years ago along with Greg Gilmore of the Kirby House.  “We are again hosting the beer tent for the Saturday night extravaganza!”

Admission to the entertainment/beer tent on Saturday night is $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event.   The chili cook-off begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Snug Harbor.  For additional event information, call (616) 846-8400.

Exchange food for fines during National Library Week at Loutit District Library

 Exchange food for fines during National Library Week at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- As part of its observance of National Library Week, Loutit District Library is again offering patrons the opportunity to exchange Food for Fines.

From April 13 through April 19, patrons can bring in non-perishable food or personal hygiene products for donation to Love INC and receive a waiver of $1.00 per item (up to a maximum of $5.00) off their current late fees at the library.

The food items most needed by Love INC include canned meals and spaghetti, "Helper" and other meals in boxes, canned tuna and meats, and pancake mixes.

Personal hygiene products, such as toilet paper, shampoo and conditioner, diapers (all sizes) and wipes, laundry detergent, soap, shaving cream, razors and deodorant, are needed as well.

Everyone is invited to donate food and necessities. Late fees are not a prerequisite.

My Town: Grand Haven Public Safety officer a shooting world champ

My Town: Grand Haven Public Safety officer a shooting world champ

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Criminals beware; one of the sharpest shooters in the world is right is right here in Grand Haven, serving as a public safety officer.

Dave Scott is the National Skeet Shooting Association’s current world champion, after posting a perfect score and winning a 7.5 round tiebreaker late last year.

 Scott has been honing his passion since high school.  He previously won ten state championships, and has consistently ranked among the world’s best skeet shooters.  He’s also been on the all-state team every year since 2004 and been an all-American for the past five years.

In November, the Grand Haven City Council recognized Scott’s accomplishments with a congratulatory resolution signed by the mayor.

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My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A group supporting a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville is moving forward with its grant request.

On Tuesday, Friends of the North Bank Trail released this map on Facebook, showing where the proposed 18-mile pathway would be created. The North Bank Trail would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail. 

Crockery Township recently sought support from Coopersville, Walker and other nearby communities to apply for a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for Phase 2 of the trail.

Lincoln Lecture Series @ SLDL

Lincoln Lecture Series @ SLDL

Lincoln Lecture Series @ SLDL

 

Spring Lake District Library was one of fifty institutions across the nation chosen to host the traveling exhibition “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.” The exhibit examines how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War—the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

 

The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the exhibit with the help of a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

 

The library will be hosting a variety of free Lincoln-themed programs to complement the exhibit that will include the following topics and presenters:

 

Mon., April 7 at 7:00 p.m.

National Library Week @ SLDL

National Library Week @ SLDL

National Library Week @ SLDL

 

Spring Lake District Library will be joining libraries communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 13-19, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.  

 

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. 

 

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said SLDL Library Director Claire Sheridan. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”