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G.H. school board member who stole running again

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- An open two-year seat on the Grand Haven School Board is attracting one write in candidate who hopes to get back on the board and another who wants to stay on the board. It's a race that will get extra attention because of one of the candidates has a criminal past.

Brandon Hall says he decided to run as a write-in candidate for the school board only after no one else did.

"I just had a feeling in my heart to put myself out there," Hall said. "I never wanted to leave my term in the first place. I always wanted at some point to come back to the board."

In 2008, Hall was elected to the school board, but two years later he resigned after being convicted of stealing money from a school fundraiser. Then Hall violated his probation by using marijuana and spent three weeks in jail.

My Town Coopersville: Diocese appoints new pastor to parish

My Town Coopersville: Diocese appoints new pastor to parish

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A pastor in Coopersville is taking his spiritual lessons to Spring Lake.

Bishop Walter Walkowiak  of the Diocese of Grand Rapids has announced Rev. David C. Gross of St. Mary Parish in Marne and St. Michael Parish in Coopersville will take over as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Spring Lake.  His appointment takes effect Sept. 17.

Bishop Walkowiak has appointed Rev. D. Anton Tran to take over Gross’ duties at the parishes in Marne and Coopersville, beginning Sept. 17.  Tran is the current pastor of St. Mary-St. Jerome Parish in Custer. 

My Town: Loutit District Library to offer support group for genealogy lovers

My Town: Loutit District Library to offer support group for genealogy lovers

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Are you interested in genealogy? Do you have a brick wall you cannot get passed? Do you need the support of other genealogists?

Loutit District Library has just the thing for you. Starting on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m., you can join others and talk genealogy in the Local History and Genealogy Department. This will be a monthly group and will meet every third Thursday. The discussion will be lead by LDL’s Local History and Genealogy Specialist Jeanette Weiden. Everyone is welcome to come from the beginner to the advanced.

This program is free to the public and held in the library’s Local History Quiet Study Room. For more information, call 616-842-5560, ext. 225 or visit www.loutitlibrary.org.

Girl mauled by raccoon finishes surgeries

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - A western Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby is celebrating the completion of two years' worth of reconstructive surgical procedures.

Charlotte Ponce had her upper lip repaired, her nose rebuilt and last month she got a new ear.

The 12-year-old from Spring Lake has spent a lot of time at Beaumont Hospital in suburban Detroit since 2012.

On Monday, the doctor who performed her surgeries looked back on Charlotte's journey.

Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate tells WXYZ-TV he kept his word. He says he told Charlotte she would get her nose, lip and ear back, and she did.

During a procedure last week, Chaiyasate surprised his patient by piercing her new ear and fashioning a makeshift earring from IV tubing.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month


What is the essential back to school item every student should have? A library card! It’s no accident that Library Card Sign-Up Month coincides with the beginning of the new school year. Library cards are an invaluable tool for students. Those with Spring Lake District Library cards have access to a wealth of information that can be found not only on library shelves but from the convenience of a home computer or mobile device by accessing the library’s e-resources.


SLDL card holders who visit the library’s website, sllib.org, will find useful information for students of all ages. Youth can access Encyclopedia Britannica as well as the many MeL (Michigan e-Library) resources available, including CultureGrams and InfoTrac Junior Edition. Academic OneFile is a comprehensive database containing peer reviewed journal articles for the college level researcher.

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Greater Ottawa County United Way is looking for nonprofit organizations in need of help.

They United Way’s annual Day of Caring is Thursday, Sept. 18.  On that day, the United Way will connect teams of volunteers with charities in need of help. People who need help or would like to volunteer for this year’s Day of Caring must register with the United Way by Aug. 21.  For more information, visit www.ottawaunitedway.org/day-of-caring or contact Shannon Morton at smorton@ottawaunitedway.org or (616) 396-7811.

A.D. Bos Vending Services and Hillshire Foods will be providing lunch for volunteers at Grand Haven Campground during the volunteer event.  Last year, more than 800 volunteers worked on more than 65 projects across the county.  

My Town Grand Haven: The circus is coming Aug. 19

My Town Grand Haven: The circus is coming Aug. 19

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The Tri-Cities Kiwanis invites the Grand Haven community to see live animals and entertainment under the big top of The Kelly Miller Circus.

Harbor Island in Grand Haven will come alive for two shows on Tuesday, Aug.19 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for 1.5 hour performances.  For more information or a sneak peek, visit  www.tricitieskiwanis.org  or www.kellymillercircus.com.