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My Town Spring Lake: Free backpack distribution Aug. 27

My Town Spring Lake: Free backpack distribution Aug. 27

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--  Families in need will get a back-to-school boost Wednesday, Aug. 27.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., volunteers with Mission for Area People will be at The Gate Way Church in Spring Lake, handing out free backpacks filled with supplies to children from struggling families.  The organization expects to distribute supplies to 1,500 children this year, as part of its Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids program. Wednesday's  event may also include free vision and hearing screenings, haircuts, snacks and fun activities.

 A parent or guardian must be present in order for a child to receive a backpack, and both adults and children must have some form of identification. The backpacks will be distributed based on a first come, first served basis. For additional information, call Diana Stubbs at (231) 733- 9672.

New off-leash dog park considered by parks officials

New off-leash dog park considered by parks officials

  On Tuesday, September 9 at 6:30PM at Hager Park, Ottawa County Parks officials will propose a new off-leash dog park. The public is encouraged to attend and weigh-in on the plans for nearby Grand Ravines Park. Ottawa County Parks is planning many improvements at its 187-acre Grand Ravines County Park in Georgetown Township. Along with an off-leash dog area, plans call for trails for hiking and biking, ravine overlooks, a lodge along the Grand River, access for fishing and kayaking and more. Although the plan identifies an area for the future dog park, not all details have been determined. This meeting is intended to present a concept for the dog park and get input from the public.  

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

If you are considering selling your home, finding the right real estate agent is critical.

You want to find the “get it done” agent in your area – the type of agent that lives and breathes real estate and has an intimate knowledge not just of your neighborhood but also with the surrounding community.  This agent will leverage his or her knowledge and expertise to maximize the sales price and educate prospective buyers on why your home and community is the right place for them. 

Finding the "get it done" agent takes a little investment on your part,  but the payoff is huge.  You deserve a high level of service, investment and communication from the agent representing your most valuable asset – your home.  When you hire an agent they become a unique contractual extension of you, so you need to make sure the fit is right. 

Elwood holding hiring event in Grand Haven Friday

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) Elwood Staffing is looking to fill 30 positions Friday morning.

There will be a hiring event today at the Ottawa County Michigan Works Grand Haven Service Center on 6th Street. It runs from 8:30 am until noon... and then again from 1 to 4 pm.

They're looking for hi-lo drivers, bin loaders, machine operators, material handlers, line operators, and supervisors.

If you're interested you're asked to bring your resume and be ready to talk to recruiters.

My Town: Team Tuskegee Airmen come to Grand Haven Aug. 23

My Town: Team Tuskegee Airmen come to Grand Haven Aug. 23

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The history of Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American military pilots who fought in World War II, will be the focus of a series of a three-part series of events at the Grand Haven Memorial Airpark, 16446 Comstock Street, and Loutit District Library on Saturday, Aug. 23.

The series is presented by Dr. Brian Smith, the president of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum and Team Tuskegee pilot Steve Tupper, along with two other pilots from the team.

Construction of Ottawa County expressway hits milestone

NUNICA, Mich. (WZZM)—Construction of the new M-231 bypass in Ottawa County hit a milestone Thursday morning.

Crews with the Michigan Department of Transportation set steel beams for the bridge crossing the Grand River, as part of the new highway. Workers previously finished laying an asphalt base for the bypass from M-104 south to Cypress Street.

M-231 will connect Interstate 96 to Lake Michigan Drive, providing an alternative north-south route to driving through Grand Haven on U.S. 31. The bypass is expected to open to traffic in the spring of 2016.


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.