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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.

Century-old Grand Haven factory to become RV resort

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Next summer, the site of a century-old factory will become a new option for those who want to camp in Grand Haven. Developers have permission to begin work on a 20-acre RV resort at Beechtree and Fulton Avenue.

The Eagle Ottawa tannery closed in Grand Haven's East Town neighborhood in 2006; it was a site that once provided 800 jobs. Now the land is being prepared for recreation. The Grand Haven Planning Commission has approved plans for East Point R.V. Resort.

Resort general manager Mike Lepo says think camping, but upscale. "A clubhouse with a pool, cable wi-fi, water, and sewer."

The construction work should finish in time for a May first opening. The site includes frontage on the Grand River with boat docks so boaters can access Spring Lake and Lake Michigan.

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.

Ottawa County Water Quality Forum

Ottawa County Water Quality Forum

Register Now for the Ottawa County Water Quality Forum

Ottawa County, MI— Twenty-five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline; 475,000 feet of prominent rivers and streams; 3,600 acres of major inland lakes. These are just a few of the unique characteristics of the Lakeshore's Ottawa County—and they are worth protecting. On Friday, November 7, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and citizens are invited to the Ninth Annual Water Quality Forum. The forum brings together area experts to share and discuss ways to safeguard and preserve one of West Michigan’s most valuable resources—its water.  Register now at miOttawa.org.

Meet the 30th District Senate Candidates at SLDL

Meet the 30th District Senate Candidates at SLDL

Meet the 30th District Senate Candidates at SLDL


The public is invited to meet the candidates who are vying for the 30th District State Senate seat at Spring Lake District Library on Wed., Oct. 29, at 7:00 p.m.  Candidate Sarah Howard, (Dem) and incumbent Senator Arlan Meekhof (Rep) will respond to questions presented by the Grand Haven Area League of Women Voters. Following the question and answer period, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with the candidates on an individual basis.


Take advantage of this opportunity to learn where the candidates stand on matters that will impact the residents of the 30th District. The 30th District consists of all of Ottawa County, Sparta Township, and Grandville City in Kent County.


Crowd gathers to debate Dewey Hill cross

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hundreds packed the Loutit District Library for a panel discussion Wednesday evening, to debate whether Grand Haven should continue to raise a 48-foot cross on city-owned Dewey Hill.

Each Summer, First Reformed Church pays the city to put up the cross for 10 Sundays for an event called Worship on the Waterfront.

One group is now publicly calling for a halt to the cross raising.

That group says it violates the separation of church and state and claims that equal access is not granted to other groups to use the space. Some opponents also say it makes some people who aren't Christians feel like outsiders in their own community.

A group who wants to keep the cross there says it feels since the church rents the space during those weeks, it has the right to display the cross temporarily.

Halloween Ballet Performance @ SLDL

Halloween Ballet Performance @ SLDL

The Grand Rapids Ballet School Junior Company will perform at Spring Lake District Library on Tues., Oct. 28 at 7:00 p.m. The presentation will include selections from their fall ballet, Halloween Spooktacular. The youthful troupe will portray favorite Halloween characters such as mummies and witches and will dance under the direction of Grand Rapids Ballet choreographer Attila Mosolygo.


The bewitching ballet performance is recommended for boys and girls ages 4 – 12. Children are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes to the event. Youth age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. There is no pre-registration required; however, seating will be limited to 70.


For more information about this event or other children’s programs, contact Spring Lake District Library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 134 or visit the library website at sllib.org.