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My Town: Predicted weekend warm-up raises flooding concerns

My Town: Predicted weekend warm-up raises flooding concerns

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.— A predicted weekend warm-up is leading to flooding concerns in Ottawa County.

Although flooding along the Grand River is not anticipated,  The Ottawa County Emergency Management team says the melting snow and rainfall could be a challenge for some county drains, which may be clogged by leaves and other debris.  Emergency managers are  asking residents to clear driveway culverts, drains and rain gutters once the warmer temperatures melt away the ice and snow, possibly preventing clogs that can lead to damaging ice dams. 

“Being proactive now may save a lot of inconvenience next spring,” said Beth Thomas, Ottawa County Emergency Management director. “No one knows for sure what the weather will be like when spring arrives and as always, it’s best to be prepared.”

My Town Grand Haven: Chamber announces 2014 Jingle Bell Parade Grand Marshal

My Town Grand Haven: Chamber announces 2014 Jingle Bell Parade Grand Marshal

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg is pleased to announce that Kelly Larson will lead this year’s Jingle Bell Parade as Grand Marshal through downtown Grand Haven on Saturday, December 6.

Larson was honored this past May at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner as the 2014 Spirit of Community Award recipient for devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others and demonstrating leadership and initiative in the development of volunteer projects.

My Town: Lake-to-Lake Food Drive kicks off with turkey donation

My Town: Lake-to-Lake Food Drive kicks off with turkey donation

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Lake Trust Credit Union will kick off its annual Lake-to-Lake Food Drive this Friday, Nov. 21 with a donation of 400 turkeys by Firekeepers Casino Hotel.

Now through the holiday season, community members are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food donations at any of the credit union’s 21 branches, including locations in Grandville, Holland and Grand Haven. The donations will go toward restocking pantry shelves at local food banks.  In the past two years, the holiday campaign has brought in more than 45,000 pounds of food.

In addition to Firekeepers Casino Hotel, Lake Trust is partnering with the Greater Lansing Food Bank, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Food Gatherers, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and Isabella Community Soup Kitchen and Two Men and a Truck.

My Town: Dozens of new troopers now on the job

My Town: Dozens of new troopers now on the job

LANSING, Mich.—Dozens of new State Police troopers are now on the job throughout Michigan.

Governor Snyder served as the keynote speaker during the 127th Trooper Recruit School’s recent graduation ceremony.  During the event, Tpr. David Williams was recognized with the Academic Achievement Award.

My Town Grand Haven: GHHS announces new varsity football coach

My Town Grand Haven: GHHS announces new varsity football coach

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Grand Haven High School Athletic Director Scott Robertson has confirmed that Interim Grand Haven Buccaneer Varsity Football Coach Jason Duram has been permanently hired as head coach.

"Jason did a great job leading the varsity team during this interim basis," Robertson says. "His passion for student athletes and commitment to developing a successful football program was key in our decision."

Duram, a GHHS social studies teacher, has been on the varsity coaching staff since 2003, before taking over as the interim head coach this past season.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.

Loutit District Library announces Adopt-a-Book program

Loutit District Library announces Adopt-a-Book program

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library has the perfect gift for book lovers on your holiday list. Order a book to “adopt” and add to the Library’s collection as a great way to memorialize a departed loved one or honor a cherished family member, friend or event. You choose the item to be donated and we place a bookplate in it to recognize your donation.

In years past library staff have decorated ornaments to hang on a tree near the Adult Information Desk. This year will be a little different! Grand Haven’s The Bookman bookstore is partnering with the library to give local residents an opportunity to purchase children’s books as gifts for the library. Library staff have created a wishlist of titles that are available from The Bookman. This will operate much like a gift registry at the store.