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My Town Grand Haven: LDL to host free showing of Frank Lloyd Wright documentary Aug. 28

My Town Grand Haven: LDL to host free showing of Frank Lloyd Wright documentary Aug. 28

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The public is invited for a screening of the documentary, “Frank Lloyd Wright,” at the Loutit District Library on Aug. 28 as part of the library’s centennial celebration.

“Frank Lloyd Wright” is an American Lives Film Project by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on the architectural achievements of Frank Lloyd Wright. With exquisite live cinematography, fascinating interviews and rare archival footage, this riveting film brings Wright's unforgettable story to life. Attendees will learn more about organic architecture, what fueled Wright’s passion, and how Wright’s work changed architecture and America.

This program is free to the public and held in the library’s Program Room A at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.

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.

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: 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: New Tri-Cities music festival connects community

My Town Grand Haven: New Tri-Cities music festival connects community

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- He was the inspiration behind the Spread the Music Foundation in the Tri-Cities area. Now, once again, Grand Haven Charter Township musician/songwriter David Palmer has been stung by the musical community spirit bug.

Palmer has founded the Walk the Beat Foundation which features the tagline “Teaching the Rhythm of Life.” This new foundation will kick off with Walk the Beat, an event to be held on Aug. 16 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature more than 300 musicians from all genres and thousands of dollars worth of prizes.

A collection of 40 businesses throughout Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg will host a soloist/duet/trio for the first 2.5 hours of the event and a band for the second 2.5 hours for a total of 80 musical performances. The public will be welcome to come and go from each musical event at any time.

My Town Grand Haven: Museum director shares how he renovated his historic home

My Town Grand Haven: Museum director shares how he renovated his historic home

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Loutit District Library’s yearlong centennial program series continues on Tuesday, Aug. 12 with a look at ways to rehab older homes.

Steven Radtke, director of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, will describe his efforts in restoring his 1914 home in the Muskegon Historical District and steps one can take to update their old home while maintaining its historical integrity. This free program will be held in the Library’s Program Room A from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information on LDL’s event, visit www.loutitlibrary.org.

My Town Holland: Hope faculty member's chapbook of poetry published

My Town Holland: Hope faculty member's chapbook of poetry published

HOLLAND, MIch. – Writing as D.R. James, David James of the Hope College English faculty explores conflict in myriad forms and its aftermath in “Why War,” a chapbook of poetry published recently by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky.

“’Why War’ has no question mark, and that is no minor matter, turning the title into something like a Zen koan,” said Fred Marchant, author of the collection's “The Looking House” and “Full Moon Boat.”  Marchant spoke at Hope in February 2012 through the college’s A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture Series.  “This poetry probes the ‘why war’ we instinctively wage with life.  We demand answers, crave reasons why, especially regarding undeserved suffering.  This collection arcs from the family legacies of war, through the painful dissolution of a marriage, and finally presents a speaker who is ‘beyond compliance, beyond resistance,’ the clarity of truly being in the present,” he explains.