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My Town: LDL’s Sunday Concert Series presents Damstra-Spring February 8

My Town: LDL’s Sunday Concert Series presents Damstra-Spring February 8

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Acoustic harmony favorites from the likes of  The Everly Brothers, The Beatles, Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Mama Cass, Keith Urban, The Monkees, and more will be presented as Loutit District Library (LDL) Sunday Afternoon Concert Series continues on Feb. 8 with the energetic duo Damstra-Spring, “The Trace Duo.”

The concert will be held on LDL’s upper level lobby area from 2  p.m. to 3 p.m. LDL officials urge patrons to come early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1 p.m. on Sundays.

"The Trace Duo" is Steve Damstra and Robin Spring, formerly of the bands “The Trace” and "Natchez Trace."  Damstra and Spring have been performing for decades.  They began playing together in 2006 when an acoustic reincarnation of Natchez Trace reformed.  

My Town: 'Wine about Winter' returns to downtown Grand Haven

My Town: 'Wine about Winter' returns to downtown Grand Haven

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Help the winter blues melt away with the discovery of Michigan wines in Grand Haven!

This Friday, Jan. 16 from 5 p.m. to10 p.m., you're invited to walk the snow-free heated sidewalks in downtown Grand Haven to experience your favorite Michigan vintage. Wine artists will be recognized in an award reception following the tasting event.

Appetizers will be available, along with Michigan artists and the Michigan author, Rick Sigsby who will be signing copies of his book, "Michigan’s Holy Water (The Great Lake Wine Bible)." For more event information, call (616) 844-1188 or visit www.visitgrandhaven.com.

My Town Grand Haven: LDL hosts collection of rare photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 21

My Town Grand Haven: LDL hosts collection of rare photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 21

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – When the civil rights movement moved to Chicago in the mid-1960s, a priest named Bernard Kleina felt compelled to get involved. The Chicago Freedom Movement, led in part by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., protested the unfair housing policies.

Kleina, who was 30 years old at the time, decided to remove his collar, pick up his camera, and march. The photographs he took during that are now part collections of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Those photographs, titled “The Healing Power of Hope; The Chicago Freedom Movement, Then & Now,” will be on exhibit at Loutit District Library on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in LDL’s upper level lobby.

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: Nationally recognized baker and businesswoman comes to LDL Jan. 15

My Town: Nationally recognized baker and businesswoman comes to LDL Jan. 15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Linda Hundt, author of "Sweetie-licious Pies: Eat Pie, Love Life" and owner the nationally recognized award-winning Sweetie-licious Bakery Café, tells the story of her journey from start-up to star at the Loutit District Library on Thursday, Jan. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Linda’s program will feature tips about business, mission and customer service, including :

My Town: LDL concert series features Grand Haven High School fiddle group Jan. 11

My Town: LDL concert series features Grand Haven High School fiddle group Jan. 11

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library's Sunday Afternoon Concert Series continues on Jan. 11 as Grand Haven Area High School's fiddle group, GOTAK, presents an afternoon of foot-stomping traditional Celtic music.

GOTAK is an after-school alternative string ensemble founded in 2005 by high school orchestra director Melissa Meyers. Under her leadership, GOTAK has grown to more than 20 members and has had the privilege of working with alternative string directors such as Bob Phillips and Tim Staudacher. The group has also performed with traditional Celtic bands Kennedy’s Kitchen and Uneven Ground.

The concert is free and begins at 2 p.m. on the library’s upper level lobby. Library officials urged the public to come early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1p.m. on Sundays.

Funding for LDL’s 2014-15 Sunday Concert Series is generously provided by the Matilda and Harold Crane Donor Advised Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Consumers in West Michigan are more optimistic about what 2015 will bring.

In fact, consumers in this market are the most optimistic in the region, according to a new study released by Huntington Bank.  The financial firm found local residents say they are much more likely to buy a new vehicle this year; 17 percent said they plan to purchase a new car, compared to just four percent in 2014.

Home improvement stores may also be busy; 47-percent of West Michiganders surveyed for the Huntington Bank Midwest Economic Index said they were planning some home renovations for 2015, compared to 32 percent in 2014.