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My Town Spring Lake: Take a trip through history with schoolhouse tour July 26

My Town Spring Lake: Take a trip through history with schoolhouse tour July 26

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The Tri-Cities Historical Museum is pleased to announce that it is hosting an open house at DeWitt School in Spring Lake.

DeWitt School Open House
Saturday, July 26, 2014
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The open house will be held on Saturday, July 26 at DeWitt School, 17716 Taft Street in Spring Lake.  The open house will run from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Free tours of the historic, one-room schoolhouse will be offered by docents dressed in 1895 period costumes.  Come and learn the history of this building and learn about a typical school day in 1895.

Please join us for this fun, family friendly opportunity!

 

My Town Grand Haven: Coast Guard festival underway

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—One of the most anticipated events of the summer is underway on the lakeshore.

The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival kicked off Friday.  Over the next nine days, the city will be home to parades, contests, carnivals, fireworks and much more. 

For festival chair Jeff Bradbury, the event holds personal meaning.

“I am a Coast Guard brat.  My dad was Coast Guard and I spent 28 years in the Coast Guard.  What these people do for festival is something I wanted to get involved in,” he explains. “These people are nothing short of outstanding.”

Bradbury says Coast Guard members fight to come to Grand Haven, also known as Coast Guard City USA.  The Coast Guard ships will arrive Monday.  For more information, visit the event website here.

My Town: Library summer reading clubs present kids’ wildlife programs July 22

My Town: Library summer reading clubs present kids’ wildlife programs July 22

GRAND HAVEN/SPRING LAKE, Mich. -- Outdoor Discovery Center naturalist Jamie Krupka will bring a hands-on program to the Spring Lake and Grand Haven area for two library performances on Tuesday, July 22 as part of its summer reading club.

The Outdoor Discovery Center’s program focuses on introducing children to Michigan wildlife. Live animals including reptiles, amphibians and birds will be used during the presentation. Kids will learn unique characteristics of animals and how they fit into our diverse ecosystems. Hands-on artifacts include skins, skulls, wings, feathers and talons of several species native to Michigan.

Krupka will present at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange Street,  from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The program will be repeated at the Loutit District Library, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

My Town Grand Haven: Barbecue feast added to St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish Festival Aug.15-16

My Town Grand Haven: Barbecue feast added to St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish Festival Aug.15-16

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.─An old-fashioned barbecue chicken dinner, corn boil, pie-baking contest, big wheel races, kid’s games, sweet shop, community garage sale, car show and $5,000 raffle are all planned for the St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish Festival.

The celebration runs Friday, Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven.  The festival is open to the public.

“This year’s event is different because we’ve added a good old fashioned open-pit, chicken barbecue dinner that kids and adults will enjoy,” said Fr. Bill Langlois, parish pastor.  “We invite people to come for the fun and fellowship as we prepare whole, half chickens over charcoal in the open-pit style, along with baked beans, coleslaw and a baked potato.”

Author Henry Granger to Speak at SLDL

Author Henry Granger to Speak at SLDL

Author Henry Granger @ SLDL

 

Author and Spring Lake attorney Ed Grafton, who writes under the pen name Henry Granger, will be the guest speaker at Spring Lake District Library on Wed., July 23 at 7:00 p.m. Granger will talk about the research and travels undertaken to prepare for writing his upcoming book, “Men of Good Will,” a historical thriller.

 

Granger’s photo illustrated presentation is the perfect complement to the upcoming Coast Guard Festival as the USCG Cutter Escanaba is part of the storyline. The Escanaba served on the Great Lakes and was docked in Grand Haven until the beginning of World War II.  The icebreaker was pressed into wartime service and exploded and sank while on convoy duty during June of 1943. Granger will discuss his investigations into the sinking of the Escanaba and the history surrounding the event.

 

My Town: Bolivian priest offering Spanish masses at St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish

My Town: Bolivian priest offering Spanish masses at St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- After traveling 4,516 miles from Potosi, Bolivia to Grand Haven, Michigan,  Fr. Angel Florez Espinoza is now serving St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish at all 6 p.m. Sunday evening Spanish masses through September. 

He has arrived, ready to fully offer his hands and heart to the local Latino community.

St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish is located at 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven.  Fr. Angel, as he is called at his native parish at San Juan Bautista de Vitichi in Potosi, Bolivia, is no stranger to travel.  The small church in his hometown finds him serving and traveling to 60 different communities in need.  His assignment as summer priest at St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish represents his fifth mission away from home.  He has served in Africa, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and other Bolivian locations.

My Town Grand Haven: Essential oils program offered at Loutit District Library

My Town Grand Haven: Essential oils program offered at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Lifelong West Michigan resident and essential oils specialist Nancy Ladd will present a program at the Loutit District Library, Thursday, July 10, about medicinal and therapeutic benefits of certified pure essential oils.  

Ladd’s program, titled “How Essential Oils Can Help Your Health,” will demonstrate how to diffuse aromatically, apply topically, or cook with blends and single essential oils.

With more than16 years experience in holistic therapies and consulting practices, Ladd provides a wealth of knowledge in essential oils. She has overcome illness with healing modalities, as well as attended classes, trainings, lectures and workshops for continuing education.

The program is free and will be held in LDL’s Program Room A from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit LDL’s website, www.loutitlibrary.org.