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My Town: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to offer Ash Wednesday masses Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

My Town: St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to offer Ash Wednesday masses Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish, located at 920 Fulton Street, will offer two Ash Wednesday masses with distribution of ashes on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to signal the beginning of the Lenten season. 

Fr. Phil Shangraw, priest and canonical administrator for the parish, will preside over both masses.  Anyone wishing to attend the masses is invited to come.

Ash Wednesday occurs 40 days before Good Friday.  In the Catholic church, on Ash Wednesday the faithful have their foreheads marked with ashes in the shape of a cross, as a symbol that the person belongs to Jesus Christ, who died on a cross.

My Town: Michigan host families for exchange students

My Town: Michigan host families for exchange students

Aspect Foundation is a nonprofit organization that can show families how to have a cultural adventure of a lifetime.

Host families, married adults and single adults are encouraged to host an international high school student for a semester or an academic year.

Aspect Foundation works with students of nearly 30 different countries that all share the same vision-- to experience life the American way. The students are ages 15-18 years and chosen by their English proficiency, maturity and academic excellence with a variety of different abilities and interests.  They arrive in August.

Potential host families can view student profiles or get more information at www.aspectfoundation.org or call 1-877-966-6498 or 1-800-US-YOUTH.  

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.

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: