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My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town Grand Haven: Library hosts free workshop on how to take better photos

My Town Grand Haven: Library hosts free workshop on how to take better photos

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- In the world of photography, sometimes what you need isn't a better camera, but knowledge of the principles that go into making a great image.

The public is invited to join photographer Jennifer Batts for her presentation "Learning to See Creatively: How to Take Great Photos with Any Camera" on Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Loutit District Library from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Batts will explore ideas, techniques and compositional guidelines for improving your photography. Anyone with any kind of camera can attend and learn something new and can start taking better photos tomorrow.

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library announce Labor Day and winter hours

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library announce Labor Day and winter hours

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will be closed Sunday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day. It will re-open on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 9 a.m.

Although the library is closed, its website, www.loutitlibrary.org, is available 24 hours a day. Patrons can check on the availability of books and other resources at any of the libraries in the Lakeland Library Cooperative online. They can renew materials, place holds and review the status of their library accounts.

Sunday hours will resume on Sept. 7. The library’s winter hours will be in effect until Memorial Day 2015. The library’s winter hours are:

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.