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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.

My Town:Registration open for LDL’s two-part wood carving techniques workshop

My Town:Registration open for LDL’s two-part wood carving techniques workshop

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Artist Terry Kipling will demonstrate wood carving with an emphasis on the many methods of wood removal in a two-part workshop series at the Loutit District Library on Saturday, Jan. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. and concluding on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

An assortment of tools, including high-speed grinders, foredoms, rasps, draw knives, chisels and bow sanders will be used to shape and remove wood in the process of creating a beautiful art piece.

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library announces holiday hours

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library announces holiday hours

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Thursday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday.

The Library will re-open on Friday, Dec. 26 at 9 a.m.

Although the library is closed, its website, www.loutitlibrary.org, is available 24 hours a day throughout the holiday. Patrons can check on the availability of books and other resources at any of the 80 libraries in the Lakeland Library Cooperative online. They can renew materials, place holds and review the status of their library accounts. In addition, the website provides online databases, downloadable audiobooks and e-Books, a calendar of upcoming library events and links to other resources to help patrons find the information they need.

The library’s normal winter hours are:

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library announces New Year’s hours

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library announces New Year’s hours

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- Loutit District Library will close Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Thursday, Jan. 1 in observance of the New Year’s holiday.

It will re-open on Friday, Jan. 2 at 9:00 a.m.

Although the library is closed, its website, www.loutitlibrary.org, is available 24 hours-a- day throughout the holiday. Patrons can check on the availability of books and other resources at any of the 55 libraries in the Lakeland Library Cooperative online. They can renew materials, place holds and review the status of their library accounts. In addition, the website provides online databases, downloadable audio-books and e-books, a calendar of upcoming library events and links to other resources to help patrons find the information they need.

The library’s normal winter hours are:

My Town: Annual winter reading program returns to Loutit District Library

My Town: Annual winter reading program returns to Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will host the 23nd annual Cabin Fever Reliever, a winter reading program for adults, beginning Jan. 1 and running through March 31, 2015.

Participants who read or listen to ten books during this time will receive a thermometer keychain provided by the Friends of Loutit District Library.

Books and audiobooks must be checked out at Loutit District Library; eBooks and eAudiobooks must be downloaded from OverDrive. Adult readers can register and pick up a reading log at the checkout desk during normal business hours.

“Many library patrons look forward to the beginning of this annual book club as a way of getting through those doldrums that can result from cold and gloomy winter weather,” said Library Director John Martin.

My Town Grand Haven: Local Blues group performs at Loutit District Library Dec. 14

My Town Grand Haven: Local Blues group performs at Loutit District Library Dec. 14

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - Loutit District Library's Sunday concert series continues Dec. 14 with West Michigan Blues trio, "Sweet Blue."

Sweet Blue features the unique melodies and harmonies of Steve Weideman, John “Catfish Johnny” Stoneburner and Rick Belkofer. Combining three different backgrounds and skill sets, Sweet Blue covers a wide variety of styles in their original roots music.

This is the fourth in a series of nine free monthly concerts held on the second Sunday of the month from September through May 2015.  The concerts are held on LDL’s upper level lobby from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 200.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Hold Fair Trade Gift Sale Dec. 6-7

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Hold Fair Trade Gift Sale Dec. 6-7

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- One-of-a-kind crafts and food items from artisans and farmers from 30 developing countries will be available Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7, during the St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Fair Trade Gift Sale.

The general public is invited to attend and support artisans and farmers move toward sustainability.

“We are offering this event to promote moral spending, which is a conscious act to support both the artisan and product.  Through the Fair Trade co-operatives in developing countries, chocolate and coffee farmers as well as other artisans receive a fair price for the items they produce and sell here in the United States,” said Sally Moser, co-chairwoman of the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Social Justice Commission.