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Boomerang to connect businesses with future workers

Boomerang to connect businesses with future workers

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.— A registration deadline is approaching for businesses to sign up for this year’s Boomerang event.

Boomerang connects local businesses with high school students, helping youth explore career possibilities while encouraging them to stay in the area.  This year’s Boomerang is April 29.  Local businesses will spend the day interacting with nearly 700 students from Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Central High Schools.

 Businesses have until Saturday, Feb. 1 to register early for this year’s event to receive $20 off the regular fee of $145. Registration forms are available by emailing the Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce at slulofs@grandhavenchamber.org

 For more information about Boomerang, contact the Chamber at (616) 842-4910.

Loutit District Library presents History Channel's "The Men Who Built America"

Loutit District Library presents History Channel's "The Men Who Built America"

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and J.P. Morgan rose from obscurity and in the process built modern America.

Their names hang on street signs, are etched into buildings and are a part of the fabric of history. These men created the American dream and were the engine of capitalism as they transformed everything they touched in building the oil, rail, steel, shipping, automobile and finance industries.

To learn how these men influenced America, the public is invited to the Loutit District Library (LDL) for four consecutive evenings beginning Monday, Jan. 20 and concluding Thursday, Jan. 23 to view the History Channel TV series The Men Who Built America. Two episodes of the series will show each night.

Discount available for Katty Shack 5K Jan. 15

Discount available for Katty Shack 5K Jan. 15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  In honor of the upcoming “Celebrate Law Day”, the Ottawa County courts are offering a discount on an upcoming run this Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Participants of the Katty Shack 5K Memorial Run/Walk can save $5 on the $20 registration fee by signing up at the Grand Haven Days Inn Wednesday, between noon and 6 p.m.  Those who register that day will also be entered into a giveaway contest which includes a Grand Haven hotel package, movie gift certificates, food and a restaurant gift card.

The Katty Shack 5K honors those affected by violent crime.  The run was created in honor of four people murdered in September 2008 in Wright Township: Katherine Brown (nicknamed "Katty Shack"); and Jeremy, Tyler and Sharmaine Zimmer. Proceeds from the event will go to the Crime Victim Foundation of Michigan.

Learn how to generate business through social media Jan. 10

Learn how to generate business through social media Jan. 10

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.— Learn how to turn Facebook “likes” into business leads during a social media workshop coordinated by the by the Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg chambers of commerce.

People who register for the Jan. 10 event will hear from a panel of local business and nonprofit organization leaders about how to engage their audience on social media.  Marie Kar from Redframe Creative will lead an in-depth question and answer session following the presentations.

The social media workshop will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in program room A at Loutit District Library. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m.  The cost is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members.  Participants are asked to bring their own lunch.   To register, contact Courtney Geurink at (616) 842-4910.

Free ski passes available to Michigan children

Free ski passes available to Michigan children

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Dozens of Michigan ski areas are offering a freebie to get fourth grade students off the couch and on the slopes this winter season.

 Michigan children in fourth grade can get three free lift tickets to 20 participating ski areas under the “Cold is Cool” program created by the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association.

 “This generous offer is about helping keep our children healthy and fostering a new outdoor interest,” said Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I encourage Southwest Michigan families to take advantage of this proactive program.

Loutit District Library announces New Year’s holiday hours

Loutit District Library announces New Year’s holiday hours

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

The library will re-open on Thursday, 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 period. 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:

Kentwood beer distributor taps into holiday spirit

Kentwood beer distributor taps into holiday spirit

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A West Michigan business is tapping into the Christmas spirit, one dollar at a time.

Throughout the holiday season, West Side Beer Distributing is teaming up with the businesses it supplies to sell paper Christmas ornaments for $1 each. All of the proceeds will go to God’s Kitchen; Love, Inc.; Montcalm County Food Bank; Ionia County Food Bank; South Central Michigan Food Bank in Kalamazoo; and the Lansing Area Food Bank.

West Side Beer Distributing has been donating paper Christmas ornaments for the fundraiser for 19 years.  In that time, the business has collected more than $175,000 in donations to local food banks.