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Loutit District Library to offer dog ownership and bite prevention seminar

Loutit District Library to offer dog ownership and bite prevention seminar

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - Thinking about or already adopted a dog for your child or children?

If so, then come to the Loutit District Library on Feb. 13 as Must Love Dogs Boutique of Grand Haven hosts a free mini-seminar by the Muskegon Lakeshore Obedience Training Club on responsible dog ownership and bite prevention.

MLOTC members will be on hand with child-friendly dogs to show your child or children best pet practices and how to prevent and handle dog bite situations. To top off the seminar, there will be Freestyle Dance demonstrations. Freestyle Dance is a fun and modern dog sport, mixing obedience training, tricks, and dance allowing for creative interaction between dogs and their owners.

Ottawa County Way Essay Challenge open two resident writers

Ottawa County Way Essay Challenge open two resident writers

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Why is Ottawa County like no other place to live?

Writers of all ages are invited to answer that question during the Ottawa County Way Essay Challenge.  Participants can share their views about living, working and playing in West Michigan through the competition. 

The winner will receive $150.  Second place will get $100, and third place will take home $50.

Former Bob Marley guitarist Donald Kinsey in concert at Loutit District Library

Former Bob Marley guitarist Donald Kinsey in concert at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Blues and reggae guitar legend Donald Kinsey has enthralled audiences and inspired fans with his electrifying guitar work for more than five decades.

Kinsey will come to Grand Haven on Feb. 9 to perform for Loutit District Library’s Sunday Afternoon Concert Series.

As the guitarist for blues great Albert King, and with world-inspiring performances as the guitarist for reggae sensations Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, Kinsey's contribution to the genres of blues and reggae leaves a positive imprint in the annals of music history.

Concert goers will experience Kinsey's mesmerizing vocals and guitar playing, positive energy, and the sonic influences that shaped his guitar style. Kinsey calls this performance, “A celebration for all music fans.”

Extreme winter conditions cut into blood donations

Extreme winter conditions cut into blood donations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The recent winter storms and extremely cold temperatures are taking a toll on donations to the American Red Cross.

The organization says more than 7070 blood drives were cancelled last month because of the weather—leading to a loss of more than 25,000 blood and platelet donations. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood each day to supply medical centers. 

“While thousands of people from across the country responded to the call for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross in January, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donors with type O, especially type O negative,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region.

Kulman says the recent uptick in cold and flu cases is also taking a toll on blood donations.   Community members are encouraged to donate blood at one of the following drives:

  • Feb. 4, 12 p.m.

Federal student aid filing tips at Spring Lake District Library

Federal student aid filing tips at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Do you know when your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms are due?

 Students and parents are invited to attend a free presentation about how to successfully complete FAFSA forms on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7:00 p.m. at Spring Lake District Library. Staff from the financial aid office at Grand Valley State University will share information about filing deadlines, which documents are needed to complete FAFSA forms, types of financial aid that are available, how to determine eligibility for need based aid, and how to avoid scams. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions.

For more information about this program, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools named Academic State Champ

Grand Haven Area Public Schools named Academic State Champ

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Bridge Magazine has again named Grand Haven Area Public Schools an Academic State Champ, placing in the top 10 percent of all Michigan school districts.

Bridge uses a value-added ranking system which measures a school's test scores adjusted for student family income, which is often a predictor of academic achievement. Essentially, Bridge's Academic State Champs are recognized for over-achievement, rather than achievement.

"What is great about this recognition is that it takes into consideration our student demographics, which demonstrate our students are outperforming their peers in other school districts," adds Mary Jane Evink, GHAPS curriculum director. "This is also a reflection of our district's intentional focus to close the achievement gap. Through programs such as the Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS), our staff meets the needs of students who require extra help. In this way we leverage our resources to ensure success for all."

Best-selling Grand Rapids author visits Loutit District Library Jan. 30

Best-selling Grand Rapids author visits Loutit District Library Jan. 30

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- Grand Rapids  author Aric Davis will discuss his latest novel, "The Fort" at the Loutit District Library on Thursday, Jan. 30.

"The Fort" is currently among the top 10 best-selling books in the Amazon Kindle store. Sales of "The Fort" have made Davis one of the top 25 best-selling authors on Amazon.

The Bookman will have copies to purchase and Davis will be available to sign them following the program, which will begin at 7 p.m. in LDL's program room A.

Davis’s other works include: "Rough Men", "Breaking Point", "A Good and Useful Hurt" and "Nickel Plated".   

Born in Ithaca, New York, Davis has lived most his life in Grand Rapids. A punk-music and tattoo aficionado, Davis has been a professional body piercer for 17 years. Because of his success, Davis has been able to devote himself fully to writing, quitting his job at a tattoo and piercing business.