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My Town Grand Haven: Native plant presentation May 28

My Town Grand Haven: Native plant presentation May 28

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The Ottawa Conservation District in Grand Haven is hosting a special presentation on native plants, given by Designs By Nature owner Vern Stephens..

The informative session will take place Wednesday, May 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Nature Education Center at Hemlock Crossings County Park, located at 8115 West Olive Road in West Olive.

A native plant sale will immediately follow the presentation.  Visit www.ottawacd.org for a description of most available plants.

For more information, call (616) 846-8770, Ex. 122.

My Town: United Methodist Church of the Dunes hosts 'Blessing of the Bikes' May 25

My Town: United Methodist Church of the Dunes hosts 'Blessing of the Bikes' May 25

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.Dan Duncan, senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Dunes, will present the annual “Blessing of the Bikes” on Sunday, May 25 at 11:45 a.m. in the church parking lot at 717 Sheldon Road.

The general public is invited to attend and ride their road bicycles, tricycles, big wheels, motorcycles and scooters to obtain a special blessing.

Bikers and cyclists have attended the blessing for a number of years.  The observance is to provide prayer for safety, joy and fellowship for those cyclists sharing the roadways over the summer months as they ride throughout God’s creation. For further information, contact the church at (616) 842-7980.

My Town: Loutit District Library announces Memorial Day hours

My Town: Loutit District Library announces Memorial Day hours

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will be be open during normal hours on Saturday, May 24.

Saturday hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The library will be closed Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.

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. In addition, the website provides online databases, a calendar of upcoming library events and links to other resources to help patrons find the information they need.

My Town Grand Haven: Boot Camp fundraiser 'a great success'

My Town Grand Haven: Boot Camp fundraiser 'a great success'

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  Organizers of the Robinson Elementary Health Week and Boot Camp fundraiser now say participants raised more than $6,000 for materials, programs and activities for the school.

We had about 360 kids run the course the day of boot camp, 50 volunteers, 65 kids pledged to "unplug" for the week, over 60 sponsors and we raised over $6000!!!  It was a great success and the kids had a blast!!.

Organized by the school PTA, the May 9 event was the culmination of a week of activities at the school, in partnership with the NFL Play 60 team and North Ottawa Medical Group.  

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Visitors to seven area Culver’s restaurants  today can join the effort to bring veterans to their war memorials in our nation’s capitol.

Participating Culver's restaurants will donate 10 percent of sales on Tuesday, May 20 to the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit group that transports veterans to the national monuments.  

“We’re happy for the opportunity to support the Honor Flight network and we hope our guests will too,” says Craig Culver, co-founder of the restaurant chain. “Men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom are true heroes,” added Culver.

Participating restaurants are:

My Town: Coast Guard marks National Safe Boating week with open house

My Town: Coast Guard marks National Safe Boating week with open house

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  In 2012, our nation’s waterways claimed the lives of 651 boaters.

The Coast Guard is hoping to curb that statistic by raising awareness during National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23.   The Coast Guard is encouraging all boaters to wear a life jacket at all times; in 2012, 379 people of the 459 people who drowned were not wearing a life jacket. 

As part of National Safe Boating Week, the Coast Guard Station in Grand Haven will have an open house Friday, May 23, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Visitors can take part in safe boating demonstrations, tour Coast Guard boats and the Ottawa County Sheriff Office fire boat and watch a robotic submersible at work.

My Town Grand Haven: Free boat inspections May 17

My Town Grand Haven: Free boat inspections May 17

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  National Safe Boating Week kicks off Saturday, May 17 with free boat inspections by the Ottawa County Sheriff Office Marine Division.

Marine officers will inspect your boat to make sure it has the proper equipment on it.  Passing boats will receive a vessel inspection sticker.  The free inspections are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gold Coast Outfitters, located at 6755 Butternut Drive in West Olive.

Additionally, the Ottawa County Sheriff Office would like to alert boaters to a new slow no wake area on the Grand River. The SNW area is located in the western-most channel of the Grand River, with coordinates of 43.030534/-86.159217, north to 43.041332/-86.162584.

For a map of all the area no wake zones, visit the sheriff office website here.