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My Town: American Red Cross continues history of helping

My Town: American Red Cross continues history of helping

For 133 years, the American Red Cross has taken the lead in organizing an army of volunteers to help communities devastated by disasters.

Without volunteers, the organization wouldn’t function.  That includes the more than 3.5 million people who volunteered to give blood last year, providing  a life-saving resource for patients in about 3,000 U.S. hospitals and transfusion centers. 

 “While the world changes around us, our mission never does,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager for the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “We’re all about helping others during times of great need – and we can do that because of the generosity of countless volunteers and donors—including people who roll up their sleeve and give blood.”

If you’d like to join the efforts, the following blood drivers are scheduled:

My Town Grand Haven: LDL kicks off SCORE business series with web design workshop

My Town Grand Haven: LDL kicks off SCORE business series with web design workshop

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- A well-designed website makes a small business visible to the whole world,  bringing customers to its doorstep, creating credibility, and facilitating communication and e-commerce.

Loutit District Library  will offer a free workshop targeting those new to website creation and the Internet marketing presented by Bob Fountain of SCORE on Tuesday, March 18 at 6 p.m. in Program Room B.

How should business owners design and launch their website? Unlike posting on social media, learn to have complete control. The workshop will include:

My Town: Lakeshore ATHENA Scholarship Program accepting applications

My Town: Lakeshore ATHENA Scholarship Program accepting applications

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HOLLAND, Mich. (Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce) — Applications for the 2014 Lakeshore ATHENA Scholarship Program are now being accepted at the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce. The scholarships, offered through the Lakeshore ATHENA Awards Program, a collaboration of The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake Ferrysburg, Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce, and the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, assist women in reaching their full potential through financial support for training programs and education.

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library takes a closer look at the history of the kitchen

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library takes a closer look at the history of the kitchen

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Local historian Nancy Buchanan will present a look at the foundation of the home (the kitchen) in 1914 as Loutit District Library’s centennial series continues on Thursday, March 6.

Buchanan will present hands-on items, like kitchen gadgets and cleaning tools, along with a PowerPoint slideshow featuring such household items as wringer washers and wood/gas cook stoves.

In addition, Nancy will cover new-fangled items of the time, affordable only to the wealthy. She will share those as well as items used by average Grand Haven households.

Buchanan will conclude with a discussion on common foods mom would have made in 1914.

Mona Shores Fiddlers perform at Loutit District Library March 9

Mona Shores Fiddlers perform at Loutit District Library March 9

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.  -- St. Patrick’s Day festivities will come to Grand Haven early as the Loutit District Library presents the Mona Shores High School Fiddlers on March 9 for an afternoon of popular Irish fiddle music as part of the library’s Sunday concert series.

This free concert begins at 2 p.m. on the library’s upper level lobby. Library officials are encouraging the public to arrive early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The MSF was formed in 1996 by the retired Mona Shores High School orchestra director, Timothy Staudacher, to create an alternative style for string players that revolved around the performance of folk music from various cultures. The fiddlers are lead by current high school orchestra director, Samer Jeroudi, who is in his third year.

My Town Grand Haven: Great Lakes author & diver to discuss book about 1950 mystery of Flight 2501

My Town Grand Haven: Great Lakes author & diver to discuss book about 1950 mystery of Flight 2501

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The public is invited to the Loutit District Library on Thursday, Feb. 27 to hear about the worst commercial aviation disaster of its time.

Award-winning author and inductee into the Women Divers Hall of Fame Valerie van Heest will discuss her new book, "Fatal Crossing: The Mysterious Disappearance of NWA Flight 2501 and the Quest for Answers" beginning at 7 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A.

On June 23, 1950, Northwest Airlines Flight 2501, a DC-4 with 58 souls on board, disappeared over Lake Michigan. Shredded human remains washing up on the beaches of West Michigan served as evidence of the country’s worst commercial aviation disaster. The wreck was never located and the cause of the accident was never determined.

American Red Cross in need of blood after donation drop

American Red Cross in need of blood after donation drop

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The American Red Cross is trying to rebound after a devastating drop in donations caused by severe winter weather.

From Jan. 2 through Feb. 10, the organization says more than 1,000 of its blood drives nationwide were canceled, leading to a loss of about 35,000 blood and platelet donations.  The Red Cross says the impact is equivalent to the organization shutting down its national operations for more than two full days. 

“On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 units of blood every day to help patients nationwide,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region.  “Regardless of the weather, patients are counting on blood products to be there when needed.”