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Special city hearing ends in singing and dancing

Special city hearing ends in singing and dancing

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Some members of the city council were thrown for a loop during their regular meeting Monday night.

The agenda called for a special hearing on Ordinance 416—the law against dancing in the Grand Haven City limits. 

“We have had terrible trouble here in the city,” said Mayor Geri McCaleb. “There’s been fun and laughter and dancing taking place and this ordinance, 416, says that shall not happen.  So I’m wondering if there’s anyone here who would like to address this issue.”

That’s when Owen Loughrin stepped up to the microphone. “I just wanted to say a few words, because I think this idea scares a lot of people; it shouldn’t.”

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar will reward the winner of its “Spirit Bracket Challenge” November 5.

The restaurant organized the friendly fundraising competition as a way to promote school spirit while helping a dozen local schools raise money for classroom supplies and school activities.

Kenowa Hills 6th grade/Alpine Elementary and West Ottawa High School were the last two competitors standing, besting ten other schools in the Teriyaki 12 and Spicy 6 fundraising rounds.  In the end, West Ottawa won the Flamin’ Finals.  In addition to the funds students raised throughout the competition, West Ottawa will get an additional $2,500 from Buffalo Wild Wings.  The school will be rewarded with a special check during its celebratory pep rally Tuesday, November 5.

“We were so lucky to have 12 upbeat and enthusiastic schools compete in th

YOU CAN “RAKE A DIFFERENCE” IN YOUR COMMUNITY ON NOV 16

YOU CAN “RAKE A DIFFERENCE” IN YOUR COMMUNITY ON NOV 16

Greater Ottawa County United Way invites all citizens of Ottawa County to “Rake a Difference” in their neighborhoods on Saturday, November 16, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This annual volunteer initiative is sponsored and coordinated by United Way and brings volunteers together to help local people and neighborhoods that have a financial or physical hardships with raking and yard clean up.

Students in Grand Haven High School's InterAct Club are already signed up to help out in the Grand Haven area. Individuals, families, friends and church groups are welcome to be a part of Rake a Difference. If you or someone you know needs help with raking—or if you wish to rake as an individual or a team--contact Shannon Morton, Director of Volunteerism at United Way.

Free paper shredding November 2

Free paper shredding November 2

SPRING LAKE, Mich.-- Free paper shredding services will be provided to the community at the Spring Lake District Library Saturday, November 2.

Kent Record Management Inc. will be at the library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist with the process. Individuals are welcome to bring up to 100 pounds of paper for shredding.

The Spring Lake District Library is located at 123 E. Exchange St.  For more information, call (616) 846-5770, Ext. 107 or visit http://www.grandhaven.org/.

Muslim Journeys series comes to Grand Haven in November

Muslim Journeys series comes to Grand Haven in November

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The Loutit District Library (LDL) has received a $500 grant from the Michigan Humanities Council to bring two portable displays on Islam and Muslims in America from the Arab American Museum in Dearborn to the library in November.

These displays will coordinate with three programs on Islam and Muslims in America taking place on Tuesdays in November. The programs are being presented in conjunction with the "Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys"  materials grant the library received earlier this year.

These programs are free to the public beginning at 7 p.m.

United Methodist Church of the Dunes holds 'Holly Berry Bazaar'

United Methodist Church of the Dunes holds 'Holly Berry Bazaar'

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—The general public is invited to attend the “Holly Berry Bazaar” at United Methodist Church of the Dunes Friday, November 1  and Saturday, November 2.

This year’s bazaar will feature a cookie walk, bake sale, silent auction and six large booths filled with items handmade by the United Methodist Women’s guild, to help people get in the mood for Christmas and the holidays.  Booths include:

  •   “Holly Berry Christmas”―featuring hand-fashioned ornaments, stockings, pillows, candles    and wall hangings bearing Christmas and holiday trimming.
  • “Potpourri”—featuring children’s clothing, toys, home runners, pillows and hand towels.
  • “Gifts From the Heart”―featuring soup mixes, dip mixes, bird feeders, hand lotions and note pads.
  • “Homespun Gifts”―featuring knit, crocheted and felted items:  scarves, hats, gloves, mittens, baby wearables, flowers to pin

When to trick-or-treat in your community

 When to trick-or-treat in your community

Halloween is Thursday, and many communities have set times for children to trick-or-treat.

Although the weather may not be pleasant, children are encouraged to visit homes and businesses at the following times:  

Ada Township

  • No designated time
  • Fire station #1 trick or treating: October 31,  6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Alpine Township

  • October 31 until dark/candy runs out

Belding

  • October 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Halloween Open House: October 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the fire station

Cannon Township

  • No set time; fire department will hand out treats October 31, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Cascade Township

  • October 31, 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.