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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.

My Town: Mark Memorial Day season by making a life-saving donation

My Town: Mark Memorial Day season by making a life-saving donation

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The American Red Cross is encouraging Americans to honor service men and women this Memorial Day season by making a life-saving donation of blood.

“Your blood donation at this time of year works as both a tribute and a testament to our nation’s armed forces,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “By rolling up your sleeve, you’ll also help maintain a strong blood supply at a time of year when blood donations traditionally decline.”

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. While that need is constant, the number of people donating blood can fluctuate, particularly over the summer, when schools no longer host blood drives because they are shut down for the summer. 

If you would like to donate, visit any of the following blood drives:

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Walker police officer killed while trying to stop two robbers is among the nearly three dozen officers who will be honored during the Police Memorial Day of Service ceremony Thursday, May 15.

The memorial will begin at 10 a.m. inside the Grand Rapids Police Department lobby, due to the weather.  Dave Hiller, the executive director of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police, will be the guest speaker at the event. Those who will be honored are: