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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.”

Voice Activated readers to perform at Library's centennial series Feb. 20

Voice Activated readers to perform at Library's centennial series Feb. 20

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - - Voice Activated readers will present a variety of Vaudeville skits, playlets and adapted short stories popular with Americans in 1914 at the Loutit District Library on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 2 p.m. -3:30 p.m.

Both humorous and serious, the pieces illustrate ways society has changed in a century as well as ways it is still quite the same.

This program will be held in LDL’s Program Room A. For more information, visit http://www.loutitlibrary.org/ or call 616-842-5560, ext. 214.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. The library serves 35,510 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School district. 

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Nearly three dozen West Michigan schools are getting a financial boost to help students learn outside the traditional classroom.

The Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs recently awarded more than $55,000 grants to 147 schools as part of its Arts & Culture Trek “Bus Grant” program.  Each school received up to $500 to help cover transportation costs for an arts or culture-related field trip through May 31.

 "These grants subsidize field trips across the state and expose thousands of students to arts, science and humanities experiences that enrich classroom learning.  Many of these trips would not have been possible in a year where most schools are continuing to cope with significant budget cuts," says Marianne Dorais, executive director of Michigan Youth Arts.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Comstock STEM Academy (Kalamazoo)
  • Cooper Elementary (Kalamazoo)
  • Kalamazoo C