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My Town: Free Marine Electronics Seminar June 14

My Town: Free Marine Electronics Seminar June 14

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The Grand Rapids Sail & Power Squadron invites avid sailors and power boaters to experience this free Marine Electronics Seminar.

This hour-long seminar includes instructions on how to operate GPS, chart plotters, radar, computer cruise planning and depth sounders. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase an optional U.S. Power Squadron text book for $35.

This seminar will take place on Saturday, June 14 at 9 a.m. at Grand Isle Marina in Grand Haven. To reserve your spot, email wcisenberg@hotmail.com or call (616) 949-7024 for more information. 

My Town Grand Haven: Centennial programs continue at LDL with sports historian

My Town Grand Haven: Centennial programs continue at LDL with sports historian

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - What were the sports in, around and beyond Grand Haven more than a century ago?

Michigan High School Athletic Association sports historian Ron Pesch will answer that question with a special centennial presentation at Loutit District Library. Pesch will explain how athletics at local high schools, community sports leagues and national events like Harvard's crushing defeat of Yale in the historic Blue "bowl" in 1914, all helped pave the way for the multi-billion dollar industry we have today.

This free presentation is Thursday, June 12 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Program Room A. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 232.

Pesch is also a member of the board of directors of the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame, and is on the board of directors of the International Buster Keaton Society Inc.

My Town: Library summer reading programs begin June 10 with Truck Petting Zoo

My Town: Library summer reading programs begin June 10 with Truck Petting Zoo

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Loutit District Library staff will kick off their list of summer reading programs with a Truck Petting Zoo on June 10 from 10 a.m. until noon for kids of all ages.

This program is free and held in the LDL's Fourth Street parking lot. Kids will have a chance to take an up-close look at the trucks and other vehicles used to help keep Grand Haven in good shape.

Some of the vehicles available include: an alternative fuel bus (LP gas) from Harbor Transit; a Tool Cat from Grand Haven Township; a long ladder truck - with ladder extended - and a police car from Grand Haven Dept. of Public Safety; an ambulance from North Ottawa Community Hospital; a dump truck from Ottawa County Road Commission; a motorcycle officer from Michigan State Police; and an air boat or some other type of boat from the Coast Guard.

Workers will be available to answer questions about their vehicle.

My Town Grand Haven: 'Weird Animals' Vacation Bible School begins June 23

My Town Grand Haven: 'Weird Animals' Vacation Bible School begins June 23

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.St. Patrick/St. Anthony Parish is inviting area children in kindergarten through fifth grade to participate in Vacation Bible School, from June 23 to June 26.

VBS will take place each day from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Parish Family Center, 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven. Program cost is $10 per child to attend and the registration deadline is 12 p.m. on June 20. The theme for this year’s VBS is “Weird Animals:  Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind."

“By weird, we mean unique, wonderful and one-of-a-kind, in the sense that kids can experience the extraordinary love of Jesus,” said Rebecca Chicklon, children’s ministry director with St. Patrick/St. Anthony Parish.

My Town: Love INC's new clinic space 'a true answer to prayer'

My Town: Love INC's new clinic space 'a true answer to prayer'

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—   Love INC will begin accepting patients at its new free health care clinic this Thursday, June 5.

The nonprofit organization says it needed to adopt a new space because the Ottawa County Health Department’s new offices on South Beechtree Street do not have enough space to house both the health department and free clinic.

That’s when the North Ottawa Community Health System stepped in.  Health clinic coordinator Erin VanStelle says the organization was meeting with NOCHS President and CEO Shelleye Yaklin about an unrelated topic in April when the conversation turned to Love INC’s need for a new clinic location.

“It was only a couple weeks later that Shelleye called and told us the hospital was going to donate the space,” added VanStelle.

Love INC Executive Director Katie Appold says the phone call was a true answer to prayer.

My Town: Read for prizes during Beachcombers' Book Bingo at the Loutit District Library

My Town: Read for prizes during Beachcombers' Book Bingo at the Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Summer reading is not just for kids!

Starting June 2, adults can pick up a bingo card, read nine books or eBooks, and/or listen to unabridged audiobooks checked out from Loutit District Library and have their reading verified at the checkout desk. Books over 500 pages or audiobooks over 10 CDs count as two books.

When their bingo card is full, readers will receive a fold away sling tote, courtesy of the Friends of LDL. Five lucky readers will also win an eReader, a $15 gift certificate from Chocolates by Grimaldi, a gift basket from Culvers or one of two other great prizes. Everyone who finishes will receive a fold-up shopping bag and a coupon from Culvers.

Beachcombers' Book Bingo ends August 31. For more information call (616) 842-5560, ext. 214 or visit www.loutitlibrary.org.

My Town Grand Haven: Library taking reservations for Small Business Workshop

My Town Grand Haven: Library taking reservations for Small Business Workshop

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Registration is now open at the Loutit District Library for a free entrepreneur and business workshop presented by Muskegon Community College business professor Tom Schurino that would help anyone realize their dream of owning and running their own business.

Schurino’s workshop titled, "How to Start Your Own Small Business in Michigan"  will be presented on Saturday, June 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the library’s program room A. To register, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 232.