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My Town Grand Haven: Chili Blues returns April 25-27

My Town Grand Haven: Chili Blues returns April 25-27

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.— A lakeshore tradition returns this month, bringing beer, blues and lots of beans to  Grand Haven.

Grand Haven’s Chilly Blues is April 25-27.  Visitors can sample a variety of chili soups while listening to live blues performances, including the national act, Big James and the Chicago Playboys.

"The longevity of the event is due to the quality of the music, the fun atmosphere, and the popular chili contest that draws people from all over the state.  It has come to signify the beginning of summer in Grand Haven!" says Steve Loftis who started Chilly Blues 22 years ago along with Greg Gilmore of the Kirby House.  “We are again hosting the beer tent for the Saturday night extravaganza!”

Admission to the entertainment/beer tent on Saturday night is $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event.   The chili cook-off begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Snug Harbor.  For additional event information, call (616) 846-8400.

Exchange food for fines during National Library Week at Loutit District Library

 Exchange food for fines during National Library Week at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- As part of its observance of National Library Week, Loutit District Library is again offering patrons the opportunity to exchange Food for Fines.

From April 13 through April 19, patrons can bring in non-perishable food or personal hygiene products for donation to Love INC and receive a waiver of $1.00 per item (up to a maximum of $5.00) off their current late fees at the library.

The food items most needed by Love INC include canned meals and spaghetti, "Helper" and other meals in boxes, canned tuna and meats, and pancake mixes.

Personal hygiene products, such as toilet paper, shampoo and conditioner, diapers (all sizes) and wipes, laundry detergent, soap, shaving cream, razors and deodorant, are needed as well.

Everyone is invited to donate food and necessities. Late fees are not a prerequisite.

My Town: Grand Haven Public Safety officer a shooting world champ

My Town: Grand Haven Public Safety officer a shooting world champ

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Criminals beware; one of the sharpest shooters in the world is right is right here in Grand Haven, serving as a public safety officer.

Dave Scott is the National Skeet Shooting Association’s current world champion, after posting a perfect score and winning a 7.5 round tiebreaker late last year.

 Scott has been honing his passion since high school.  He previously won ten state championships, and has consistently ranked among the world’s best skeet shooters.  He’s also been on the all-state team every year since 2004 and been an all-American for the past five years.

In November, the Grand Haven City Council recognized Scott’s accomplishments with a congratulatory resolution signed by the mayor.

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A group supporting a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville is moving forward with its grant request.

On Tuesday, Friends of the North Bank Trail released this map on Facebook, showing where the proposed 18-mile pathway would be created. The North Bank Trail would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail. 

Crockery Township recently sought support from Coopersville, Walker and other nearby communities to apply for a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for Phase 2 of the trail.

My Town Grand Haven: Grand Pizza & Beer Fest champs crowned

My Town Grand Haven: Grand Pizza & Beer Fest champs crowned

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—The  Chamber of Commerce for Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg has crowned a new set of champions in the Grand Pizza & Beer Fest.

On Saturday, March 22, more than 400 people sampled the creations of six local pizzerias.  They then voted for the best classic and best specialty pizza.  Clover Bar took the title for classic pizza with their cheese pizza; Old Boys’ Brewhouse was runner-up.  In the specialty pizza category, Old Boys’ Brewhouse took the most votes; Clover Bar was a close second.  Mr. Scrib’s won the Best Booth Award.

My Town: Food distribution March 28 for families in need

My Town: Food distribution March 28 for families in need

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Low income families in Ottawa County will get some help filling their shelves this Friday, March 28, as four churches and organizations host food distribution events.

The distribution event is being coordinated by the Ottawa County Community Action Agency.  Apricot halves, beef stew, frozen blueberries, corn, rice cereal, shelf-stable milk, rolled oats, potato flakes, rice crisp cereal, whole grain rotini and tomato juice will be available to families in need.  Distribution times and locations are as follows:

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: V.F.W. Post 5598, 511 North 68th Ave., Coopersville
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 920 Fulton, Grand Haven
  • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Community Action House, 345 West 14th Street, Holland
  • 1 p.m.

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

UPDATE: Three more buildings have joined the competition.

Organizers say the MATS administration office, Community Mental Health and the Hall of Justice, all in Muskegon County are now involved in the Battle of the Buildings, bringing the total square footage to more than 9 million.  The new goal is 10 million square feet by the registration deadline of March 31.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More than three dozen local businesses are competing in cutting down energy in the West Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The owners of 45 buildings representing nearly 9 million square feet of space have signed up to take part in the inaugural competition, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter. The organization is teaming up with Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical to provide workshops on building improvements, optimizing operations and maintance and engaging building occupants to curb energy use.