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West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

Tammy Cunningham snapped this photo on Muskegon's Pere Marquette Park beach July 26.

Send  your West Michigan Summer 2013 photos to mytown@wzzm13.com  and we'll add them to our photo gallery!

 

Tri-Cities Unity Golf Classic set for August 12

Tri-Cities Unity Golf Classic set for August 12

SPRING LAKE, Mich.—Registrations are now being accepted for the eighth annual Tri-Cities Unity Golf Classic, to be held Monday, August 12 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Spring Lake Country Club, 17496 North Fruitport Road in Spring Lake.

The golf outing begins with registration at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

Cost is $500 per team of four players or $125 per player. Numerous sponsorship opportunities abound and the general public is invited to attend. To register as an individual, a four-some or to receive further information, contact event organizer Matt Tilton at 616/836-2767 or email him at matt@engineeringsupply.com.

Funds raised from the Tri-Cities Unity Golf Classic benefit Catholic education throughout the Tri-Cities area schools. St. Mary’s School is accredited by the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools (M.A.N.S.)

Great Lakes/Great Quilts take over church July 26-27

Great Lakes/Great Quilts take over church July 26-27

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—The hard work of Lighthouse Quilt Guild will be on display this weekend as part of the annual Great Lakes/Great Quilts show.

Visitors to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church can buy quilts and quilt related items, watch quilting demonstrations and check out more than 150 quilts made by the quilt guild.  Eight quilts will be picked for display at the 2014 American Quilting Show in Grand Rapids.

Visitors can also register their quilt in the Michigan Quilt Project by bringing a completed version of this inventory form and a picture of them and their quilt to the show.  The Michigan Quilt Project is dedicated to preserving the state's quilting history at the Michigan State University Museum.

Foreclosure support group to staff local organizations

Foreclosure support group to staff local organizations

West Michigan is now home to five organizations, governments and schools that are offering foreclosure support for struggling homeowners.

The Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps named its 2013-2014 program host sites this week.  The program provides foreclosure counseling services for members of AmeriCorps, an organization that fosters community service.

“While foreclosure numbers across the country are down, they still remain at historically high levels,” said Jamie Schriner-Hooper, executive director of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan. “The need for Michigan homeowners to receive assistance to save their homes from both tax and mortgage foreclosure remains vital. These AmeriCorps members continue to serve our great state and help Michigan homeowners.”

The Michigan Foreclosure Pre3vention Corps received $266,000 from the Michigan Community Service Commission to provide foreclosure support staff at the locations listed below:

Ottawa County Sheriff's Department recruiting Citizen Police Academy

Ottawa County Sheriff's Department recruiting Citizen Police Academy

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department is recruiting for its 2013 Citizen Police Academy.

The program is meant to raise awareness about the sheriff’s office role in the community.  Classes will address undercover drug investigations, firearms, the criminal justice legal system, accident investigations, community policing, and the duties of each agency within the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

The Citizen Police Academy will run September 10 to December 11.  Classes will take place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Fillmore complex, located at 12220 Fillmore St.  For more information or to apply, call Sgt. Valerie Weiss at (616) 738-4622 or click here.

Local residents share thoughts on 'North of Hope: A Daughter's Arctic Journey'

Local residents share thoughts on 'North of Hope: A Daughter's Arctic Journey'

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - On the surface, a new book published by Kentwood-based Zondervan—"North of Hope: A Daughter’s Arctic Journey"—traces author Shannon Huffman Polson’s travels through various stages of grief.

The narrative also grips readers during Polson’s raft trip on the Hulahula River in the Alaskan Arctic. Using GPS coordinates, the author discovers the sandy beach where her father and stepmother were mauled and killed by a grizzly bear.

Take a trip back in time during free historical tour July 18 and August 22

Take a trip back in time during free historical tour July 18 and August 22

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.- Grand Haven’s waterfront looks very different from what it was a century ago.

In the 1870s, passenger steamers, commercial fish tugs and car ferries filled the water, and steam driven locomotives passed through town.  Several downtown buildings still maintain their original facades and ornamentation, which you can learn about during a free tour of historical downtown Grand Haven.

Tri-Cities Historical Museum is organizing the free tours, which will take place July 18 and August 22 at 6 p.m.  The hour-long event begins at the Depot Museum of Transportation, located at 1 S. Harbor.  For more information, call the Tri-Cities Historical Museum at (616) 842-0700.