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West Michigan Civil Conversation Project explores “The Common Good” in first public conversation

West Michigan Civil Conversation Project explores “The Common Good” in first public conversation

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The first gathering of the West Michigan Civil Conversation Project (WMCCP) will be held Tuesday, February 21, at the Loutit District Library from 7:00-8:45 p.m in the program rooms A and B.

In this month’s inaugural gathering, participants will discuss the topic: The Common Good: E Pluribus Unum?

The project is an organized response to the growing lack of civility in our public discourse—books that demonize the author’s opponents, TV and talk-radio pundits who shout much and hear little, defamatory letters in the local paper, and more. It is intended to provide a place and process by which people can learn and practice the ability to discuss important issues with those who have differing viewpoints—and to do so with mutual respect and civility.

Get CPR Certified!

Get CPR Certified!

Tuesday, March 6, 8am to noon   

Thursday, March 8, 6pm to 10pm

$35 per student                                     

Due to popular demand, Firefighter Thea Dornbush will be teaching the Heartsaver CPR & AED class, which will allow anyone with no medical training to receive a certification card. Class size is limited. Call 616.844.0491 or email Pam to register.

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Violinist Gregory Maytan to perform at Loutit District Library February 12

Violinist Gregory Maytan to perform at Loutit District Library February 12

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Gregory Maytan, professor of violin at Grand Valley State University, will perform February 12 as part of the Sunday Concert Series at the Loutit District Library.

The free performance begins at 2:00 p.m. on the library’s upper level lobby. Concert-goers are invited to come early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Maytan joined Grand Valley State University in 2010 after having served four years as an Assistant Professor at Valparaiso University. He performs regularly as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Maytan has performed extensively in Europe and the US, playing about 50 recitals a year. Recent engagements include multiple performances of the Paganini Violin Concerto no 1 and the Sibelius Violin Concertos with orchestras in Nevada, Indiana, Sweden and China and participation in the prestigious chamber music festival ‘Musikveckan’ in Junsele, Sweden.

Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

The 2011 class of Leadership West Michigan (LWM) graduated on December 15, 2011. The class of 27 participated in 8 day sessions over the past 4 months which included a two day bus tour of the region and culminated in Regional Trustee day and graduation.

Patricia Ackerberg - Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce  
Justin Arnold - WMPS  
Charles Ash, Jr. - Warner Norcross & Judd LLP  
Douglas Bagley - Ottawa Area ISD - MTEC  
Michael Brecht - St. Mary's Health Care  
Marlene Brostrom - Michigan Works Ottawa County  
Cindy Brown - Hello West Michigan  
Frederick Bw'Ombongi - Spectrum Health  
Valerie Byrnes - Barry County Chamber of Commerce  
Kyle Dannenberg - Ottawa Area Intermediate School District  
Lori Duff - TrueNorth Community Services  
Kathy Finkler - Davenport University  
Jeffrey Hoerle - Priority Health  
Ammy Johnson - Harbor Hospice  

Grand River Greenway Celebration series continues as local historian speaks at LDL

Grand River Greenway Celebration series continues as local historian speaks at LDL

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Local historian and Greenway event orgainizer Marjie Viveen presents “Ghost Parks on the Grand River Greenway” as the yearlong celebration of the Greenway’s contribution the the area continues on Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loutit District Library in Program Room A.

Viveen begins her program by highlighting whether looking for a building site or a park site, it’s location, location, location that matters. Before parks were formally developed on publicly owned lands, the most alluring of these waterfront properties were privately owned spaces where locals gathered, more often than not by invitation only.

DNR looking for volunteers in West Michigan

DNR looking for volunteers in West Michigan

From the Michigan Department of Resources:

Join in the effort to Go Get Outdoors and protect critical dune, prairie and forest habitats stretching from Berrien to Muskegon Counties! State recreation officials announced the schedule of volunteer stewardship activities for the month of February as part of the new Volunteer Steward program in Southwestern Michigan state parks and recreation areas.  Volunteering for these workdays is a great way to GO-Get Outdoors in many of our cherished state parks, breathe some fresh air, have fun and get a bit of exercise while enjoying beautiful scenery and precious landscapes. 

Volunteers can make a big impact by removing invasive, non-native shrubs in natural areas within state parks and recreation areas. Targeted invasive species include:  honeysuckle, autumn olive, barberry and Lombardy poplar.

Schedule of American Red Cross blood drives in Allegan, Kent and Ottawa Counties

Schedule of American Red Cross blood drives in Allegan, Kent and Ottawa Counties

Like the emergency room of a hospital, the American Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Through the everyday support and generosity of blood and platelet donors, the Red Cross can be prepared to do this day-in and day-out, no matter when or where these blood products are needed.

“We are so thankful to our loyal sponsors and volunteers for everything they do each and every day,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.  “It is because of them that we are able to provide services for people in our communities in their times of need.”