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GHAPS - Welcome Back!

GHAPS - Welcome Back!

By Keith Konarska, Superintendent

Building A Brighter Future

Building A Brighter Future

Drive through the Village of Spring Lake and you notice some positive things are happening. The North Bank Trail is expanding 1.5 mile with new asphalt path connecting Fruitport Road just north of M-104 to 144th Avenue.  Officials hope once the North Bank Trail begins, other state and federal grants may become available to assist completion - possibly as a future link to Grand Rapids. People could bike all the way from Coopersville to Spring Lake and sit down by the Grand River and enjoy a beautiful day. Since it is such a desirable location home construction along the bike path is also picking up, many new homes are now available with more to follow. Take a break and enjoy the bike path who knows you just may decide to spend a lifetime there!

Fifty-Three United Methodist Church of the Dunes Members Dance, Sing and March at Coast Guard Parade

Fifty-Three United Methodist Church of the Dunes Members Dance, Sing and March at Coast Guard Parade

AUGUST 9, 2011, GRAND HAVEN, MICH. - Fifty-three members of the United Methodist Church of the Dunes turned out singing, dancing, and marching to honor and celebrate the U.S. Coast Guard at the annual U.S. Coast Guard Festival Grand Parade on August 6th in Grand Haven.

Despite a torrential downpour throughout the parade, church members braved the elements and remained in step during the two-mile parade route.

Members of the United Methodist Church of the Dunes have marched in the Coast Guard Festival Grand Parade four years, and are becoming known for their choreographed dance steps, memorable music selections and lively costumes.  For more than two months, individuals participating in the church's marching routine have practiced counting out rhythms, coordinating hand and foot steps to music, and maintaining straight rows as they learned to march together as a team.

Churches offer free backpacks stocked with school supplies

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids will soon begin distributing 1,700 free backpacks stocked with school supplies during a series of events hosted by area churches.  The events begin in Holton on August 6, 2011, and end on August 31, 2011.  The GateWay Church, located on Pontaluna Road, is the newest member of this year’s faith-based effort to equip preschool through 12th grade students with needed school supplies.  Distribution sites also include Holton United Methodist, Lebanon Lutheran in Whitehall, Samuel Lutheran Church in downtown Muskegon, Mission for Area People in Muskegon Heights, and Great Lakes Kingdom Ministry in Muskegon. Each child must be present and be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive a backpack as long as supplies last.

Red Bird Mission Craft Fair to Feature Coal Sculptures & Wooden Pull Toys

Red Bird Mission Craft Fair to Feature Coal Sculptures & Wooden Pull Toys

JULY 26, 2011, GRAND HAVEN, Mich., - The coal sculptures and wooden pull toys that will be featured at the upcoming "Red Bird Mission Arts and Crafts Fair" at United Methodist Church of the Dunes, at 717 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven, on August 13 and 14 reflect artistry from a group of craftspersons numbering 200 strong.  Most of the craftspersons are between the ages of 40 and 75 years, who have honed their crafts learned from parents and grandparents going back some 90 years.  All artisans are from the Appalachian region nestled in the Kentucky foothills and mountains.

"The coal comes from the Kentucky mountains.  The coal companies we work with check the coal and we develop a resin mixed with coal dust which is poured into a mold to fabricate the coal figurines offered through the Red Bird Mission," said Rose Fee, manager of the Red Bird Mission Craft Shop.

Which restaurant has the best pizza in the Grand Haven/Spring Lake area?

Which restaurant has the best pizza in the Grand Haven/Spring Lake area?

Now that our hamburger poll is done, we would like to find out what restaurant has the best pizza in the Grand Haven/Spring Lake area. Login below and post a comment with your opinion. In a couple weeks, we'll launch our official poll which will include your suggestions. Thank you!

Spring Lake organization ships over $116 Million of Aid in 12 months

Spring Lake organization ships over $116 Million of Aid in 12 months

Earlier today, International Aid, Inc. announced that the ministry had shipped over $116 million of health products and medical equipment over the past 12 months.
 
This amount of aid is a record high for the 30-year-old Christian relief organization, and represents a 123 percent increase from the average amount of aid shipped by International Aid over the previous seven years.
 
“We are amazed by what God has accomplished at our ministry,” International Aid CEO Brian Anderson said. “Our desire is to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ by meeting the physical needs of the suffering, and God really opened doors to have that done this past year.”