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Megan Bell Hired as Director of Saint Mary's Preschool

Megan Bell Hired as Director of Saint Mary's Preschool

SPRING LAKE, Mich., July 21, 2011―Megan Ann Bell has been hired as the new Preschool director at Saint Mary’s Parish School, located at 421 east Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

In her new position, she will teach children in the afternoon “young five’s” program at Saint Mary’s and oversee a staff of five teachers and classroom aides in Saint Mary’s Parish School’s “three-year-old,”  “four-year-old” and “young five’s connect” programs, plus in the “extension” child-care program.

Bell graduated in 2010 with a bachelor of science degree and teaching certificate in early elementary education from Western Michigan University. She also earned endorsements in early childhood education and language arts.

Before joining Saint Mary’s Parish, Bell worked in the Great Start Readiness program at Ferry Elementary School, based in Grand Haven.  While employed there, she taught four-year-old children.

Haiti Missionary Tom Braak Begins Speaking Engagements Outlining Strides Made in Haiti

Haiti Missionary Tom Braak Begins Speaking Engagements Outlining Strides Made in Haiti

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., July 20, 2011—When Haiti missionary Tom Braak returns to west Michigan for a series of speaking engagements from late July to early September, he will not be discussing the devastation of Haiti but rather the strides made in water purification, sustainable development programs and ministering to Haiti’s poor through the organization he founded in 1997 known as Faith in Action International.

On July 31, Braak will serve as guest speaker during the sermon time of worship around 10:15 a.m. at Temple United Methodist Church, 2500 Jefferson Street in Muskegon Heights.  That same evening, he will be a guest speaker during the “Worship on the Waterfront” (W.O.W.) service in Grand Haven at 7:30 p.m. at Chinook Pier.

Artists needed for new pirate art show at Loutit District Library August 12 through 13

Artists needed for new pirate art show at Loutit District Library August 12 through 13

GRAND HAVEN - Hal Loo, pirate artist and organizer of the first annual “Treasures” Pirate art show sponsored by the Loutit District Library and Brethren of the Great Lakes, is calling for artists who have a passion for pirate art to take part in this year’s art show.

Loo is looking for a variety of 2d and 3d artists to display their work in either a professional or student category. All artwork must be pirate themed or piratical inspired and must be available for display in the library August 12 and 13.

The Show will be display and contest of 2d and 3d piratical themed or inspired art pieces from various artists and media. The pirate themed exhibits will feature artwork from literature and film to movie posters, books prints and other forms.

Also featured are children’s creative activities, which include pirate flag making and coloring pages. Children can take their artwork home or leave them on display in the children’s activity area.

Saint Mary's Church Seeks Law Enforcement, Safety, Firefighters, EMTs for "Blue Mass" September 11

Saint Mary's Church Seeks Law Enforcement, Safety, Firefighters, EMTs for "Blue Mass" September 11

SPRING LAKE, Mich., July 19, 2011Father Dan DePew, pastor with Saint Mary’s Church at 406 east Savidge Street in Spring Lake, announced today that the church is seeking involvement from area law enforcement, public safety, firefighters, EMTs and first responders in order to recognize them at an upcoming “Blue Mass” celebration and reception honoring their service on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 11 a.m.

“We would like to invite individuals who are part of these public service organizations that respond, protect, serve and rescue persons around the Tri-Cities in order to thank and honor them at this important remembrance event on 11-11 at 11.  So, we are strongly encouraging them to call us with their contact information so we can involve them in our event,” said Fr. DePew.

20th Annual Michigander Bike Tour passing through several My Town communities

20th Annual Michigander Bike Tour passing through several My Town communities

ADA, MI - Approximately 400 bicyclists will be enjoying part of Ada Township’s non-motorized trail network this week, as part of the 20th annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, sponsored by the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. After staying overnight at the County fairgrounds in Lowell on Tuesday, July 19, tour riders will be riding west on Bailey Drive into Ada Township on Wednesday morning, where riders will use the Township trails on McCabe Ave., Conservation St. and Honey Creek Ave., on their way to the City of Rockford and ending that day in Ravenna.

Tri-Cities Unity Golf Classic Taking Registrations for Golf Outing on August 11

SPRING LAKE, Mich., July 12, 2011 ― Registrations are currently being taken for the sixth annual Tri-Cities Unity Golf Classic, which will be held on Thursday, August 11 at Grand Haven Golf Club. The event includes a 10:30 a.m. registration, 11:30 a.m. lunch, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start and 6 p.m. dinner. Awards, prizes, raffles, and hole contests are part of the day’s festivities. Player costs include $125 per player and $500 for a team of four players. All proceeds will go toward Catholic education in the Tri-Cities area. Anyone interested in receiving further information about registration and the overall event should contact Jamie Roberge at 231/557-7486 or via email at: jkroberge@comcast.net Registration forms and entry fees should be mailed to: Tri-Cities Unity Auction, c/o St. Mary’s Church, 406 east Savidge Street, Spring Lake, MI 49456.

Saint Mary's Festival a Huge Amount of Fun!

Saint Mary's Festival a Huge Amount of Fun!

SPRING LAKE, Mich., July 9, 2011 -- Hundreds of people turned out at the annual and very popular Saint Mary's Festival.  The festival featured kids' rides, games of chance, a bake sale, Bungee flying fun, a dunk tank, a White Elephant Sale, entertainment, food, beer tent, Bingo and a raffle.

The White Elephant Sale featured a variety of bake ware, office furniture, office equipment, men, women and children's clothing, games, books, kitchen items, plus sporting goods and household furniture.

Some of the more unusual items available at the White Elephant Sale included a pair of men's waders, a salt-water aquarium, deep-sea diving suit, hand-painted porcelain bakeware and unusual Christmas ornaments.