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Grand River Greenway Celebration series continues at LDL September 6

Grand River Greenway Celebration series continues at LDL September 6

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The public is invited to the Loutit District Library (LDL) on Thursday, September 6 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Program Room A to join author and researcher of the unusual, Amberrose Hammond for a strange trip down the Grand River.

Her program titled “Weird Grand River” will be a discussion about odd, spooky and interesting stories she's found about Michigan's longest river and the cities that it travels through as it makes its way towards Lake Michigan.

Ottawa Co. studies ag incubator

Ottawa Co. studies ag incubator

By Mark Sanchez | MiBiz

WEST OLIVE — One West Michigan county plans to study whether it can feasibly tap into its historical roots in agriculture to create a new business incubator aimed at creating a sustainable economic future.

Ottawa County this summer commissioned a $30,000 feasibility study that's examining the potential for an agricultural technology business incubator to support innovators and entrepreneurs. If it finds validity in the idea, the feasibility study also will identify capital and ongoing costs and recommend a potential business plan on how to fund the development and operations of a business incubator.

Ottawa County would only proceed with the project if the feasibility study, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, shows clear potential for success, said Mark Knudsen, director of the planning and performance improvement for the county.

Grand River Greenway Celebration presents C.O.R.E. founder Kaye Nedderman Aug. 16

Grand River Greenway Celebration presents C.O.R.E. founder Kaye Nedderman Aug. 16

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Kaye Nedderman, founder of the Clean-up Our River Environment (C.O.R.E) will address environment issues affecting the Grand River and its watershed on Thursday, August 16 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Loutit District Library’s (LDL) Program Room A as the yearlong celebration of the Greenway’s contribution the area continues.

Nedderman’s program will discuss how C.O.R.E. identifies, researches, and monitors important issues affecting the water quality of the Grand River and the presence of pollutants in the river that enter Lake Michigan through the channel at Grand Haven; how C.O.R.E. increases public awareness and understanding of environmental issues affecting the Grand River through media and other educational programs; and how C.O.R.E. develops and implements programs to help improve the water quality of the Grand River.

Her program will conclude with questions from the audience.

Grand Haven beach clean-up tonight at 6:00pm

Grand Haven beach clean-up tonight at 6:00pm

From: http://www.grandhaven.org

The City's Environment and Natural Resources Committee has organized a beach clean-up at the Grand Haven City Beach for Thursday, August 2, at 6:00 p.m. Clean-up volunteers will meet at the city beach parking lot by the picnic table. Help keep beaches in Grand Haven beautiful! Anyone interested in volunteering is welcome.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Joe VanderStel at the Water Treatment Plant at (616) 847-3487.

Dazzling Daylilies at Spring Lake District Library

Dazzling Daylilies at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, MI--Looking for a plant that’s easy to grow and beautiful to look at? Daylilies are considered by many to be the perfect perennial. Diverse and Dazzling Daylilies is the topic of a free presentation at Spring Lake District Library on Wed., August 8 at 7:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Advanced Master Gardener Carol DeVries. DeVries is the former president of both the Grand Valley Daylily and Dahlia Societies and has chaired the “Stuck on Gardening” Public Garden Tour for the Kent County Master Gardeners in previous years.

Organizers to form Friends of Grand Haven State Park

Organizers to form Friends of Grand Haven State Park

The organizers of the soon to be formed Friends of Grand Haven State Park will be holding a meeting on July 30, 2012 at 6 PM. The meeting will be held at the shelter end of the Day Use Pavilion of Grand Haven State Park and will be open to anyone interested in being involved with this new group.
 
A friend’s group can work along side the park to promote the park, influence improvements, and collect funds for improvements. We at GHSP are glad that a group of people are willing to be our friends and support the many different types of groups who use this park for the mutual enjoyment of all. Many people love this park and are willing to support it. This will be one way to be involved in making this park even better.

Joyce D. Rhodes, Supervisor
Grand Haven State Park

Climate Change and the Great Lakes: Who Wins, Who Loses?

Climate Change and the Great Lakes: Who Wins, Who Loses?

SPRING LAKE, MI--Climate Change and the Great Lakes: Who Wins, Who Loses is the topic of a free presentation at Spring Lake District Library on Tues., July 24 at 7:00 p.m.  The guest speaker will be Dr. Alan Steinman, Director of the Annis Water Resources Institute andProfessor of Water Resources at Grand Valley State University.

Dr. Steinman will provide an overview of climate change, including why it occurs and how that change is measured over time. Dr. Steinman will discuss how temperature and water levels in the Great Lakes will be affected and how various sectors of the economy will be impacted. Opportunities and challenges brought about by climate change will be reviewed.

For more information, contact the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.