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Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit

Loutit District Library digs into the mysteries held by dirt June 13

Loutit District Library digs into the mysteries held by dirt June 13

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.– One never knows what could be found in dirt, but that mystery will be answered as Loutit District Library (LDL) presents “Take a Look at Dirt.”

Retired science teacher Bill Scott will lead the presentation, which will take place June 13 at 10 a.m.  Scott’s program invites kids to peek under the microscope for a look at bugs, earthworms and fossils.

The free program will be held in Program Room A. For more information on LDL programs, visit http://www.loutitlibrary.org/ or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 216. 

Scott graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in science education with a double major in chemistry and biology. He received his Masters Degree from Western Michigan University. He taught science for 31 years at Mona Shores High School.

Researchers present groundwater findings June 3

Researchers present groundwater findings June 3

Groundwater levels in some areas of Ottawa County are dropping, while sodium chloride levels in groundwater are increasing.

That’s according to findings released by the Michigan State University Institute of Water Research last fall. 

On Monday, June 3 researchers will present the final report of Phase I of their study at the Ottawa County Planning Commission’s meeting.  Dr. Jon Bartholic, Dr. Shu-Guang Li and Dr. David Lusch of IWR will present an in-depth hour-long overview of the report.  Their presentation will include new detailed maps, 3D models and video simulations.   The Planning Commission meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the board room of the Ottawa County Fillmore Street Complex, located at 12220 Fillmore St. in West Olive.  The public is invited to attend.

International Aid collecting donations for tornado victims in Oklahoma

International Aid collecting donations for tornado victims in Oklahoma

 SPRING LAKE, Mich.-- International Aid  is seeking help from the community to provide relief supplies to the people of Oklahoma following the destruction left by tornados on May 20, 2013.

Dozens of people, including several children, were killed when a massive tornado struck an area outside Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon, officials said. According to the National Weather Service, the preliminary rating of the tornado is at least EF4 (166 to 200 mph).

Oklahoma first and foremost needs donations to rebuild after the tornadoes slammed the state, Gov. Mary Fallin told CNN on Tuesday.

'Topless on the Beach': The discoveries of diver Valerie van Heest

'Topless on the Beach': The discoveries of diver Valerie van Heest

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.– "Topless on the Beach" is not about some sunny Jamaican beach hidden from public view, but the findings of Great Lakes diver and author Valerie van Heest .

Van Heest will expose her latest discoveries of Grand Haven shipwrecks during the discussion on May 23 at the Loutit District Library. An award-winning author, member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, and dynamic presenter,  van Heest shares the fascinating stories of Great Lakes shipwrecks and her expeditions to discover and document them. These stories come to life through historic photographs, spectacular underwater images, and intriguing commentary.

Her program begins at 7 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A. Van Heest will have her books available for purchase and will be available to sign copies following the presentation.

Free paper shredding service at Spring Lake District Library

Free paper shredding service at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.-- Kent Record Management, Inc. will be at Spring Lake District Library on Saturday, May 18 to provide free shredding services for the community.

Kent Record Management will supply a mobile unit that will be in the library’s parking lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Individuals may bring up to 100 pounds of paper to have shredded.

“Free Shred Day” is an excellent way to help protect and preserve the environment. Shredding sensitive personal documents like cancelled checks, tax records, and credit card statements is also a good way to help prevent identity theft and credit card fraud.

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

Professor to speak about tracking mammoths and mastodons in Michigan

Professor to speak about tracking mammoths and mastodons in Michigan

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Tom Goodwin, PhD, professor of paleobiology and Chair of the Biology Department at Andrews University, will present a lecture on May 16 titled “Tracking Ice-Age Giants: Mammoths and Mastodons in Southwest Michigan” at the Loutit District Library.