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My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County

My Town: Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven Aug. 4-10

My Town: Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven Aug. 4-10

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library (LDL) and Harbor Island will be the port of swashbuckling, piratical fun for the whole family as the eighth annual Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven Aug. 4-10.

With the theme, “Pirates through the Ages,” pirate re-enactors from historical to fantasy personas will come from around Michigan and the Midwest to entertain everyone, from young powder monkeys to seasoned buccaneers. New to this year’s festival is the Mermaid Queen with a group of her mermaids. This is the first performance for the mermaid group in Michigan.

My Town Spring Lake: Take a trip through history with schoolhouse tour July 26

My Town Spring Lake: Take a trip through history with schoolhouse tour July 26

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The Tri-Cities Historical Museum is pleased to announce that it is hosting an open house at DeWitt School in Spring Lake.

DeWitt School Open House
Saturday, July 26, 2014
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The open house will be held on Saturday, July 26 at DeWitt School, 17716 Taft Street in Spring Lake.  The open house will run from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Free tours of the historic, one-room schoolhouse will be offered by docents dressed in 1895 period costumes.  Come and learn the history of this building and learn about a typical school day in 1895.

Please join us for this fun, family friendly opportunity!

 

My Town Grand Haven: Coast Guard festival underway

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—One of the most anticipated events of the summer is underway on the lakeshore.

The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival kicked off Friday.  Over the next nine days, the city will be home to parades, contests, carnivals, fireworks and much more. 

For festival chair Jeff Bradbury, the event holds personal meaning.

“I am a Coast Guard brat.  My dad was Coast Guard and I spent 28 years in the Coast Guard.  What these people do for festival is something I wanted to get involved in,” he explains. “These people are nothing short of outstanding.”

Bradbury says Coast Guard members fight to come to Grand Haven, also known as Coast Guard City USA.  The Coast Guard ships will arrive Monday.  For more information, visit the event website here.

My Town: Team Tuskegee Airmen come to Grand Haven Aug. 23

My Town: Team Tuskegee Airmen come to Grand Haven Aug. 23

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The history of Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American military pilots who fought in World War II, will be the focus of a series of a three-part series of events at the Grand Haven Memorial Airpark, 16446 Comstock Street, and Loutit District Library on Saturday, Aug. 23.

The series is presented by Dr. Brian Smith, the president of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum and Team Tuskegee pilot Steve Tupper, along with two other pilots from the team.

My Town Grand Haven: Area state parks awarded life-saving beach kits

My Town Grand Haven: Area state parks awarded life-saving beach kits

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Michigan Sea Grant and the National Weather Service are teaming up to help curb rip current drownings in the Great Lakes.

This summer, 10 public beaches along Lake Michigan are getting “beach safety kits”, including Grand Haven State Park, Muskegon State Park, Holland State Park, Hoffmaster State Park and Ludington State Park.  Each kit contains a life ring, a throw bag and U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for children and teenagers. 

The program is also focused on raising awareness about the risk of rip currents, with “water watcher” cards urging parents to monitor children in the water and a searchable database of rip current incidents and deaths, which is available online.

My Town: Library summer reading clubs present kids’ wildlife programs July 22

My Town: Library summer reading clubs present kids’ wildlife programs July 22

GRAND HAVEN/SPRING LAKE, Mich. -- Outdoor Discovery Center naturalist Jamie Krupka will bring a hands-on program to the Spring Lake and Grand Haven area for two library performances on Tuesday, July 22 as part of its summer reading club.

The Outdoor Discovery Center’s program focuses on introducing children to Michigan wildlife. Live animals including reptiles, amphibians and birds will be used during the presentation. Kids will learn unique characteristics of animals and how they fit into our diverse ecosystems. Hands-on artifacts include skins, skulls, wings, feathers and talons of several species native to Michigan.

Krupka will present at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange Street,  from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The program will be repeated at the Loutit District Library, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.