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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: Loutit District Library to offer support group for genealogy lovers

My Town: Loutit District Library to offer support group for genealogy lovers

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Are you interested in genealogy? Do you have a brick wall you cannot get passed? Do you need the support of other genealogists?

Loutit District Library has just the thing for you. Starting on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m., you can join others and talk genealogy in the Local History and Genealogy Department. This will be a monthly group and will meet every third Thursday. The discussion will be lead by LDL’s Local History and Genealogy Specialist Jeanette Weiden. Everyone is welcome to come from the beginner to the advanced.

This program is free to the public and held in the library’s Local History Quiet Study Room. For more information, call 616-842-5560, ext. 225 or visit www.loutitlibrary.org.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

 

What is the essential back to school item every student should have? A library card! It’s no accident that Library Card Sign-Up Month coincides with the beginning of the new school year. Library cards are an invaluable tool for students. Those with Spring Lake District Library cards have access to a wealth of information that can be found not only on library shelves but from the convenience of a home computer or mobile device by accessing the library’s e-resources.

 

SLDL card holders who visit the library’s website, sllib.org, will find useful information for students of all ages. Youth can access Encyclopedia Britannica as well as the many MeL (Michigan e-Library) resources available, including CultureGrams and InfoTrac Junior Edition. Academic OneFile is a comprehensive database containing peer reviewed journal articles for the college level researcher.

My Town Grand Haven: The circus is coming Aug. 19

My Town Grand Haven: The circus is coming Aug. 19

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The Tri-Cities Kiwanis invites the Grand Haven community to see live animals and entertainment under the big top of The Kelly Miller Circus.

Harbor Island in Grand Haven will come alive for two shows on Tuesday, Aug.19 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for 1.5 hour performances.  For more information or a sneak peek, visit  www.tricitieskiwanis.org  or www.kellymillercircus.com.

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town Whitehall: Free backpack distribution Aug. 14

My Town Whitehall: Free backpack distribution Aug. 14

WHITEHALL, Mich.--  Families in need will get a back-to-school boost Thursday,  Aug. 14.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., volunteers with Mission for Area People will be at Lebanon Lutheran Church, handing out free backpacks filled with supplies to children from struggling families.  The organization expects to distribute supplies to 1,500 children this year, as part of its Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids program. The event may also include free vision and hearing screenings, haircuts, snacks and fun activities.

 A parent or guardian must be present in order for a child to receive a backpack, and both adults and children must have some form of identification. 

The backpacks will be distributed based on a first come, first served basis. Mission for Area People will hold two more distribution events at the following times:

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