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My Town Grand Haven: Fortino's for sale

My Town Grand Haven: Fortino's for sale

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—A Grand Haven mainstay that’s been in business for more than a century is about to change hands.

Fortino's is for sale.  Three generations of the Fortinos have owned and operated the downtown business for more than 107 years.  However, with the latest owners preparing to retire and the fourth generation already involved in other careers and endeavors, there is no one left in the family to take over the shop.

Dave Ten Cate with Capstone Real Estate says the business is constantly growing and a cornerstone in the community, with many children making a Saturday pilgrimage to the store for candy.  Ten Cate says there have been some inquiries since the business went on the market, but no contracts have been signed.  For additional information, contact Capstone at (616) 847-1031.

My Town: Michigan State Police offer summer water safety tips

My Town: Michigan State Police offer summer water safety tips

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(Michigan State Police)-- With summer approaching, the Michigan State Police reminds you to take extra precaution before participating in water activities.

Drowning is the nation's fifth leading cause of accidental death for all ages and the second leading cause of unintentional injury for children age one to 14 years.

“With the proper precautions, drowning and near-drowning incidents are preventable,” said Community Service Trooper Andrew Foster, Wayland Post.  “To reduce the risk of drowning, it is important for parents to teach children proper water safety at a young age.”

Do not mix alcohol with swimming, diving or boating. According to the United States Coast Guard, in 2012, alcohol was the leading factor in water-related deaths, while operator inattention was the leading factor for water-related injuries. 

Beach safety tips:

My Town Grand Haven: New technology purchases approved by school district

My Town Grand Haven: New technology purchases approved by school district

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.— Teachers and students from Grand Haven Area Public Schools will likely be welcomed with new technology when they return to their classrooms this fall.

The GHAPS Board of Education has approved purchasing nearly $1.8 million in technology upgrades, including wireless equipment, laptops, iPads and audio systems.

"We are taking advantage of competitive pricing opportunities," Technology Coordinator Doug Start said. "This opportunity will extend our bond dollars in the future."

In May, voters approved a school bond proposal that will provide $36 million to help cover the cost of new technology, as well as building and transportation upgrades.  A second bond providing $9.69 million to the district for upgrades to athletic facilities, arts facilities, cafeterias, school grounds and purchasing property for schools, also passed by a wide margin.

Summer Fun for Young People @ SLDL

Summer Fun for Young People @ SLDL

 

Summer Fun for Young People @ SLDL

 

Spring Lake District Library will be hosting a free, fun event for youth ages 10 to 18 on Wed., July 23, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Get together with friends or make new ones during Teen ‘Scape at the library. Attendees can choose from a variety of Wii, PlayStation, and Xbox Kinect video games, or play card and board games while enjoying free pizza.

 

For more information, contact the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 134.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

Summer Camps in Session at Ottawa County Parks

Summer Camps in Session at Ottawa County Parks

OTTAWA COUNTY, MI—Are you kids claiming to be "bored"? Registration is still open for summer day camps. A new session for budding artists has been added during mid-July. Programs for preschool through eighth grade are available. Space is limited so register today by calling 616-786-4847. Fees vary and payment is accepted by credit card or check.

Early Sprouts

For 3-4 year old children with a caregiver. $3 per session per child

July 2

10-11AM

Hemlock Crossing

Fourth of July: Find fireworks displays in your area

Fourth of July: Find fireworks displays in your area

 

(WZZM)- The Following is a list of area fireworks displays as found on michiganfireworks.com as well as communities WZZM 13 contacted. Check with local municipalities for details. All times are dusk unless noted.

 

July 1

 

Wyoming - Lamar Park - Concerts in the Park

 

July 2

 

Comstock Park - At Fifth Third Ballpark after the Whitecaps game

 

Hart, Michigan - John Gurney Park Beach over Hart Lake

 

July 3

 

Allegan, Michigan - On the riverfront

 

Comstock Park - At Fifth Third Ballpark after the Whitecaps game

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.”