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My Town: Start the new year by renewing your marriage at St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish

My Town: Start the new year by renewing your marriage at St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The statewide Catholic Bishops organization has declared 2015 as “The Year of Marriage.” 

Married couples from the area are invited to renew their marriages in the new year by participating in “The Art of Marriage Family Life Series.”  The six Thursday evening sessions run Jan. 8 through Feb. 12, 2015, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Family Center. The Family Center is located at 920 Fulton Ave. in Grand Haven.

“Through a participant workbook, newlyweds and longstanding couples can learn together by watching DVDs, sharing stories and encouraging one another to achieve God’s design for their marriages,” said Jeff Andrini, faith formation director with St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish.

My Town: Police call on public to stuff a 'blue goose'

My Town: Police call on public to stuff a 'blue goose'

WYOMING, Mich.-- While many people will be stuffing turkeys and chickens this Christmas, Michigan State Police are getting ready to stuff a blue goose, with the community's help.

The blue goose is actually a Michigan State Police patrol car, and the stuffing isn't made of bread.  Troopers are collecting new toys, clothing and non-perishable foods to fill the vehicle.  The donations will be turned over to the Salvation Army for distribution to Kent County and Ottawa County families in need.

Two patrol cars will be parked at the Wal-Mart stores in Grand Haven and Wyoming on Dec. 14.  Troopers will be collecting donations from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.

My Town Grand Haven: New owner of Fortino's shares plans for mainstay

My Town Grand Haven: New owner of Fortino's shares plans for mainstay

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—A community cornerstone that’s been in business for more than a century has a new owner.

Dave Ten Cate with Capstone Real Estate says the deal for Fortino’s closed Tuesday.  Kelly Larson is buying the store, which is a popular destination for children looking for candy.  Larson already owns a couple of candy and ice cream stores in the area, including Sweet Temptations in Grand Haven.  She tells Ten Cate she intends to keep Fortino’s as it is; even the store’s name will remain untouched. 

Three generations of Fortinos owned and operated the downtown store for more than 107 years, making it one of the oldest family businesses in Grand Haven.  Former owner Ken Michlitsch said the shop came into his family by way of his wife’s grandfather.

My Town: Police call on public to stuff a 'Blue Goose'

My Town: Police call on public to stuff a 'Blue Goose'

WYOMING, Mich.-- While many people will be stuffing turkeys and chickens this Christmas, Michigan State Police are getting ready to stuff a blue goose, with the community's help.

The blue goose is actually a Michigan State Police patrol car, and the stuffing isn't made of bread.  Troopers are collecting new toys, clothing and non-perishable foods to fill the vehicle.  The donations will be turned over to the Salvation Army for distribution to Kent County and Ottawa County families in need.

Two patrol cars will be parked at the Wal-Mart stores in Grand Haven and Wyoming on Dec. 14.  Troopers will be collecting donations from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.

My Town Grand Haven: Veteran's Appreciation Dinner Dec. 10

My Town Grand Haven: Veteran's Appreciation Dinner Dec. 10

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Veterans are invited to enjoy free food during Clock Funeral Home’s Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner Wednesday, Dec. 10.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Grand Haven funeral home will serve up chili and dessert for veterans.  Visitors can also enjoy live piano music by Dale Clock and take in the dozens of decorated trees decorated for Clock’s Trees For Charity celebration.   Each tree is tied to a charity.  Visitors can vote for their favorite tree or charity by donating at least $1.  The money will go to the charities and nonprofits mentioned on each entry.

“Veterans are always honored on their calendar holidays, which is a great thing, however it shouldn’t be limited to just that. Holidays can be lonely and often invoke emotion. Our team here at Clock’s want to provide a place for veterans to gather, share food and fellowship and simply enjoy. It’s our way of saying thank you,” said Dale and Jodi Clock.

My Town Grand Haven: Christmas Arts & Craft Show returns this weekend

My Town Grand Haven: Christmas Arts & Craft Show returns this weekend

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- With the holidays just around the corner, the community is invited to check out more than 50 booths with one-of-a-kind craft items that could make great gifts.

The Christmas Arts & Craft show will run this Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.  to 3 p.m. at the Grand Haven Community Center, located at 421 Columbus Ave. 

For more upcoming events, call (616) 842-5518 or visit www.visitgrandhaven.com.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Diocese of Grand Rapids has hired two more people to ramp up enrollment for its Catholic schools.

Dan Plachta will serve as an admissions enrollment field consultant, guiding the diocese’s 29 schools in outreach and recruitment. While supporting current students, the diocese plans to focus on traditionally underserved groups who could take advantage of school tuition assistance, which is quadrupling to $1,000,000.

Plachta is an alumnus of Blessed Sacrament School (now All Saints Academy) and Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids.

“As a graduate of Catholic schools in the diocese, Dan brings a personal passion for the importance of Catholic education in West Michigan,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools.