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Knitted Wire Jewelry Workshop at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE -- Learn to create unique knit wire and bead jewelry at the Spring Lake District Library on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Artist Joanie Flynn will show knitters how to make a hand-knitted wire bracelet with bead accents during the workshop. An $8 materials fee is due at the workshop to cover the cost of all materials which will be provided.  Adults and youth age 12 and older are welcome.  Attendees must know how to knit, and pre-registration is required. Call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext 107 to register.   

The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

Learn about Venture Capital Fund at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE -- The Michigan Accelerator Fund is a newly chartered venture capital fund dedicated to investing in Michigan-based early stage companies in the life sciences, homeland security, alternative energy, and advance manufacturing sectors. Spring Lake District Library will be hosting a free presentation on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. about the venture capital fund. Guest speaker Dale Grogan of The Charter Group will share information and answer audience questions about the fund which was recently awarded “Deal Of  The Year,” by West Michigan Business Review.

Grogan along with John Kerschen of The Charter Group, a merger and acquisition advisory company based in Grand Rapids, are managing the $10 million fund.

Financial expert and therapist work together

(WZZM) - The economic downturn is creating stress for many people in West Michigan. A financial expert and a therapist are teaming up to help you deal with financial issues.

Certified Financial Planner Rick Kahler and Therapist Amy West will be giving a presentation at the Center for Unlimited Possibilities in Spring Lake Saturday from 8:30 am until 5:30 pm. The Center for Unlimited Possibilities is located at 14998 Cleveland Street in Spring Lake.

Construction hurts business in Grand Haven

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - There is a saying that in Michigan there are only two seasons - winter and construction season. But after a four seasons of construction, some Grand Haven businesses say that is putting their livelihood at risk.

The rush is on to fix downtown Grand Haven's infrastructure.  Off and on, for the past year, business owners say road closed signs have blocked traffic and tourists from getting into downtown establishments. 

"The minute the fences went outside my door it was like switching on the switch, no more walk-in traffic, no more tourists coming in. They're confused don't know how to get in and out."

Doris Fekken, owner of the Jumpin Java Coffee House says traffic is so slow she had to cut back staff hours, and has no where left to trim.

"The worry is it could put me out of business. We're struggling like everyone else. You have to go day by day."

Staging Your Home to Sell!

Spring Lake, MI -- Home staging, professionally preparing homes for sale, can help home sellers appeal to the largest market of buyers and generate the highest sale price in the least amount of time. Staging your home to sell will be presented at Spring Lake District Library on Wed., Nov. 3 at 7:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Kathy Gilleland of Eye 4 Design. Gilleland’s fields of expertise include real estate staging, redesign, and color consultations. She will discuss the what, why, and how of staging a home during this free presentation. 

Gilleland has also redesigned in the commercial sector. She received her Qualified Redesign Specialist and Qualified Staging Specialist accreditation at the Midwest Staging Redesign Institute in Chicago. She has earned the RESA-PRO designation from the Real Estate Staging Association. 

For more information call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107.  The library is located at 123 E.

One person injured after crashing car into freight train

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM)- Ottawa County dispatchers say one person suffered minor injuries when their vehicle collided with a freight train.

It happened Tuesday around midnight at Franklin and 7th Streets in Grand Haven.

The freight train was not damaged in the accident and no roads had to be closed as a result.


Financial Health and Recovery with Rick Kahler

From: http://www.grandhaven.org

We all experience how stressful unanticipated expenses can be and money worries are becoming an everyday problem for so many (even the "rich and famous"). With uncertainty all around us, our financial life doesn't have to be yet another cause for anxiety. Research has found that we hold over 250 unconscious beliefs about money (or our own "money scripts") which we've built since early childhood. Some are helpful, but the majority thwart our best intentions to attain our financial goals and find peace of mind around money.

Rick Kahler, Certified Financial Planner, best selling author and national speaker on Financial Health, provides clarity to uncover our hidden beliefs and transform the role of money in our lives.