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Candidate Forums at Spring Lake District Library

Spring Lake, MI-The public is invited to attend candidate forums moderated by the local chapter of the League of Women Voters that will take place at Spring Lake District Library. The forum on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. will include the candidates who are vying for the state House 89th District and state Senate 30th District seats. The forum on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. will feature the candidates vying for the 2nd Congressional seat. Take advantage of these opportunities to learn where the candidates stand on matters that are important to you. 

For more information about these events, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake.

New sculpture installed on Grand Haven shoreline

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM)- Grand Haven's shoreline just got a little more interesting thanks to a new art sculpture installed Thursday. 

A 30 foot tall kinetic wind sculpture was finished Thursday morning.  It is one of the closing events in the Grand Haven Artwalk.  The piece is from artist Mike Westra, one of last year's top ten ArtPrize finalists.

The chefs at Snug Harbor Restaurant next door say it has already caused a commotion.  Chef Cory Holleman says, "I think was tastefully done, keeping a moderate feel of the lakeshore.  There's been quite a bit of foot traffic, people asking about it.  The response in general seems to pretty good."

The piece was created from repurposed traffic light posts that were taken down during construction on Washington Avenue.

The Artwalk ends this Saturday but the sculpture is permanent.

GHAPS - Receive alerts via text message and email

From: http://www.ghaps.org

Grand Haven Area Public Schools is expanding the way we communicate with our parents and community members via e-mail and text messages.

Our district, along with other local agencies like the city of Grand Haven and the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety) have formed a partnership with Nixle Notification System . Nixle is a messaging service offered at no cost to schools and public agencies through a partnership with Nlets, the International Public Safety and Justice Network.

Click Here for information on how to sign up.

Virtual Vist with Author Johnathan Rand at SLDL

SPRING LAKE, Michigan-Johnathan Rand, the author of a variety of popular children’s books including the series Michigan Chillers,  American Chillers, and  Freddie Fernortner Fearless First Grader, will “virtually” visit the Spring Lake District Library on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 4:00 p.m. Rand will talk with the library audience via Skype. SKype is computer software that  allows you to see the person you are talking with.  Those who attend will have the opportunity to speak with the author and enter a drawing for an MP3 player. The MP3 player is one of the cool prizes kids will have an opportunity to win during Teen Read Week courtesy of the Friends of Spring Lake District Library.

For additional information about this program please call the library at 846-5770 ext. 130. The library is located at 123 E.

Terrifying Tales at SLDL

SPRING LAKE, Michigan-Youth age10 and older are invited to Spring Lake District Library on Wed., Oct. 20 at 4:00 p.m. for a special Halloween treat. Readers theatre troupe Voice Activated will perform a vignette of terrifying tales sure to send tingles down your spine. The talented Voice Activated performers rely on their voices, facial expressions, gestures, and the audience’s imagination to create their performance scenarios. Wear a costume or come as you are. 

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

Ottawa County catches ballot error; costs $40,000 in reprints

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- A clerical error left two candidates off the Ottawa County absentee ballot and that error will cost the county nearly $40,000 to fix.

The county sent out close to 1,000 ballots that were missing the names of two candidates from the Natural Law Party. A second set of ballots were then sent out, telling voters a mistake was made.

County Election Coordinator Justin Roebuck says the error was caught quickly.

"We sent out the ballots on Friday the 17th," he said. "By Saturday the 18th, we had the file created for new ballots. By that Tuesday, they were mailing out the correct ballots."

Roebuck says voters may have been confused by receiving two ballots. He says that even if they didn't vote on the second, correct ballot, votes from the first will still count.

The County will have to pay reprinting fees totalling nearly $40,000 for the error.

Northwest Ottawa businesses partner with schools for annual career exploration event

From: Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce 
For the third year in a row, the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven Spring Lake Ferrysburg will be hosting a career exploration event called Boomerang in an effort to connect local business professionals with area high school students.  On Tuesday, October 26, 2010, local businesses will spend the day interacting with nearly 800 students from Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Central High Schools. 

Boomerang is a career exploration event designed to attract local talent back to the area after pursuing higher education.  This goal is achieved by showcasing local companies and the kinds of talent they hire.  On October 26th, participating businesses will have a unique opportunity to showcase their organizations and the various career paths available with students.  In turn, students in this community have an opportunity to personally meet, interact and ask questions about careers, education, sk