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Pumpkin Painting Fun

SPRING LAKE, Michigan-Spring Lake District Library will provide the pumpkins and the paint, you provide the creativity! Boys and girls are invited to paint a pumpkin at the library on Monday, Oct. 18 at 4:00 p.m. Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees will have a chance to win a pumpkin painted by artist Ken Widing who will be on hand to offer decorating tips.

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

Village of Spring Lake seeks residents to serve on Village Planning Commission

From: http://www.springlakevillage.org/

The Village Council of the Village of Spring Lake is looking for interested Village of Spring Lake residents wanting to serve on the Village Planning Commission. The term of the appointment will be through August 2012. The Planning Commission meets the fourthTuesday of every month and reviews and approves all commercial, industrial, and Planned Unit Development projects and approves Zoning Ordinance amendments. Interested parties should fill out a personal profile form that can be obtained from the Village Hall office, 102 W. Savidge, Spring Lake or online at www.springlakevillage.org. Deadline for submitting an application is October 12th at 11:00 a.m. Village Council will interview candidates at the October 18, 2010 Village Council Meeting.

Grand Haven business owner weighs in on Sunday alcohol sales

GRAND HAVEN (WZZM)-A Grand Haven business owner says lifting the ban on Sunday morning alcohol sales would help local businesses along with the state.

Governor Granholm is reviewing the bill which state lawmakers approved last week. It would allow businesses to sell alcohol starting at 7 a.m. on Sundays if they buy a special license. Under current state law, businesses can only sell alcohol after noon on Sundays.

"A lot of people from out of town come in here and say, 'oh, I can't buy alcohol before noon.' And then they leave. When we get people in the store, it's nice to be able to service them and sell them what they want," said Mugs owner Doug Donselar.

The $160 fee for the Sunday morning license would go to the state budget.

Grand Haven stays in OK Red race with win over Hudsonville

GRAND HAVEN (WZZM) -- Two teams trying to stay in the O-K Red race met in Grand Haven Friday as the Buccaneers hosted the Hudsonville Eagles.

Some highlights:

Quarterback Shane Trevino tried to take it in himself but he lost the football.  Jacob Smith came away with it.  The Bucs took the lead moments later when Trent Hitsman dove over the goal line for the game's first score.  Grand Haven was in front 7-0 then.

In the end Grand Haven won 31-14.

Spring Lake wins battle of 3-1 teams

(WZZM)- The Spring Lake Lakers faced off against the Orchard View Cardinals Friday night. 

Both teams headed into the matchup 3-1 in the League, just a game behind the Grant Tigers.

The game was a shootout.  In the end Spring Lake beat Orchard View 44-37.  Spring Lake is now 5-1 overall.

Special thanks to our Spring Lake Hot Shot Alex Sinn for shooting the game!

Michigan cuts library funding

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- State lawmakers are cutting funding to a dozen West Michigan libraries. 

The new budget eliminates next July's reimbursements to libraries in tax-free Renaissance Zones.  That includes libraries in Grand Rapids, Holland, Coopersville, Cedar Springs, Spring Lake and Grand Haven. 

Grand Rapids will lose the most at more than $389,000.  Librarians say patrons will feel the cuts.

Grand Rapids Public Library System's Business Manager Donald Jakel says, "We have several options that we've discussed with our board of library commissioners, and they include possibly closing a branch or reducing hours or maybe eliminating a day of the week that we're open at each of the branches."

Jakel says the library system is still awaiting state reimbursement for this year.

Michigan State Park Recreation Passport sales start Friday

(WZZM)- A new system for funding Michigan's state parks is about to kick in.  Michigan residents can purchase the state park "Recreation Passport" starting Friday.  The passport is an additional $10 when a person renews their vehicle's license tags.

The fee is less than half of the current charge.

The pass is good at any of Michigan's 98 state parks and recreation areas.  It also covers state boat launches.

Park officials hope the change will generate a big funding increase for parks so buildings, sewers, bridges and other structures can be properly maintained.