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Grand Haven approves home-based medical marijuana operations within city limits

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Haven City Council passed an ordinance this week allowing home-based medical marijuana caregivers to operate within the city.

The decision follows a moratorium issued back in February. Registered caregivers now have to right to grow and distribute marijuana from their home.

Caregivers who grow marijuana must work from home as licensed home businesses. They may not open storefront dispensaries like those that are allowed in California.

Also, caregivers can only operate from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. with never more than two patients in the same home. The home businesses must be at least 1,000 feet from the nearest school.

Grand Haven City Planner Kristin Keery says the city believes the caregiving should be a home grown industry.

Michigan Reads! Author Visits Spring Lake District Library

Spring Lake District Library will be hosting a special storytime event featuring children’s author Jeffery Schatzer on Monday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m.  Schatzer’s book The Runaway Garden: A Delicious Story That’s Good for You, Too! was chosen as this year’s Michigan Reads! One State, One Children’s Book. Children and parents are invited to attend and meet the author following his reading of The Runaway Garden. 

The "Michigan Reads!" program is modeled after the "One Book, One Community" concept and is designed to emphasize the importance of reading to babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-age children. 

Jeffery L. Schatzer is a national award-winning author of picture books and historical fiction chapter books for young people.

MDOT updates M-231 road and bridge project

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation says it is ready to start building the M-231 bypass in Ottawa County, 17 years after the project was first proposed.

"This will change traffic on US-31 pretty significantly and will give people another river crossing in Ottawa County," says project manager Christopher Van Norwick.

The transportation department says the new road and bridge will reduce congestion and pollution in Grand Haven. North- south travelers will no longer have to take US-31 through Grand Haven to cross the river.

"We have had a lot of input from people around here," says MDOT planner Dennis Kent. "The one thing people are consistent on is they want another river crossing."

At a project update meeting Wednesday night at the Spring Lake District Library,  most of the reaction was favorable.

Floral Design 101

Come to Spring Lake District Library on Monday, Oct. 4 at 7:00 p.m. and let the experts from Spring Lake Floral show you how to make colorful and unique flower arrangements for your home. Attendees will learn basic floral design techniques and will put their new found knowledge to work creating an arrangement to take home.  Spring Lake Floral will provide the expertise, flowers, and vases so even a novice will be able to create an arrangement to be proud of. Pre-registration is required as seating for the workshop is limited. Call (616) 846-5770, ext. 107 to register.

The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street, Spring Lake, MI 49456. 

Children's Book Festival at Spring Lake District Library

Come one, come all, to celebrate the joy of books and reading during the Children's Book Festival on Sat., Sept. 25 at Spring Lake District Library.  Several children's book authors and illustrators will be participating in the festival which will run from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Parents and children are invited to attend and bring their cameras to take photos with their favorite authors and illustrators and Clifford the Big Red Dog.  Kidder the Clown will make balloon hats and animals and caricaturist David Wodarek will be drawing free caricatures.

The stellar list of authors and illustrators who will be on hand to meet their fans and sign books include: Nancy Shaw, Debbie Taylor, Tracy Gallup, Charles Ferguson Barker, Laurie Keller, Aaron Zenz, Amy Young, and Kevin Collier.

Grand Haven preparing to hold inaugural ArtWalk

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Workers in Grand Haven are getting ready for that city's first ever ArtWalk

The event is a cash-prize competition like ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.

More than 150 artists are participating this year at nearly 100 sites in downtown Grand Haven and the rest of the city.

Organizers hope to attract some art enthusiasts from artprize, but also say they're happy to give Grand Haven residents a version of their own.

"A lot of times they travel to places the variety of formats the art can take, and here, we're bringing that to our downtown, to their hometown," says Dana Kollewehr of Grand Haven's Downtown Development Authority. 

ArtWalk starts Wednesday and runs through October 9. You can vote Monday through Friday starting at 10 a.m.

Regulators say credit union in Grand Haven may be scam

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan regulators say a Grand Haven-based credit union called Whitestone Credit Union may have been operating a scam.

The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation announced Tuesday that it has ordered Whitestone Credit Union to stop doing business.

The agency says it believes Whitestone used a website and telephone answering service to pose as a legitimate credit union and may have been attempting to steal consumers' money and identity information.

A telephone listing for Whitestone wasn't working Tuesday morning. Its website also wasn't working.

The state says Whitestone was encouraging customers to apply for loans by providing personal information including social security and financial account numbers.