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My Town: Nationally recognized baker and businesswoman comes to LDL Jan. 15

My Town: Nationally recognized baker and businesswoman comes to LDL Jan. 15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Linda Hundt, author of "Sweetie-licious Pies: Eat Pie, Love Life" and owner the nationally recognized award-winning Sweetie-licious Bakery Café, tells the story of her journey from start-up to star at the Loutit District Library on Thursday, Jan. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Linda’s program will feature tips about business, mission and customer service, including :

LDL begins 2015 with personal fraud and identity theft program January 8

LDL begins 2015 with personal fraud and identity theft program January 8

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Loutit District Library invites the public to join David Garland of FirstMerit Bank on Thursday, Jan. 8 for an interactive and insightful presentation regarding personal fraud and identity theft.

Learn what to carry in a purse or wallet, what to keep in one’s safe deposit box or home safe, and what information to share over the phone. Garland will teach the right way to check a credit report and the safest way to use debit and credit cards. There will be a question and answer session to allow additional discussion.

The program will be held in LDL’s Program Room A from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 200.

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mark Jansen tops the list of West Michigan lawmakers who missed the most votes this year, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org.

Jansen missed 46 votes between January and December of this year. The District 28 Republican represents a large portion of Kent County, including Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Cannon, Courtland, Grand Rapids and Plainfield townships, as well as East Grand Rapids, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, who represents Newaygo, Lake and Oceana counties, had the most missed votes among West Michigan lawmakers in the House, with 21 this year.  

Three senators and three representatives missed 50 or more votes this year.  The top offenders were Rep. John Olumba of Detroit, with 233 missed votes, and Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit, with 187 missed votes.

My Town:Registration open for LDL’s two-part wood carving techniques workshop

My Town:Registration open for LDL’s two-part wood carving techniques workshop

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Artist Terry Kipling will demonstrate wood carving with an emphasis on the many methods of wood removal in a two-part workshop series at the Loutit District Library on Saturday, Jan. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. and concluding on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

An assortment of tools, including high-speed grinders, foredoms, rasps, draw knives, chisels and bow sanders will be used to shape and remove wood in the process of creating a beautiful art piece.

My Town: Gray, Linkner and Post Join Varnum Law

My Town: Gray, Linkner and Post Join Varnum Law

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Varnum is pleased to announce the addition of three experienced attorneys to the firm.

Charles F. Gray and Adam M. Linkner have joined the firm's Metro Detroit office, and Eric R. Post has joined the firm's office in Grand Rapids.

Gray is an intellectual property lawyer with significant experience drafting and prosecuting patents in various fields, including the automotive and medical industries. He is also experienced in trademark prosecution, IP litigation, and drafting software, trademark and patent license agreements. He joins the firm from McDonald Hopkins LLC. Prior to his legal career, he worked as an electrical engineer at Herman Miller, Inc.

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.

My Town Grand Haven: Chamber announces 2014 Jingle Bell Parade Grand Marshal

My Town Grand Haven: Chamber announces 2014 Jingle Bell Parade Grand Marshal

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg is pleased to announce that Kelly Larson will lead this year’s Jingle Bell Parade as Grand Marshal through downtown Grand Haven on Saturday, December 6.

Larson was honored this past May at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner as the 2014 Spirit of Community Award recipient for devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others and demonstrating leadership and initiative in the development of volunteer projects.