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OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town: Bolivian priest offering Spanish masses at St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish

My Town: Bolivian priest offering Spanish masses at St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- After traveling 4,516 miles from Potosi, Bolivia to Grand Haven, Michigan,  Fr. Angel Florez Espinoza is now serving St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish at all 6 p.m. Sunday evening Spanish masses through September. 

He has arrived, ready to fully offer his hands and heart to the local Latino community.

St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish is located at 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven.  Fr. Angel, as he is called at his native parish at San Juan Bautista de Vitichi in Potosi, Bolivia, is no stranger to travel.  The small church in his hometown finds him serving and traveling to 60 different communities in need.  His assignment as summer priest at St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish represents his fifth mission away from home.  He has served in Africa, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and other Bolivian locations.

My Town Grand Haven: Essential oils program offered at Loutit District Library

My Town Grand Haven: Essential oils program offered at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Lifelong West Michigan resident and essential oils specialist Nancy Ladd will present a program at the Loutit District Library, Thursday, July 10, about medicinal and therapeutic benefits of certified pure essential oils.  

Ladd’s program, titled “How Essential Oils Can Help Your Health,” will demonstrate how to diffuse aromatically, apply topically, or cook with blends and single essential oils.

With more than16 years experience in holistic therapies and consulting practices, Ladd provides a wealth of knowledge in essential oils. She has overcome illness with healing modalities, as well as attended classes, trainings, lectures and workshops for continuing education.

The program is free and will be held in LDL’s Program Room A from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit LDL’s website, www.loutitlibrary.org.

My Town Grand Haven: C2C Gallery celebrates new exhibit July 4

My Town Grand Haven: C2C Gallery celebrates new exhibit July 4

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Celebrate the long holiday weekend by checking out a new textile exhibit at C2C Gallery in Grand Haven.

The First Friday Gallery Walk on July 4 will feature "Facets of Fabric" by Grand Haven artist Barbara Fugazzotto. Fugazzotto previously taught art at Grand Haven Junior High School, and works with many mediums.  Her newest exhibit features colorful masks, bags, fans, wall hangings and more. 

Friday's event will also include musical performances by Nick Kraus and Miss Kathleen, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

C2C Gallery features the work of more than 35 Michigan artisans, as well as a working ceramic studio.  The retail art gallery is located at  104 Washington.  For more information, visit C2C Gallery's website or call (616) 935-7337.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Author presents inspirational discussion on his childhood challenges

My Town: Author presents inspirational discussion on his childhood challenges

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Author David Burch presents his life story of self transformation from abuse, poverty and tragedy in "Pocket Full of Dreams" on Thursday, June 26 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Loutit District Library.

In "Pocket Full of Dreams", Burch shares his heartbreaking but ultimately triumphant story. Readers will be profoundly affected by his courage and resolve - and inspired to overcome challenges they may be facing in their own lives.

Over the years, Burch had been encouraged by others to share his story. On Feb. 22, 2011, the day before his 50th birthday, he began to write.

Michigan Notable Books Author Tour comes to the Loutit District Library

Michigan Notable Books Author Tour comes to the Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Author Donald Lystra, a Michigan native, will visit Loutit District Library in Program Room A on June 18 at 6  p.m. to talk about his works "A Season of Water and Ice", and "Something that Feels like Truth", a collection of short stories praised by the American Library Association’s Booklist.

Lystra resides in nearby Ann Arbor and is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he received degrees in both electrical engineering and sociology. Lystra worked as an engineer before he began writing in the 1990s.

Copies of both Lystra’s books are available to be checked out at Loutit District Library. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 232.