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My Town Grand Haven: 'Lessons from the Renovation and Restoration of a 1880s Home' May 17

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.--  A couple who renovated and restored their historic home in Grand Haven will share their lessons with the community during a special presentation at Loutit District Library on Monday, April 21.

Karl and Barb Rowe will present “Restoring What You Have: Lessons from the Renovation and Restoration of a 1880s Home” at 7 p.m.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Monday’s presentation is meant to promote the Historic Home Tour, which will be held on Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 18, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  This year’s tour will focus on historic homes in Spring Lake, with stops at homes on Savidge Street and Maple Terrace. 

Tickets for the tour are $10 or $25 for a ticket plus a year membership to the museum.

My Town Grand Haven: Fire Barn Gallery exhibit opening April 17

My Town Grand Haven: Fire Barn Gallery exhibit opening April 17

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Fire Barn Gallery will celebrate the opening of its newest exhibit this Thursday, April 17.

“The Chronicle of Walks” features two decades of work by Adam Dahlstrom.  The exhibit shows the evolution of his artistic approach.  The show includes grid drawings, pen drawings, cartoons and abstracts.

The show opens at 6 p.m.; a gallery talk will begin at 7 p.m. with complimentary wine and hor d’oeuvres.  The exhibit will be available for viewing on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. through May 16.

The Fire Barn Gallery is hosted by Artwalk and the Grand Haven MSDDA. This exhibit is sponsored by the Frame and Mat Shop and Hostetter’s.

My Town Grand Haven: Chili Blues returns April 25-27

My Town Grand Haven: Chili Blues returns April 25-27

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.— A lakeshore tradition returns this month, bringing beer, blues and lots of beans to  Grand Haven.

Grand Haven’s Chilly Blues is April 25-27.  Visitors can sample a variety of chili soups while listening to live blues performances, including the national act, Big James and the Chicago Playboys.

"The longevity of the event is due to the quality of the music, the fun atmosphere, and the popular chili contest that draws people from all over the state.  It has come to signify the beginning of summer in Grand Haven!" says Steve Loftis who started Chilly Blues 22 years ago along with Greg Gilmore of the Kirby House.  “We are again hosting the beer tent for the Saturday night extravaganza!”

Admission to the entertainment/beer tent on Saturday night is $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event.   The chili cook-off begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Snug Harbor.  For additional event information, call (616) 846-8400.

My Town: Grand Haven Public Safety officer a shooting world champ

My Town: Grand Haven Public Safety officer a shooting world champ

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Criminals beware; one of the sharpest shooters in the world is right is right here in Grand Haven, serving as a public safety officer.

Dave Scott is the National Skeet Shooting Association’s current world champion, after posting a perfect score and winning a 7.5 round tiebreaker late last year.

 Scott has been honing his passion since high school.  He previously won ten state championships, and has consistently ranked among the world’s best skeet shooters.  He’s also been on the all-state team every year since 2004 and been an all-American for the past five years.

In November, the Grand Haven City Council recognized Scott’s accomplishments with a congratulatory resolution signed by the mayor.

My Town Grand Haven: First Friday Gallery Walk to feature glass art

My Town Grand Haven: First Friday Gallery Walk to feature glass art

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  Meet the women transforming glass into art during the First Friday Gallery Walk this Friday, April 4 at C2C Gallery in Grand Haven.

Carolyn O’Hearn and Cynthia Fielding will be available to meet art enthusiasts during the opening exhibit event.  Learn how they create their glass work while listening to music by Jack Leaver.

The First Friday Gallery Walk runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.   C2C Gallery features the work of approximately three dozen Michigan artisans.  The retail art gallery is located at 104 Washington.  For more information, visit C2C Gallery’s website or call (616) 935-7337.

My Town Spring Lake: Hotel employees begin second leg of lighthouse tour

My Town Spring Lake: Hotel employees begin second leg of lighthouse tour

SPRING LAKE, Mich.—This weekend, two employees of the Grand Haven/Spring Lake Holiday Inn will continue their journey to visit nearly 60 lighthouses lining Lake Michigan.

Marketing Director Kendra Higgins and Event Coordinator Molly Tuma began their lighthouse tour last fall, when they ventured north to cities along Lake Michigan, including Ludington, Traverse City and Mackinaw.  Starting Saturday, March 29, they’ll begin the second leg of their journey, visiting lighthouses in southern Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.  The pair will use the West Michigan Tourist Association’s Circle Tour and Lighthouse Map as a guide during the one week trip.

My Town: GHAPS Superintendent receives top marks on evaluation

My Town: GHAPS Superintendent receives top marks on evaluation

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (Grand Haven Area Public Schools)— Grand Haven Area Public Schools Superintendent Keith Konarska is a "highly effective" leader according to school board members. The annual evaluation was given at a special board meeting held on Wednesday, March 26.

"Keith is a highly respected and admired educational leader of our district," Board President John Siemion says. "It is through Keith's leadership that our district is successful."

Konarska was evaluated in eleven areas including: Relationship with the Board; Community Relations; Staff Relationships; Business and Finance; Educational Leadership; Personal Qualities; Evaluation of Staff; Progress toward the School Improvement Plan; Student Attendance; Student/Parent/Teacher Feedback; and Student Growth and Achievement.