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Loutit District Library to host award-winning Black History movie and filmmakers

Loutit District Library to host award-winning Black History movie and filmmakers

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., Jan. 30, 2012 -- The award winning documentary, “Up From the Bottoms, The Search for the American Dream,” will be shown at the Loutit District Library, Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. in Program Rooms A and B in tribute to Black History Month.

The story explores the struggle and triumphs of African Americans as they migrated from the old south to the prosperous north during WWII. They left behind the legacy of slavery and segregation and set out to find the American dream.

Fifteen West Michigan residents as well as the civil rights activists Dick Gregory and the black American scholar, Dr. Ben Wilson were interviewed in the making of this movie. Cicely Tyson narrates with songs by Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis.

The movie has won acclaim from international film festivals and premieres on PBS in February.

Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

The 2011 class of Leadership West Michigan (LWM) graduated on December 15, 2011. The class of 27 participated in 8 day sessions over the past 4 months which included a two day bus tour of the region and culminated in Regional Trustee day and graduation.

Patricia Ackerberg - Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce  
Justin Arnold - WMPS  
Charles Ash, Jr. - Warner Norcross & Judd LLP  
Douglas Bagley - Ottawa Area ISD - MTEC  
Michael Brecht - St. Mary's Health Care  
Marlene Brostrom - Michigan Works Ottawa County  
Cindy Brown - Hello West Michigan  
Frederick Bw'Ombongi - Spectrum Health  
Valerie Byrnes - Barry County Chamber of Commerce  
Kyle Dannenberg - Ottawa Area Intermediate School District  
Lori Duff - TrueNorth Community Services  
Kathy Finkler - Davenport University  
Jeffrey Hoerle - Priority Health  
Ammy Johnson - Harbor Hospice  

Moving Mountains Three At A Time

Moving Mountains Three At A Time

By Jeff Hill

Cari Draft of EcoTrek Fitness only knows one speed: fast. So for her, founding a unique outdoor fitness company that has grown to 12 locations around West Michigan was not enough. Add to her list of conquests a regular radio program, a new TV show, and a line of fitness bars that are set to take the Midwest by storm.

A fitness bar that actually tastes good goes "viral"

Fire Barn Gallery announces show featuring paintings by ArtPrize top 10 finalist Richard App

Fire Barn Gallery announces show featuring paintings by ArtPrize top 10 finalist Richard App

(GRAND HAVEN, MI) - The Fire Barn Gallery is announcing its second show since being hosted by Grand Haven Artwalk and the Grand Haven Main Street DDA.  The two organizations have collaborated to renovate the gallery space, and to secure a lineup of shows that extends through the fall and winter, and beyond.

The newest show, which opens November 17, features Grand Rapids artist and gallery owner, Richard App.  His career in the Grand Rapids art scene began in the early 1990s after receiving his MFA in photography from Northern University of Flagstaff.  He attended Kendall, where he earned a BFA in fine art, and then began a successful photography studio at 910 Cherry Street. 

Grand Haven Election Results

Grand Haven Election Results

Elections were held throughout the country on Tuesday. In Grand Haven, voters had just three races to vote on.

Geri McCaleb has been elected Mayor with an uncontested 57.28% of the votes. She replaces Mayor Roger Bergman who has been serving since 2003.

Mike Fritz and John N. Hierholzer were elected to City Council with 53.27% and 46.03% of the votes respectively.

Larry L. Kieft and Gerald A. Witherell came out on top over Michael Ciofu to take two seats on the Board of Light and Power.

Full election results can be seen by clicking here.