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Brenda Blahnik

Brenda Blahnik

From: http://www.springlakeschools.org

On Saturday, August 27, Brenda Blahnik (Spring Lake Food Service at Holmes Elementary and custodial staff at the Spring Lake Fitness & Aquatic Center) was involved in an accidental fall at the Fitness & Aquatic Center. Brenda is currently in an induced coma at Meijer Heart Center-Spectrum.

The family thanks everyone for the support and love that has been given during this time. Brenda’s husband Andy has asked for continued prayers from family, friends and the entire community.

Virtual Visit with NYT Bestselling Author J.A. Jance at Spring Lake District Library

Virtual Visit with NYT Bestselling Author J.A. Jance at Spring Lake District Library

Spring Lake, MI--Spring Lake District Library will be hosting a virtual visit via Skype with bestselling mystery author J.A. Jance on Sat., Sept. 24 at 2:00 p.m.  Jance will include a reading from her latest novel “Betrayal of Trust” which debuted at number nine on the New York Times Bestseller List during the visit.  Attendees will have an opportunity to speak with the author via the video conferencing technology and purchase a book courtesy of The Bookman which will include a book plate signed by the author.

Judith Ann Jance is the author of the popular J. P. Beaumont mystery series, Joanna Brady series and Ali Reynolds series. She’s written four interrelated thrillers about the Walker Family and a book of poetry entitled “After the Fire.”  Jance has penned more than 43 books, and has more than 20 million copies in print.

Grand Haven posts new episode of Grand Haven City Digest

Grand Haven posts new episode of Grand Haven City Digest

The City of Grand Haven has posted a new episode of Grand Haven City Digest to their website. This episode is titled Grand Haven's Road Infrastructure and features a conversation with City Manager Pat McGinnis, City Council Member Robert Monetza and Public Works Director Bill Hunter.

Click Here to watch the episode.

Loutit District Library to host book discussion on Ewing’s Civil War letters

Loutit District Library to host book discussion on Ewing’s Civil War letters

GRAND HAVEN -- Local historian and author Dr. Wallace Ewing presents his book, From Home to Trench: the Civil War Letters of Mack and Nan Ewing, 1856-1865, on Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loutit District Library.

This historical treasure features 92 letters from the Civil War era with explanatory text, compiled and edited by the correspondents’ great-grandson. Dr. Ewing said that the letters “offer vivid and detailed descriptions of life in the trench and at home.”

Ewing’s program is free and held in the library’s Program Room A. Books will be available to purchase following the program.

Watercolor Painting Workshop at Spring Lake District Library

Spring Lake, MI--Feeling creative but don’t have the tools to express it?  Try your hand at painting with watercolors at Spring Lake District Library on Sat., July 30 from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. Award-winning local artist Mary Sundstrom will demonstrate basic skills and techniques during this hands-on class. Participants will have the opportunity to paint a still life and learn special techniques like wax, leaf printing, and resist. The class is open to those age 16 and older. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. Call the library at 616.846.5770 to register. The registration deadline is Thursday, July 21. A $10 materials fee is payable at the time of the workshop.

Sundstrom is an instructor with the Holland Area Arts Council. Her work can be seen this September at the Gallery Uptown in Grand Haven and on-line at www.marysundstom.mosaicglobe.com.

GHAPS - Thank you for YOUR SUPPORT!

GHAPS - Thank you for YOUR SUPPORT!

By: Keith Konarska, Superintendent
From: http://www.ghaps.org


A special thanks to our incredible community for helping to support our continued success despite the economic challenges that swirl around us. Highlights of the year include the successful implementation of a new K-5 reading program; installation of interactive whiteboards and "smart carts" which hold and organize the key instructional components for staff in all district classrooms; implementation of the Capturing Kids' Hearts program at the secondary level; completion of Safe Harbor training to do a better job of supporting all students who feel discriminated against or bullied in any way; and realization of cost savings due to energy bond improvements in four buildings.

Authentic Handmade Appalachian Arts and Crafts Fundraiser at United Methodist Church of the Dunes

Authentic Handmade Appalachian Arts and Crafts Fundraiser at United Methodist Church of the Dunes

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., June 7, 2011 – One-of-a-kind, handmade Appalachian arts and crafts “made the old-fashioned way” by artisans who have passed down carving, painting, candle-making, craft-making, sewing and weaving skills from generation-to-generation in Kentucky will be featured at an upcoming Red Bird Mission fundraising event at United Methodist Church of the Dunes (UMC-Dunes) on August 13 and 14.

UMC-Dunes is located at 717 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven.  The event will be held Saturday, August 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, August 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The general public is invited and encouraged to attend the Red Bird Mission fundraiser.