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Saint Mary's Church Ministry raises $66,000 for Security Wall at St. Martin's Orphanage

SPRING LAKE, Mich., May 15, 2011—Father Dan DePew, pastor of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church at 406 East Savidge Street in Spring Lake, announced that $66,000 in funds has been raised by the St. Martin’s Kids Ministry toward the building of a 2,400-foot security wall—that will help keep animals and thieves out and the children in— safe and sound at St. Martin De Porres Orphanage Centre in Tanzania, Africa.

“Part of these funds raised included a $15,000 grant from the Koch Foundation and we are hoping for another grant,” said Fr. DePew.

Funding raised so far by the St. Martin’s Kids Ministry, coupled with the grant from the Koch Foundation, represents two-thirds of the overall goal of raising $90,000 in donations.  That leaves $24,000 more to go in order to reach the goal.

Carlson appointed to Commission on Disability Concerns

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan President and CEO Richard J. Carlson was appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Synder to serve on the Commission on Disability Concerns on April 14.

The commission advocates on behalf of persons with disabilities through information and technical assistance, disability rights training, and by promoting disability awareness.

Carlson, of Muskegon, has over 30 years of experience with Goodwill Industries of West Michigan and has served the last 19 years as president and CEO. He replaces Dana Parker.

Along with Carlson, Disability Network of Mid-Michigan Executive Director Sara Grivetti of Midland was also appointed.

“These individuals will serve as strong advocates for our citizens with disabilities,” Synder said.

Virtual Tour of Egypt at Spring Lake District Library

Spring Lake, MI--No passport is required for the virtual tour of Egypt hosted by Spring Lake District Library on Wed., April 27 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. James Goode will be the tour guide for an insider’s look at this popular tourist destination. From the pyramids to lesser known attractions, Dr. Goode will share his expertise about the country, its people and customs during this richly illustrated presentation. Dr. Goode will share Egyptian artifacts from his previous trips to Egypt.

Dr. Goode is a Professor of History and Coordinator of the Middle East Studies Program at Grand Valley State University. He is the author of the book Negotiating for the Past: Archaeology, Nationalism, and Diplomacy in the Middle East, 1919-1941. Whether you’re an armchair traveler or planning to take a trip, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn more about this fascinating country from an expert.

Project Lifesaver underway in Ottawa County

Project Lifesaver underway in Ottawa County

From the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office:

Since 1970 April has been recognized as National Autism Awareness Month.  The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office along with the Autism Society of West Shore would like to take this time to alert Ottawa County residents of a joint effort between these two groups in respect to individuals with Autism.  With the assistance of the Autism Society of West Shore the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office received an equipment and training grant through Project Lifesaver.  This project was also assisted by private donations as well as local scholarships.

Project Lifesaver helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other related cognitive conditions.  Through this grant the Ottawa Couty Sheriff's Office received two tracking devices and training for staff in the use of this

Lakeshore Retirement & Senior Lifestyle Expo is May 12th

Lakeshore Retirement & Senior Lifestyle Expo is May 12th

The Lakeshore Retirement and Senior Lifestyle Expo is Thursday, May 12th from 9am - 2pm. Admission is free.  The event will be held at the Waterfront Holiday Inn in Spring Lake.

The event is sponsored by Stevens Marketing Solutions.                       

Keeping Seniors Safe Along the Lakeshore event is April 29th

Keeping Seniors Safe Along the Lakeshore event is April 29th

The Tri-County Protection team will offer a seminar on protecting vulnerable adults from scams, exploitation and abuse. The event is called Keeping Seniors Safe Along the Lakeshore.  Admission is FREE. The event is Friday, April 29th from 8am - 3:30pm at the Trillium Conference Center. That is located at 17246 Van Wagoner Road in Spring Lake. To register email andrea@agewellservices.org

Meet the Authors: L.C. and John Timmerman

Meet the Authors: L.C. and John Timmerman

The Friends of the Sand Lake Library invite adults to meet L.C. Timmerman and John H. Timmerman, co-authors of The Color of Night: A Young Mother, a Missing Child, and a Cold Blooded Killer. They will visit the Sand Lake branch at 1:30 pm on Saturday, April 16. There will be a time for questions and answers following the presentation. Refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase.

Written by the victim's uncle and father, The Color of Night is the true crime story of the kidnapping and murder of Rachel Timmerman and her daughter Shannon Ver hage in 1997.