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Message from City of Grand Haven Mayor Roger Bergman

Message from City of Grand Haven Mayor Roger Bergman

From: http://www.grandhaven.org

In the middle of 2010, Grand Haven received a doubledose of good news. A Gallup Survey of all metropolitan areas in the United States found that the Grand Haven/Holland area ranked second in the Well Being/Happiness index. Our perception of our general happiness is among the very best in the country! Later in the  summer, we got the next batch of Gallup results - in meeting basic needs and providing a safe environment, we are #1 in America!

As Mayor, it is my job to boast a little bit about our position in such polls. After the initial shine wears off, the real work starts. The only thing more difficult than reaching number one is staying number one.
How do we improve on our perceptions of well being and general safety? We need to increase the number of people who have these positive impressions of our area.

Tabatha Barber, DO joins North Ottawa Women’s Health

Tabatha Barber, DO joins North Ottawa Women’s Health

GRAND HAVEN, Mich - North Ottawa Community Health System (NOCHS) today announced that Tabatha Barber, DO will be joining North Ottawa Women’s Health in January 2011.

Dr. Barber is a life-long Michigan resident, who has spent most of her career in the middle part of the state.

“Making the decision to move to the Michigan’s West Coast lakeshore was an easy one,” said Dr. Barber. “Being able to establish a thriving practice in a community health setting is at the root of why I went into this specialty of medicine. This setting provides a relaxed, home-like setting for new moms. At the same time, this talented medical staff coupled with the outstanding resources of an award-winning hospital like NOCHS, also bring new moms piece of mind. That’s a strong combination.”


Ken Formsma named 2010 Jingle Bell Parade Grand Marshal


Grand Haven, MI – The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg is pleased to announce that Ken Formsma has been named Grand Marshal of the 2010 Jingle Bell Parade leading this year’s holiday procession as it winds through downtown Grand Haven on Saturday, December 4th.
A West Michigan native born in Grand Rapids, Ken earned his bachelor’s degree in education at Hope College where he met his soon to be wife Jan. Following graduation they settled in Grand Haven where Ken began teaching at Mary A.

Library taking reservations for business workshop

GRAND HAVEN, Michigan -- Registration is now open for an entrepreneur and business workshop that would help anyone realize their dream of owning and running their own business at the Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Avenue, on Saturday, November 13 at 1:00 p.m. in Program Room A.

 This two-hour workshop entitled How to Start Your Own Small Business in Michigan will cover the wide range of government and legal requirements that apply to starting a small business. Topics to be covered include: legal structure, business taxes, employment issues; registration & licenses, small business loans and the SBA; the business plan; government resources, and small business marketing strategies. The instructor is Tom Schurino.

Schurino is the past director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center for the Muskegon and Flint Michigan Chambers of Commerce.

Scagel Knife Expert Speaks at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE -- Spring Lake District Library will be hosting a free presentation about William Wales Scagel, a legendary bladesmith known for his custom knives. Scagel expert Dr. James Lucie will talk about the man, his life, and his knives on Tuesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Lucie is a bladesmith in his own right who specializes in creating knives in the Scagel style and is a collector of Scagel knives and memorabilia. 

Dr. Lucie will also have copies of his recently published book about Scagel entitled Scagel Handmade available for purchase and signing.

Vibraphonist Performs at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE -- Professional jazz vibraphonist Jim Cooper will be performing at the Spring Lake District Library on Sunday, Nov. 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy jazz tunes performed on the vibraphone and learn about the music of other great jazz vibraphonists. 

For those who may be unfamiliar with the vibraphone, it is a percussion instrument that resembles a xylophone, but has metal bars, resonators driven by motors, and a sustain pedal like a piano. Cooper utilizes both his piano and drum skills when playing the vibraphone. 

Cooper will talk about jazz vibraphone greats like Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Cal Tjader, and Gary Burton  and play some of their best know songs like Bag's Groove, Flying Home, Little B's Poem, and Falling Grace during this free performance. 

For more information about this program, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext.

Political Pundit Kyle Melinn to Speak at Spring Lake District Library

Spring Lake, MI-Kyle Melinn, considered one of Michigan’s leading political pundits, will speak about the 2010 Michigan elections at Spring Lake District Library on Monday, Oct. 25 at 7:00 p.m. Melinn will provide an analysis of the major party candidates on the 2010 Michigan ballot as well as Proposals 1 and 2.  The event is free and the public is invited to attend. 

Melinn is the News Editor for Michigan Information & Research Service, Inc. (MIRS). MIRS provides comprehensive news and analysis of Michigan state government online at www.mirsnews.com. Melinn is also a frequent guest on the PBS show Off the Record.

For more information about this program, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St.