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New off-leash dog park considered by parks officials

New off-leash dog park considered by parks officials

  On Tuesday, September 9 at 6:30PM at Hager Park, Ottawa County Parks officials will propose a new off-leash dog park. The public is encouraged to attend and weigh-in on the plans for nearby Grand Ravines Park. Ottawa County Parks is planning many improvements at its 187-acre Grand Ravines County Park in Georgetown Township. Along with an off-leash dog area, plans call for trails for hiking and biking, ravine overlooks, a lodge along the Grand River, access for fishing and kayaking and more. Although the plan identifies an area for the future dog park, not all details have been determined. This meeting is intended to present a concept for the dog park and get input from the public.  

Harbor Humane Society Hires Sarah Uzarski

Harbor Humane Society Hires Sarah Uzarski

West Olive—Harbor Humane Society and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce the addition of a second executive hire to the animal shelter. Sarah Uzarski (Hudsonville, Mich.) will join the team and commence the role of Development Director beginning August 23, 2014.

Ms. Uzarski enters into this new position with over five years of experience in educational and humane animal organizations. She will be aiding Harbor Humane Society through her fundraising, organizational and developmental skills to meet the following needs and responsibilities:

Harbor Humane Society Hosts 2014 Tails on Trails Dog Walk

Harbor Humane Society Hosts 2014 Tails on Trails Dog Walk

West Olive, Mich.—The Harbor Humane Society is gearing up for its annual Tails on Trails Dog Walk, the animal shelter’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The event, which is being held at a new location at the Outdoor Discovery Center (4214 56th Street; Holland, MI  49423), will take place on August 23, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The event centers around a designated route where families are encouraged to walk their dog, along with other activities that the whole family and dogs can enjoy. Food and promotional venders will also be on site.  There will be a special appearance from Zeke the Wonder Dog, whose popularity comes from performing during the halftime of many Michigan State University football games.

My Town Grand Haven: Teachers pull undiscovered talent from GHHS students

My Town Grand Haven: Teachers pull undiscovered talent from GHHS students

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- C2C Gallery, Julie Sanford Designs, and the Creative Fringe hosted the 3rd Annual GHHS Ceramic and Jewelry Show on Friday, May 2.

Many local families came in to see the students’ work.  More than 20 ceramic forms and five jewelry creations were selected for this exhibit.  The show will remain on display through the third week in May. 

Cyndi Casemier, owner of C2C Gallery, and Sheri Greene, GHHS Ceramics Instructor select the student artwork.  They spend several hours looking at the work, discussing it, and looking some more.  It is always a difficult selection.   

Loutit District Library to offer dog ownership and bite prevention seminar

Loutit District Library to offer dog ownership and bite prevention seminar

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - Thinking about or already adopted a dog for your child or children?

If so, then come to the Loutit District Library on Feb. 13 as Must Love Dogs Boutique of Grand Haven hosts a free mini-seminar by the Muskegon Lakeshore Obedience Training Club on responsible dog ownership and bite prevention.

MLOTC members will be on hand with child-friendly dogs to show your child or children best pet practices and how to prevent and handle dog bite situations. To top off the seminar, there will be Freestyle Dance demonstrations. Freestyle Dance is a fun and modern dog sport, mixing obedience training, tricks, and dance allowing for creative interaction between dogs and their owners.

Tips to protect your pet in winter weather

(WZZM) -- Humans bundle up in jackets and scarves when it's cold outside, so it's important to protect your four legged friends as well.

Tonya Christiansen from Must Love Dogs Boutique & Spa in Grand Haven shared some tips on how to protect your pets not only from the cold, but from the salt on winter roads as well.

All pets invited to blessing at St. Mary's Parish School

All pets invited to blessing at St. Mary's Parish School

SPRING LAKE, Mich. – Mike Devitt, principal with Saint Mary’s Parish School in Spring Lake, is inviting community members to bring their pets of all shapes and sizes to the upcoming “Blessing of the Pets” on the feast day of St. Francis (patron of animals) Friday, October 4.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the parking lot green space at St. Mary’s School, located at 421 East Exchange St. in Spring Lake. Father Dan DePew, pastor of Saint Mary’s Church, will preside over the gathering. The event is free and open to the general public.