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My Town Grand Haven: LDL to host free showing of Frank Lloyd Wright documentary Aug. 28

My Town Grand Haven: LDL to host free showing of Frank Lloyd Wright documentary Aug. 28

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The public is invited for a screening of the documentary, “Frank Lloyd Wright,” at the Loutit District Library on Aug. 28 as part of the library’s centennial celebration.

“Frank Lloyd Wright” is an American Lives Film Project by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on the architectural achievements of Frank Lloyd Wright. With exquisite live cinematography, fascinating interviews and rare archival footage, this riveting film brings Wright's unforgettable story to life. Attendees will learn more about organic architecture, what fueled Wright’s passion, and how Wright’s work changed architecture and America.

This program is free to the public and held in the library’s Program Room A at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.

My Town: Loutit District Library to offer support group for genealogy lovers

My Town: Loutit District Library to offer support group for genealogy lovers

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Are you interested in genealogy? Do you have a brick wall you cannot get passed? Do you need the support of other genealogists?

Loutit District Library has just the thing for you. Starting on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m., you can join others and talk genealogy in the Local History and Genealogy Department. This will be a monthly group and will meet every third Thursday. The discussion will be lead by LDL’s Local History and Genealogy Specialist Jeanette Weiden. Everyone is welcome to come from the beginner to the advanced.

This program is free to the public and held in the library’s Local History Quiet Study Room. For more information, call 616-842-5560, ext. 225 or visit www.loutitlibrary.org.

My Town: Kendall College professor presents program on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Illinois neighborhood

My Town: Kendall College professor presents program on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Illinois neighborhood

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Brenda Sipe, director of Continuing Studies at Kendall College of Art and Design, will take participants on a virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park, IL neighborhood as the Loutit District Library’s centennial programs continue on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Sipe’s program features the 125th anniversary of his home and studio, and the centennial of the tragic events at Taleisin.

This program is free to the public and held in the library’s Program Room A. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org.

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

LANSING, Mich.-- Fewer voters cast their ballots Tuesday than when Governor Rick Snyder was elected.

That's according to Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office.  Woodhams says 1.3 million Michiganders visited the polls during the primary, accounting for approximately 20.3 percent of active voters. Active voters are defined by the Secretary of State as people who have voted within the last six years. Woodhams says approximately 17.9 percent of registered Michigan voters cast a ballot Tuesday, but that number may be skewed because people who have moved out of the state may still be registered to vote in Michigan.

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

Voters across West Michigan are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 5 to decide some key issues and races.

Proposal 1 would alter Michigan’s tax infrastructure by eliminating equipment taxes for businesses that already pay taxes every year.  A portion of sales tax revenue that goes to the state treasury would be reallocated to local governments to cover the tax revenue loss.  Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the ballot measure would make Michigan more economically competitive with other states.

My Town Grand Haven: Coast Guard festival underway

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—One of the most anticipated events of the summer is underway on the lakeshore.

The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival kicked off Friday.  Over the next nine days, the city will be home to parades, contests, carnivals, fireworks and much more. 

For festival chair Jeff Bradbury, the event holds personal meaning.

“I am a Coast Guard brat.  My dad was Coast Guard and I spent 28 years in the Coast Guard.  What these people do for festival is something I wanted to get involved in,” he explains. “These people are nothing short of outstanding.”

Bradbury says Coast Guard members fight to come to Grand Haven, also known as Coast Guard City USA.  The Coast Guard ships will arrive Monday.  For more information, visit the event website here.

My Town: Library summer reading clubs present kids’ wildlife programs July 22

My Town: Library summer reading clubs present kids’ wildlife programs July 22

GRAND HAVEN/SPRING LAKE, Mich. -- Outdoor Discovery Center naturalist Jamie Krupka will bring a hands-on program to the Spring Lake and Grand Haven area for two library performances on Tuesday, July 22 as part of its summer reading club.

The Outdoor Discovery Center’s program focuses on introducing children to Michigan wildlife. Live animals including reptiles, amphibians and birds will be used during the presentation. Kids will learn unique characteristics of animals and how they fit into our diverse ecosystems. Hands-on artifacts include skins, skulls, wings, feathers and talons of several species native to Michigan.

Krupka will present at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange Street,  from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The program will be repeated at the Loutit District Library, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.