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Digital SLR camera 101 at Loutit District Library Nov. 21

Digital SLR camera 101 at Loutit District Library Nov. 21

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- The public is invited to join photographer Jennifer Batts for her presentation "Digital SLR 101: Get Your Camera to Do What You Want It to Do"  at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Loutit District Library (LDL).

This class is for anyone who owns or is considering a digital single-lens reflex camera and would like to use it in manual mode. Batts will cover the technical aspects of photography (aperture, shutter speed, ISO) that make DSLRs so versatile, but also frequently confusing.

The program is free to the public and held in the Library’s Program Room A. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 214.

Lake Michigan Credit Union and HGTV star dedicate new park playground

Lake Michigan Credit Union and HGTV star dedicate new park playground

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (November 14, 2013) – Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU), in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources-Parks and Recreation Division, Grand Haven State Park, and LMCU spokesperson Carter Oosterhouse, is pleased to announce a dedication ceremony for a newly completed kids’ playground at Grand Haven State Park.

The playground will be dedicated in a ceremony to be held at Grand Haven State Park on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at 10:00 am. Present at the ceremony will be a number of local, regional and state officials and business leaders, LMCU senior management, and home renovation TV host, Carter Oosterhouse.

Loutit District Library announces Thanksgiving hours

Loutit District Library announces Thanksgiving hours

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and remain closed Thursday, Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Library will re-open on Friday, Nov. 29, at 9 a.m.The Library’s normal winter hours are:

Explore the life of Mark Twain at Loutit District Library

Explore the life of Mark Twain at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich -- Mark Twain became a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

Twain began to gain fame when his story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County" appeared in the New York Saturday Press on Nov. 18, 1865.

Caledonia resident, Tom Buettner, returns to the Loutit District Library (LDL) on Thursday, Nov. 14 to present a program following Mark Twain from his birth in Florida, Missouri, through his life in Hartford, Connecticut, to his final emotional farewell to his beloved Hannibal.

A giant figure of his time, William Faulkner called Twain “the father of American literature.” Extensively quoted, Twain’s keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. Twain's first book, “The Innocents Abroad,” was published in 1869.

Ottawa County looking for leaders to help protect local natural resources

Ottawa County looking for leaders to help protect local natural resources

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.--  An Ottawa County group in charge of protecting and enhancing the area’s resources is looking for residents interested in joining its board of directors.

The Ottawa County Conservation District is led by a five person panel.  Each member must be nominated then elected.   Candidates must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Ottawa County.  Those wishing to run for the March 4, 2014 election must submit a completed nominating petition by January 3, 2014.  Petitions can be picked up from the district office at 16731 Ferris St. in Grand Haven or by contacting Betty Huttenga at becky.huttenga@macd.org or (616) 846-8770 extension 5.

Special city hearing ends in singing and dancing

Special city hearing ends in singing and dancing

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Some members of the city council were thrown for a loop during their regular meeting Monday night.

The agenda called for a special hearing on Ordinance 416—the law against dancing in the Grand Haven City limits. 

“We have had terrible trouble here in the city,” said Mayor Geri McCaleb. “There’s been fun and laughter and dancing taking place and this ordinance, 416, says that shall not happen.  So I’m wondering if there’s anyone here who would like to address this issue.”

That’s when Owen Loughrin stepped up to the microphone. “I just wanted to say a few words, because I think this idea scares a lot of people; it shouldn’t.”

Two millages pass, one fails in Ottawa County

Two millages pass, one fails in Ottawa County

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.— A highly contested bond proposal for Spring Lake Public Schools is dead.

The measure failed during Tuesday night’s election, by a vote of 1,895 to 1,806. Under the proposal, the district would have borrowed $59.8 million from taxpayers to renovate school facilities, build a new elementary school and transportation building, expand the middle school, improve athletic facilities, fields and playgrounds and buy school buses.

Meanwhile, Grand Haven voters are giving the city the green light for a $7.1 million plan to fund infrastructure improvements. Tuesday night, city voters overwhelmingly approved the bond proposal, 986 votes to 491 votes.  The millage will be for .99 mills for no longer than 20 years. 

Voters also approved a ten-year tax hike to expand and maintain bike paths in Ferrysburg.  The new paths would be located along North Shore Drive and 168th Avenue.