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Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.--  Ottawa County residents will have one last chance to weigh in on who should handle county roads Tuesday, August 13.

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners is considering taking over the responsibility of county roads and public utilities.  Michigan is the only state to still have road commissions.  Last month, the Board of Commissioners released nearly a year’s worth of research and findings by The Road Commission Task Force.  The task force’s three proposed plans include:

Climb aboard a historic train during free ice cream event August 15

Climb aboard a historic train during free ice cream event August 15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—The Tri-Cities Historical Museum is inviting the community to celebrate summer with free ice cream this Thursday.

The “1223 Ice Cream Social” will take place aboard the historic 1223 Pere Marquette train August 15.  This is the only time this year the train will be open for public tours, which will take place between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.  The train will be stopped at Chinook Park, on Jackson Street in Grand Haven. 

Sweet Temptations will be serving up free ice cream between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.  There will also be live music and magic performances for the kids.  Children can take home a small jar of bubbles and an engineer hat, while supplies last.

New summer work program improves park and lives

New summer work program improves park and lives

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Grand Haven State park is even better thanks to a program providing life skills to six Ottawa County teenagers.

This is the first year for the DNR Youth Works Summer Program in West Michigan.  Grand Haven State Park was the only location to have the program up and running in time for summer. 

The DNR Youth Works Summer Program is fashioned after a similar work program Traverse City State Park has been running for several years.  A job coach leads six high school students with developmental, physical and cognitive disabilities through a variety of tasks, including cleaning campsites, picking up litter, repairing concrete and mentoring children.  Supporters say the program also improves the lives of participants, encouraging quiet and withdrawn students to interact with state employees while finishing projects that would normally be ignored.

Idlewild film showcased at Loutit District Library July 25

Idlewild film showcased at Loutit District Library July 25

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The Loutit District Library (LDL) will welcome movie director Coy Davis on July 25 as he presents his documentary film, "Whatever Happened to Idlewild."

Davis will also lead a discussion about the once-popular historic African American resort town, located in Lake County.

Davis spent three years making his film, which traces the  town’s history from its hayday  through the mid-‘60s. Idlewild’s popularity waned after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 opened up public clubs and restaurants to everyone regardless of race.

The film tells Idlewild’s story through the people who actually lived there and experienced the delight of seeing some of the greatest African American entertainers of our time, including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin and others.

This program is free to the public and begins at 7 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A.

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.--  Ottawa County residents are encouraged to weigh in on plans to handle county roads Tuesday, July 23.

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners is considering taking over the responsibility of county roads and public utilities.  Michigan is the only state to still have road commissions.  Last week, the Board of Commissioners released nearly a year’s worth of research and findings by The Road Commission Task Force.  The task force’s three proposed plans include:

Take a trip back in time during free historical tour July 18 and August 22

Take a trip back in time during free historical tour July 18 and August 22

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.- Grand Haven’s waterfront looks very different from what it was a century ago.

In the 1870s, passenger steamers, commercial fish tugs and car ferries filled the water, and steam driven locomotives passed through town.  Several downtown buildings still maintain their original facades and ornamentation, which you can learn about during a free tour of historical downtown Grand Haven.

Tri-Cities Historical Museum is organizing the free tours, which will take place July 18 and August 22 at 6 p.m.  The hour-long event begins at the Depot Museum of Transportation, located at 1 S. Harbor.  For more information, call the Tri-Cities Historical Museum at (616) 842-0700.