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Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.

Construction leads to lane closures on U.S. 31

Construction leads to lane closures on U.S. 31

Construction begins today on U.S. 31, leading to road closures near Grand Haven and Holland.

Crews contracted by the Michigan Department of Transportation will be removing through-lanes where Warner, Blair and Van Buren streets intersect with the highway.  MDOT says workers will install indirect turn lanes or “Michigan lefts” along the highway to increase safety.  The project also includes upgrading drainage and improving turning space.

As part of the project, crews will be closing one lane in each direction of U.S. 31.  All lanes will be open during weekends.  On weekdays, all lanes of northbound U.S. 31 will be open between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and all lanes of southbound U.S. 31 will be open between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.  Blair and Warner streets will be closed for five to six days, and Van Buren Street will be closed and for approximately three weeks, with a detour using 128th Avenue, New Holland Street and 136th Avenue.

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Loutit District Library announces holiday hours

Loutit District Library announces holiday hours

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Although the library is closed, its website, www.loutitlibrary.org, is available 24 hours a day. Patrons can check on the availability of books and other resources at any of the libraries in the Lakeland Library Cooperative online. They can renew materials, place holds and review the status of their library accounts.

In addition, the website provides online databases, a calendar of upcoming library events and links to other resources to help patrons find the information they need.

Normal library hours will resume on Friday, July 5 at 9:00 a.m. The library’s regular summer hours are:

  • Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9:00 a.m.

Committee approves bill boosting funding for dredging and preventing Asian carp

Committee approves bill boosting funding for dredging and preventing Asian carp

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—A bill that would boost federal funding for harbor maintenance is on its way to the U.S.

Grand Haven becomes 'Grind Haven' June 22

Grand Haven becomes 'Grind Haven' June 22

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Grand Haven State Park will be filled with bikers and skateboarders Saturday, June 22, as the AGA  Nation’s fifth annual Skateboard/BMX Championships play out.

This great competition features more than 30 amateur sports that are  part of the State Games of Michigan Festival, showcasing the top skateboarders and BMX athletes in the Midwest.  

The AGA Nation's fifth annual Skateboard/BMX Championships will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  For more information, call (248) 660-2215 or visit http://www.aganation.com/ for more information.

32nd annual Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest June 22

32nd annual Grand Haven Sand Sculpture Contest June 22

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- Enjoy fun in the sun at the Grand Haven City Beach during the Sand Sculpture Contest  Saturday, June 22.

From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., visitors can check out sand art created by teams, families and individuals. After two hours of construction along Lake Michigan’s shoreline, participants will be judged and awarded prizes.

For more information, call (616) 842-4910 or visit http://www.visitgrandhaven.com/ or grandhavenchamber.mobi/view/page/c/10840.

Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit