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Canoeing author shares his experiences at Loutit District Library April 18

Canoeing author shares his experiences at Loutit District Library April 18

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The public is invited to the Loutit District Library on Thursday, April 18 to join PBS-featured author and life-long Michigan resident Doc Fletcher as he presents his canoeing and kayaking program titled "Paddle Now, Chores Later.”  

The program is free to the public and held in the LDL’s Program Room A from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Among the rivers featured will be the Pere Marquette, the subject of Doc's 2013 book. The program will also focus on the U.P.'s Two Hearted River, a gorgeous stream that flows into Lake Superior, and how it  is recovering from the 2012 Duck Lake fire, the third largest fire in Michigan's history.

At the end of Fletcher's program, a free drawing will be held and one person will win a gift certificate good for a free canoe or kayak day trip.

National Library Week Coming Up - April 14-20

National Library Week Coming Up -  April 14-20

GRAND HAVEN, MI -- The week of April 14-20, the Loutit District Library (LDL) will join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.  

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the hearts of communities, campuses, or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. 

Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them.

Nab a Nabi computer tablet at Spring Lake District Library

Nab a Nabi computer tablet at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Looking to try a tablet made just for children?

Spring Lake District Library now has two Nabi 2 tablets available for check out. These tablets, backed by the Android operating system, are fully loaded with educational apps including games, songs, and books. The Nabi was built with kids in mind and features an intuitive touchscreen, protective bumper and full parental controls.

Parents or guardians may check out a Nabi from the Spring Lake District Library for up to seven days. Patrons must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid library card and picture ID in order to borrow a Nabi tablet. For more information call Youth Services at (616) 846-5770, ext. 134.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake

Michigan fur trade takes center stage at the library

Michigan fur trade takes center stage at the library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--The Michigan fur trade of the 1800s is the topic of a free presentation at Spring Lake District Library on Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Guest speaker Marjorie Viveen, who is the founder of the local history group the Dusty Dozens, will present Sojourners and the Single Girl. Viveen’s presentation will detail the lives of the Grand River sojourners of the 19th century.

Viveen’s program will include information about Rix Robinson. Robinson secured a license granting him fur trading rights on the “Grand River and Vicinity” in 1830. He employed one woman and 21 men, including boatmen, clerks, and an interpreter, to man posts scattered from Little Traverse Bay to St. Joseph.

Researcher digs deeper into women's impact on the lakeshore

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (Coopersville Area Historical Society Museum)-- At the 7 p.m., April 7, 2011 meeting, Wally Ewing, a well-known history researcher and author from Grand Haven, will give a presentation on some of the women who were prominent in the area's development.

He begins with Lasette Constant who lived from 1812-1907. Her father, Pierre Constant was a fur trader. Lasette then was also involved in the fur business.

The presentation highlights other eras and ends with the contributions of Marjorie Boon, a recent mayor of Grand Haven. Marjorie served during a very pivotal time of new development.

Wally's program deals with women's history but the lives of his interesting subjects had impact upon the course of area history as a whole.


Prepare for backups! MDOT releases 2013 project schedule


 (Michigan Department of Transportation) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest $100 million in the MDOT Grand Region in 2013 to improve 191 route miles of roadway and 25 bridges.

In addition, $93 million of statewide funding is planned for the construction of the new M-231 route and connections in Ottawa County. MDOT's Grand Region transportation system includes all I, US and M routes in the following eight counties: Ionia, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana and Ottawa.

  "There is much to be done and this year’s program strategically addresses maintaining our system and improving operations," said MDOT Region Engineer Roger Safford.

Law Enforcement Memorial to be built in Ottawa County

Law Enforcement Memorial to be built in Ottawa County

Ottawa County Sheriff, Gary Rosema, is heading up a drive to build a commemorative wall to honor law enforcement officers who serve and have served Ottawa County. The wall would also serve as a memorial to any and all officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Sheriff Rosema, who may be serving his last term in office, has been dwelling on this idea for more than a decade but funds for a project like this are just not available. Finally, this spring, he launched a fundraising campaign to erect this memorial wall and garden near the entrance of the Ottawa County Filmore Complex, located at 12220 Filmore St in West Olive. No public money will be used for this project expected to cost $80,000.00. Ottawa Co. Sgt. Val Weiss is the coordinator for the fund raising project and said $5000 has already been donated by Northwestern University.