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Local historian to speak June 7 on history of the Grand River and its inhabitants

Local historian to speak June 7 on history of the Grand River and its inhabitants

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Local historian Dr. Wally Ewing will present his program titled, “A Grand River, A Safe Haven,” at the Loutit District Library on June 7 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Program Room A.

Ewing’s presentation will follow the story of the Grand River and its use by Native Americans and the European White settlers who followed. Attendees will see how the various peoples who have inhabited this land known today as Northwest Ottawa County utilized Michigan’s longest river, whether in canoes, boats, packets, or Chris Craft. 

From fur traders to lumber barons to manufacturing moguls to casual boating, the Grand River has played a continuing and critical role in the development of our community.  Special attention will be given to the dramatic Log Jam of 1883.

Loutit District Library announce Memorial Day hours

Loutit District Library announce Memorial Day hours

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will be open its normal hours on Saturday, May 26. Saturday hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Library will be closed Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial 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 weekday hours will resume on Tuesday, May 29 at 9:00 a.m. The Library will be closed Sundays from May 27 through September 2.

The Library’s summer hours are:

State Rep. Amanda Price to hold in-district office hours

News Release:

State Rep. Amanda Price will sponsor in-district office hours in Grand Haven on Friday, May 18, to meet with local residents and discuss issues of interest or concern.

Price will be at Coffee Grounds, located at 41 Washington Ave. from 9 to 10 a.m. Residents are welcome to stop by as their schedules allow during that time, and appointments are not necessary.

Residents can contact Price in Lansing at any time by calling toll-free (888) 238-1008 or by emailing amandaprice@house.mi.gov.

Renowned astrophysicist to present celestial program May 24

Renowned astrophysicist to present celestial program May 24

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Astrophysicist Kevin Manning will present “Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe” at the Loutit District Library (LDL) on Thursday, May 24 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Program Room A

Manning’s  program is a family-oriented PowerPoint slide presentation that corporates some incredible video footage, while his hands-on activities will give everyone present a sense of awe. Attendees will also learn about the size and scale of the universe, the stars, and other celestial wonders.

Following this indoor formal presentation, everyone will go outdoors to view celestial objects in the night sky, such as the rings of Saturn, craters on the Moon, etc. This, of course, depends on the weather hopefully having relatively clear skies.

International award winner, Kevin Manning is a retired astrophysicist.

Celebrate National Library Week at Spring Lake District Library

Celebrate National Library Week at Spring Lake District Library

Spring Lake, MI-Spring Lake District Library would like to remind the community of the many resources available at the library and National Library Week, April 8-14, is the perfect opportunity. Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children or a student searching for your next favorite book, you belong at your library.

Today’s libraries help level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people.  Libraries provide materials in print and electronic formats, job seeking resources, early literacy opportunities, classes and many other creative and resourceful programs.

Ottawa County to Celebrate Second Annual Grand River GreenUp This Earth Day Weekend

Ottawa County to Celebrate Second Annual Grand River GreenUp This Earth Day Weekend

News Release:

GRAND HAVEN — March 27, 2012 — West Michigan Environmental Action Council and the Grand Haven Area Jaycees are returning to the Grand River on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m.

West Michigan Residents Learn To “Talk Nice” Despite Differences

West Michigan Residents Learn To “Talk Nice” Despite Differences

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. --The West Michigan Civil Conversation Project was created in response to the growing lack of civility in our public and political discourse. It is intended to provide a place and process by which people can learn and practice the ability to discuss important issues in small-group settings with those who have differing viewpoints—and to do so with mutual respect and civility.

About 65 people turned out to for the inaugural conversation in February where participants gathered in tables small groups of people from diverse backgrounds to discuss the concept of “The Common Good.” In a three-round conversation process, participants shared their views, responded to others’ views, and then participated in unstructured conversation around the topic—with the goal of promoting listening, learning, and inquiry versus advocacy.