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Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Turning sand into art in Grand Haven

My Town: Turning sand into art in Grand Haven

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Dozens of artists transformed sand into art this past weekend for the 33rd annual Chamber Sand Sculpture Contest.

A panel of business and group leaders from across the community judged the entries, which were created by 26 teams.  The winners were:

Individual Child (under 12 years old)

  • 1st Place:  Beach Monkeys with their sculpture of turtles

 

Group of Children  (2-7 participants, under 12 years old)

  • 1st Place: Lil’ Sand Carvers with their sculpture of Olaf
  • 2nd Place: Barnes with “Kittens”

 

Individual (12 years or older)

My Town Grand Haven: Centennial programs continue at LDL with sports historian

My Town Grand Haven: Centennial programs continue at LDL with sports historian

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - What were the sports in, around and beyond Grand Haven more than a century ago?

Michigan High School Athletic Association sports historian Ron Pesch will answer that question with a special centennial presentation at Loutit District Library. Pesch will explain how athletics at local high schools, community sports leagues and national events like Harvard's crushing defeat of Yale in the historic Blue "bowl" in 1914, all helped pave the way for the multi-billion dollar industry we have today.

This free presentation is Thursday, June 12 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Program Room A. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 232.

Pesch is also a member of the board of directors of the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame, and is on the board of directors of the International Buster Keaton Society Inc.

My Town: Library summer reading programs begin June 10 with Truck Petting Zoo

My Town: Library summer reading programs begin June 10 with Truck Petting Zoo

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Loutit District Library staff will kick off their list of summer reading programs with a Truck Petting Zoo on June 10 from 10 a.m. until noon for kids of all ages.

This program is free and held in the LDL's Fourth Street parking lot. Kids will have a chance to take an up-close look at the trucks and other vehicles used to help keep Grand Haven in good shape.

Some of the vehicles available include: an alternative fuel bus (LP gas) from Harbor Transit; a Tool Cat from Grand Haven Township; a long ladder truck - with ladder extended - and a police car from Grand Haven Dept. of Public Safety; an ambulance from North Ottawa Community Hospital; a dump truck from Ottawa County Road Commission; a motorcycle officer from Michigan State Police; and an air boat or some other type of boat from the Coast Guard.

Workers will be available to answer questions about their vehicle.

My Town Grand Haven: Library taking reservations for Small Business Workshop

My Town Grand Haven: Library taking reservations for Small Business Workshop

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Registration is now open at the Loutit District Library for a free entrepreneur and business workshop presented by Muskegon Community College business professor Tom Schurino that would help anyone realize their dream of owning and running their own business.

Schurino’s workshop titled, "How to Start Your Own Small Business in Michigan"  will be presented on Saturday, June 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the library’s program room A. To register, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 232.

My Town: Goats on the loose at Eastmanville Bayou

My Town: Goats on the loose at Eastmanville Bayou

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich—Visitors to Eastmanville Bayou will encounter the county’s new set of four-legged landscapers.

The Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Department says a herd of grazing goats has been released at the bayou to begin its work reducing invasive species.  Visitors are welcome to watch the goats at work, but should remain clear of the electric fence surrounding them and not pet the goats.  Plant oils from the poison ivy and other invasive plants the goats are munching on could be on the goats’ coats, making them transferrable to humans.

The goats are also being used at Bur Oak Landing in Coopersville and Riverside Park in Grand Haven. 

My Town: Loutit District Library announces Memorial Day hours

My Town: Loutit District Library announces Memorial Day hours

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will be be open during normal hours on Saturday, May 24.

Saturday hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The library will be closed Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26 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.