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My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Walker police officer killed while trying to stop two robbers is among the nearly three dozen officers who will be honored during the Police Memorial Day of Service ceremony Thursday, May 15.

The memorial will begin at 10 a.m. inside the Grand Rapids Police Department lobby, due to the weather.  Dave Hiller, the executive director of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police, will be the guest speaker at the event. Those who will be honored are:

My Town: Students improve community during Junior Day of Caring

My Town: Students improve community during Junior Day of Caring

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Dozens of parks and local organizations are a lot cleaner, thanks to the hard work of nearly 1,000 middle school student volunteers.

On May 2, eighth grade students from Lakeshore Middle School spent the morning volunteering at 30 local nonprofit organizations and parks, cleaning, landscaping organizing and sorting.  Other students spent time painting nails and playing games with the elderly, as part of the Greater Ottawa County United Way’s Junior Day of Caring.

Sixth grade students from White Pines Middle School did their part late last month, clearing invasive plants and picking up garbage at Ottawa County parks.  Overall, the students donated 1,950 hours of their time.

"It is incredible to see these kids working together to make a difference. This event has a powerful impact on our community and on the students themselves," said Shannon Morton, United Way’s director of volunteerism.

My Town: Voters approve upgrade funding for Spring Lake and Grand Haven schools

My Town: Voters approve upgrade funding for Spring Lake and Grand Haven schools

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—School districts in Grand Haven and Spring Lake will get the funding they wanted.

Tuesday night, voters in both districts approved every millage and bond proposal on the ballot.

By a vote of 3,600 to 910, Grand Haven Area Public Schools will maintain  the district’s operating millage at 18 mills.     Bond Proposal 1,  which will provide $36 million to help cover the cost of installing new technology, purchasing learning devices, repairing school roofs, purchasing school buses and safety and building upgrades, was approved by 3,132 votes to 1,391 votes.   Bond Proposal 2, which will provide $9.69 million to the district for upgrades to athletic facilities, arts facilities, cafeterias, school grounds and purchasing property for schools, also passed by a wide margin- 2,741 votes to 1,777 votes.

My Town: School upgrade proposals up for vote May 6

My Town: School upgrade proposals up for vote May 6

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—School districts in Grand Haven and Spring Lake are asking voters to approve a variety of funding proposals when they head to the polls May 6.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools will have three measures on Tuesday’s ballot.  The district is asking voters to approve renewing the district’s operating millage at 18 mills.  Two other bond proposals would go toward school upgrades.  Bond Proposal 1 is for $36 million to help cover the cost of installing new technology, purchasing learning devices, repairing school roofs, purchasing school buses and safety and building upgrades.  Bond Proposal 2 would provide $9.69 million to the district for upgrades to athletic facilities, arts facilities, cafeterias, school grounds and purchasing property for schools.

My Town Spring Lake: District proposes millage hike for school upgrades

My Town Spring Lake: District proposes millage hike for school upgrades

SPRING LAKE, Mich.—Voters are encouraged to visit the polls Tuesday, May 6 to decide two funding proposals by Spring Lake Public Schools.

According to the district website, Proposal I would generate funding for major renovations and additions to Jeffers and Holmes elementary schools.  The proposal would also include renovations to intermediate/middle schools, minor upgrades to the high school and district-wide technology and bus upgrades.

Proposal II would focus on improving Grabinski Stadium, adding turf at the high school for soccer and lacrosse, upgrading practice fields, adding restrooms at the high school tennis courts and creating additional parking.

After voters turned down a bond proposal by the district last November, Spring Lake Public Schools expanded its Internal Review Committee to include community members along with staff and administrators.  The group surveyed community funding priorities to come up with these two updated proposals.

My Town: Bridge work leads to lane closures in Spring Lake Township

My Town: Bridge work leads to lane closures in Spring Lake Township

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  People driving through Spring Lake Township may encounter a new slowdowns starting Wednesday evening.

For the next two weeks, construction crews will be intermittently closing lanes of Taft Road under U.S. 31 for bridge work.  The closures will take place between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  The road will be completely open the rest of the time.

The work is weather dependent.

My Town Grand Haven: Freedom Rider to visit Grand Haven with his book on segregation

My Town Grand Haven: Freedom Rider to visit Grand Haven with his book on segregation

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- On May 4, 1961, seven black and six white visionaries left Washington, D.C., on two public buses bound for the Deep South.

They intended to test the Supreme Court's ruling in Boynton v. Virginia (1960), which declared segregation in interstate bus and rail stations unconstitutional. The “Ride” started out as a non-violent protest, only to turn into beatings, arrests and death threats that would forever change the history of the Civil Rights Movement.

On Thursday, May 1, the 53rd anniversary of the month this historic event took place, Freedom Rider Thomas Armstrong will visit  the Loutit District Library to discuss his book, "Autobiography of Freedom Rider: My Life as a Foot Soldier for Civil Rights", from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A.