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My Town Grand Haven: Mackinac Island painting series comes to Loutit District Library May 1

My Town Grand Haven: Mackinac Island painting series comes to Loutit District Library May 1

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Artist Donna Rey-Taylor’s artwork is about the positive aspects of life, the beauty that surrounds us, and images that bring peace and serenity to one's spirit. Her art is straight-forward in its interpretation.

It is about the beauty of our world, and is intended to remind the audience of special times and places in their lives.

One special place in Rey-Taylor’s heart is Mackinac Island. There's no better way for her to demonstrate that love than to create ten 22 foot by 30 foot watercolor paintings titled "Mackinac Island, Michigan's Watercolor Wonderland" illustrating her appreciation for the beauty and solace the island offers. Moreover, the paintings are meant to remind the viewer of a time when they too visited; they represent a realistic image of its splendor.

My Town: U.S. 31 construction work means traffic slowdowns

My Town: U.S. 31 construction work means traffic slowdowns

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Winter is over, which means construction season is here.

Crews began work on more than 12 miles of U.S. 31 on Monday.  Workers are resurfacing  the southbound lanes, from Ferris Street to Quincy Street. 

The project is expected to run through June.  Drivers can expect traffic slow-downs in the affected area.  Intermittent single-lane and shoulder closures are planned.  All lanes should be open from 6 a.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday and weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

My Town Grand Haven: 'Lessons from the Renovation and Restoration of a 1880s Home' May 17

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.--  A couple who renovated and restored their historic home in Grand Haven will share their lessons with the community during a special presentation at Loutit District Library on Monday, April 21.

Karl and Barb Rowe will present “Restoring What You Have: Lessons from the Renovation and Restoration of a 1880s Home” at 7 p.m.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Monday’s presentation is meant to promote the Historic Home Tour, which will be held on Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 18, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  This year’s tour will focus on historic homes in Spring Lake, with stops at homes on Savidge Street and Maple Terrace. 

Tickets for the tour are $10 or $25 for a ticket plus a year membership to the museum.

My Town: Four-legged landscapers coming to Ottawa County parks

My Town: Four-legged landscapers coming to Ottawa County parks

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Three Ottawa County parks will welcome some four-legged landscapers next month.

The Ottawa County Parks Department is bringing in goats to combat invasive plant species.  The goats will be released at Bur Oak Landing in Coopersville, Eastmanville Bayou in Allendale and Riverside Park in Grand Haven in May.  Parks officials say eating plants instead of grain is healthier for goats, and the animals like to eat graze on woody, shrub-like plants including poison ivy, which is in abundance at the parks. The Ottawa County Parks Department says repeated use of grazing goats has been shown to eliminate 90 percent of invasive, woody plants over three years.

My Town: GVSU string chamber quartet to perform at LDL April 13

My Town: GVSU string chamber quartet to perform at LDL April 13

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Classical music has been the most requested music form for concert goers of the Loutit District Library Sunday Afternoon Concert Series. As a result, that popular genre will again be featured as LDL presents the Grand Valley State University Student String Quartet on April 13.

The GVSU Student Quartet is comprised of violinists Jaclyn Ruedisueli and Alison Sall, violist Elizabeth Boyce and cellist Kevin Flynn. They will perform Ludwig Van Beethoven’s String Quartet op. 18 No. 4 in C Minor. The movement consists of Allegro ma non tanto, Andante scherzoso quasi Allegretto, Menuetto: Allegretto, and Allegro – Prestissimo.

The monthly concert series begins at 2 p.m. on the library’s upper level and are free to the public. Library officials urge patrons to arrive early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1 p.m. on Sundays.

My Town: Ottawa County millage renewal up for discussion

My Town: Ottawa County millage renewal up for discussion

FERRYSBURG, Mich.—Voters may soon decide whether to renew a millage for the North Ottawa Council on Aging.

During its regular meeting Monday night, the Ferrysburg City Council will discuss and possibly vote on whether to add the proposed renewal to the August 5 ballot.  The proposal is for .2500 mills from 2015 through 2024.

The North Ottawa Council on Aging provides resources and support to seniors living in North Ottawa County.  Service areas include Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, Allendale, Coopersville and Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Polk, Chester, Wright and Crockery townships.    

Monday’s meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Ferrysburg City Hall, located at 17290 Roosevelt Road.

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A group supporting a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville is moving forward with its grant request.

On Tuesday, Friends of the North Bank Trail released this map on Facebook, showing where the proposed 18-mile pathway would be created. The North Bank Trail would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail. 

Crockery Township recently sought support from Coopersville, Walker and other nearby communities to apply for a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for Phase 2 of the trail.