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My Town Spring Lake: Hotel employees begin second leg of lighthouse tour

My Town Spring Lake: Hotel employees begin second leg of lighthouse tour

SPRING LAKE, Mich.—This weekend, two employees of the Grand Haven/Spring Lake Holiday Inn will continue their journey to visit nearly 60 lighthouses lining Lake Michigan.

Marketing Director Kendra Higgins and Event Coordinator Molly Tuma began their lighthouse tour last fall, when they ventured north to cities along Lake Michigan, including Ludington, Traverse City and Mackinaw.  Starting Saturday, March 29, they’ll begin the second leg of their journey, visiting lighthouses in southern Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.  The pair will use the West Michigan Tourist Association’s Circle Tour and Lighthouse Map as a guide during the one week trip.

My Town: City leaders to weigh in on North Bank Trail funding

My Town: City leaders to weigh in on North Bank Trail funding

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Monday night, the Coopersville City Council is expected to weigh in on a plan to fund a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville.

The North Bank Trail would be an 18-mile pathway that would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail.  Crockery Township is asking for the City of Coopersville’s support in seeking project funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.  Coopersville City Manager Steven Patrick is recommending the city council approve a resolution supporting the trust fund application, saying the trail would offer economic benefits.

My Town Grand Haven: Grand Haven Township eyes Diocese land

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The 417-acre Hofma Park and Preserve may soon grow by another 40 acres.

Within the next two weeks, Grand Haven Township officials plan to file for a state grant to help pay for purchasing 40 acres of land adjacent to Hofma Park and Preserve.  The land is approximately 52 percent forested wetland and 48 percent upland field with Christmas trees.  The land is currently owned by the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids.

Township Superintendent Bill Cargo says the land acquisition is expected to cost approximately $368,000.  Approximately 75 percent of that cost would be covered by the grant; the other 25 percent would come out of the township’s general fund.

The grant decision is expected to be finalized by November or December 2014.   If approved, Cargo is hopeful the grant would be funded in January 2015.

Cargo says the land would be kept in its natural state.

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library primitive doll workshop March 22

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library primitive doll workshop March 22

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The Loutit District Library is accepting registrations for a primitive doll workshop taught by local artist Mary Sundstrom on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A.

Experience homespun dolls of the late 19th century and beyond. Learn about the history of doll making in early America. In the past, most dolls were made at home with items found around the house. Everything was repurposed.

Have a day of fun learning as Mary Sundstrom demonstrates how to carve apple head dolls, sew simple rag dolls, and tie corn husk dolls. Bring a lunch, or plan on a 45-minute lunchbreak.

A $10 material fee upon is due upon registration, payable in the public computing center. Students must register at the public computing desk in the library.

My Town Grand Haven: LDL kicks off SCORE business series with web design workshop

My Town Grand Haven: LDL kicks off SCORE business series with web design workshop

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- A well-designed website makes a small business visible to the whole world,  bringing customers to its doorstep, creating credibility, and facilitating communication and e-commerce.

Loutit District Library  will offer a free workshop targeting those new to website creation and the Internet marketing presented by Bob Fountain of SCORE on Tuesday, March 18 at 6 p.m. in Program Room B.

How should business owners design and launch their website? Unlike posting on social media, learn to have complete control. The workshop will include:

My Town Grand Haven: Date set for Chilly Blues Music Festival

My Town Grand Haven: Date set for Chilly Blues Music Festival

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—The date is set for the return of the Chilly Blues.

Downtown Grand Haven will host the festival April 25-26.  This is the 22nd year for the Chilly Blues Music Festival and Cook-off, which traditionally includes a mix of local, regional and national blues performances along with a chili cook-off contest.

Organizers plan to release additional event information next week.

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library takes a closer look at the history of the kitchen

My Town Grand Haven: Loutit District Library takes a closer look at the history of the kitchen

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Local historian Nancy Buchanan will present a look at the foundation of the home (the kitchen) in 1914 as Loutit District Library’s centennial series continues on Thursday, March 6.

Buchanan will present hands-on items, like kitchen gadgets and cleaning tools, along with a PowerPoint slideshow featuring such household items as wringer washers and wood/gas cook stoves.

In addition, Nancy will cover new-fangled items of the time, affordable only to the wealthy. She will share those as well as items used by average Grand Haven households.

Buchanan will conclude with a discussion on common foods mom would have made in 1914.