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Mona Shores Fiddlers perform at Loutit District Library March 9

Mona Shores Fiddlers perform at Loutit District Library March 9

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.  -- St. Patrick’s Day festivities will come to Grand Haven early as the Loutit District Library presents the Mona Shores High School Fiddlers on March 9 for an afternoon of popular Irish fiddle music as part of the library’s Sunday concert series.

This free concert begins at 2 p.m. on the library’s upper level lobby. Library officials are encouraging the public to arrive early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The MSF was formed in 1996 by the retired Mona Shores High School orchestra director, Timothy Staudacher, to create an alternative style for string players that revolved around the performance of folk music from various cultures. The fiddlers are lead by current high school orchestra director, Samer Jeroudi, who is in his third year.

My Town Spring Lake: Township first in the state to earn honor

My Town Spring Lake: Township first in the state to earn honor

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Spring Lake Township is celebrating an honor no other Michigan municipality has ever received.

Spring Lake Township recently became the first township in the state to earn the Township of Excellence title.  Townships must meet a series of demanding, high-level criteria by the Michigan Townships Association in order to achieve the designation.  Spring Lake Township board members and staff accepted the award during the MTA’s Educational Conference & Expo Jan. 29.

 “Spring Lake Township is made up of elected officials and staff members who sincerely want to provide the best service possible for our residents,” township Supervisor John Nash said.

New Health Department office too small for drug disposal

New Health Department office too small for drug disposal

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Grand Haven residents looking for a place to safely dispose of unwanted medication will have to travel a little farther.

Because of space limitations at its new office on South Beechtree Street in Grand Haven, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health no longer offers medication disposal services at that office.  Residents are encouraged to visit any of the alternative locations in Holland, Hudsonville, Zeeland, West Olive, Grand Haven Township, Coopersville, Allendale and Georgetown Township.  For exact locations, visit the Ottawa County Health Department website here.

According to the Partnership at Drugfree.org, each year, more than 71,000 children in the U.S. are taken to emergency rooms for accidental overdoses of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Voice Activated readers to perform at Library's centennial series Feb. 20

Voice Activated readers to perform at Library's centennial series Feb. 20

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - - Voice Activated readers will present a variety of Vaudeville skits, playlets and adapted short stories popular with Americans in 1914 at the Loutit District Library on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 2 p.m. -3:30 p.m.

Both humorous and serious, the pieces illustrate ways society has changed in a century as well as ways it is still quite the same.

This program will be held in LDL’s Program Room A. For more information, visit http://www.loutitlibrary.org/ or call 616-842-5560, ext. 214.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. The library serves 35,510 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School district. 

Guitarist David Youngman performs at Spring Lake District Library

Guitarist David Youngman performs at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Enjoy live music by folk fingerstyle guitarist David Youngman at Spring Lake District Library Sunday, Feb. 16 as part of the  library’s free Music by the Fireplace concert series.

Youngman will be performing  from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Youngman uses unconventional techniques on the guitar such as drumming on the body of the guitar, two- hand tapping on the neck, and extensive use of harmonics to create the illusion of a full band coming out of one guitar. He incorporates elements of jazz, bluegrass, pop, celtic, funk, and classical genres in his blend of traditional and contemporary music.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools to bring bond proposals to voters

Grand Haven Area Public Schools to bring bond proposals to voters

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (Grand Haven Area Public Schools)-- The Grand Haven Area Public Schools Board of Education has approved placing two bond proposals on the May 6 ballot, asking for support for technology, safety and security, and facility improvements.

The first bond proposal provides 1-to-1 technology and infrastructure improvements in all district buildings, provides resources for roof and bus replacements, provides safety and security upgrades, as well as student learning equipment for approximately the next 10 years.

The cost for Bond Proposal 1 is $35.5 million. Passage of this proposal would not increase the current mill rate for voters because of the strong taxable value of the district and previous bond debts will be paid off. These factors will result in no increase to the current bond mill rate.

Friends of the Loutit District Library honored with Valentine’s tea party on Feb. 13

Friends of the Loutit District Library honored with Valentine’s tea party on Feb. 13

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - - February is Library Lovers’ Month, so the staff of the Loutit District Library wish to honor their own library lovers: The Friends of LDL, who volunteer to support the work of the library.

The public is invited to a Valentine’s tea party on Thursday, Feb. 13  to help celebrate the Friends' hard work, and learn more about the opportunities which exist to become a Friend. This event is part of  the library’s yearlong centennial celebration.

This event runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in LDL’s upper level lobby. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is not required. For more information, visit http://www.loutitlibrary.org/ or call (616) 842-5560, ext.