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Two millages pass, one fails in Ottawa County

Two millages pass, one fails in Ottawa County

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.— A highly contested bond proposal for Spring Lake Public Schools is dead.

The measure failed during Tuesday night’s election, by a vote of 1,895 to 1,806. Under the proposal, the district would have borrowed $59.8 million from taxpayers to renovate school facilities, build a new elementary school and transportation building, expand the middle school, improve athletic facilities, fields and playgrounds and buy school buses.

Meanwhile, Grand Haven voters are giving the city the green light for a $7.1 million plan to fund infrastructure improvements. Tuesday night, city voters overwhelmingly approved the bond proposal, 986 votes to 491 votes.  The millage will be for .99 mills for no longer than 20 years. 

Voters also approved a ten-year tax hike to expand and maintain bike paths in Ferrysburg.  The new paths would be located along North Shore Drive and 168th Avenue.

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar will reward the winner of its “Spirit Bracket Challenge” November 5.

The restaurant organized the friendly fundraising competition as a way to promote school spirit while helping a dozen local schools raise money for classroom supplies and school activities.

Kenowa Hills 6th grade/Alpine Elementary and West Ottawa High School were the last two competitors standing, besting ten other schools in the Teriyaki 12 and Spicy 6 fundraising rounds.  In the end, West Ottawa won the Flamin’ Finals.  In addition to the funds students raised throughout the competition, West Ottawa will get an additional $2,500 from Buffalo Wild Wings.  The school will be rewarded with a special check during its celebratory pep rally Tuesday, November 5.

“We were so lucky to have 12 upbeat and enthusiastic schools compete in th

St. Mary's students to help clean up neighborhood on All Saint's Day

St. Mary's students to help clean up neighborhood on All Saint's Day

SPRING LAKE, Mich.— With leaf rakes in tow, children from St. Mary’s School will be fanning out into neighboring yards November 1 for the annual yard cleanup service project.

The work begins at 10:30 a.m. Children from fifth grade to eighth grade will be taking part.

“This is a traditional event for the middle school and it is an opportunity for the students to give back to the neighborhood and demonstrate the love of God,” said Amy Giroux, St. Mary’s School instructor.

The event takes place after an early morning student celebration of an All Saints Day liturgy at 9 a.m. Concluding the raking project, students return to the school for an All Saints Day party, in which the students dress as their favorite patron saint.

The patron saint for St. Mary’s School is the Virgin Mary, mother of God. Numerous statues can be found of her in St. Mary’s School and Church to honor this favorite saint.

St. Mary’s school kids sponsor 'Turkey Trot' to help those in need

St. Mary’s school kids sponsor 'Turkey Trot' to help those in need

SPRING LAKE, Mich.—Kids from St. Mary’s School are extending their hands to greater service and their hearts to those in need as they prepare for the semi-annual “Turkey Trot” race on Wednesday, October 30.

The race begins at 2 p.m. on school grounds, located at 421 East Exchange St. in Spring Lake. Preschool and kindergarten students run a .5k race, or four times around the green space outside the school and six times around the gym.  Proceeds from the event will go toward purchasing turkeys that go into holiday baskets provided to community members in need through the St. Mary’s Church Christian Service Food Pantry.

The St. Mary’s School’s seventh grade students decorate, set up the course, monitor, time and cheer on the students. Concluding the preschool and kindergarten race, the seventh-grade students take their turn on the course. Cider and donuts are provided at the conclusion of the races.

White Pines Middle School continues parent series

White Pines Middle School continues parent series
GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- The final session of a three-part series to help White Pines Middle School families better connect with their school and community will take place Thursday, October 24. The series, called "Parent Connect", is meant to provide strategies and resources to support positive behaviors, reading and math. "A collaborative approach is key to student success," White Pines fifth grade teacher Annie Ratke says.

Hope College to break ground on musical arts center October 23

Hope College to break ground on musical arts center October 23
 

HOLLAND – Hope College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts on Wednesday, October 23, at 4 p.m.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The 64,000-square-foot Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts will include two performance venues, classrooms, practice rooms, faculty studios and office space for the department of music.  The facility is being named in honor of Jack H.

'Ready, Set, Auction!' at St. Mary's School October 24

'Ready, Set, Auction!' at St. Mary's School October 24

SPRING LAKE, Mich.―Families are invited to attend this fundraiser to help cover educational expenses for children at St. Mary’s School in Spring Lake.

“Ready, Set, Auction!”  runs from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 24.  The event will feature a raffle and an auction.  Items up for bid include a bike, dolls, college apparel, games, a make-up kit, a duffel bag, Hello Kitty items, backyard adventure items, Michigan State University, Michigan and Chicago Bears memorabilia, Rubbermaid containers and more.  There will also be a kids' prize table.

St. Mary’s School is accredited by the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools (MANS).  The school is located at 421 East Exchange Street

This event precedes the 17th annual Tri-Cities Unity Auction, themed “Denim and Diamonds.”  It will be held November 9 at Trillium Event Center, located at 17246 Van Wagoner St.