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Lubbers Cup Regatta is Saturday

Lubbers Cup Regatta is Saturday

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SPRING LAKE, Mich. - Grand Valley State University's rowing club will host the 16th annual Lubbers Cup Regatta on Saturday, April 2, at the Spring Lake Yacht Club.

Top collegiate rowing teams from around the country and Canada are expected, including Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Brock University (Canada), Ohio State University, University of Virginia and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Events will begin at 8 a.m. and end with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m.

The regatta is free and open to the public. Races can be viewed from the Spring Lake Yacht Club, 17500 W. Spring Lake Road. Parking is limited at this viewing location, a shuttle service will pick up viewers from the Emmanuel Free Church Parking Lot and Water Tower Park for a donation.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools expands middle school boys basketball

The Grand Haven Area Public Schools' athletic department, in collaboration with the Northwest Ottawa Recreation Program and the B3 basketball organization, is expanding middle school boys basketball opportunities this fall.   "This additional program creates a great opportunity for our middle school boys to continue with a competitive basketball structure," GHAPS Assistant Athletic Director Robin Bye says. "These teams will play a "B" level schedule against teams with similar skill levels in the West Michigan area, primarily from Holland to Muskegon."   The season will run from October 24 through December 16, and will consist of students from both Grand Haven middle schools - one 7th grade team and one 8th grade team.

Spring Lake High School Band to March at Disney World

Spring Lake High School Band to March at Disney World

Members of the Spring Lake High School Bands will be packing their bags and instruments  when they leave for an April 2-9 spring break journey to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The 105 band students along with 51 parents, family members and the band director’s families will travel on three charted buses to Orlando. They will perform in the Magic Kingdom’s “Celebrate a Dream Come True”. They'll perform “Make Me Smile” by the hit band “Chicago” and a medley of patriotic music. According to clarinet player Allie Wetterman "Everyone is totally geeked about the trip."
While in Florida the students will also visit Epcot Center, Animal Kingdom, Holly Studios,  A Disney Waterpark, Downtown Disney, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Dinner at City Walk. The students will return to Michigan April 9, 2011.

GHAPS middle schools to host career day

GHAPS middle schools are hosting their annual 7th Grade Career Day on Thursday, April 14 at Lakeshore Middle School.   All seventh graders from both White Pines and Lakeshore middle schools attend the event which allows them to attend breakout sessions based on their chosen Career Pathways: Arts and Communication; Business, Management, Marketing; Engineering/Manufacturing and Industrial Technology; Health Sciences; Human Services and Natural Resources and Agriscience. Students select their Pathways through the Match Maker system of career exploration.    The event's keynote speaker, Greater Ottawa County United Way President Patrick Moran, will kick off the event, and then students will attend four half-hour breakout sessions. There are 20 different speakers representing all six Career Pathways.

GHAPS Superintendent Receives High Marks

The Grand Haven Area Public Schools Board of Education met in closed session Monday evening for Superintendent Keith Konarska's annual evaluation. According to Board President Caralee Nietering, Konarska exceeded or met expectations in all areas.   "Keith is a very qualified leader in moving forward in the 21st century," Board President Caralee Nietering says. "Our district remains on the cutting edge in all areas, and we see continued results in student achievement."   Konarska was evaluated in the following: relationship with the board, community relations, staff relationships, business and finance, educational leadership, personal qualities, and achievement of goals. These categories are provided by the Michigan Association of School Boards.  "Keith exceeds expectations in community relations, and maintains high standards with all," Nietering adds.

Lunch and Learn event slated for March 30 at Loutit District Library

Lunch and Learn event slated for March 30 at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN -- The Loutit District Library will collaborate with the North Ottawa County Council on Aging to celebrate Women’s History Month this March with a Lunch and Learn event about the famous women from Grand Haven’s history from local historian Wally Ewing on Wednesday, March 30.

Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch or purchase a box lunch from the Grand Haven Senior Center and join us at the library for the historical presentations and discussion. The library will provide coffee, tea and dessert.

Lunch and Learn events are held in LDL’s Program Room A from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Contact Rolina Vermeer Roosen at the Senior Center for information about box lunches  at 616-842-9210. Look for the Lunch and Learn series to continue on Wednesdays in April with a gardening theme. For more information, call 616-842-5560, ext.

GHHS Catalina Club to perform this weekend

The 2011 Grand Haven High School Catalina Club will be performing "Floating with the Fellas" on Friday, March 18 at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m., and on Saturday, March 19 at 2:00, 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the GHAPS Community Aquatic Center. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and children 5 and under are free. The club has grown significantly from 55 girls last year to 85 this year. The show will feature deck and synchronized swimming routines all to male bands like Outkast, NSYNC and New Kids on the Block. It will also feature a few surprise appearances throughout the show. Tickets may be purchased one hour before each show.