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My Town Spring Lake: St. Mary’s School to celebrate mass With Bishop Walkowiak

My Town Spring Lake: St. Mary’s School to celebrate mass With Bishop Walkowiak

SPRING LAKE, Mich.―A group of 190 St. Mary’s Parish students will be treated to a special school mass presided over by Bishop David Walkowiak, Friday, March 21 at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Spring Lake.

Walkowiak will celebrate the school mass, then visit St. Mary’s School classrooms and have lunch with the teaching and administrative staff.

“We are really looking forward to the bishop’s upcoming visit and we feel so very honored to have him celebrate this special school mass with the kids here on the lakeshore,” said Mike Devitt, St. Mary’s School principal.

Anyone interested in receiving further information about the event should contact Mike Devitt, principal of St. Mary’s School at (616) 842-1282.

Walkowiak is the 12th bishop of Grand Rapids, succeeding former Bishop Walter Hurley.  Walkowiak was installed in a special June 18, 2013 ordination mass in Grand Rapids at Cathedral Square.

My Town: St. Mary’s Church parishioners pledge $1.87M for new education center

My Town: St. Mary’s Church parishioners pledge $1.87M for new education center

SPRING LAKE, Mich.―During a special “Announcement Weekend” mass held recently at St. Mary’s Church in Spring Lake, Fr. Dan DePew made public for the first time the news that St. Mary’s church parishioners pledged $1,876,280 over the past month toward construction of a new St. Mary’s Catholic Education Center.

The proposed Center is expected to be built at 421 East Exchange Street in Spring Lake within the next three to four years. Plans call for it to replace the existing St. Mary’s School, which is currently located at the site. The 15,000 square foot school was built in 1954 and has been deemed to be beyond its life expectancy. It currently serves 212 students from 1,250 families who live in Coopersville, Ferrysburg, Grand Haven, Fruitport and Spring Lake. The nearby St. Mary’s Church, which sits adjacent to the school, houses a preschool and after-school extension program, as well as faith formation and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults programs.

My Town: Lakeshore ATHENA Scholarship Program accepting applications

My Town: Lakeshore ATHENA Scholarship Program accepting applications

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HOLLAND, Mich. (Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce) — Applications for the 2014 Lakeshore ATHENA Scholarship Program are now being accepted at the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce. The scholarships, offered through the Lakeshore ATHENA Awards Program, a collaboration of The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake Ferrysburg, Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce, and the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, assist women in reaching their full potential through financial support for training programs and education.

My Town Grand Haven: GHHS student wins C-SPAN documentary award

My Town Grand Haven: GHHS student wins C-SPAN documentary award

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GRAND HAVEN, (Grand Haven Area Public Schools)-- Grand Haven High School freshman Holly Wright was announced a Third Prize Winner in C-SPAN's national 2014 StudentCam documentary competition for her entry "Project Energy".

Wright's documentary about "the U.S., our energy sources, and what Congress can do to help" earned her a $750 cash prize, and was one of 150 students and 53 teacher prizes, totaling $100,000 in cash prizes, awarded for winning documentaries.

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.

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.

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Nearly three dozen West Michigan schools are getting a financial boost to help students learn outside the traditional classroom.

The Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs recently awarded more than $55,000 grants to 147 schools as part of its Arts & Culture Trek “Bus Grant” program.  Each school received up to $500 to help cover transportation costs for an arts or culture-related field trip through May 31.

 "These grants subsidize field trips across the state and expose thousands of students to arts, science and humanities experiences that enrich classroom learning.  Many of these trips would not have been possible in a year where most schools are continuing to cope with significant budget cuts," says Marianne Dorais, executive director of Michigan Youth Arts.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Comstock STEM Academy (Kalamazoo)
  • Cooper Elementary (Kalamazoo)
  • Kalamazoo C