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My Town: Ottawa County millage renewal up for discussion

My Town: Ottawa County millage renewal up for discussion

FERRYSBURG, Mich.—Voters may soon decide whether to renew a millage for the North Ottawa Council on Aging.

During its regular meeting Monday night, the Ferrysburg City Council will discuss and possibly vote on whether to add the proposed renewal to the August 5 ballot.  The proposal is for .2500 mills from 2015 through 2024.

The North Ottawa Council on Aging provides resources and support to seniors living in North Ottawa County.  Service areas include Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, Allendale, Coopersville and Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Polk, Chester, Wright and Crockery townships.    

Monday’s meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Ferrysburg City Hall, located at 17290 Roosevelt Road.

Hands-on help with health insurance marketplace

Hands-on help with health insurance marketplace

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--It’s not too late to sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment closes on March 31, 2014. This is the deadline to avoid a fine for not having health care coverage.

Health insurance marketplace information specialists from Cherry Street Health Services will be at Spring Lake District Library from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 to assist the public with enrollment. The trained counselors will be available to help people understand the health insurance choices available to them. Counselors will meet with individuals on a first come, first served basis.

Help State Police 'Stuff A Blue Goose For Christmas' Dec. 15

Help State Police 'Stuff A Blue Goose For Christmas' Dec. 15

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Michigan State Police are looking for help in stuffing a blue goose.

Blue goose is really what they call a State Police patrol vehicle.  On Sunday, Dec. 15, troopers from the Rockford post will be stationed outside Wal-Mart stores in Comstock Park and Grand Haven, stuffing donations into their patrol vehicles for families in need.

New toys, clothing and non-perishable food items are needed.  All the donations will be turned over to the Salvation Army to be distributed to families in Kent and Ottawa counties.

The donation drive runs from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday art, craft and gift sale November 24

Holiday art, craft and gift sale November 24

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-The 43 North Apartment Clubhouse is the place for holiday shopping on Sunday, November 24 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Artists and vendors from all over West Michigan will have great gift-giving ideas, baked goods and more for purchase.

The 43 North Apartment Clubhouse is located at 14868 Lakeshore Drive in Grand Haven.  For more information, call (616) 402-0766 or e-mail Joy43north@yahoo.com.

United Methodist Church of the Dunes holds 'Holly Berry Bazaar'

United Methodist Church of the Dunes holds 'Holly Berry Bazaar'

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—The general public is invited to attend the “Holly Berry Bazaar” at United Methodist Church of the Dunes Friday, November 1  and Saturday, November 2.

This year’s bazaar will feature a cookie walk, bake sale, silent auction and six large booths filled with items handmade by the United Methodist Women’s guild, to help people get in the mood for Christmas and the holidays.  Booths include:

  •   “Holly Berry Christmas”―featuring hand-fashioned ornaments, stockings, pillows, candles    and wall hangings bearing Christmas and holiday trimming.
  • “Potpourri”—featuring children’s clothing, toys, home runners, pillows and hand towels.
  • “Gifts From the Heart”―featuring soup mixes, dip mixes, bird feeders, hand lotions and note pads.
  • “Homespun Gifts”―featuring knit, crocheted and felted items:  scarves, hats, gloves, mittens, baby wearables, flowers to pin

Fabulous Friends Fall Books (and More) Sale!

Fabulous Friends Fall Books (and More) Sale!

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Books, baked goods and baubles to delight those interested in the finer things of life will all be available for purchase during the Friends of Spring Lake District Library one-day sale on Saturday, Oct. 12.

The sale will be held at Spring Lake District Library from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A variety of gently-used books, DVDs and CDs for adults and children will be available at rock-bottom prices. Some items can be purchased for a little as a quarter. Bargain hunters can choose from both fiction and non-fiction titles.

In addition to great deals on books, there will be baked goods from the Village Baker available for purchase. Jewelry lovers will want to check out FGDesigns hand-crafted silver jewelry, made with genuine stones and dichroic glass. Artisan designed fused glass vessels and vases will also be for sale. A portion of the FGDesigns sales will be donated to the Friends of SLDL.

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte