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My Town: Grand Haven Public Safety officer a shooting world champ

My Town: Grand Haven Public Safety officer a shooting world champ

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Criminals beware; one of the sharpest shooters in the world is right is right here in Grand Haven, serving as a public safety officer.

Dave Scott is the National Skeet Shooting Association’s current world champion, after posting a perfect score and winning a 7.5 round tiebreaker late last year.

 Scott has been honing his passion since high school.  He previously won ten state championships, and has consistently ranked among the world’s best skeet shooters.  He’s also been on the all-state team every year since 2004 and been an all-American for the past five years.

In November, the Grand Haven City Council recognized Scott’s accomplishments with a congratulatory resolution signed by the mayor.

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A group supporting a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville is moving forward with its grant request.

On Tuesday, Friends of the North Bank Trail released this map on Facebook, showing where the proposed 18-mile pathway would be created. The North Bank Trail would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail. 

Crockery Township recently sought support from Coopersville, Walker and other nearby communities to apply for a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for Phase 2 of the trail.

My Town: City leaders to weigh in on North Bank Trail funding

My Town: City leaders to weigh in on North Bank Trail funding

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Monday night, the Coopersville City Council is expected to weigh in on a plan to fund a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville.

The North Bank Trail would be an 18-mile pathway that would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail.  Crockery Township is asking for the City of Coopersville’s support in seeking project funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.  Coopersville City Manager Steven Patrick is recommending the city council approve a resolution supporting the trust fund application, saying the trail would offer economic benefits.

My Town Grand Haven: Self-defense training classes offered at United Methodist Church of the Dunes

My Town Grand Haven: Self-defense training classes offered at United Methodist Church of the Dunes

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Aaron Pretzer, a member of United Methodist Church of the Dunes and a black belt karate instructor, will teach girls’ and womens’ self-defense classes Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the social hall at church.

UMCD is located at 717 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven. Cost for the self-defense training classes is $5 per person. Girls and teens between ages four and 20 years, plus adult women are encouraged to attend, dress comfortably and bring friends.

“Participants will learn the skills needed to protect themselves through easy-to-learn demonstrations I will be providing,” said Pretzer.

Pretzer will teach a form of self defense known as Shaolin Kempo Karate, which is a system that combines the three arts of Shaolin Kung Fu, Karate and Jiu Jitsu.

“This combination is known by some to be the most effective martial arts practice today,” said Pretzer.

Ferrysburg to consider selling bonds to create more trails

Ferrysburg to consider selling bonds to create more trails

FERRYSBURG, Mich.—The City of Ferrysburg will consider selling bonds to support the building a new set of trails throughout the city.

The bond proposal will be presented during the city council’s meeting Monday, Feb. 3.   The proposal is still in its early stages; the council will consider scheduling a work session regarding the issue.

The trails would be non-motorized, meaning no vehicles would be allowed.

Grand Haven Winterfest on January 23-26

Grand Haven Winterfest on January 23-26

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.--Grand Haven will filled with winter fun as Winterfest returns Jan. 23-26.

This annual winter festival began in 1979, giving the public a way to reenergize during the long and cold winter months, with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities for everyone.

There’s family fun, from Thursday evening's Glow-Bowl at Mulligan’s Hollow,  to Sunday's Shiver in the River benefitting the Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity.

For more information, call (616)296-0823 or visit www.winterfestmi.org.

Discount available for Katty Shack 5K Jan. 15

Discount available for Katty Shack 5K Jan. 15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  In honor of the upcoming “Celebrate Law Day”, the Ottawa County courts are offering a discount on an upcoming run this Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Participants of the Katty Shack 5K Memorial Run/Walk can save $5 on the $20 registration fee by signing up at the Grand Haven Days Inn Wednesday, between noon and 6 p.m.  Those who register that day will also be entered into a giveaway contest which includes a Grand Haven hotel package, movie gift certificates, food and a restaurant gift card.

The Katty Shack 5K honors those affected by violent crime.  The run was created in honor of four people murdered in September 2008 in Wright Township: Katherine Brown (nicknamed "Katty Shack"); and Jeremy, Tyler and Sharmaine Zimmer. Proceeds from the event will go to the Crime Victim Foundation of Michigan.