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Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning in Grand Haven

Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning in Grand Haven

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- This 5K trot gives the Grand Haven community the chance for fun exercise before the big Thanksgiving feast on November 28.

Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. at the Snug Harbor parking lot, located at 311 S. Harbor Drive. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Child care is provided with the opportunity for children to interact with therapy horses.

This is a family-friendly 5K hosted by Out Side In, a non-profit group that works with horses and individuals, providing counseling and learning opportunities to help improve the lives of others in need. All proceeds for this race will benefit Out Side In.

Registration is due November 27.  To register, visit  www.out-side-in.org or call (616) 813-8031 for more information.

Free snowmobile safety class at Spring Lake District Library

Free snowmobile safety class at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Winter is here, which means now is the time to brush up on snowmobile safety.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department will be teaching a free snowmobile safety class at the Spring Lake District Library on Tuesday, December 3 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Children ages 12 to 16 who successfully complete the class will receive a snowmobile safety certificate. Adults are also welcome to attend.

Pre-registration is required. Visit www.sllib.org to register online or call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake.

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.

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.

Color Tours by Kayak

Color Tours by Kayak

Ottawa County Parks is inviting anyone interested in kayaking. The County Parks are offering “Color by Kayak” trips on 2 days in October & one day in November.  Each guided trip includes a basic kayaking lesson. The fee for the trip is $15 per person with their own kayak or it’s an additional charge of $26 for a kayak, paddle & life jacket. Pre-registration is required.  To register for any of the trips or more information, call the Ottawa County Nature Education Center at (616)786-4847.

Kiteboarders invade Grand Haven beaches for 'Test Fest' Sept. 27-29

Kiteboarders invade Grand Haven beaches for 'Test Fest' Sept. 27-29

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Kiteboarders will fill the beaches of Grand Haven this weekend for the 13th annual King of the Great Lakes Festival Test Fest.

The festival, presented by MACkite,  runs from September 27 through September 29.  Kites ranging three to 17 meters in size will be on display.

The King of the Great Lakes Festival Test Fest began in 2001 with just four men.  Last year, nearly 40 competitors and more than 100 kiteboarders participated in the event.

This year’s professional kite boarders include Matt Elsasser, Jay Thee, Blake Olsen and Brandon Scheid.

Visitors are encouraged to spend 15 minutes testing out kites alongside an instructor.  Riding and gear clinics will also be held.  Raffles and giveaways are also planned.

 For more information, visit MACkite’s website here.

Michigan author to discuss the history of Drummond Island

Michigan author to discuss the history of Drummond Island

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The public is invited to join author Jill Lowe Brumwell for a visit Drummond Island, the fourth largest freshwater island in the world on Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Loutit District Library.

The history of this island, once known as "Pontaganipy" by Native Americans and "High Island" by French voyagers, will be told by narration and a slide presentation by the island historian. Program attendees will learn about the British occupation from 1815 to 1828 and the first white settlers arriving in 1853, after fleeing a Mormon colony on Beaver Island governed by King Strang.

Brumwell’s presentation is free to the public and will be held in Program Room A.