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Discovery of the sunken Christmas Tree Ship - Jan 17

Discovery of the sunken Christmas Tree Ship - Jan 17

GRAND HAVEN, MI  -- In 1912, the people of Chicago awaited the annual arrival of their Christmas Tree Ship loaded with 5000 Christmas trees. But she would never arrive.

November 23, 1912 at 2:50 p.m. was the last time the ship was seen afloat, in trouble, weighted down by ice in blustery storm off of Kewanee, WI.

Dr. Mark Gleason talks about finding the Rouse Simmons, the Christmas Tree Ship, with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) on Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Loutit District Library.

Gleason is the Chief Marine Scientist and Director of Education of the Great Lakes Naval and Memorial Museum of Muskegon. He has explored multiple shipwrecks using ROVs.

The program is free the public and begins at 7 p.m. in the library’s Program Room A. For further information, contact Loutit District Library at 616-842-5560, ext.

Riverboat captain of The Grand Lady presents boat’s history Nov. 1

Riverboat captain of The Grand Lady presents boat’s history Nov. 1

GRAND HAVEN, MI -- The public is invited to the Loutit District Library (LDL) on Thursday, Nov. 1 to hear the history of the riverboat, The Grand Lady, as presented by its captain as part of the Grand River Greenway Celebration series.

Captain Bill Boynton, owner of The Grand Lady riverboat, grew up hearing many tales of the river and its steamboats from visitors to his family’s farmhouse. He attended the famous Steamboat Festival along the Ohio River at Marietta, OH, and saw paddlewheelers of all types, sparking the idea of building one. In his shop, he began welding the hull and continued building for nearly two years, following Coast Guard specifications.

Transportation Website Expands to Four County Area in West Michigan

Transportation Website Expands to Four County Area in West Michigan

West Michigan residents in a four county area can now visit one website to find a variety of public and private transportation options if they need a ride for work, school, medical or social service visits, or intercity travel.

The Ottawa County Transit Coalition recently expanded its website, www.lakeshoreridelink.org, to include the counties of Allegan, Ottawa, Kent and Muskegon.  The website, which was first launched in 2010 with transportation providers for Ottawa County only, now includes more than 50 transportation providers with detailed information on their services and costs to help residents find a ride.

Coast Guard beach and boating informational series continues at LDL August 23

Coast Guard beach and boating informational series continues at LDL August 23

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library will host a public outreach meeting on Thursday, August 23 presented by the Coast Guard to inform, educate, and interact with the public on a variety of beach and boating topics.

The topics will include: beach safety, uninspected passenger vessels, pollution reporting, maritime security requirements, recreational boating safety, and commercial vessel regulations. This free meeting runs from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Library’s Program Room A.

For more information on this series, contact the Coast Guard at contact 616-850-2500. For more information on Library programs, visit www.loutitlibrary.org.

Harbor Transit to receive $482,240 to replace aging busses

Harbor Transit to receive $482,240 to replace aging busses

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $787 million that will put Americans to work modernizing and replacing aging transit facilities and vehicles to meet the growing demand from millions of riders across the country. This third round of federal funding will support 255 projects in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. $482,240 of that funding will go to Grand Haven's Harbor Transit to replace diesel buses in its fleet that have met or exceeded their useful lives. Replacement of these vehicles will ensure continued safe, reliable transit operations and lower maintenance costs.

“President Obama’s support for an America built to last is putting people back to work across the country repairing and upgrading our nation’s public transit systems,” said Secretary LaHood. “By investing in the transit infrastructure people depend on to get where we need to go each day, we will keep our economy moving forward well into the future.”

Construction Updates

Construction Updates

The ramp from westbound I-96 to 112th Avenue is now open.  Traffic will have access to northbound 112th Avenue only as the bridge to the south is still under construction.

The ramp from westbound I-96 to westbound M-104 (Exit 9, Cleveland Street) will close for reconstruction 8 a.m. this Monday, July 16 through late October. Detour:  Exit at 112th Ave (Nunica, Exit 10), and take a right on 112th Avenue and then a left on Cleveland Street.

The work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)

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For up-to-date information on this project and others, go to the list of statewide lane closures at: http://www.michigan.gov/drive

M-104 reconstruction starts Monday in Crockery Township

M-104 reconstruction starts Monday in Crockery Township

July 9 - November 3

M-104 will be reconstructed and widened from west of 124th Avenue east to I-96 in Crockery Township, Ottawa County.

M-104 traffic will be maintained using traffic shifts and lane closures.

The westbound I-96 ramp to M-104 will be closed for short durations throughout the project. A signed detour will be in place.

124th Avenue will be closed south of M-104. A signed detour will be in place using 130th Avenue and Leonard Street from the west, and 120th Avenue and Leonard Street from the east. Advance public notice of the closures will be provided.

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