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New Health Department office too small for drug disposal

New Health Department office too small for drug disposal

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Grand Haven residents looking for a place to safely dispose of unwanted medication will have to travel a little farther.

Because of space limitations at its new office on South Beechtree Street in Grand Haven, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health no longer offers medication disposal services at that office.  Residents are encouraged to visit any of the alternative locations in Holland, Hudsonville, Zeeland, West Olive, Grand Haven Township, Coopersville, Allendale and Georgetown Township.  For exact locations, visit the Ottawa County Health Department website here.

According to the Partnership at Drugfree.org, each year, more than 71,000 children in the U.S. are taken to emergency rooms for accidental overdoses of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

UPDATE: Downtown Grandville Chili Cook-off postponed

UPDATE: Downtown Grandville Chili Cook-off postponed

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Grandville officials have postponed the city's first  Downtown Grandville Chili Cook-Off due to a lack of participation.

The competition was supposed to take place Saturday, Feb. 22 in the library parking lot.  Tastings were to be free, and the winning cooks were to receive prizes.

Organizers say they still plan to host the event on a later date, and will keep the community posted.  

Snowman Festival returns to Georgetown Township

Snowman Festival returns to Georgetown Township

JENISON, Mich.—Rosewood Park will welcome an entire village of snowmen later this month, as the Georgetown Township Snowman Festival returns for a second year.

Families are invited to join the snowman build, which will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.  The people who build the three snowmen to earn the judges’ highest marks will get a trophy.  

Visitors can also buy pizza by the slice from Jet’s Pizza.  Evolve Bank & Trust will be providing complimentary hot cocoa.

To register for the snowman building event, call City2Shore Real Estate at (616) 662-9664.

Grandville searching for chefs to for inaugural chili cook-off

Grandville searching for chefs to for inaugural chili cook-off

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Grandville officials are looking for chefs to help make the city’s first Downtown Grandville Chili Cook-Off sizzle.

The competition will take place Saturday, Feb. 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the library parking lot.  All tastings are free.  The cook that wins the Judge’s Choice category will get a weekend getaway to the Homestead Resort in Northern Michigan.  The winner of the People’s Choice category will get a $100 gift certificate to P.F. Chang’s Restaurant.  The Red Chili winner and White Chili winner will get $50 gift cards to Osgood Brewing.   The deadline to sign up to share your recipe is Friday, Feb. 14.

For more information, visit the city website here.

The Best Times in Michigan are Free

The Best Times in Michigan are Free

I travel on Butterworth Dr NW in Walker, MI often on my way to the Mall or to visit family and always enjoy seeing people in Johnson Park, just off Wilson Ave NW.

Summertime is an especially busy time at this park with people enjoying a picnic, jogging, playing catch, weddings, family reunions and some just plain enjoying the scenery and people watching. It really is a busy park.

Recently I drove this same way and was very disappointed to see few people enjoying this same park. There were about 8-10 cars in the parking lot of people who were up on the big sliding hill enjoying the sunshine and the thrill of sliding down that hill, some on sleds, toboggans, tubes and some even just with a cardboard box.

As I drove through I wondered, where are all those people who use this park all summer and fall? Why aren’t they out here enjoying the winter sports and seeing the beauty of nature?

Grandville poised to replace panhandling ban with new restrictions

Grandville poised to replace panhandling ban with new restrictions

GRANDVILLE, Mich.--- Grandville City Council members are getting ready to vote on new restrictions to panhandling.

The proposed ordinance introduced to the council on Jan. 13 replaces the city’s direct ban on panhandling.  City Manager Ken Krombeen says Grandville and many other West Michigan cities began taking the measure off their books after a high court struck down a similar law in Grand Rapids, ruling the ban on panhandling violates the Constitutional right freedom of speech.

Krombeen says the direct ban was repealed Monday night and a new measure was proposed, restricting the places where panhandling can occur, based on potential safety dangers.   The new measure crafted by the city attorney restricts soliciting money and other things of value in the following places:

Georgetown Township roadwork earns state honor

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A stretch of repaved road in Georgetown Township is getting statewide attention.

The Asphalt Paving Association of Michigan recently awarded Rieth-Riley Construction Company and the Ottawa County Road Commission the 2013 Paving Award for work on Baldwin Street, from 20th Avenue to Cottonwood Drive. 

The overlay project ranked among the highest in appearance and smooth ride based on its degree of difficulty.