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Law Day celebrations planned

Becky Vargo • Apr 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Ottawa County will celebrate the annual Law Day with a series of events including a memory garden groundbreaking, a fuel-up dinner and 5K run, presentations on addiction recovery, and a mock trial.

Law Day is a time when courts and bar associations throughout the nation reflect and celebrate American democracy and its legal system.

Memory garden groundbreaking Thursday

A groundbreaking ceremony for the William J. Van Regenmorter Memory Garden will take place at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Ottawa County Courthouse, 414 Washington Ave., Grand Haven. This event is open to the public.

The garden project commemorates the late state senator and his advocacy for crime victims, including the authoring of the 1985 Crime Victims Rights Act.

The garden is located at the northwest corner of the courthouse. It will feature a memorial stone, fountain, plaza with decorative paving, benches, plantar pots, ornamental trees, shrubs and perennial plants. The pathway will be lined with bricks engraved with the names of victims, giving the garden its character and significance.

The brick paver project is generating the funds needed to create the garden. This is an ongoing fundraiser. 

You can purchase a brick or donate to the project online at miottawa.org; or by mail (check payable to Ottawa County) to: Joan Grillo, Victim Rights Coordinator, Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office, 414 Washington Ave., Room 120, Grand Haven, MI 49417.

Pasta dinner Friday

Also benefitting crime victims are the Fuel Up For Katty Shack pasta dinner Friday evening and the Katty Shack 5k run on Saturday.

The dinner, supplied by Two Tony’s, is at St. Patrick/St. Anthony Family Center, 920 Fulton Ave., from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for ages 12 and younger. The event includes a pasta dinner, auction, music and door prizes.

This is also the location for packet pick-up for the 5k run.

5k run Saturday 

The Katty Shack 5k race/walk and 1k run/walk are to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Taylor and Wisconsin streets in Grand Haven, near North Ottawa Community Hospital. Registration is open through race day. The cost is $27 for pre-registration by Thursday, and $30 after that.

Day-of-race registration and packet pick-up is 7-8:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 527 Taylor Ave.

Proceeds from the dinner and the run will benefit the Crime Victim Foundation.

Addiction recovery presentations

Staff from Ottawa County's nationally recognized Adult Drug Treatment Court and partners from Ottawa County Community Mental Health will make two presentations of the program “Addiction & Recovery 101: Addiction, Treatment and Recovery.” These events are open to the public.

The first presentation is a learning lunch set for 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at the Ottawa County Courthouse jury assembly room. This room is on the bottom floor of the courthouse at 414 Washington Ave. in Grand Haven.

The evening presentation will be the same day, but at the First Presbyterian Church, 508 Franklin Ave., Grand Haven. It runs from 7-8:30 p.m. Stories from persons in recovery will also be highlighted during the evening event. 

Mock trial 

In a case that examines the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, students from Corpus Christi Catholic School will engage in a mock trial, People v. Stover. Students will fill the courtroom as the audience and will also act as judge, jury members, plaintiff, defendant, witnesses and attorneys.

This takes place at the Ottawa County Courthouse in Grand Haven, in Courtroom 3B.

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