From 1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, a bus tour will focus on Civil War veterans and other historic figures buried at four area cemeteries. Local historian Wallace Ewing will give a brief history of each cemetery en route, with other historians at each stop. Stops will include Robinson Township Cemetery, Eastmanville Cemetery, the recently restored Poor Farm Cemetery at Eastmanville Farm County Park and Ottawa Center Cemetery. There is no fee for the program, but pre-registration is required and space is limited. Participants pre-register by calling Ottawa County Parks at 616-738-4810 no later than May 11. The tour will start and end at Lakeshore Middle School in Grand Haven.
On Thursday, May 24, cruise the Grand River Greenway aboard the paddleboat Grand Lady for $10. Sponsored by Friends of Ottawa County Parks, speakers will present environmental and historic background of the river corridor, plus future park plans. Two departures starting and ending at Grand River County Park are planned for 2 and 4 p.m. Cruises will take about an hour and a half. The boat’s main cabin is handicap-accessible. For more information and a registration form, visit the Friends website at www.friendsofocp.org or call 616-669-9577. Registration is due by May 21.
The year-long Greenway Celebration speaker series continues at Loutit District Library in Grand Haven on May 17 when Dan O’Keefe presents a program on Grand River fisheries. The 7 p.m. lecture is free and registration is not required.