Saint Mary’s Parish School in Spring Lake hosted its annual Blessing of the Pets on Friday morning — the feast day of St. Francis, patron of animals. The ceremony took place in the school parking lot’s green space, with Father Dan DePew, pastor of Saint Mary’s Church, presiding over the gathering.
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. South-southwest wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Three days into a government shutdown, President Barack Obama pointedly blamed House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday for keeping federal agencies closed, while the bitter budget dispute moved closer to a more critical showdown over the nation's line of credit.
Celebrate autumn this weekend, Oct. 4-6, with a trip to a cider mill and Grand Haven's east side. High schoolers will be busy with homecoming games and dances, but the rest of us have plenty to do, too.