A community that cares and gives

Oct 12, 2011


Don Armstrong, the president of Armstrong Potatoes LLC, and his wife, Vera, held their fourth annual produce giveaway on Saturday afternoon at Harbor Island. Hundreds of vehicles lined up to receive potatoes and produce.

What made the giveaway even more impressive was that there were more than 80 volunteers who helped out the Armstrongs. Don Armstrong said he was impressed, noting that there were more than twice as many volunteers than a year ago.

It’s not surprising, though. There are a lot of caring people in this area.

The people who run local food pantries can attest to that. When the call went out that local pantries were running low on canned goods and other foods, residents stepped up to help them replenish their supplies.

Each year, the Greater Ottawa County United Way reaches its campaign goal, despite having to ask for contributions in a sluggish economy. People care.
Our kids can make a difference as well.

In December, Shirley Lemon’s Grand Haven High School choirs are going to team up with Love INC for a benefit concert to benefit the homeless.

“We’re really excited about this,” Lemon said. “We’ve been looking for an organization to help out and Love INC does a marvelous job in the community.”

More than 200 students will come together on Dec. 3 in the Performing Arts Center at Grand Haven High School for two performances, at 3 and 7 p.m., Lemon said. The theme of the concert will be “Songs for a Better World.”

Lemon, and Eric Morgan, executive director of Love INC, said local community leaders will lend their talents in telling the stories of people who are struggling in our neighborhoods.

The choirs will also be presenting the world premiere of a song written especially for them — titled, “Oh, What A Beautiful City” — by composer Rollo Dilworth.

Tickets are available at the GHHS main office, The Bookman and several Love INC locations: 1106 Fulton Ave. in Grand Haven, 200 W. Savidge St. in Spring Lake and 13151 Cleveland St. in Nunica.

I’ve lived in the Grand Haven area for 26 years. Before we moved here, we never lived in one place for more than two years. My wife, Marilyn, and I knew this was the place we wanted to raise a family.

The local Chamber of Commerce is sitting on a gold mine. Who wouldn’t want to live or even visit this area? Not only do we have one of the best beaches in West Michigan, we have miles and miles of bicycle paths.

The latest addition is the new North Bank Trail in Spring Lake Township that was dedicated on Monday.

The new path, an extension of the Lakeshore Trail that runs through Spring Lake Village, meanders for more than 3 miles through some picturesque countryside.
Township officials deserve a lot of credit for aggressively pursuing grants to help build the path.

Another nice addition to the area will be the Greenway project, a bicycle path that will run along the Grand River.

We are fortunate to have such caring and progressive-thinking people in this area. It’s what makes this area so unique.


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