Amberrose Hammond believes everyone probably has a wicked family skeleton or two hiding in a closet.
The Grand Haven Township woman found hers while researching her second book, "Wicked Ottawa County, Michigan.'
While October is widely inundated with the color pink, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month - from ribbons to water bottles to pink newspaper - this month is also symbolized with the color purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Five weeks after the 2011-12 Community Campaign officially kicked off, Greater Ottawa County United Way has tallied more than 20 percent of its $2.3 million goal, thanks to results reported this week from workplace campaigns held in area companies.
A wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. today for much of Lower Michigan, including Ottawa County.
The National Weather Service said west winds will gust to 45-50 mph across the advisory area this afternoon.
Driving in high winds will become difficult, particularly with higher-profile vehicles. Scattered power outages are possible this afternoon due to downed tree limbs onto power lines.
Anyone wishing to reduce their risk of becoming ill with the flu is encouraged to get a vaccine.
Because the vaccine is widely available throughout the community, the Health Department is not holding vaccine clinics in its offices. For more information about flu prevention and help finding a vaccine clinic near you, visit www.miottawa.org/flu. You can also find tips and updates at www.facebook.com/flugranny.
County officials had a taste of what's to come regarding various projects taking place at parks along the Grand River.
"I think that the Grand River has been an underappreciated resource,' said John Scholtz, Ottawa County Parks & Recreation director.