11:30 AM Sep 15, 2011
The Ottawa County Health Department says about a quarter of third-graders in the county are overweight or even obese.
1:00 PM Sep 15, 2011
The Greater Ottawa County United Way officially launched its community campaign today with the annual "Day of Caring.' Close to 800 volunteers pitched in to clean county parks, landscape school grounds, stock food pantry shelves, and paint and pound for those in need. Locally, Grand Haven and Spring Lake school staffs swapped sides of the bridge to work on each other's landscaping projects. At a noon picnic for volunteers, Campaign Chairman Scott Remenschneider announced this year's campaign goal of $2.3 million.
2:00 PM Sep 8, 2011
The first day of school marks a significant milestone in the life of a child. It's an exciting time for seeing old friends, making new friends, learning new things - and, for some, riding the bus to school. Each year, more than 20 million students across the country ride the bus to and from school; while countless others walk, ride bicycles or are dropped off by their parents.
2:00 PM Sep 7, 2011
Scott Remenschneider, vice president of Huntington National Bank in Holland, will serve as chairman of the Greater Ottawa County United Way's 2011-12 Community Campaign. The campaign will kick off Sept. 15 - which is also the local United Way's Day of Caring, the largest one-day volunteer event in the county. Remenschneider will announce the campaign goal at NASCAR RV Park (formerly Yogi Bear Camp & Resort) in Grand Haven Township at 12:30 p.m. that day.
9:01 AM Sep 3, 2011
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment has issued an action day for elevated levels of ozone for today for Ottawa, Muskegon, Kent, Allegan, Mason, Oceana and Van Buren counties. It's the second straight day for an air quality alert for West Michigan.
6:00 PM Sep 1, 2011
Ottawa County Parks will host several naturalist-led walks this fall. The walks last about 90 minutes and will be canceled if it is raining. There are no program fees and advance registration is not required. Be prepared for outdoor conditions.
3:59 PM Sep 1, 2011
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment has issued an action day for elevated levels of ozone for today for Ottawa, Muskegon, Kent, Allegan, Mason, Oceana and Van Buren counties. The air quality alert means pollutants are expected to be in the "unhealthy for sensitive groups' range. People and businesses are urged to avoid activities which lead to ozone formation. These activities include refueling vehicles or topping off when refueling, using gasoline-powered lawn equipment, and using charcoal lighter fluid.
6:00 PM Aug 31, 2011
Ottawa County's monthly siren test for September is scheduled for noon Friday. The tests are conducted on the first Friday of each month, March through November. Sirens are sounded for approximately three minutes. For more information, call 616-738-4050.
6:00 PM Aug 23, 2011
State Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, will hold office hours in Holland and Allendale in September. Meekhof is planning additional office hours in Hudsonville, Holland and Grand Haven in October. In November, the senator plans to meet with constituents in Jenison, Coopersville and Zeeland.
4:00 PM Aug 22, 2011
The following USDA commodities will be distributed to low-income families in Ottawa County on Friday, Aug. 26: apple juice, applesauce, apricots, low-fat bakery mix, beef stew, corn, creamed corn, egg noodles, macaroni and peaches. The commodity distribution, coordinated by the Ottawa County Community Action Agency, will take place at the following sites at the times listed below: - St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 920 Fulton St. in Grand Haven 10 a.m. to noon. - VFW Post 5598, 511 N. 68th Ave. in Coopersville, 10 a.m. to noon.

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