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Representatives from Ottawa County’s Children’s Advocacy Center distributed gift bags to detectives from area police agencies in advance of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, which is today.

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More than 3,000 toys were collected and turned over to two local churches for distribution to more than 300 children in the Grand Haven area through the Lakeshore Marine Corps Toys for Tots, according to local volunteer Bill Peake.

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As the month of December ushers in colder weather and less sunshine, and as high schools continue to be closed to in-person learning, local psychologist Sarah Lewakowski urges students, school staff and the public to address their mental health needs.

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Area firefighters were at several Northwest Ottawa County locations this past Friday and Saturday collecting toys and financial donations for the annual American Legion Goodfellows Crusade for Toys.

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Justin and Brandi Stevens had a plan to save money to buy their own house when they moved their family of six in with Justin’s parents in Robinson Township late last summer.

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School and business closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to have an effect on local non-profit ventures, including the Crusade for Toys, which is put on by the American Legion Goodfellows and area fire departments.

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Patrick Moran, executive director of the Greater Ottawa County United Way, didn’t mince words when describing how COVID-19 has affected his organization.

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For the past 17 years and counting, the Soup For All fundraiser has provided steaming bowls of soups to satisfy grumbling stomachs while also offering aid to West Michigan’s most needy.

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Beginning the Christian Church's liturgical year, Advent is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

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This year’s holiday season will be unlike any we’ve ever experienced.

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The holiday season is right around the corner, and in preparation, city of Grand Haven crews were out the past few weeks stringing Christmas lights on trees along Washington Avenue.

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SPRING LAKE — Due to COVID-19, the Thanksgiving experience will be different for many this year, including for volunteers and recipients of the 27th annual Community Feast based at a local church.

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ZEELAND — This year has marked an important milestone for Kids Hope USA, even as the nonprofit’s job has become more challenging.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The Bucs Care Pantry will continue to serve students despite Grand Haven High School’s switch to online classes until Nov. 30, pantry director Angie Prieditis said.

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FRUITPORT — Two members of Spring Lake Boy Scout Troop 14 were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout during an Eagle Court of Honor during an outdoor ceremony under blustery conditions Nov. 1.

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The lack of obstetric and gynecological practitioners in the area has caused the North Ottawa Community Health System to close down its Family Birthing Unit.