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My Town Whitehall: Library hosts used book sale Aug. 21-23

My Town Whitehall: Library hosts used book sale Aug. 21-23

WHITEHALL, Mich.—Load up on books before heading back to school during White Lake Community Library’s Used Book Sale this week.

Visitors can shop the book bargains at White Lake Community Library Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Other items on sale include CDs, DVDs, VHS and puzzles.  The library will also hold a silent auction for the Dept. 56 collector’s item from the Snow Village series, titled “Jefferson School.”

Sale hours are as follows:

  • Aug. 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Aug. 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Aug. 23, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Friday will include a $2 bag sale all day.  White Lake Community Library is located at 3900 White Lake Drive in Whitehall.  For additional information, call (231) 894-9531.

My Town: White Lake Area Fall Fest returns for 34th year

My Town: White Lake Area Fall Fest returns for 34th year

WHITEHALL, Mich.—The date is set for a fall time favorite’s return to Whitehall.

The White Lake Area Fall Fest will take place Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This is the 34th year for the event, which features live music, free hay rides by Double JJ Ranch, a farmer’s market and more than 40 arts and crafts vendors. Bubbles the Clown will also return this year to create balloon animals for children.

For more information, contact the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (231) 893-4585 or or visit www.whitelake.org.

My Town Whitehall: Tickets on sale now for 'Artist-n-Beer' Aug. 23

My Town Whitehall: Tickets on sale now for 'Artist-n-Beer' Aug. 23

WHITEHALL, Mich.—Enjoy a beer while supporting the arts when “Artist-n-Beer” returns to Whitehall Aug. 23.

From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., patrons are invited to sample a variety of beers while taking in the works of local artists. Artist-n-Beer will take place in the city parking lot behind Fetch Brewing Company, at 100 W. Colby in Whitehall. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Arts Council of White Lake. To purchase tickets, visit the event website here.

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town Montague: Fish Boil returns Aug. 16

My Town Montague: Fish Boil returns Aug. 16

MONTAGUE, Mich.-- The White Lake Area Sportfishing Association invites the public to the annual Bill Gillan Salmon Fish Boil on Saturday, Aug. 16.

The Fish Boil will take place at the Montague Band Shell located at 8500 Launch Ramp Road  from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Participants can enjoy an evening of German music and a delicious meal under a big tent on scenic White Lake.

For 30 years in August, the WLASA has presented this traditional Great Lakes meal. This year for a $10 donation, guests will receive a generous serving of fresh boiled salmon, buttered potatoes and onions and a roll.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the chance to win a 50 inch television or one of four local fishing charters. The drawing takes place at 8 p.m. and you need not be present to win.

For more Fish Boil information, call (231) 893-4585 or visit  www.whitelake.org.

My Town Whitehall: Free backpack distribution Aug. 14

My Town Whitehall: Free backpack distribution Aug. 14

WHITEHALL, Mich.--  Families in need will get a back-to-school boost Thursday,  Aug. 14.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., volunteers with Mission for Area People will be at Lebanon Lutheran Church, handing out free backpacks filled with supplies to children from struggling families.  The organization expects to distribute supplies to 1,500 children this year, as part of its Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids program. The event may also include free vision and hearing screenings, haircuts, snacks and fun activities.

 A parent or guardian must be present in order for a child to receive a backpack, and both adults and children must have some form of identification. 

The backpacks will be distributed based on a first come, first served basis. Mission for Area People will hold two more distribution events at the following times:

School rankings show districts' points of pride, areas for improvement

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan's annual school accountability scorecards are out.

 

The report ranks schools according to factors like attendance and how well they meet goals set by the state's education department.

 

Schools that fall in the bottom five percent of the rankings are considered "priority" schools and are placed under the supervision of Michigan's school reform officer. There are 138 schools identified as "priority" schools. Nearly half of them are on that list for the fist time.

 

At least two West Michigan districts with priority schools also have schools among the state's top performers: Grand Rapids Public Schools and Godwin Heights Public Schools.