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April 30, 2016

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TRIBUNE the GRAND HAVEN ★ SPRING LAKE ★ FERRYSBURG | | 500 PAGE 7 THE BIG # Area middle schoolers who participated in the United Way Junior Days of Caring TOP 3 STORIES Grand Haven rugby vs. GR West Catholic 1 Holmes parents use monster truck to attract families to after-school fundraiser 2 Sending the wrong message to our visitors 3 at THANK YOU Jennifer Christine For being our FACEBOOK of the day! WEATHER Cloudy, cool, showers BY CLAIRE 57 44 HIGH LOW TOMORROW'S FRUITPORT — Voters who live in Fruitport Township and the Village of Fruitport will head to the polls Tuesday to decide on a 0.75-mill tax that would allow them to operate their own library as part of the Lakeland Library Cooperative. If approved, the millage would cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 about $37.50 a year. It would bring in about $350,000 per year. Last November, Fruitport voters approved a measure to withdraw from the Muskegon Area District Library. Rose Dillon, a member of the Citizens to Keep Library Money in Fruitport, said the 0.75-mill request is not a tax increase. Rather, it is a continuation of the millage residents have been paying for the past decade to the MADL, she said. "This funding is needed to keep our Fruitport Library open under our own management, as was explained before our vote to withdraw," Dillon said. "It's a big need in Fruitport. We have some residents who live out in farther areas where there is not opportunity for Internet. We have seniors who don't have computers at home who come and use the library. We have a significant number of patrons who come to the library." Joining the Lakeland Library Cooperative will cost $7,000 a year and allow Fruitport residents the opportunity to access all 41 of the cooperative's member libraries. "We hope this will give us an opportunity to provide the same level of service to our residents, and we hope to enhance some services," Dillon said. "By joining the Fruitport voters face library proposal Tuesday DECISION 2016 The community has a chance to help support local band students with a new fundraiser. Over the years, the Grand Haven Band Boosters have held various fundraisers for the school district's grades 5-12 band program. With the help and guidance of a Petoskey band, the Grand Haven boosters are looking to an annual raffle ticket sale to transform their funding. Grand Haven High School band director Iain Novoselich said the fundraiser has the potential to turn the program from being reactionary to being visionary with the ability to plan ahead. Novoselich said the program is fortunate to have a budget from the school district, but it only gets them through the year. "We can maintain what we have, but we can't really expand," he said. Raffle tickets are $10 each and are on sale until May 19. You can purchase them from band families, by calling 616-335-1469, by email at, or at the high school band concert on May 2. Winners will be selected for prizes of up to $2,500 on May 20. Families who sell the winning tickets will also receive monetary prizes. Winners will be notified by phone. Band Boosters President April Scholtz said other booster programs also struggle to receive funding to grow programming. She said a lot of the funding comes from parents, families and community members to cover transportation for competitions, visits from music specialists and financial assistance. The band boosters' annual budget runs about $23,000, which helps pay for some transportation costs, private lesson rebates, offsets some the cost of band camp, and uniform cleaning and maintenance, Scholtz said. Families are also asked to contribute to help offset the cost of instruments and uniform cleaning. In previous years, students have sold candy, flowers and wrapping paper as fundraisers. "We've sold just about everything to everybody," Scholtz said. Although the raffle will become an annual fundraiser, Scholtz said Tribune photo/Krystle Wagner Lakeshore Middle School band director Brian Ambrose's students practice scales. Band boosters hold fundraiser GRAND HAVEN AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS Grand Haven DPW employee Earl Jorgensen helps students from Mary A. White Elementary School plant a tree during an Arbor Day event in the city on Friday. Tribune photo/ Alex Doty Trees for the Tri-Cities GRAND HAVEN, SPRING LAKE HOST ARBOR DAY PLANTING CEREMONIES Grand Haven and Spring Lake did their part to help honor National Arbor Day on Friday, as both communities hosted tree planting ceremonies in the morning. Grand Haven hosted its tree planting ceremony at the corner of Clinton and Fourth streets, behind the Ottawa County parking lot. Helping the city's Department of Public Works crew was Angi Huntington's fourth-grade class from Mary A. White Elementary School. Mayor Geri McCaleb said she enjoys how the planting event helps the students better understand the importance of trees. "I'm glad we do this and I'm glad the kids get to participate," she said. "It's fun to watch them taking turns shoveling dirt." Recently named a "Tree City" for the 21st year, Grand Haven conducts annual tree plantings at different locations around town. This year's tree is a little leaf linden. McCaleb noted that she likes trees in town rather than a barren landscape. "Trees are an amazing natural resource, and it's a good thing that we have a lot of them," she said. Fourth-grader Caleb Brugger was one of the Mary A. White students who helped plant the tree on Friday — a project he was glad to be a part of. "It is fun and good for the community, and for downtown as well," he said. Brugger noted that Friday's event was his second time planting a tree while in school — he also planted one as a third- grader — and said he didn't mind being outside on a chilly spring day to help the environment. Earlier Friday, the Village of Spring Lake hosted a tree planting at the village's Central Park, near the fenced-in dog park. The village was recently named a "Tree City" by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 22nd year. "Trees are a key element of the beauty that surrounds us here in the village, and we take it very seriously," Village President Jim MacLachlan said. "We've dedicated significant resources to maintaining and growing our collection of trees." The village budgets between $15,000 and $20,000 each year for the care and maintenance of planting new trees. "The lion's share of that is now provided by donations from the Verplank family," MacLachlan said. "Vicky (Verplank) was a village president for a number of years, and also a member of council, and she spent most of her married life here in the village." ARBOR DAY 2015 NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR SLHS STUDENTS TO PERFORM 'PIPPIN' SEE STORY, PAGE 3 SL , FRUITPORT BASEBALL SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER SEE SPORTS, PAGE 9 $1.25 SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016 CONNECT WITH US BY MARIE HAVENGA See LIBRARY on PAGE 3 BY ALEX DOTY BY KRYSTLE WAGNER See BAND on PAGE 3 view more photos and video at

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