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Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

The State Park in Grand Haven comes to life with incredible kite performances this weekend. Don’t miss the fun!

For the 28th year, the world’s best kite flyers - individuals, pairs & teams will be performing continuously on Saturday, May 21 from 10am – 5pm & Sunday, May 22 from 11am – 5pm.

Kite enthusiast and their families are invited to experience different size kites with amazing capabilities controlled by professional kite handlers. There will also be an Open Flying Field to fly your own kite.

Grand Haven State Park is located at 1001 Harbor Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan 49417.

Call: 1-866-428-2335 or visit www.mackite.com for more information.

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

Reed Kamyszek, former Kenowa Hills Track/CC Star, still Running

Reed Kamyszek, former Kenowa Hills Track/CC Star, still Running

Syracuse runner Reed Kamyszek hopes to continue athletic career at graduate school

By Sam FortierAsst. Sports Web Editor

5 days ago

Reed Kamyszek’s dad knew something big had happened. His son had never been one to get very excited.

Human Interest Story - What a Difference a Letter can make

Human Interest Story - What a Difference a Letter can make

In this day and age, a personal letter from someone seems to be a rarity. Not so though with my friend and former neighbor, Sally Howard.

Sally has a hobby of collecting autographs from “Potentially Famous People” and has done it for years, knowing that one day one of these autographs will pay off, whether in notoriety or value. She has hundreds of them filed away in order.

Just recently, Sally told me a story about an unusual experience she had and how it turned out. This is her story:

Sally attended the Michigan State Diving Championship meet in March of this year being her grandson, Cameron, a sophomore, was diving for Grandville High School. She said, “While I was attending, I got the chance of a lifetime to experience the true meaning of what it takes to be outstanding in performance and character. Sally is referring to Will Brenner who is a senior at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, MI.

My Town: New Director of Parks and Recreation announced

My Town: New Director of Parks and Recreation announced

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (City of Grand Rapids)-- David Marquardt has joined the City of Grand Rapids as its new Parks and Recreation Director. “I am pleased David has chosen to be part of our team. His experience in leading the Planning, Design and Construction division of the Denver Parks Department positions him well to jump in and lead implementation of parks millage investments,” said City Manager Gregory Sundstrom.

In the final stages of the interview process, Marquardt visited Grand Rapids and had an opportunity to meet community members, park advocates, and City officials. Reflecting on that process, Marquardt stated, “I was impressed by the community’s demonstrated commitment to parks and recreation services. There is energy here that is intriguing and exciting.”

My Town GR West: Christian Sports Card Show returns Jan. 1

My Town GR West: Christian Sports Card Show returns Jan. 1

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- A benefit Sports Card Show will take place at West Side Christian School, located at 955 Westend NW in Grand Rapids.

This is the 23rd year for the event, which will take place on New Year’s Day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and concessions are available.  Browse through 40 tables of sports cards and more. Dave Rozema, pitcher for the 1984 World Champion Detroit Tigers will be in house to sign autographs (first autograph is free) and to talk sports.

For more information, call (616)784-4299 or visit www.experiencegr.com.

Reed Kamyszek finishes his XC Running at Syracuse University

Reed Kamyszek finishes his XC Running at Syracuse University

This brings my CX running career at Syracuse University to an end except for Outdoor Track in the spring, so said Reed Kamyszek in a recent e-mail to me. Reed is in his 5th year at Syracuse on full scholarship & will go on to medical school next fall. He also tutors at Syracuse.

Reed was with the team at Nationals in Indiana over the weekend and Syracuse placed 5th in the Nation for the first time in 60 years and to quote Reed: “Who would have thought that a kid from Walker, MI would have been a part of taking the team to this level?” He is so proud of the entire team and has really enjoyed being a part of the team.

Reed is a graduate of Kenowa Hills High School, Class of 2010.