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July 20, 2016

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July 18, 2016

Active Shooter: How you respond could save your life.

"Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events" Class

When it comes to many emergencies, we were taught at a young age how to respond. Fire--Stop, drop and roll. Tornado--Seek shelter in a basement. But what should you do in the case of an active shooter? Like any emergency, doing the right things can save your life. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Spring Lake-Ferrysburg Office is offering "Citizen Response to Active Shooter Events" training on July 26 in Spring Lake. Hosted by Spring Lake Rotary Club, the training is being held at the Spring Lake Country Club located at 17496 N Fruitport Road in Spring Lake from 6-9PM. The event is free but registration is required. Space is limited. Visit miOttawa.org/Sheriff to register. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. A pictured ID is required.

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July 15, 2016

Green Light for M23.1k Run & Relay 2016

Registration opens 8AM on Friday, July 15

It's not often that a new, major highway is shut down to traffic. That is exactly what is happening on the morning of October 1, 2016 on the M231 Highway. There are no repairs to be made. Instead, Ottawa County is partnering with the Michigan Department of Transportation to offer the Michigan's Credit Unions M23.1k Run & Relay. The M231 Highway stretches seven miles through the spectacular, rolling countryside and over the Grand River in West Michigan. Runners can choose from a 23.1k run or relay. The three-person relay offers legs between 5k and 10k split over the same 23.1k course. For those who are metrically impaired, that is 14.35 miles.

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July 11, 2016

Step it Up! Walking Challenge sees excellent results

As a group, the Step it Up! participants walked 106,609.6 miles. That's four times around the world!

From April through June, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health and Ottawa County Parks collaborated to present a free walking program to county residents, encouraging them to get outside and get moving after a cold winter. Each week participants were presented with a goal mileage to keep them on track throughout the challenge. 

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July 7, 2016

Meet Ottawa County's Juvenile Justice Institute Class of 2016

The 20th Circuit Court-Family Division-Juvenile Court proudly announces the first graduates from the Juvenile Justice Institute. Mr. Johnny Nguyen (Holland Public Schools) and Mr. Karas Bayko (Hudsonville Public Schools) earned their high school diplomas via the Institute. Both students have plans to attend college this fall.

At-risk youth need options in order to keep them engaged in their education and prevent them from dropping out of school. These students are smart, creative and capable young people. The extended opportunity for students to receive a high school diploma from their local school through attendance at the Juvenile Justice Institute is a critical step in the students’ success. Completing their educations allows them to contribute their knowledge, skills and abilities to the Ottawa County community, making it a better place for all to live. The Ottawa County Juvenile Court contracts with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District to provide this unique educational program. 

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July 7, 2016

Training on Marijuana Trends by Officer Jermaine Galloway

Community Mental Health of Ottawa County is hosting the upcoming training on Marijuana Trends which will be taught by Officer Jermaine Galloway on Friday, September 2, 2016.  Officer Galloway is a nationally and internationally recognized instructor and is well known for his countless hours of research on alcohol and drug trends.  He has been an Idaho law enforcement officer since 1997 and has more than 15 years’ experience in underage drinking, drug, and alcohol enforcement.  

Officer Galloway will be discussing Marijuana Trends: Huffing, Dabbing, Doping, Stashing, Clothing and Legalization influences.  This training is for people who are involved in prevention, education, treatment, or enforcement to provide them with a better understanding of the sweeping changes happening in the drug cultures. 

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July 7, 2016

Opioid Overdose Reversal Kits & Training

People overdosing on opioids is a growing problem in Ottawa County, as well as across the country.  Opioids are substances, or chemically resemble substances, originally derived from the opium poppy.  Opioids can include medications prescribed by a doctor to treat chronic or acute pain but also illegal drugs like heroin used for their euphoric effects.  When a person overdoses on opioids, their breathing shuts down - leading to death.  Overdose deaths are on the rise, so we need to work to address the problem.  There is a medication that can temporarily reverse the overdose effects and provide time to get the victim medical attention.  The medication is called Naloxone.  There is a nationwide effort to make Naloxone available to individuals who use opioids.

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June 30, 2016

Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz: Focuses on Protecting Lakes

Citizen volunteers and aquatic invasive species experts will team up to educate boaters about preventing the spread of harmful species during Michigan’s 3rd Annual Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz on July 1 through July 10, 2016, at boat landings around the state.  The Landing Blitz is sponsored by the Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Natural Resources, and Agriculture and Rural Development in partnership with local organizations as part of Michigan’s annual Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week.

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June 15, 2016

Lakeshore Regional Entity Community Forum

You are invited to attend a community forum to review the Lakeshore Regional Entity’s (LRE) progress on their Plan of Correction on Wednesday, June 29 at 10:00 am in the Board Room at the Ottawa County Fillmore Administration Building.

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June 15, 2016

Ottawa County Receives National Achievement Award

Ottawa County is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a 2016 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo).  The award was given to the County for its work in helping to develop “Imagine Hudsonville 2030”, the new Citywide Master Plan for Hudsonville. 

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June 14, 2016

Residents report Ottawa County on the right track

Ottawa County is doing something right, according to a countywide public opinion survey released today. Eighty percent of residents said that Ottawa County operations are heading in the right direction, up from 73% in 2014. In 2010, just 52% of residents shared this view of the county.

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June 14, 2016

Community Mental Health of Ottawa County will be holding its Annual Public Hearing on Monday June 27, 2016 at 3:00pm. It will be located in the Board Room at 12265 James Street, Holland, MI 49424. The Annual Public Hearing will be immediately followed by the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors. Attached is a flyer for you to post or share with anyone who may be interested in attending.

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June 13, 2016

Seven things to know about the August 2 election

7 - The voter registration deadline is approaching. July 5 is the last day to register if you wish to cast a vote on August 2.
6 - Unable to make it to the polls? You may be eligible for an absentee ballot.
5 - Wish to save time at the polls? Study your ballot ahead of time.

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June 9, 2016

Kelloggsville students win a grant and give back to Hager Park!

2016 marks the third year fifth grade students from Kelloggsville Public Schools have visited Ottawa County's Hager Park to learn about and remove invasive plants, pick up litter, have lunch, and enjoy the Age of Discovery playground.

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June 9, 2016

Free/reduced school lunches done for the summer, but kids can still get free nutritious meals!

The Meet Up and Eat Up summer food service program was created to provide anyone 18 years of age and younger free nutritious meals during long school vacations. The program is available at locations throughout Ottawa County; serving breakfast, lunch and/or snacks during the summer months. 

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June 9, 2016

Learn more about local Holland history in the newly renovated pump house

Have you had the chance to take a peek inside the historic pump house building on Ottawa Beach Road? You know the one, the brick building past the general store on the way to Holland State Park. Whether you've passed by and never been inside or saw it for the first time last year, join the Historic Ottawa Beach Society (HOBS) for an open house or a historical program this summer. 

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June 6, 2016

Employee's random act of kindness gets noticed

Ottawa County extends its congratulations to Greg Rappleye from Corporation Counsel, who has been recognized as Ottawa County’s Outstanding Customer Service Award recipient for the first quarter of 2016. "If time doesn’t fly, it certainly hustles along." said Greg who has been an county employee for 25 years. He began is tenure in 1991 in the Ottawa County Prosecutors Office, doing the County’s civil work under the direction of Prosecutor Ronald J. Frantz. Later, Rappleye's duties evolved into the Office of Corporation Counsel, which serves under the direction of the County Administrator.

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June 3, 2016

Opioid Overdose Reversal Kits & Training

People overdosing on opioids is a growing problem in Ottawa County, as well as across the country.  Opioids are substances, or chemically resemble substances, originally derived from the opium poppy.  Opioids can include medications prescribed by a doctor to treat chronic or acute pain but also illegal drugs like heroin used for their euphoric effects.  When a person overdoses on opioids, their breathing shuts down - leading to death.  Overdose deaths are on the rise, so we need to work to address the problem.  There is a medication that can temporarily reverse the overdose effects and provide time to get the victim medical attention.  The medication is called Naloxone.  There is a nationwide effort to make Naloxone available to individuals who use opioids. 

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June 2, 2016Flower

VanRegenmorter legacy to be honored with Ottawa County garden

In memory of victims who have died and those who survive in Ottawa County.

Ottawa County is creating the William VanRegenmorter Memory Garden to honor the late senator's lifetime commitment to victims of crime. With the assistance of many crime victims and advocates, former State Senator William VanRegenmorter, an Ottawa County resident, wrote the Crime Victim’s Rights Act in 1985. Since that time, tremendous progress has been made, not only in Michigan, but nationwide, to secure and strengthen legal rights, protections and services for crime victims. You can help by purchasing a brick paver for the plaza. The garden will be a tribute to the life changing impact crime has on victims and their loved ones. 

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May 27, 2016Goats

The Prescribed Browsing Project is baaaack for its third and final year.

Ottawa County Parks launched its third and final year of the Prescribed Browsing Project, a unique initiative utilizing goats to combat invasive plants. This innovative, yet simple method reduces herbicide applications, is cost-effective, and allows access to locations where mowers or machinery could otherwise not reach. The project began in 2014 as a three year initiative and will conclude for review after this year.

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May 24, 2016

All Rise: Holland students to take over 58th District Court for a day

The 58th District Court will host Holland High School's AP Government students taught by Mr. Daniel Telgenhof. The students will conduct a full day criminal mock trial on Thursday, May 26, 2016. The trial will begin at 8:20 am and conclude at 2:50 pm in Courtroom B located on the second floor of the Holland Courthouse, 85 W. 8th Street in Holland. 

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May 20, 2016

The votes are in! Ottawa County residents selected the Top Dog in the photo contest being coordinated by the Treasurer's Office. Trinket was awarded the coveted title. In her entry, she barked, "I am a very happy girl who loves people. I am smart too! I also love to chase all of the birds and squirrels out of the yard." The pint sized pet, a Yorkshire Terrier, fetched 467 votes. Second through fifth place, the staff pick and random winner pictures will be shared on the County's social media channels.

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May 19, 2016Population Change Map

Ottawa County Population and Growth Rates  The 2015 population estimates for townships, cities, and villages were released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.

Some of the Ottawa County highlights are provided below:

  • All of the townships in Ottawa County continued to grow in population between 2014 and 2015, while 4 cities saw a slight decline in population
  • Allendale Township experienced the largest population growth rate between 2014 and 2015 (5.8% increase)
  • Since 2010, the local units that experienced the largest population growth rates were Jamestown Township (12.5% increase), Allendale Township (10.8% increase), and Crockery Township (9.7% increase)

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Recent Headlines

Our goal is to be receptive, responsive and transparent.  Members of the media seeking interviews or information are encouraged to contact the Communications Manager, Shannon Felgner.

A handful of County Offices respond to media inquiries directly including:
Ottawa County Department of Public Health - Kristina Wieghmink (616) 494-5597
Ottawa County Community Mental Health - Anna Bednarek (616) 494-5545
Ottawa County Parks & Recreation - Jessica VanGinhoven (616) 994-4716
Ottawa County Sheriff's Office - (616) 738-4000
If you are having trouble determining to whom you should direct your inquiry, the Communications Manager is a great place to start. 

Do you feel like you are the last to know about an Ottawa County Press Release? We are happy to add you to our media contact list. Email or call Shannon Felgner at (616) 738-4672.

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All requests made under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the act. Requests for public information should be made to the department which is responsible for the custody of the records.

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Shannon Felgner

  • Shannon Felgner,
    Communications Manager

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  • 12220 Fillmore Street
    Room 210
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Phone: (616) 738-4672
    FAX: (616) 738-4888
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