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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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Shannon Felgner

  • Shannon Felgner,
    Communications Manager

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    Room 210
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Phone: (616) 738-4672
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