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Ottawa County Media Room

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 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.

Current Media Releases

September 16, 2014

Community Give Fest increases access to healthier food options
Nutritious food options are not always readily available at food pantries. This can be a challenge for people who need healthier food options. The 2014 Community Give Fest, running September 7-28, has been organized by the Ottawa County Food Policy Council, Ottawa County Department of Public Health and five local food pantries. The food drive coordinator, Amy Oosterink, helped reach out to church members, asking members to consider giving healthier food options to participating pantries. Read More

September 11, 2014

Create Family Memories at County Parks
We all have favorite family memories from childhood. The Ottawa County Parks has dozens of opportunities to create such lasting, family memories with your children. Sunday Family Hours:  Bring your clan for a fun-filled Family Hour every Sunday at the Nature Education Center within Hemlock Crossing Park. These one-hour, indoor-outdoor programs begin at 2pm. Register at least two days in advance by calling 616-786-4847 and pay only one dollar per person. Late registrants or walk-ins (space permitting) pay two dollars person. Programs vary but incorporate a story, hike, craft, or hands-on activity.  Read More | Nature Education Center Photo | Gabagouache Photo

September 9, 2014

A baby dies every three days in Michigan
SIDS is the leading cause of deaths for babies less than one year of age.

According to the Michigan Department of Human Services, a baby dies every three days in Michigan and these deaths are 100% preventable. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of deaths for babies less than one year of age. Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, proclaimed September as Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month in Michigan. “We are raising awareness about how we can keep our babies safe and healthy; because losing one baby to unsafe sleep is one baby too many!”, said Dawn Dotson, MIHP Supervisor at Ottawa County Department of Public Health. Read More

September 2, 2014

Ottawa County iReport video accepted for CNN’s news coverage
"Convince us your city/county is healthy" assignment

Grand Haven resident, Grace Farr Stanton, filmed the Dancing in Grand Haven on the Boardwalk video which was submitted to the CNN iReport assignment: “Convince us your city/county is healthy”. CNN iReport producers review the most compelling, important and urgent iReports and select the cities or counties that make wellness a priority. Grace’s video was cleared for CNN and made a part of their news coverage. CNN receives, on average, 500 iReports a day, and a fraction of those are approved. Read More

August 27, 2014

Ottawa County Honors Employee for Customer Service

Ottawa County extends its congratulations to Amanda Echler for the Outstanding Customer Service Award. Amanda is an Environmental Health Specialist in the Food Service Division of the Ottawa County Department of Public Health. According to the Michigan Food Law, routine inspections are required to ensure that food service establishments are adhering to safety standards designed to protect public health. Amanda conducts these routine inspections and educates food service employees about how to safely prepare and serve food to the public. As you can imagine, not every food service employee is delighted to see an inspector walk through the front door. Read More

August 25, 2014

Speak: Public Meeting to Discuss Off-Leash Dog Park

On Tuesday, September 9 at 6:30PM at Hager Park, Ottawa County Parks officials will propose a new off-leash dog park. The public is encouraged to attend and weigh-in on the plans for nearby Grand Ravines Park. Ottawa County Parks is planning many improvements at its 187-acre Grand Ravines County Park in Georgetown Township. Along with an off-leash dog area, plans call for trails for hiking and biking, ravine overlooks, a lodge along the Grand River, access for fishing and kayaking and more. Although the plan identifies an area for the future dog park, not all details have been determined. This meeting is intended to present a concept for the dog park and get input from the public. Read More

Freedom of Information Act Requests

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.

Shannon Felgner,
Communications Manager

Main Office

12220 Fillmore Street
Room 210
West Olive, MI 49460
Phone: (616) 738-4672
FAX: (616) 738-4888
Monday - Friday:
8:00am - 5:00pm