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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 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.

Current Media Releases

February 19, 2015

Katty Shack 5K Offers Prizes & Discounts

Grand Haven, MI – Register for this spring’s Katty Shack 5K on Thursday, February 26th at Jumpin’ Java Coffee Shop and you’ll be in the running for great prizes regardless of your pace! Race representatives will be at Jumpin’ Java located at 215 Washington Avenue in Grand Haven from 11am and 6pm. Sign-up at a reduced fee of $20 plus be put in a drawing for $50 in movie coupons to the Grand Haven 9, a $50 Wesco gas card and a $100 gift card to Two Tonys Taverna Grille.  Also available is an even further reduced price of $18 per person for families or businesses consisting of three or more individuals. Read More.

February 12, 2015

"Bella" is Top Dog for 2014

“Snoopy” and “Lassie” may be some of the most familiar dog names in American culture but not the most popular when people license their dog in Ottawa County, as the Ottawa County Treasurer announced today that “Bella” and “Buddy” were the most used names on licenses purchased in 2014. Read More.

February 10, 2015

Ottawa County Honors Employee for Customer Service

Ottawa County extends its congratulations to Mary Beth Rokisky for the Outstanding Customer Service Award.  Mary Beth is a technician for the Register of Deeds Office. Meet Mary Beth and read excerpts from the three nominations she received. Ottawa County employees are trained to present a friendly, professional demeanor treating customers with integrity and respect. The Outstanding Customer Service Award is presented quarterly to an Ottawa County employee who exemplifies this to both internal and external customers. Nominations for the award can come from both inside and outside the organization. The Customer Service Team reviews all of the nominations and selects the award recipient.

February 4, 2015

Miles of Smiles participates in "Give Kids a Smile!" day

February 6 is the 13th annual American Dental Association’s “Give Kids a Smile!” day. Dr. Robert Ankerman D.D.S. will be the dentist on the Ottawa County Department of Public Health’s Miles of Smiles(MOS) mobile dental unit. This Friday, he will provide comprehensive dental care for Medicaid-insured and financially-qualifying uninsured children at Jefferson Elementary School in Holland (Holland Public School District). Every child in the school will receive a gift bag, complete with oral health aids and oral health education for parents. Read More.

February 2, 2015                        

Pigeon Creek Park is OPEN for the snow day!

Ottawa County, MI—While others are closing, a snow day is an OPEN day for Ottawa County Parks!  Looking for something to do on this sunny snow day?  The Pigeon Creek Lodge will be opening early at 1PM today, with concession and ski/snowshoe rental available until 8PM.  Conditions are reported as excellent!  

Location and Directions: Pigeon Creek Park is located at 12524 Stanton Street in West Olive.  From US-31, take Stanton Street and travel three miles east to the park entrance.  From 120th Avenue, travel west on Stanton about a half mile.  The park entrance is on the south side of the road.

For updates on snow conditions and hours, call (616) 738-9531.  Please note that no hiking, biking, or dogs are allowed in the park during winter operations. Read More.

December 17, 2014                                

Plenty to do at the Nature Education Center

While the weather outside seems unpredictable this winter, you can count on Ottawa County’s Nature Education Center to offer countless fun activities! The Nature Education Center is within Hemlock Crossing Park at 8115 West Olive Road in West Olive. 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 child. Late registrants or walk-ins (space permitting) pay two dollars child. Programs vary but incorporate a story, hike, craft, or hands-on activity. Sunday Family Hours are best suited for groups with children ages five and older. At your discretion, younger children may enjoy the program with extra assistance and supervision from their caregivers. 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