2:00 PM Sep 23, 2011
The Rev. Lary Jackson's job requires a lot of walking. He doesn't mind, he says, because it's for a good cause. Jackson works for Church World Service - a cooperative ministry of 36 Christian denominations that organizes C.R.O.P. hunger walks throughout northern Indiana and West Michigan. Jackson, who still makes his home in Spring Lake, will be participating in 10 different walks to help raise awareness about the hunger and poverty that is rampant throughout the world.
10:33 AM Sep 23, 2011
Spring Lake's varsity girls swimming and diving squad was determined at defending its home pool during a tri-meet on Wednesday at the Spring Lake Aquatic Center, but there were some factors involved that prevented the home team from being in top form.
11:11 AM Sep 22, 2011
There's no denying it - if you're a football player at Spring Lake or Fruitport, this week is just different. Getting ready to take on your team's most despised rival on Friday night, there's just no way not to get caught up in the emotions of a huge week.
1:00 PM Sep 22, 2011
As a home economics teacher, Jan Bussard taught her students that what's on the inside of a garment is just as important as what's on the outside. Perhaps back in the mid-1950s she was talking only literally, trying to teach the youngsters at Spring Lake Junior High the importance of strong stitches. But three of Bussard's former students know now that their beloved teacher was laying a pattern of wisdom that they carry with them today - more than a half-century later.
7:52 AM Sep 22, 2011
The death of a Coopersville man found in the Grand River behind his boat in August has been ruled accidental, Detective Corey Allard of the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department said today. Michael Kirby, 51, was reported missing the afternoon of Aug. 20 by a friend, James Cunningham. Cunningham was supposed to meet Kirby that morning to work on his boat in the Village Cove Marina, 900 W. Savidge St. in Spring Lake, Allard said.
11:11 AM Sep 21, 2011
Spring Lake remained in second-place in the Lakes Eight Conference behind leading Fruitport following the Lakers' four-game victory over rival Fremont on Tuesday. Spring Lake coach Sarah Bulthuis said improved defensive play led the Lakers to the 25-18, 25-10, 20-25, 25-15 victory.
11:00 AM Sep 20, 2011
Generation Care is hosting its inaugural "Pedaling for Parkinsons' bike ride on Saturday at the Spring Lake Holiday Inn. The benefit 12-mile ride is scheduled for 9 a.m. The focus of the untimed, non-competitive ride is to raise awareness of the evidence-based benefits of biking on symptoms associated with Parkinsons disease. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Forms can be found at Generation Care's website at www.generationcare.org. For more information, call (616) 935-3300 or (231) 737-4374.
10:53 AM Sep 20, 2011
Spring Lake District Library will be hosting a virtual visit via Skype with best-selling mystery author J.A. Jance at 2 p.m. Saturday. Jance will include a reading from her latest novel, "Betrayal of Trust,' which debuted at No. 9 on the New York Times Bestseller List. Attendees will have an opportunity to speak with the author via the video conferencing technology and purchase a book from The Bookman, which will include a book plate signed by the author.
10:48 AM Sep 19, 2011
When Hajime Nishi wants to know how he did in a marathon, he doesn't look at the large clock ticking off the hours, minutes and seconds as he crosses the finish line. Instead, he looks at the camera he carries in his fanny pack. On Saturday, Nishi, a native of Kyoto, Japan, had a very good day at the Shoreline Sport and Spine Oktoberfest Marathon. "I took over 100 pictures, which means I enjoyed it,' Nishi said with a laugh. "If I only take 20 pictures, that means I did not have a good time.'
1:12 AM Sep 17, 2011
Eleven-year-old Ezekiel DeJonge can check off one of the items on his bucket list: running a marathon. The Spring Lake boy ran 1 mile in the Old Boys' Brewhouse Oktoberfest Kids Race on Friday night - prepping for today's 5K run and completing the 26 miles that are equal to a marathon within a year. "It's cool,' Ezekiel said. "I was finishing my marathon and I'm running a 5K (today).'

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