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).'
1:05 AM Sep 17, 2011
Spring Lake scored a 6-2 win over Comstock Park on Friday in boys tennis action. The Lakers were without several key team members, which bumped senior Nic Parnell, typically a fixture at No. 1 doubles, up to No. 1 singles. Parnell responded with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 win over Max Bent. The Lakers' Gabriel Guzmam won 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 singles, while Sean Dusterwinkle won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4.
12:40 AM Sep 17, 2011
There were no "over-the-hill' balloons for Spring Lake resident Cathleen Pranger's 50th birthday celebration. Cathleen, an eight-year survivor of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), celebrated in style with a party hosted by her husband, Scott Pranger, on Sept. 3, that family and friends thought she might never see.
9:51 AM Sep 18, 2011
A Grand Haven man was cited for not having a secure load after the 27-foot boat he was trailing fell off the trailer and onto West Savidge Street in Spring Lake around 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to police. The man, whose name was not released by police, was driving a pickup truck with his friend's boat on the attached trailer. When he pulled his truck and trailer out of the Wesco gas station and onto South Cutler Street, the boat fell off the trailer, Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Officer Adam Hill said.
10:00 AM Sep 18, 2011
If gaining a better understanding of the Bible is one of your goals, join the Rev. Dr. Kathryn Roberts at Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St., at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. Roberts is theologian-in-residence at St. John's Episcopal Church in Grand Haven. She will share general principles for reading and interpreting the Bible during this free presentation for the community.
12:04 AM Sep 17, 2011
Autumn arrives officially on Sept. 23 and brings with it the return of Music by the Fireplace at Spring Lake District Library. Free musical performances will be featured one Sunday afternoon a month during the school year. Audiences will be treated to a variety of music, from bagpipes and wind ensembles to jazz and bluegrass. Classical guitarist Jeff Dwarshuis will be performing at the library from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.
10:38 AM Sep 16, 2011
Spring Lake pulled out an exciting victory over the co-op team from Mona Shores/Reeths-Puffer on Thursday at the Spring Lake Aquatic Center by a 93.5-91.5 final. "This was a very close meet, too close for comfort,' Spring Lake coach Nikkie Theune said. "Tonight's win didn't just come down to getting first place finishes, it was the seconds, thirds, fourths and fifths that really stepped up to the plate tonight and brought the win home. I am very proud of every one of them.'
2:00 PM Sep 15, 2011
Like the yeast in their homemade bread, business is on the rise for Sara Rathbun and Oran Rankin. The husband-and-wife team opened the Village Baker at 617 E. Savidge St. in early July. Rathbun said they're now selling more than 200 scones a day. "We're having a lot of fun here and I think our customers are getting into it,' she said. "We never expected to be this busy - but it's a central, inexpensive meeting place for people. I think there's nothing more socially satisfying than breaking bread with friends.'