2:01 PM Sep 14, 2011
The Spring Lake school board approved a two-year deal on Tuesday with the district's 40 support staff. The contract is similar to the one approved with the district's teachers last month. The Spring Lake Public Schools support staff includes bus drivers, food service employees and four maintenance employees. Under terms of the contract, support staffers have agreed to a two-year wage freeze and changes in health insurance plans. Some staffers will be eligible for a one-half of a step increase during the second year of the contract.
10:58 AM Sep 14, 2011
Elinor Adams took the prep golf scene by storm last fall, placing 14th at the Division 3 state meet. She's not sneaking up on anybody this year. In fact, the Lakers' junior feels the weight of lofty expectations pressing heavily on her shoulders, and those expectations have had an adverse affect upon her game. "I definitely feel the pressure this year,' Adams said after turning in the top score - a 44 - at Tuesday's Lakes Eight Conference Jamboree at Spring Lake Country Club.
10:56 AM Sep 14, 2011
Distance runners travel all across the Midwest, and farther, in search of quality events. On Saturday, area athletes won't have to look far to find an outstanding chance to compete in a marathon, half-marathon or 5K race. The Old Boys' Brewhouse Oktoberfest Marathon takes place Saturday morning, offering a scenic yet challenging course for those who don't mind heading out for a 26.2-mile jog.
3:49 PM Sep 14, 2011
Everyone was a winner in Tuesday's Spring Lake Village Council election. Incumbents were running unopposed and were successful in their re-election bids. Write-in candidate Bill Meyers also won a council seat. Village Councilman Jim MacLachlan won a two-year term as village president. He will replace Village President Bill Filber in January. Filber opted not to run again, saying he wanted to "take a breather' from politics. Incumbent councilmen Steve Nauta and David Bennett won four-year terms Tuesday night, as did Meyers.
11:18 AM Sep 13, 2011
Spring Lake and Ludington played to a 4-4 tie, the first blemish in Lakes Eight Conference play for either team. The Lakers suffered a big blow when sophomore Ryan Fedewa had to forfeit his match at first singles because of an injury. He was leading Ludington's Jake Perez 5-4 at the time.
10:46 AM Sep 13, 2011
A benefit for the family of a late downtown Grand Haven businesswoman will be held from 7-10 p.m. Thursday. Cathy Stephenson of Grand Haven died Aug. 23 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was the owner of the Ceramic Cafe in downtown Grand Haven. Stephenson's family has incurred significant medical bills during her illness, according to the benefit's organizers. The fundraiser at Seven Steps Up Event & Banquet Center, 116 S. Jackson St. in Spring Lake, aims to help the family get back on its feet.
3:00 PM Sep 12, 2011
There won't be much competition during Tuesday's Spring Lake Village Council election. All candidates are running unopposed and only one write-in candidate is registered, according to Village Clerk/Treasurer Maribeth Lawrence. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Barber School, 102 W. Exchange St. Councilman Jim MacLachlan is running for a two-year term as village president. Bill Filber said earlier this summer that he has decided "to take a breather' and not seek a fourth term as council president.
2:00 PM Sep 12, 2011
A scrapbooking night to support the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will be held at the Barber School building, 102 W. Exchange St. in Spring Lake, from 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. The cost is $20. Food will be provided. The event is limited to 50 people. Call 616-638-0889 to register.
1:09 AM Sep 10, 2011
The rivalry between Spring Lake and Fremont on the gridiron has been considerably one-sided toward the Lakers the past two season because, for one, they've been far more physical at the line of scrimmage. Fremont pushed, shoved and trampled through that stigma on Friday at Thomas E. Grabinski Field, rumbling over the host Lakers for 367 yards rushing and swarming Spring Lake's offensive backs with consistent pressure in the Packers' surprising 28-13 victory.
2:05 PM Sep 9, 2011
A special mass commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks will strike a deep chord for a St. Mary's Catholic Church parishioner. The Rev. Dan DePew said the St. Mary's member was in New York City working as a first-responder on that tragic September morning. DePew said the parishioner does not want to be identified, but will be present at the 11 a.m. Blue Mass on Sunday - which will honor law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.