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.
11:30 AM Sep 9, 2011
Grand Haven varsity boys soccer coach Aaron Dean had some stern words for his team at halftime of Thursday's showdown with Spring Lake. The Buccaneers certainly got the message. Grand Haven (3-0-3) scored three consecutive goals after trailing 1-0, recording a 3-1 win over previously-unbeaten Spring Lake (6-1) on the Lakers' home field. "He was really pounding it in our heads that we have to work hard, a lot harder than we were,' said Buccaneer senior Nate Rose, who scored the go-ahead goal with 24 minutes remaining in the contest.
1:00 PM Sep 7, 2011
Village Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 to discuss escalating costs of the Grand River Greenway construction. Village Manager Ryan Cotton learned late last week that pilings used for the wetland boardwalk portion of the nonmotorized path will need to be longer than expected. He said it will add at least $80,000 to the $1.3 million project, which is largely funded by state grants and private and public donations.
10:47 AM Sep 7, 2011
Spring Lake's athletic teams are known for their school colors of red, black, and white, but the Lakers' volleyball team dabbled a little green with their uniforms on Tuesday. The green ribbons tied onto their shoe laces was a tribute to Brenda Blahnik, the mother of Lakers' junior setter Emily Blahnik.