1:55 PM Sep 1, 2011
Spring Lake sophomore Ryan Fedewa won't be doing any bodybuilding flex-offs after his matches this fall, but added strength - especially on his serve - has been a welcome addition to his game at No. 1 singles for the Lakers varsity tennis squad.
11:23 AM Aug 31, 2011
The first phase of the Grand River Greenway is completely roughed in and expected to be open for pedestrian, bike and wheelchair traffic by mid-October, according to Village Manager Ryan Cotton. Work continues on the boardwalks through the wetlands west of School Street. Viewing areas are also under construction, the manager said.
1:54 PM Aug 29, 2011
Don Anderson continues to be humbled by the fact that the Grand Haven cross country team annually hosts a trail run in his honor. Anderson, who started the Grand Haven cross country program in 1958, is also extremely proud to see how successful the Buccaneers' programs have become. On Saturday, the Bucs' boys and girls both claimed championships at the Don Anderson Trail Run, despite both teams running without key team members due to illness and injury.
1:52 PM Aug 29, 2011
A Crockery Township man escaped a fire that destroyed his mobile home early this evening. Firefighters were called to the secluded home in the 17000 block of 120th Avenue when neighbors reported heavy black smoke coming from the area shortly after 6 p.m. Homeowner Mark Mitchell was found in a nearby camper and was checked by paramedics before refusing further treatment. The man said he was awakened by his howling cat, started investigating, then was forced out of the home by heavy smoke.
12:01 PM Aug 29, 2011
The First Baptist Church rolled out the sidewalks and threw a street party for the community on Saturday. "What's fun is the wide variety of people coming in,' the Rev. Doug Bytwerk said as several hundred people milled about the free event. The event included a roast pork dinner, children's games and magic shows. "We roasted three hogs and we're serving 1,000 hot dogs,' Bytwerk said. "It's our purpose to never charge for any of this. We always want to give this as a gift to our community.'
10:28 AM Aug 29, 2011
Elexis Curry brought her two young daughters to Harbor Island on Saturday, hoping to snare some tickets for the circus. "I'm excited,' Curry said. "I think I'm more excited than they are.' The Tri-Cities Kiwanis Club sponsored the two Kelly Miller Circus shows on the island on Saturday. It was the seventh year in a row the local club brought the circus to town.
8:09 AM Aug 29, 2011
The city had planned for a crowd of up to 900 for its seventh annual Bayou Picnic on Saturday. About an hour into the two-and-a-half-hour event at East Grand River Park, Mayor Roger Bergman had to announce to the people waiting in line that they've run out of food. "I never had to announce we ran out of food before,' he said. The city scrambled to order dozens of pizzas from several Grand Haven pizzerias, but still didn't have enough to go around.
4:07 PM Aug 27, 2011
Nancy O'Neill has been a Love INC volunteer since 2003 and she has seen her share of area residents in need of food. But the Grand Haven resident said she's never seen that need reach the level that she has witnessed in the past two years. "The need is great in these difficult times,' she said. Love INC and other area food pantries - The Salvation Army in Grand Haven and The People Center in Spring Lake - are finding their shelves devoid of food stock, especially protein foods.
4:06 PM Aug 27, 2011
Artists are are being given an opportunity to show their talents to the public in an ongoing art series being conducted at the C2C Gallery, 41 Washington Ave. in downtown Grand Haven. The third event in the series took place Friday night and featured Ypsilanti-based pastel artist Shaun Williams. "I just got into the pastels four years ago and I've been heavily into it since then,' he said.
Aug 27, 2011 (All day)
Donning a blue and yellow flight suit, Bridget Fox fastened on her helmet, strapped herself tight inside the F/A-18 Hornet's dome-windowed cockpit and prepared herself for the flight of her life. When the Grand Haven Township woman gave the thumbs up, the jets on the U.S. Navy Blue Angels' blue and gold Hornet rumbled and the plane briefly hovered over the runway before it vertically shot up in the sky.
1:56 PM Aug 26, 2011
A year ago, Spring Lake scored a touchdown as time expired to beat Whitehall in the season-opener for both teams. On Thursday night, the Lakers looked poised for another dramatic win, but a costly interception by quarterback Keegan Wolter with just over a minute remaining helped the visiting Vikings hold on for a wild 33-31 win over the host Lakers at Thomas E. Grabinski Field.
10:11 AM Aug 26, 2011
It was the hottest item on the auction table that night and bidding was going high. But Spring Lake resident John Carlyle thought the dinner and fire truck ride would make a unique family outing. "All of the grandparents were bidding,' Carlyle said. "Stupid grandfather raised his hand and won,'
1:53 PM Aug 25, 2011
Petoskey dominated the field at Wednesday's Grand Haven Buccaneers' tennis quad, scoring 23 points. The host Bucs and the Lakers of Spring Lake tied for second with 11 points each, while Muskegon Catholic placed fourth with three points. Petoskey won all four singles flights and also took first in three of the four doubles flights. Grand Haven's No. 2 doubles pair of Adam Carlisle, a sophomore, and Ryan Peterson, a junior, broke up a Petoskey sweep by winning their flight.
11:04 AM Aug 25, 2011
Traffic on West Spring Lake Road near the Smith's Bayou bridge was diverted for more than an hour Wednesday night when a large tree branch fell across the road. Ferrysburg Public Works Director George Dunning said it appeared the tree had been weakened by ants, and the weight of the branch finally brought it down. The incident was not storm-related, he said. The branch pulled down a secondary power line, twisting a transformer partially off a utility pole and pulling a power mast off a nearby home. Officials said it looked like only two homes lost power.
10:58 AM Aug 25, 2011
A 17-year-old Grand Haven boy was rescued from Lake Michigan near Grand Haven's south pier just as Tuesday evening's storm started rumbling through the area. His name was not available. "Witnesses said, if it wasn't for the surfers, the kid probably wouldn't have been rescued,' said Lt. Renee Freeman of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.
10:49 AM Aug 23, 2011
Emergency crews from Coast Guard Station Grand Haven and the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety were called to the Grand River channel shortly before 6:30 this morning when a charter fishing boat was reported on fire. Nobody was injured and the customers safely evacuated when the boat pulled over at Escanaba Park near the Coast Guard station. Kathy Johnson of Whitmore Lake said it was a scary way to start her first charter fishing trip.
5:23 PM Aug 22, 2011
A lightning strike may have started a fire which destroyed a Crockery Township home early Saturday afternoon. "It is appearing, with the weather data, highly likely it is lightning,' Crockery Township Fire Chief Gary Dreyer said. Firefighters from eight area departments responded to a rural home at 9878 Taft Road at 1:45 p.m. when neighbors saw smoke in the area after the storm passed through. Dreyer said a meteorologist told him there were between 20 and 30 lightning strikes in the area when the storm went through between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m. Saturday.