8:00 AM Aug 6, 2011
Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O'Hara, vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, noted the contrast of the 11th and 12th points for "The Walk of Coast Guard History' installed this year. The 11th point identifies the first fireworks show over Dewey Hill, shot off on Aug. 3, 1940; and the 12th point recognizes the first Coast Guard memorial service held in Grand Haven on Aug. 4, 1939.
1:26 AM Aug 6, 2011
Area residents and boaters are used to seeing Coast Guard crews on patrol in local waterways, and responding to the occasional water rescue. What they do with the rest of their time remains somewhat a mystery to those outside the fenced-in Coast Guard station on Harbor Drive. When the waves are rolling in Lake Michigan, the big silver lifeboat with the crew dressed in blue and orange is not going out just to ride the waves, according to Operations Petty Officer Sean Long.
5:16 PM Aug 5, 2011
The newest youth ambassador for Coast Guard City USA is a California girl transplanted to Spring Lake. Elizabeth McLaughlin, 18, was announced the winner of the annual scholarship program during the Walk of History presentation in front of Grand Haven City Hall on Friday afternoon. The announcement was originally scheduled to take place prior to the Coast Guard Festival Street Dance on Tuesday night, but it was postponed along with the dance because of the stormy weather forecast for that evening.
11:38 AM Aug 5, 2011
Beach Boys fans took a trip down memory lane on Thursday night with the tribute band Good Vibrations at Waterfront Stadium. The band played an array of Beach Boys cuts, ranging from "409' and "Catch a Wave' to slower tracks such as "Surfer Girl' and "In My Room.' Spring Lake resident Bill Chaddock said he was impressed by the band's performance, as well as the crowd's involvement in the show.
10:30 AM Aug 5, 2011
More than 50 people of all ages stepped to the beat of the music - laughing and trying to keep in sync with their neighbors. Grace Stanton of the North Ottawa Community Council on Aging danced with them Wednesday at Mulligan's Hollow - calling out directions, numbers and turns to the crowd. "It's a lot of fun,' Stanton said. "And you can be little, you can be older. There's really no age limit to line dancing.'
3:17 PM Aug 4, 2011
The Coast Guard Festival's 10th annual Street Dance was a night later, but organizers and dancers were glad for it. "Luckily, we could move it from Tuesday night when the weather forecast was lousy and make it on Wednesday night,' Street Dance Chairman Roger Jonas said at the event on Washington Avenue, between Third and Fourth streets. "And I think people got the message. Look at the crowds down here.'
12:14 PM Aug 4, 2011
The "Mighty Mac' came in to Grand Haven Monday afternoon with one commander and will be leaving Sunday with a new face at the helm. Command of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw was transferred from Cmdr. Scott J. Smith to Cmdr. Michael J. Davanzo during a ceremony at Escanaba Park on Wednesday afternoon. Smith, who has been commanding officer aboard the Mackinaw since May 2008, said he was honored to have been able to serve on the Cheboygan-based cutter. "I'm happy to report that I drove the heck out of that ship,' Smith said.
10:43 AM Aug 4, 2011
Grace Urbach, 11, squinted with focus as she aimed the stream of her water gun into the grinning hippo's mouth. With a pop, her balloon burst before her competitors' balloons - earning her a small stuffed pink dog. "I think it's amazing,' the Baltimore, Md., girl said of the Coast Guard Festival Carnival. "I think it's very well set up. It's definitely kid-appropriate.'
10:32 AM Aug 4, 2011
There's no doubt the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival has always been child friendly, with events such as the annual Kid's Day and the ever-popular downtown carnival. Thanks to an effort from the North Ottawa County Council on Aging (NOCCOA), there's also an event now dedicated to those 50 and older.
12:07 PM Aug 3, 2011
Members of the United States Coast Guard are very good at what they do, and it's a good thing, according to Rear Adm. David Parks. "It's great that we're busy saving lives and enforcing treaties, because we're not going to have careers as professional golfers,' Parks joked after completing his round at the Coasties Golf Tournament at Grand Haven Golf Club.
11:37 AM Aug 3, 2011
The threat of rain might have postponed the evening's Coast Guard Festival events, but it didn't dampen the crowd at Kids Day earlier Tuesday. An overcast sky loomed over the throngs of people at Mulligan's Hollow - but the only water droplets that fell during the four-hour event were the ones shooting down from the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety aerial fire truck in the parking lot of the local YMCA.
12:09 PM Aug 2, 2011
"There's twice as many people here as there were last year,' observed Grand Haven resident Dave Wiersma - as he and his son, Parker, walked the boardwalk Monday to get a view of the four Coast Guard ships just finishing a parade into the Grand Haven harbor.
10:28 AM Aug 2, 2011
Ignacio and Johnnathan Ybarra speed past each other, weaving circles on their motorcycles inside of a giant spherical cage - the Globe of Death. In the center stands their mother, Jeane Ybarra. She looks worried, but stands calmly in one place as one of her sons takes her purple top hat from her head and continues to race around her before placing it back where it belongs. The crowd roars. The trio is part of the Fantazia Circus, who performed at Waterfront Stadium on Saturday as part of the 2011 Coast Guard Festival.
7:14 AM Aug 2, 2011
A 50-year-old Holton man was expected to be arraigned today on charges of armed robbery and fleeing and eluding police after he allegedly robbed The Reef convenience store in Ferrysburg on Saturday evening, Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Chief Roger DeYoung said. More charges, such as operating under the influence of drugs, could be added.
3:09 PM Aug 1, 2011
Tyler Sutton is just a year older than the Coast Guard Festival's annual downtown car show, but the Grand Haven teen was dreaming of seeing a car more than twice his age on Sunday. Sutton, 18 - wearing a wool cap and black T-shirt - said he's attended the festival's car show for many years. He doesn't yet have his own car. "Wish I had the money for it and I'd have one,' Sutton said as he checked out a 1967 Chevy Impala SS. "If I had my choice out of this, probably a ‘69 Chevelle.'
4:41 PM Jul 31, 2011
Hundreds of kids, mascots, dogs, horses and pirates moved along Franklin and Washington avenues to the beat of drums and the wail of sirens on Saturday. Thousands of spectators watched as 51 parade entries walked, drove, biked and boarded through the 10-block route of the Coast Guard Kids Parade.