1:35 PM Jun 28, 2011
It's somewhat unusual for a teenager to be interested in 200-year-old American history, but it's even more unusual to have a keen interest in the country's second president. But then there's 14-year-old Lizzy Traves, who traveled from her home in Blissfield, about 25 miles northwest of Toledo, Ohio, to listen to the John Adams re-enactor at Grand Haven's Central Park on Monday evening.
3:18 PM Jun 27, 2011
If you're going to have to help out in an emergency or disaster, overlooking Spring Lake from William Ferry Park is a nice place to do it. The local ham radio club operated for 24 straight hours this weekend in the national Field Day event from the Ferrysburg park, making as many contacts with other stations - both in the field using alternative power sources, like the North Ottawa Amateur Radio Club's setup, and home "base' stations.
1:36 PM Jun 27, 2011
More than 200 individuals transformed City Beach from beach to sandbox to art gallery Saturday as they competed in the Sand Sculpture Contest. The Beach Guys - one of 43 teams in the competition - spent two hours sculpting, molding and perfecting a giant sand creation to honor the 30th anniversary of the contest. Their work was similar to the logo on the shirts every participant, judge and volunteer wore - complete with shovel, bucket, lighthouse and a sun in the middle of what read "30th.'
11:37 AM Jun 27, 2011
The blue sky above shed a bright light on the assortment of colors in paintings, photographs, jewelry and other artwork on display Saturday and Sunday at the Downtown Grand Haven Art Festival. More than 100 artists and booths filled the first three blocks of a barricaded Washington Avenue for the 50th anniversary of the festival, organized by the local Chamber of Commerce and Howard Alan Events Ltd.
11:20 AM Jun 27, 2011
A Spring Lake-area woman was arrested and the passenger in her car transported to North Ottawa Community Hospital following a one-car accident early Saturday evening on Hickory Street north of Fruitport Road. The driver of the car - Kirstyn Sabrofky, 21 - was given a breathalyzer test, then arrested on an alcohol related-charge, said Sgt. Keith Garvelink of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department. She suffered minor injuries that didn't require treatment.
10:16 AM Jun 27, 2011
The blue sky above shed light on the assortment of colors in paintings, photographs, jewelry and other artwork on display Saturday at the Downtown Grand Haven Art Festival. "The weather - it's perfect here,' said Joanne Adams of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who was selling her Just For You handmade jewelry at the show for the third straight year. "And I love Michigan. I think it's a wonderful state.' The 50th anniversary of the festival, organized by the local Chamber of Commerce and Howard Alan Events Ltd., continues Sunday.
5:10 PM Jun 25, 2011
Maureen Whitehead shrugged off miserable conditions and used her wealth of tournament experience - along with some clutch putts - to outlast Collette Hansen and win her second consecutive Spring Lake Invitational championship. Whitehead, who spends her summers in Charlevoix, couldn't quite match Hansen's distance or accuracy, but was steady from tee to green and spectacular with her putter, rolling in several long putts that kept Thursday's Championship Flight final tight until the closing holes.
11:42 AM Jun 24, 2011
Two people were taken by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital following an accident at about 10:30 this morning on Pine Street near the Dockside Mobil gas station. Danielle Berkobien, 17, of Spring Lake, said she was heading to work to pick up her check when the 1994 Land Rover slid on the wet pavement as she drove around the curve on the M-104 bridge into Ferrysburg.
11:04 AM Jun 24, 2011
Grand Haven High School junior Alan Zeiler wants to go into Navy law enforcement. Recent GHHS graduate Hailey Greenbauer is also interested in a career in law enforcement, with possible aspirations of working in New York City. In the meantime, the two teens were having fun being introduced to various aspects of those careers while attending the fourth annual Teen 911 Academy this week.
10:28 AM Jun 23, 2011
Much like putting together pieces of a puzzle, installers pieced together the new "green' roof at the Grand Haven Community Center on Wednesday. "We basically start in one corner, put down a row, and just keep putting down row after row after row,' Hortech owner Dave MacKenzie said.
11:23 AM Jun 22, 2011
Now that Grand Haven's Collette Hansen has the right size clubs in her golf bag, she has put herself in contention to win her first Spring Lake Invitational Tournament title.
10:52 AM Jun 22, 2011
Two Spring Lake Township women suffered minor injuries when their mini-vans collided, then crashed into a utility pole and a garage off 148th Avenue on Tuesday evening. Felisha Shatney, 19, who is eight months pregnant, was taken by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital where she was in good condition, said Sgt. Keith Garvelink of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department. The other driver, Denora Karell, 54, sought her own treatment for injuries, Garvelink said.
10:48 AM Jun 22, 2011
Lance and Kathy Parma wanted to find a cozy cottage in downtown Grand Haven when they started searching for a new home five or six years ago, Lance said. They bought the fixer-upper at 114 N. Fifth St. with the intention of creating a backyard oasis as well. They concentrated on the house, then finished up the yard last spring. Now they will be sharing their oasis with participants in the Tri-Cities Garden Club's 17th annual Garden Walk on Saturday.
8:05 AM Jun 22, 2011
More than 350 runners competed in Saturday's Heritage Festival 5K Run. None of them could keep up with Kevin Bence. Bence, of Grand Rapids, won the event for the third consecutive year, running a strong time of 17 minutes, 5 seconds on the flat, fast 5K course. "I was happy with it. It was a good run,' said Bence, 22, who ran competitively at Michigan Tech. "I've run this the last three years and it's a nice flat course. I like how small it is, plus I like winning it.'
8:03 AM Jun 22, 2011
The threat of rain couldn't cool off the red-hot scores at Monday's qualifying round for the 90th Spring Lake Invitational Tournament. Ten different players shot rounds in the 70s at Spring Lake Country Club, and three who carded 79 missed out on the championship flight, including four-time event champion Joan Garety. Jean Steinbacher and Donna Benford tied for medalist honors with rounds of 75. Steinbacher will be the No. 2 seed in the championship flight after winning the tiebreaker with a par on No. 2.
7:53 AM Jun 21, 2011
A burning air conditioner in a Grand Haven home forced a family of four to evacuate Sunday afternoon, police said. Firefighters were called to 1127 Slayton Ave. shortly before 3:30 p.m. when a window air conditioner in the second story of the bungalow-style house caught fire, GHDPS officer Eric Rasch said. The blaze was quickly extinguished, and firefighters stayed to ventilate the house.