1:58 PM Jun 20, 2011
Eighty teams took turns crawling under nets, pulling dummies to safety, throwing life rings and answering water safety questions in an obstacle course aimed at informing participants in the 8th annual Beach Survival Challenge. The challenge drew what organizers said was an unprecedented turnout as more than 480 participants competed at Grand Haven State Park on Saturday.
11:04 AM Jun 20, 2011
Two sports new to the Spring Lake Heritage Festival lineup were introduced to participants in Central Park Saturday morning. Around 40 people gathered at the tennis courts in Central Park for an of Pickleball, said Jimmy O'Hearn, who gave the demonstration. Some stayed and played a few rounds of the game while, in the baseball diamond nearby, a group of people clad in kilts played an entirely different sport - the sheaf throw.
8:42 PM Jun 17, 2011
The third day was the charm for the Spring Lake Heritage Festival after a low turnout and rain dampened Tuesday and Wednesday events. While smoke was pouring from Mill Point Park during Thursday's Wings on the Water barbecue chicken wing contest, senior citizens were heating up fun of their own at the first Senior Art Mixer at the Holiday Inn. Earlier in the day, seniors spooned up ice cream at the Little Red House as they listened to the Spring Lake Jazz Band play music from the 1940s.
3:09 PM Jun 15, 2011
The country's flag was honored and later burned Tuesday evening at separate ceremonies in Grand Haven. The local Elks Lodge, joined by members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in Grand Haven, held its annual Flag Day observance at Waterfront Stadium.
10:31 AM Jun 13, 2011
The roar of motorcycle engines filled the morning air in Spring Lake Township on Saturday for the first-ever Tri-Cities Habitat for Humanity's "Ride for Habitat' fundraiser. "Great events start out small and we're hope this is an event we can grow year to year,' Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Beth Hanis said. "It's something different than anyone else is doing - and, already with the sponsorship and support we've received from the community, it's a huge benefit to Habitat.'
10:29 AM Jun 13, 2011
Stepping under a sign that read "On the Banks of LaGrande Riviere' transported visitors 300 years back in time. Harbor Island was transformed Saturday with military tents, wooden furniture, campfires and re-enactors dressed in period attire - all reflecting the 18th century-era of the Tri-Cities area. The 11th annual Feast of the Strawberry Moon drew thousands of visitors.
7:34 AM Jun 13, 2011
A celebration in downtown Grand Haven on Saturday afternoon marked the end of a multi-year reconstruction project that gave downtown Grand Haven a facelift. Residents, business owners, and representatives from local, state and federal government were on hand to celebrate the occasion and take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony. "The beauty of today was the community support we had - the number of individuals we had from this community,' Mayor Roger Bergman said. "It's a beautiful day in Grand Haven.'
10:49 AM Jun 11, 2011
A crowd of children danced in front of the stage of Grand Haven Christian School's cafeteria as a local school band performed for the school's Community Picnic and Concert on Friday night.
11:09 AM Jun 9, 2011
Two Grand Valley State University students were ticketed for violating a Grand Haven city ordinance after swimming from the south pier to the north pier Wednesday afternoon, said Lt. Renee Freeman of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety. GHDPS officers and Coast Guard Station Grand Haven personnel responded to the Grand River channel at 1:43 p.m. when they were alerted to a possible water rescue of two people swimming across the channel.
5:28 PM Jun 8, 2011
As we wove our way through a mass of red, white and blue-clad humanity following the United States' 2-0 win over Canada in the Gold Cup opener at Ford Field on Tuesday, my friend had a dazed look on his face. "Are you OK,' I asked. "Oh yeah,' he said in a dream-like voice, looking around at the thousands of soccer-crazed U.S. supporters. "This is how soccer should be.' ---
11:41 AM Jun 8, 2011
With his team's season on the line in a shootout, Spring Lake varsity soccer coach Jeremy Thelen put the Lakers' fortunes on the shoulders of goal keeper Nora Reed during Tuesday's Division 2 regional semifinals at Cedar Spring High School.
3:35 PM Jun 6, 2011
At the base of the flagpole outside of Spring Lake High School, under Sunday afternoon's sweltering sun, 193 students tossed their graduation caps into the air for their last act as seniors. The SLHS Class of 2011 graduated Sunday in a ceremony in the school's gymnasium. The bleachers were packed with family and friends, who watched as the seniors walked into the gym through two different doors. The two lines - one of boys and the other of girls - met in the center and exchanged hugs.
1:45 PM Jun 6, 2011
An unprecedented number of boat enthusiasts gathered Saturday at Keenan Marina to see dozens of old wooden watercraft. "These are just a little part of history that, for the most part, will never happen again,' said Mark Miller, chairman of the Spring Lake Wooden Boat Show. "And they're beautiful. They're pieces of art, they're fine furniture, and you can go for a ride.'
12:05 PM Jun 6, 2011
Spring Lake pitcher Sam Weerstra's range of emotions went from tears of sorrow to tears of jubilation within a few seconds, all because of a controversial ending to the Lakers' Division 2 district softball championship game against Orchard View on Saturday. With Spring Lake clinging to a 5-4 lead with two outs in the top of the seventh inning at Wanrooy Field, Orchard View junior standout Megan Vanderal stepped up to the plate and smashed a two-run home run deep over the left field fence off of Weerstra, giving the Cardinals an apparent 6-5 lead.
8:41 AM Jun 6, 2011
What does a pie in the face have to do with treating liver disease? For two Spring Lake Middle School students, the promise of the spectacle helped them raise $1,000 to fight liver disease. Sydney Dillen and Maddison Dinneweth, both seventh-graders, approached Shana Woodwyk some time ago about raising money for liver disease treatment or research, Woodwyk said. The teacher and guidance counselor suggested that the two girls donate what they could raise to the Nephrology Department of the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.
4:14 PM Jun 3, 2011
As the sun slid behind the trees west of Grand Haven High School on Thursday evening, 373 of the school's students went from being seniors to alumni. The high school's 135th commencement exercises were held in Buccaneer Stadium under a brilliant blue sky. Parents, friends and family filled the home team stands to watch the new graduates accept their diplomas. Before that, students heard from school and district administrators, and a few of their classmates.
1:37 PM Jun 3, 2011
During her time spent at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, eight year-old Greta Goszkowicz of North Muskegon has collected thousands of colorful beads, signifying any achievement - big or small - in her battle against lymphoblastic leukemia. The beads, in many cases, signify courage after Goszkowicz has successfully gone through medical procedures such as chemotherapy, a spinal tap or blood transfusion. Or they may reflect special people that have visited her in the hospital or new friends she has made.