11:11 AM May 20, 2011
With the city of Grand Haven having decided to remove the old U.S. Cost Guard boat at the corner of Seventh Street and U.S. 31 due to maintenance cost concerns, the Grand Haven Tribune decided to ask local residents what they thought of the proposed move to the Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum in Muskegon. According to a report issued by Grand Haven Department of Public Works during the May 16 Grand Haven City Council meeting, the Coast Guard boat is rotting away and the cost to restore it ranges from $35,000 to $120,000.
7:17 AM May 20, 2011
Great Lakes Kite Festival 2011 takes flight over Grand Haven State Park beginning today, and continues Saturday and Sunday. World-famous stunt kite fliers will perform to music on the center flying field, while kites larger than a school bus hover just to the south.
7:15 AM May 20, 2011
Grand Haven High School's presentation of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town' will feature a novel twist.
1:40 PM May 19, 2011
Three different players scored goals on Wednesday, lifting Spring Lake to victory over a defensive-minded Ludington squad in the semifinal round of the Lakes Eight Conference girls soccer tournament. With the win, the top-seed Lakers advance to the tournament championship game on Monday. They'll host rival Fruitport, a 1-0 winner over Orchard View in Wednesday's other semifinal contest.
11:36 AM May 19, 2011
Griffin Elementary School students gathered in the parking lot of Trinity Reformed Church, 1300 S. Ferry St., on Wednesday morning for an event meant to promote the benefits of walking. Students walked from the parking lot of the church and along Grand Avenue to their school at 1700 Griffin St. Most were dropped off from their buses; others by parents. Volunteers and teachers helped keep the walk orderly, and Grand Haven Department of Public Safety officers assisted with traffic.
11:47 AM May 18, 2011
Spring Lake senior pitcher Nick Keller needed to throw 110 pitches to wrap up his complete game gem against Fruitport during the opener of their key Lakes Eight Conference doubleheader on Tuesday. With the teams tied for first-place in the league, not once did Keller seem to get rattled on what he was determined to accomplish: "not get knocked around.' It's a fitting choice of words by the Lakers' workhorse, who also starred on Spring Lake's football team in the fall, knocking people around as a defensive lineman and offensive guard.
11:22 AM May 18, 2011
Hundreds of elementary school-age girls from Northwest Ottawa County will be running around Grand Haven High School and its neighborhoods on Saturday morning. The Girls on the Run 2011 Celebration 5K will begin and end at the high school's Buccaneer Stadium in Grand Haven Township. In previous years, the event was staged at Lakeshore Middle School.
10:31 AM May 18, 2011
It's been several years since there has been a true firefighting boat in the Tri-Cities area and Ottawa County Marine Patrol officials and area firefighters could barely contain their excitement during an unofficial unveiling of the boat Monday afternoon at the Pettys Bayou boat launch. "There's not a lot of fire boats around,' said Spring Lake Township Fire Chief Rick Nuvill, who went along for an introductory ride. "Ludington just got the same boat. Muskegon Fire Department has one.'
10:18 AM May 18, 2011
Grand Haven City Council on Monday officially set in motion the method of capturing a special assessment from businesses along Washington Avenue to help pay for infrastructure improvements. City Council unanimously approved the special assessment for the downtown reconstruction project. While the initial resolution had the payment to be received in full by June 16 - or the first of 20 installments be due beginning annually on July 1 - council decided to give businesses more time to pay this assessment.
10:57 AM May 16, 2011
Rain showers didn't put a damper on members of Girl Scout Troop 2611, who learned about nature on Saturday when they planted trees at Duncan Memorial Park in Grand Haven. The girls, with the help of members of the Grand Haven Woman's Club, planted several trees in the park and also aided in cleaning up invasive species around park property. "I think it's doing a lot for the woods, and it will help the community and help the wildlife,' said Girl Scout Jennifer Green, one of the girls taking part in the planting.
11:28 PM May 13, 2011
A condominium garage was extensively damaged when a car caught on fire inside of the structure late Friday morning, according to Ferrysburg Fire Chief Mike Olthof. Firefighters were called to 17448 Dunewood Court, unit D, at 10:21 a.m. when resident Tricia Roelofs discovered smoke in the garage. Roelofs said she had been home for about 10 minutes when she heard a noise in the garage. "It was just like a ‘poof,' she said. "I thought it was the radiator blowing.' Roelofs said she called 911 after discovering the smoke.
5:15 PM May 13, 2011
At first, Brian and Tyler Harms weren't sure if their experiment was going to get off the ground Thursday morning, much less into the stratosphere. Surrounded by fellow students in a field next to Mary A. White Elementary School, 1400 Wisconsin St., the two brothers watched as their weather balloon - dangling a cooler filled with electronics and a camera - drifted lazily toward the baseball diamond. WZZM-TV chief meteorologist George Lessens led the countdown when the balloon finally took off into the sky with the help of some added helium.
11:46 AM May 12, 2011
Kelsey Kippe admitted that beating Fruitport means more to her and her Spring Lake girls soccer teammates than any other win. On Tuesday, the Lakers beat the favored Trojans in a battle for first place in the Lakes Eight Conference. Kippe scored both Spring Lake goals - one in each half - as the Lakers remained unbeaten in league play. "We really wanted this one,' Kippe said. "Fruitport is one of our biggest rivals, and they're rally good.'
1:15 PM May 11, 2011
Grand Haven was off its game in a key O-K Red Conference tri-meet at Grand Haven Golf Club on Tuesday, resulting in Rockford scoring comfortable wins over the Bucs and West Ottawa. Rockford finished with a team score of 161, compared to the Bucs' 175 and the Panthers' 189. "We tried to extend our unbeaten match record, but we came out flat from the start,' Grand Haven coach Randy White said. "Putts weren't going in and we were dropping shots as we approached each hole.'
11:09 AM May 10, 2011
Becky Garza said she was impressed with what will soon be a home for homeless women and children in Grand Haven. Garza, a human services student at Baker College, was one of the first to tour the Love INC Tri-Cities Ministry Center's first phase. "I've always said ... I wish we had something like this for the people in our community,' the Grand Haven woman said. Tours were given Monday and will continue the next two Mondays, May 16 and 23, from noon to 1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
1:04 PM May 9, 2011
An emotional start to Saturday's Mike Bernard Memorial Invitational saw the late Mike Bernard's grandson, Brady Hill, throwing out the first pitch. Unfortunately, Spring Lake's varsity baseball team couldn't channel that emotion into a win on the diamond as the Lakers dropped both games in the seventh annual tournament. The Lakers opened with a 7-2 loss to West Ottawa, then later fell to St. Joseph, 15-4. Mike Bernard was a longtime supporter of Spring Lake athletics and announcer for the Lakers' baseball team who passed away in 2004.
10:24 AM May 9, 2011
The 50th house built by the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity received a woman's touch on Friday. In recognition of National Women Build Week (April 30 to May 8) and Mother's Day (Sunday), a team of five women employees from the Lowe's store in Muskegon were among a group of volunteers working on the Habitat construction project at 208 Branmar Woods Court in Spring Lake.