11:46 PM May 6, 2011
A 9-year-old Spring Lake boy has taken pictures of his share of rabbits, turkeys and raccoons, but it was shear luck Tuesday when he discovered he had taken a picture of a coyote. Aidan Carlson, son of Barbara Carlson, uses a trail camera to get pictures of the wildlife in the area around his home at the east end of Bridlepath Court. The Holmes Elementary School student can't wait to get off the bus at the end of the day and retrieve the memory card off his camera, his mother said.
1:22 PM May 6, 2011
Kim Evans fell in love with paddle boarding a few years ago, and since that time, she's found ways to incorporate her passion for fitness with one of the latest fads on the water. With that in mind, Evans came up with the idea to start a paddle board fitness class, which will take place at the Grand Haven Aquatics Center.
10:59 AM May 6, 2011
A crowd gathered in a North Ottawa Community Hospital operating room Thursday afternoon to watch as Dr. Samir Hamati demonstrated the hospital's new robotic surgery tool. Hamati demonstrated how the device, known as the da Vinci, was used, moving pinchers on the three-armed robot with controls he manipulated with his thumbs and middle fingers. The doctor sat at an enormous console, looking at a magnified view of what he was doing in front of him. The operating room audience also got to watch through a separate monitor.
10:52 AM May 5, 2011
Cindy Anderson thought she was going to give a speech at Wednesday's Counterpart meeting. Instead of talking, she was tearing up - after Counterpart members surprised her with the organization's Woman of Year award. "It never crossed my mind,' Anderson said after receiving the prestigious award that was launched in 1980. "I had a great speech ready that I thought I was going to give. I'm honored beyond anything I could imagine.'
12:16 PM May 3, 2011
It seems that Aliina Weykamp and her Grand Haven teammates have very good memories. Weykamp and the Buccaneers remembered last year's loss to rival Spring Lake all too well, and were determined not to let it happen again. The Lakers made the Bucs sweat when Kelsey Kippe scored a goal to tie the game at 2-2 with 7:28 remaining. But just 18 seconds later, the Bucs' all-state senior Weykamp found some space 35 yards from the Lakers' goal and drilled a shot past goal keeper Mollie Cook, giving the home team a hard-earned 3-2 victory.
4:14 PM May 2, 2011
The audience in Michigan State University Auditorium erupted into a cheer Saturday night when the Michigan Science Olympiad executive director announced that Grand Haven High School was the Division C champion of the state tournament. This came shortly after Lakeshore Middle School was announced the champions of Division B, with White Pines Middle School taking second. The three teams will go to the national tournament at the University of Wisconsin in Madison on May 21.
8:01 AM Apr 30, 2011
Demolition machines made a meal out of the former Longnecks Grille & Tavern, 1506 S. Beacon Blvd., on Friday. Demolition machines chewed through the former eatery attached to the Days Inn to make way for a new development on the site - a Tim Hortons/Coldstone Creamery. Developers for the Tim Hortons project received approval from the Grand Haven Planning Commission earlier this year to construct the 2,510-square-foot restaurant. The development won't be attached to the hotel, and it will include a drive-through and be open 24 hours.
2:00 PM Apr 27, 2011
Spring Lake High School students are producing the musical "Grease' for their annual spring production April 28-30. The school's theater department lost many of its senior actors following last year's musical performance of "Les Miserables' and the younger performers are stepping up and filling lead roles for "Grease.' The production consists of more than 90 students in the cast, tech crew and orchestra.
11:54 AM Apr 27, 2011
Spring Lake's victory in the 1,600-meter relay and the pole vault salvaged a tie with Newaygo in Lakes Eight Conference boys track and field action on Tuesday. The Lakers earned five points for their relay victory and five more for sophomore Joel Boon's win in the pole vault as the two teams each finished with 68.5 points.
1:30 PM Apr 26, 2011
Fruitport's varsity baseball team proved Monday evening that if its defense isn't a liability, the Trojans could be well on their way at making a dismal seven-win season from a year ago a distant memory. The Trojans received superb pitching from both starter Mike Ryan and reliever John Sullivan, and their defense committed only one error in their 10-2 non-conference victory over Western Michigan Christian at a renovated Marsh Field.
1:16 PM Apr 25, 2011
It rained hard enough to keep the garbage company from hauling the dumpsters away, but not hard enough to keep people away for the first Grand River GreenUp held Saturday at Riverside Park. More than 300 people showed up for the cleanup and picked up enough garbage to fill two 30-yard dumpsters, according to Brock Rodgers, vice president of the Grand Haven Area Jaycees. The local Jaycees coordinated the event with the help of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.
12:33 PM Apr 25, 2011
The rain held off on Saturday morning as kids of all ages dashed out in the marked area at Central Park, scooping up as many colorful Easter eggs as they could find. Two-year-old Chloe Anderson found more than 20 eggs during her hunt - with a little help from Mom. "We come down here every year,' Chloe's mom Kayla Anderson said. She and her husband, Robert, drove from Fruitport for some egg-hunting fun. "She actually did pretty well for her first time at the Easter egg hunt.'
2:01 PM Apr 22, 2011
Grand Haven's girls track and field team has enough pure athleticism to win its share of meets this spring. That was clear on Thursday as the Buccaneers raced past visiting Hudsonville at Buccaneer Stadium, 89-48. Now coach John Tarr's squad has to polish up on the small details if it hopes to compete with the top-echelon teams in the O-K Red. "We're really talented,' Tarr said, "but we're kind of raw. We need to work on some of the technical things. Against Rockford (on April 14), we could have won that meet.
12:44 PM Apr 21, 2011
Grueling three-set victories at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles gave Fruitport a boost, but the Trojans were no match for Spring Lake's depth in Lakes Eight Conference girls tennis action on Wednesday. The defending conference champion Lakers remained unbeaten on the season at 3-0 following a 6-2 win over the visiting Trojans. The two teams endured miserable conditions, including temperatures in the high 30s with brief stints of snow and rain mixed in.
12:42 PM Apr 20, 2011
Although the wind, sleet, rain, and bitter cold suggested otherwise, area charter fishermen got a first glimpse of a sign that their busy season is just around the corner. A Department of Natural Resources truck delivered 171,836 baby chinook salmon to the Municipal Marina docks near Chinook Pier in Grand Haven on Tuesday, continuing an annual tradition of refurbishing area waters with a fisherman's treasure.
11:39 AM Apr 20, 2011
A family of five is safe this morning after a loud boom alerted them to a possible problem in their house just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. A few minutes later, firefighters were on the scene of a house fire at 16700 Pond Creek Court, located in a subdivision off Hemlock Street near Rycenga Park in Spring Lake Township. Homeowners Matt and Alanna Clarke said they were settling in for the night, despite the storm raging outside, when they heard a loud boom.
1:57 PM Apr 18, 2011
Chilly was the theme of the day at Snug Harbor's 19th annual chili cookoff on Saturday. Despite unseasonably cold temperatures and spitting rain, several hundred enthusiasts sipped chili samples and downed cold ones in tents and indoors. Don May of Byron Center was one of 26 cooks and teams who heated up the afternoon with his chili concoction. May, who has been competing in the Snug Harbor event for 15 years, recently took second place in a similar Fennville contest.