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FRUITPORT — Students at Edgewood Elementary School have a new source of motivation this fall – a book vending machine.

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Following the success of last year’s inaugural Grand Haven Hispanic Fiesta, organizers faced a challenge – how to organize a second festival without a large public gathering due to COVID-19.

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Kick off the fall season with the Grand Haven Farmers Market during its annual Pumpkins at Chinook Pier event from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26.

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A few hundred people took advantage of a pleasant Sunday afternoon to stroll through Grand Haven’s Duncan Memorial Park for a pop-up art show hosted by the Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective.

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SPRING LAKE — Stefanie Herder says she knew she was on to something when she recommended that her family should do a “nacho table” – a tabletop full of tortilla chips, cheese, taco meat and peppers.

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Most microbreweries in Michigan have tip-toed into the hard seltzer game since White Claw boomed in summer 2019, releasing a craft seltzer here and there to go with a smorgasbord of beers.

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In a year where a global pandemic has wiped out most art shows, a group of local artists put their heads together and came up with a new type of event this past weekend.

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Dancing on the Grand celebrated a masked birthday this summer, but that didn’t stop the event from being a successfully social-distant slew of dancing and live music.

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Schoolteachers Nick Kessler and Brian Fulmer have gained a nationwide following visiting out-of-the-way small towns across the country.

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Seven gallons of primer and five gallons of green, orange and purple paint were enough to create the backdrop for one of the latest additions to the Village of Spring Lake’s Art in the Park.

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In the words of his newest release, after “walking a long road,” it seems like Grand Haven “kept on calling” to musician Jeff Lionheart.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Grand Haven High School marching band members typically spend a week in early August up in Interlochen for their annual band camp.

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The Coast Guard Festival’s Front Porch Salute challenged Grand Haven-area residents to decorate their homes to show continued support for the U.S. Coast Guard while the full festival was canceled.

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David Ladd and a few dozen of his closest friends are some of the most popular folks in Michigan.

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Artwork in a variety of mediums will be on display and for sale starting Sunday under the green canopy at Chinook Pier, at the intersection of Harbor Drive and First Street in Grand Haven.

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A Spring Lake family is hoping to liven up some of the monotony of life due to pandemic restrictions by presenting on-the-water concerts for some social-distancing entertainment.

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More than 100 vehicles participated in Wednesday's Scott Flahive Memorial Cruise. The event is held in honor of former Grand Haven police officer Scott Flahive, who was killed in the line of duty in 1994. 

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Pop-up fireworks sales tents are exploding with business with Fourth of July celebrations on the horizon.

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Thursday would have been Vera “Petie” Oom’s 84th birthday, so a few of her family members gathered in front of her favorite local “restaurant,” Pronto Pups, to remember Petie, who died late last month.

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FRUITPORT — A month after it was originally scheduled to begin, Dancing into the Sunset was given the go-ahead by the Village of Fruitport to start the outdoor activity on Thursday, July 2.

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Grand Haven State Park’s campground opened for business Monday – and, by noon, many campers were setting up their temporary homes and taking to the beach.

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MUSKEGON — The public libraries serving Muskegon County – Fruitport District Library, Hackley Public Library, the Muskegon Area District Library and its 10 branches, and the White Lake Community Library – are working together to prepare their buildings to reopen.

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Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Coast Guard Festival has announced the cancellation of the Coast Guard Craft Fair at Grand Haven’s Central Park.

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LANSING (AP) — Michigan restaurants and bars could sell cocktails and liquor for pickup or delivery and would see a temporary cut in state liquor prices under fast-tracked legislation that supporters hope will help the industry survive the coronavirus pandemic.

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CHICAGO — JC Rivera thought about hurricanes, he thought about his childhood in Puerto Rico and what happened whenever a storm passed through. Plywood would fly up across every window and every store front. He thought about this the other day, while driving through Chicago, passing business …

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Now that Michigan’s governor has given the go-ahead for libraries to open, on June 8, you should be able to return that pile of books that has been sliding around in your car for the past couple of months. Right?

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Due to the current COVID-19 concerns, the board members of the Wednesday night dances held at the Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium have decided to cancel the June concerts.