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Going from songs by Jack Johnson to the “Frozen II” soundtrack, and from Stevie Wonder to original lyrics, singers from all over Michigan took the Grand Haven waterfront stage Monday night to perform during the Coast Guard Festival’s “Festival Idol.”

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The U.S. Coast Guard ship Mackinaw was one of four cutters to port at the Grand River channel on Monday afternoon, kicking off the 2021 U.S. Coast Guard Festival.

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After two years without sight of the “Queen of the Great Lakes,” Grand Haven’s waterfront on Monday was lined with thousands of eager onlookers to welcome the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw, officially commencing the 2021 Coast Guard Festival.

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A huge crowd lined the Grand River channel Monday to watch several Coast Guard cutters, including the Mackinaw, as they entered port for this week's Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival. 

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Free music and games for the children, along with emergency vehicle displays and birthday cake were all part of the Coast Guard Festival Community Picnic, held Sunday at Coast Guard Park in Ferrysburg. The games and food (for purchase) were put on by Boy Scout Troop 37 of Spring Lake.

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More than 1,500 runners took part in Saturday's Tri-Cities Family YMCA Coast Guard Festival 5K and 10K runs, as well as the one-mile fun run. 

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Twelve-year-old Lily Guntharp called out the cadence as she and her friends frantically paddled their Sea Cow boat up the Grand River on Saturday afternoon.

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More than 1,500 runners took part in Saturday’s Tri-Cities Family YMCA Coast Guard Festival Run.

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You can find out when and where events are taking place during the upcoming Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival using the festival’s new phone app.

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Gender bias remains a barricade for many women in the workforce and military, but at this year’s 2021 Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, 31-year-old reservist Sara Prendergast sets the bar in exemplifying viable change.

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The 17 letters that spell out “Coast Guard City, USA” were hauled up Dewey Hill on Wednesday morning and readied to perform light shows in conjunction with the Grand Haven Musical Fountain and Coast Guard Festival fireworks show.

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PARK TWP. — The Ottawa County Fair opened Monday and runs through Saturday. Gates open daily at 11 a.m.

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An increased police and fire presence has always been part of the big events during the Coast Guard Festival and that won’t change, according to Jeff Hawke, director of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

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This Thursday, a cast of Central Park Players will assist in portraying various parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing in “Godspell Jr.” at the Grand Haven Community Center’s theater.

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CROCKERY TWP. — Dave MacKenzie said that the design on the Live Wall display at the entrance to his Crockery Township business is usually changed on a whim.

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The Lighthouse Quilt Guild will continue its tradition of hosting a show in association with the annual Coast Guard Festival, but with a twist this year.

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Students participating in the Grand Haven Area Public Schools’ Summer Theater Camp will perform “Seussical Junior” this weekend.

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The average price of gas in Michigan surged to $3.25 per gallon on Monday – a new high for 2021 and $1.10 higher than it was on this date last year.

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The Village of Spring Lake’s Social District opened Friday, allowing customers to consume alcoholic beverages while strolling around a specified downtown area.

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Come late July, there’s one staple that declares the commencement of the annual Coast Guard Festival – the 17 letters nestled on Dewey Hill that proclaim Grand Haven as “Coast Guard City, USA.”

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Grand Haven Gospel Chapel, 1805 Waverly Ave. in Grand Haven, is hosting a free outdoor concert at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 18, featuring vocalist/musician George Nicholson.

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The sound of the bass, mandolin, guitar, fiddle and banjo fill the room as the Full Cord Bluegrass band members play their instruments.

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The award winners for the 2021 Grand Haven Arts Festival, a juried art show that took place this past weekend in the city’s downtown, were announced Tuesday.

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After parking their cars, circus fans ran to the striped red and white tent set up on Grand Haven’s Harbor Island to get out of the pouring rain Saturday.

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FERRYSBURG — Tim Bellard, Raphael Wieland and Neya-Wanji Monroe sit at a table in a dusty room with multiple pieces of artwork surrounding them on the floor and waiting to be put up on the wall.

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There never really seemed to be a choice when Morgan Briggs and Jose Cuenca were faced with the decision to spend thousands of dollars on risky surgery for their injured dog, or have the young animal euthanized.

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There never really seemed to be a choice when Morgan Briggs and Jose Cuenca were faced with the decision to spend thousands of dollars on risky surgery for their injured dog, or have the young animal euthanized.