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The last pair of purple martins nesting in the gourds at Grand Haven State Park may have a tough time getting their young ready in time for the flight south to the Amazon rainforest.

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In Colorado, a law passed this spring requires any sex education taught in the state’s public schools to be medically accurate and, in an unusual move, carves out $1 million to pay for it.

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The East side of Grand Haven was filled with the sounds of 46 different bands on Saturday afternoon for this year’s Walk the Beat music festival.

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Skeletons scattered around a “Pirate Chest,” was the crowd and judges’ favorite at the 38th annual Sand Sculpture Contest held Saturday at Grand Haven City Beach.

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A budding Lutheran church in Kingston, Jamaica, is getting a helping hand from Lutheran congregations from across the United States. And, this fall, a team from a Grand Haven church will join the fix-up mission.

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SPRING LAKE — Whistlestop Playground along the Lakeside Trail non-motorized path has not only gained public art this summer, it’s gained reading material.

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FERRYSBURG — Children screamed in delight as a mist of water sprayed out of an inflatable T-Rex sprinkler.

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“He’s still in charge – I’m just the go-fer,” joked Scott Klaassen as a group of Coast Guard Festival and carnival officials rallied around the longtime chairman of the festival’s carnival committee, Dan Guzek, on Wednesday.

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There was smoke but no fire, and the fourth annual Coast Guard Festival Waterball Tournament went on to completion after a radiator hose blew on the fire truck pumping water for the event.

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Doug and Diana Sovis parked their fifth-wheel camper at the Covenant Life Church parking lot for 25 years so they could be in the thick of things during the Coast Guard Festival.

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Michael Bates leaned down to kiss his daughter’s cheek as she sat behind the wheel of her F-150 on Sunday.

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Power boaters from across the state and country made the trip to Grand Haven this weekend for West Michigan Offshore’s Rock the Coast cruise.

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Last week, several members of the Tri-Cities Family YMCA Board and members of the community learned what it takes to provide “The Best Summer Ever” through Summer Day Camp at the local Y.

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They haven’t seen any heat exhaustion cases so far this summer at the Grand Haven Animal Hospital’s emergency clinic, but people should be on the lookout for that possibility.

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For the third year, The Salvation Army of Grand Haven, in conjunction with D. Baker and Son Lumber Co., will host The Woodchopper’s Ball on Thursday, July 11.

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After facing some opposition from the City Council, Grand Haven’s newest boating business moved into its slip at Chinook Pier earlier this week.

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FERRYSBURG — The meaning of the Fourth of July is a little different for everyone, whether it’s just about America’s birthday, celebrating or remembrance of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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Emergency officials are urging caution to people enjoying area waterways, as the rising waters are causing many safety concerns this summer.