Back in February of this year Grand Haven blew its stack. I am referring to the smokestack on Harbor Island that was part of the Sims power plant for decades.

I remember it well. The whole community was anticipating it and wanted to catch a glimpse of the landmark falling as part of a planned demolition. I myself tried to get to a location across the river in Ottawa Sands Park, but the sheriff had closed it.

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