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My Town Grand Haven: Area state parks awarded life-saving beach kits

My Town Grand Haven: Area state parks awarded life-saving beach kits

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Michigan Sea Grant and the National Weather Service are teaming up to help curb rip current drownings in the Great Lakes.

This summer, 10 public beaches along Lake Michigan are getting “beach safety kits”, including Grand Haven State Park, Muskegon State Park, Holland State Park, Hoffmaster State Park and Ludington State Park.  Each kit contains a life ring, a throw bag and U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for children and teenagers. 

The program is also focused on raising awareness about the risk of rip currents, with “water watcher” cards urging parents to monitor children in the water and a searchable database of rip current incidents and deaths, which is available online.

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My Town: Library summer reading clubs present kids’ wildlife programs July 22

My Town: Library summer reading clubs present kids’ wildlife programs July 22

GRAND HAVEN/SPRING LAKE, Mich. -- Outdoor Discovery Center naturalist Jamie Krupka will bring a hands-on program to the Spring Lake and Grand Haven area for two library performances on Tuesday, July 22 as part of its summer reading club.

The Outdoor Discovery Center’s program focuses on introducing children to Michigan wildlife. Live animals including reptiles, amphibians and birds will be used during the presentation. Kids will learn unique characteristics of animals and how they fit into our diverse ecosystems. Hands-on artifacts include skins, skulls, wings, feathers and talons of several species native to Michigan.

Krupka will present at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange Street,  from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The program will be repeated at the Loutit District Library, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

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OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (Ottawa County Health Department)Ottawa County residents, 18 years of age and older, have an opportunity to give input about local health related needs and concerns.

2 Motorcyclists crash on Grand Haven Drawbridge


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two motorcyclists suffered minor injuries after crashing on the Grand Haven DrawBridge Saturday afternoon.

Ottawa County dispatchers say the motorcyclists were heading towards Muskegon when they crashed around 1:20 p.m.

They were wearing helmets. Dispatchers believe the two were traveling with a group of motorcyclists on the highway.


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My Town Grand Haven: School board candidate deadline nears

My Town Grand Haven: School board candidate deadline nears
 

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (Grand Haven Area Public Schools)-- GHAPS residents who are interested in serving as a school board member have until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 to file a petition.

State law requires that candidates be United States citizens, and qualified and registered electors of the school district they wish to represent by the filing deadline.

At the general election on November 4, 2014, district voters will be asked to elect four board of education members. The four open seats include one two-year term commencing January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2016, and three six-year terms commencing January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2020.

My Town Grand Haven: Barbecue feast added to St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish Festival Aug.15-16

My Town Grand Haven: Barbecue feast added to St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish Festival Aug.15-16

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.─An old-fashioned barbecue chicken dinner, corn boil, pie-baking contest, big wheel races, kid’s games, sweet shop, community garage sale, car show and $5,000 raffle are all planned for the St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish Festival.

The celebration runs Friday, Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven.  The festival is open to the public.

“This year’s event is different because we’ve added a good old fashioned open-pit, chicken barbecue dinner that kids and adults will enjoy,” said Fr. Bill Langlois, parish pastor.  “We invite people to come for the fun and fellowship as we prepare whole, half chickens over charcoal in the open-pit style, along with baked beans, coleslaw and a baked potato.”

Grand Haven man pulls in record-setting fish


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM)- A Grand Haven man is a celebrating a record-breaking catch during a fishing tournament in Muskegon County last month.

20 year old Josh Teunis and his buddies were bow-fishing in a tournament on Bear Lake on June 15th, when he took a shoot and nailed a fish called a Black Buffalo.

The fish, which Teunis says is fairly rare. weighed more than 41.25 pounds and was 38.25 inches long. It was so big Teunis says it took him nearly two minutes to bring it into the boat.

"As soon as I shot, we knew it was by the sheer size. When I got in the boat my buddy said it's a new state record. I thought it was a load of bull crap. He said 'no way, it's a lot bigger than mine is.'"

The catch won the team the tournament title and a $250 prize.