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Snow day challenge: Family dances the 'Packer Polka'

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Treacherous conditions led to more school closings Friday, but one local superintendent turned the snow day into a celebration. The superintendent of Spring Lake Schools announced a snow day challenge by asking students to build or create something new and then send in photos or videos.

WZZM 13 found the Theune family dancing what they call the 'Packer Polka' with cheese heads and all. It was part of an extra-curricular challenge, in which being cheesy is part of the strategy.

"Being really creative for the snow day challenge and also cheer on the packers, go pack," says David Theune.

"We had to go over and above and standing outside in a jersey and shorts is definitely different," says his wife, Nikki.

My Town: Nationally recognized baker and businesswoman comes to LDL Jan. 15

My Town: Nationally recognized baker and businesswoman comes to LDL Jan. 15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Linda Hundt, author of "Sweetie-licious Pies: Eat Pie, Love Life" and owner the nationally recognized award-winning Sweetie-licious Bakery Café, tells the story of her journey from start-up to star at the Loutit District Library on Thursday, Jan. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Linda’s program will feature tips about business, mission and customer service, including :

Man will stand trial for mother's death

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County man accused of killing his mother and dumping her body into the Grand River in September 2014 will stand trial, accused of her murder.

Michael Roersma was bound over Thursday.

Sharon Roersma died from a broken neck and blows to the head.

Fisherman found her body in the Grand River about three miles from the home she shared with her son.

My Town: West Michigan's safest and most dangerous places

My Town: West Michigan's safest and most dangerous places

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to one of the safest cities in Michigan, according to a new analysis by Value Penguin.

East Grand Rapids ranked fifth among midsize cities and 16th overall.  Value Penguin based its rankings on FBI crime statistics collected in 2013.  The group excluded towns with populations less than 5,000. Value Penguin then compared crimes in the remaining cities per capita, giving more weight to violent crimes than property crimes. 

The West Michigan communities that came in above the state average for crimes included Spring Lake-Ferrysburg (No. 28), Rockford (No. 45), Zeeland (No. 56), Belding (No. 80) and Grand Haven (No. 118).

My Town: LDL concert series features Grand Haven High School fiddle group Jan. 11

My Town: LDL concert series features Grand Haven High School fiddle group Jan. 11

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library's Sunday Afternoon Concert Series continues on Jan. 11 as Grand Haven Area High School's fiddle group, GOTAK, presents an afternoon of foot-stomping traditional Celtic music.

GOTAK is an after-school alternative string ensemble founded in 2005 by high school orchestra director Melissa Meyers. Under her leadership, GOTAK has grown to more than 20 members and has had the privilege of working with alternative string directors such as Bob Phillips and Tim Staudacher. The group has also performed with traditional Celtic bands Kennedy’s Kitchen and Uneven Ground.

The concert is free and begins at 2 p.m. on the library’s upper level lobby. Library officials urged the public to come early due to limited seating. LDL opens at 1p.m. on Sundays.

Funding for LDL’s 2014-15 Sunday Concert Series is generously provided by the Matilda and Harold Crane Donor Advised Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Euchre Party Set for January 17th in Grand Haven

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Euchre Party Set for January 17th in Grand Haven

GRAND HAVEN, MICH.The St. Patrick-St. Anthony Family Center will be the setting for the parish’s annual Euchre Party, to benefit Catholic Education in the Tri-Cities area.

The event will be held Saturday, January 17,  beginning with registration at 6:30 p.m.  The general public is invited to attend. Games start at 7:30 p.m. 

Cost to attend is $15 per player and participants are encouraged to bring quarters for euchres.  The price of admission includes snacks.  A cash bar, door prizes and 50/50 raffle will also be part of the evening’s festivities.

The St. Patrick-St. Anthony Family Center is located at 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven. For further information, contact the parish at (616) 842-0001 or visit the parish website.

Grand Haven cross that drew criticism to become an anchor

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A long-time religious symbol, which recently sparked a controversy in Grand Haven, may have seen its final days.

Monday night, city council members voted to no longer display the cross on Dewey Hill, after pressure from opponents who threatened legal action.

The cross has been one of the rotating structures on Dewey Hill for about 50 years, but city leaders say it won't be seen anymore. From now on, the structure will only be an anchor on the hill.

The structure atop Dewey Hill changes with the seasons, from a cross to an anchor to the star of Bethlehem. Now, the star has seen its last winter and the cross its last summer.

"The cross is not listed as something that's allowed to be put up on Dewey Hill," says Pat McGinnis, Grand Haven City Manager.