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My Town Grand Haven: School board candidate deadline nears

My Town Grand Haven: School board candidate deadline nears


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.

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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.

Missing teen returns home

UPDATE (WZZM) - Facebook posts to the Abbie Miller Missing page indicate that Abbie has returned home safe.

Officers from the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety say they located Abbie late last night at an address on Mercury Drive.

Abbie was returned to the home of her Father.

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM/GRAND HAVEN TRIBUNE) -- On Monday, pictures of 17-year-old Abbie Miller flooded social media. Miller was last seen wearing a plaid bikini top and shorts as she rode her light blue bike on Friday afternoon in downtown Grand Haven.

Miller is described as 5'3" tall weighing about 135 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes, and a big smile with braces, said Miller's mother, Andria Woiwode.

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My Town Grand Haven: Fortino's for sale

My Town Grand Haven: Fortino's for sale

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—A Grand Haven mainstay that’s been in business for more than a century is about to change hands.

Fortino's is for sale.  Three generations of the Fortinos have owned and operated the downtown business for more than 107 years.  However, with the latest owners preparing to retire and the fourth generation already involved in other careers and endeavors, there is no one left in the family to take over the shop.

Dave Ten Cate with Capstone Real Estate says the business is constantly growing and a cornerstone in the community, with many children making a Saturday pilgrimage to the store for candy.  Ten Cate says there have been some inquiries since the business went on the market, but no contracts have been signed.  For additional information, contact Capstone at (616) 847-1031.

My Town: Michigan State Police offer summer water safety tips

My Town: Michigan State Police offer summer water safety tips


(Michigan State Police)-- With summer approaching, the Michigan State Police reminds you to take extra precaution before participating in water activities.

Drowning is the nation's fifth leading cause of accidental death for all ages and the second leading cause of unintentional injury for children age one to 14 years.

“With the proper precautions, drowning and near-drowning incidents are preventable,” said Community Service Trooper Andrew Foster, Wayland Post.  “To reduce the risk of drowning, it is important for parents to teach children proper water safety at a young age.”

Do not mix alcohol with swimming, diving or boating. According to the United States Coast Guard, in 2012, alcohol was the leading factor in water-related deaths, while operator inattention was the leading factor for water-related injuries. 

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My Town Grand Haven: New technology purchases approved by school district

My Town Grand Haven: New technology purchases approved by school district

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.— Teachers and students from Grand Haven Area Public Schools will likely be welcomed with new technology when they return to their classrooms this fall.

The GHAPS Board of Education has approved purchasing nearly $1.8 million in technology upgrades, including wireless equipment, laptops, iPads and audio systems.

"We are taking advantage of competitive pricing opportunities," Technology Coordinator Doug Start said. "This opportunity will extend our bond dollars in the future."

In May, voters approved a school bond proposal that will provide $36 million to help cover the cost of new technology, as well as building and transportation upgrades.  A second bond providing $9.69 million to the district for upgrades to athletic facilities, arts facilities, cafeterias, school grounds and purchasing property for schools, also passed by a wide margin.