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Spring Lake tops Whitehall in wild opener

(WZZM) - Spring Lake beat Whitehall in the closing seconds Friday night.

Whitehall took the lead on their last drive of the game, but Spring Lake came back and scored with just four seconds left.

Watch the video for details and highlights.

Police: Driver admits falling asleep before head-on crash in Spring Lake

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - Police say a teenager admitted she fell asleep before her car collided with another vehicle on M-104 Friday afternoon.

The accident happened at 5 p.m. near 144th Avenue in Spring Lake Township.

People at businesses along M-104 -- also known as Cleveland St. -- say they looked up when they heard the impact.

"They were both just spinning with smoke coming out of them," says Leroy Zalsman. "I heard a pop, looked up, and they were both spinning both cars."

Police say the driver of the westbound car, Rebecca Plont, 16, of Nunica, told them she fell asleep at the wheel.   Her 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix veered into the eastbound lanes.   Deputies say Plonk told them she woke up just before hitting the other car.

Water weeds overtaking Spring Lake

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WZZM)-- The summer weather has been great for those who live on or spend time enjoying Spring Lake. But all the sunlight is also adding to what some say is the biggest weed problem in a decade.

"It has come on strong this year," says Emil VanCura of Ferrysburg.

He says the weeds blanketing the lake bottom are almost solid near her dock.

"[It's] the worst I have seen it since [19]90," she says.

But the out of control Milfoil weed growth isn't just on his side of the lake. Spring Lake President John Nash sees it behind his home too.

"Who was to expect a summer like this," Nash says. "I think because of the unusual warmth and some heavy rain events, we have had more weed growth then we have had in previous summers."

Grand Haven dentist to provide free dental work Saturday, August 28th

A Grand Haven dentist will give provide free dental work Saturday for the third year in a row.

Darren Riopelle, DDS, will host a "free day of smiles" at his office at 1203 S. Beechtree St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dental work will be provided to anyone who needs it, regardless of age or income.

The event is organized by Dentistry from the Heart, a national non-profit organization that provides free dental care. Several local businesses and individuals have also provided support.

Riopelle has served over 150 patients in years past. More information is available online at www.smilegrandhaven.com or at www.dentistryfromtheheart.org

Sidewalks are Closed in Grand Haven?

Why does Grand Haven have a construction sign up right now indicating that the sidewalks are closed? Plenty of people are walking on the sidewalks. After all, it is summer in downtown Grand Haven and the weather has been fantastic!

I noticed the sign while sitting in the "Grand" Restaurant the other evening, enjoying their delightful Spicy Crab Roll and a Lemon Drop. (They make the best fresh Lemon Drops and if you have not tried one, put it on your list). The "Sidewalk Closed" sign was in full view of my quaint & romantic window table.

Yes - the sidewalk and road construction is talking place in downtown Grand Haven, everyone knows it, but folks are still enjoying the great restaurants, meeting the out of townee's, the view of the boats on the channel and our one and only historical musical fountain.

So, my question is: Do you care that the sidewalks in downtown Grand Haven are closed?

Northern Michigan man drowns at Grand Haven State Park

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM/G.H. Tribune) - A 76-year-old Northern Michigan man is dead after an apparent drowning at Grand Haven State Park.

Police identified the victim as Richard Habermas of Lake Ann, about 15 miles west of Traverse City.  He and his wife were vacationing in the Grand Haven area.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. Thursday, investigators say. 

Habermas' wife says the couple was in the water together when they were hit by a large wave.  The wave separated Habermas from his wife, and he began to struggle in the water.  His wife was unable to pull him to shallower water, and Habermas was pulled under.

Our partner, the Grand Haven Tribune, is reporting bystanders on the beach went into the water to search for Habermas.  A man on a surf board helped the victim's wife get back to shore.

Health Advisory issued for Spring Lake beach

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - The Ottawa County Health Department says they have observed elevated E. coli bacteria levels at the Lakeside Beach in Spring Lake and have issued a Public Health Advisory. The results were from a Wednesday test.  

Additional samples will be collected next week. 

The Health Department recommends that if you do choose to swim, you should:

•Avoid getting lake water in the mouth
•Have young children wear clean swim diapers
•Make sure children use restrooms before swimming
•Do not let sick people swim
•Wash your hands after being in the water or touching the sand
•Do not swim if the water looks or smells polluted
•Avoid swimming after a heavy rainfall
•Do not feed the seagulls
•Do not litter
•Shower when you get home