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Beer, Bands and BBQ start the Celebration July 3rd in Grandville for the 4th of July

Beer, Bands and BBQ start the Celebration July 3rd in Grandville for the 4th of July

July 3rd starts the celebration for the 4th of July in Grandville, MI when the 2nd Annual Beer, Band and BBQ kicks off in downtown Grandville, near the Library parking lot from 4:00 – 11:00pm.

People of all ages are welcome to join in with the live music and dinner served from 4:00 – 8:00pm with a variety of BBQ food items from $2.00 - $10.00. The live music will continue until 11:00pm but you must be 21 years of age to be in the Beer Tent after 8:00pm. Feel free to bring along a lawn chair to sit around the outside of the tent.

A variety of beer, wine coolers and Osgood Brewing will offer Sol Seeker and Journey. One hundred 2015 Beer, Band and BBQ decorative mugs will be sold for $5.00. VFW Post 702 will have flags and jewelry available for small donations for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

USS Silversides Museum presents Great Lakes Film Series in July

USS Silversides Museum presents Great Lakes Film Series in July

USS Silversides Museum in Muskegon, Michigan will be presenting a series of films titled, Great Lakes Film Series: Storms, Shipwrecks, Rescues and History.

This series of four films will be presented on Wednesdays in July at 11:00am and then again at 2:30pm, beginning Wednesday, July 8, 2015, with Ric Mixter as creator and producer of the series of intriguing Great Lakes documentaries. He produced the outstanding video “Storm.” Below is the schedule for the series:

July 8: Cutter Rescues: Video and interviews of Coast Guard Members and crews rescued during perilous storms.

July 15: Edmund Fitzgerald: History and video of the birth and then the death of this ship on November 10, 2010 on the Great Lakes.

July 22: Bombs Away: A documentary about the closure of Selfridge Air Base and the departure of the bombers is shown and narrated.

July 29: Best of the Depth: Lake Michigan

Linda Falkowski wins Gatekeeper of the Year Award

Linda Falkowski wins Gatekeeper of the Year Award

A lot of people figure that employees really don’t go out of the way to do anything extra any more but Linda Falkowski who works for Consumers Energy in Muskegon, Mi has proven them wrong. Linda is a field representative for the company and as such, comes in contact with numerous customers. Because of her work ethics, Linda has been given the Gatekeeper of the Year award from the State of Michigan.

Repairs for fire-damaged Chinook Pier bathrooms hit snag

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's yet another delay in re-opening the public restrooms at Grand Haven's Chinook Pier.

The building was damaged by fire in April, and the city was recently given approval by the insurance company to remove the damage and renovate.

However, the bathrooms were built before the Americans with Disabilities Act and are not barrier free, so now the city is waiting again to find out what to do next, said city manager Pat McGinnis

"When they learned they'd have to tear up all the plumbing and redo the floor, the insurance company had second thoughts about the renovation approach and so, now we're back in limbo," McGinnis said. "We don't know if we're going to renovate or rebuild; we're waiting for a determination from the insurance. It's been another several weeks and we're waiting to find out which plan we'll be pursuing."

Beach Survival Challenge addresses water safety

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - The Grand Haven State Park hosted the Beach Survival Challenge on Saturday. The event raises awareness of water safety along Lake Michigan in a fun and educational atmosphere.

Six person teams compete in activities like tug of war and beach soccer and an obstacle course that organizers say is the most important part of the event.

"That's where they learn water safety they have to throw life rings, they have a giant puzzle of a rip current that they have to put together that's in a trunk, they have to answer questions, this year we actually added some cold water drowning questions because of the loss of a young man here in Grand Haven in January," says Vicki Cech an organizer.

The Beach Survival Challenge started 12 years ago in honor of Andy Fox who lost his life in a rip current.

Grand Haven hosts sand sculpture event

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - Despite the threat of rain it was nearly perfect Saturday for a trip to the beach. And Grand Haven's City beach was filled with people taking part in the 34th annual sand sculpture competition.

20 teams competed in several different categories. Many of which, have been competing against each other for years.

Nearly 200 people cast their votes for the people's choice award which went to Love Inc.

Others winners are:

Child's Category of 1 participant under 12 years old.

1st Place: Lil Sand Carver with Cheetah

Children's Category with 2-7 participants under 12 years old.

1st Place: Beach Monkeys with "Life on the Beach"

2nd Place: Spring Lake Squad with their sculpture of Grand Haven Pier

Individual's Category of 1 participant 12 years or older.

Motorcyclist killed in Ottawa Co. crash

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A motorcyclist who was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital following a crash Wednesday afternoon in Ottawa County's Grand Haven Township, has died.

The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. on Lakeshore Dr. at Tamarack Ln.

The Sheriff Dept. tells WZZM 13, 56-year-old Mark Taylor, from Grand Haven Township, had been northbound on Lakeshore and was stopped, waiting to turn left onto Tamarack. As he waited for a southbound vehicle, a northbound minivan driven by a 21-year-old Grand Valley State University student rear-ended the motorcycle, authorities said.

Taylor was unconscious when an ambulance took him from the crash scene to North Ottawa Community Hospital. Aero Med flew him from there to a Grand Rapids hospital. He was not wearing a helmet. Taylor died from his injuries Friday morning.