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Coast Guard retires last 41-foot utility boat

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- An important piece of U.S. Coast Guard history has been retired from service.

Thursday, a special service was held in Grand Haven to decommission the last remaining 41-foot rescue boat, which had been in service for decades.

Jeff Carie was 13 when the Coast Guard rescued him and his brother from a dangerous situation on the water in 1978.

"I was out on Lake St. Claire. We got caught in a bad storm and didn't have the right survival equipment," Carie says. "Subsequently, I joined the Coast Guard in 1982."

Carie is one of about 40,000 people who've been rescued by the 41-footers.

US Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft said the last remaining 41-footer, 41410 out of Muskegon, was "truly the little engine that could."

He says it's an honor for him to see the people who operated these vessels.

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Suspected shoplifter critical after running red light, crashing

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A crash that shut down a Grand Haven intersection and sent two people to the hospital Thursday morning.

It happened around 6:15 a.m. at 172nd Avenue and Comstock Street. Sgt. Steve Austin with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department says Princess Warren, 27, of Muskegon Heights was driving a black car traveling south on 172nd when she ran the red light. The car slammed into a pickup truck driven by Donald Richardson, 59, of Grand Haven.

When rescue crews arrived, Warren was unconscious. She was pinned in her vehicle and had to be extricated by the Grand Haven Township Fire Department. She was flown to a hospital with life threatening injuries. Richardson suffered minor injuries.

Investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department found that Warren may have been fleeing after a shoplifting incident at the nearby Meijer store.

My Town GR Central: Economic Bright Spot Award goes to Varnum

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –  Varnum is among the companies being honored with a 2014 Michigan Economic Bright Spot Award from Corp! Magazine.

The magazine selected winners based on their growth over the past year, as well as their impact on the state's economy.  Varnum earned the distinction in part because of its MiSpringboard program, through which the firm will give away up to $1 million in legal services to new and developing businesses over a five-year period.  The company's innovative pricing models designed to deliver budget predictability to clients also played a role.

Varnum partner Eric Nemeth accepted the firm's award during a recent ceremony at VisTaTech Center in Livonia.

Art Workshops @ SLDL

Art Workshops @ SLDL

Art Workshops @ SLDL


It’s all about art during the month of August at Spring Lake District Library. The library will be hosting both a watercolor and a pastel workshop. Adults and youth age 15 and older are invited to sign up for either or both. Each workshop is taught by an award winning local artist. Pre-registration is required and registrations are accepted at the Check Out Desk at the library. A non-refundable $10 materials fee is due at the time of registration. Seating is limited. All materials will be provided. Attendees should plan on bringing a lunch.


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Dance music, pig roast part of VFW Coast Guard bash

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Haven VFW is holding its 2014 Coast Guard Celebration Bash, featuring electronic dance music (EDM), classic rock, food and a "human firecracker."

Events begin at 5 p.m. Thursday with drink specials, food, and several EDM bands until midnight.

Friday's events begin at 11 a.m., with the "Pig Roast Pig Out" sponsored by Sobie Meats at 5 p.m. Classic rock performers will sing throughout the day and night.

Saturday's events start at 11 a.m., with drinks, music and more classic rock. John Fletcher, who goes by the stage name of "Ghengis John the Human Firecracker", is also set to appear Saturday.

The Bash will be held at the VFW at 20 N. First Street in Grand Haven. Admission is free.

Public safety and lakeshore piers

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - Normally, the Grand Haven pier is a safe place to walk, fish, or enjoy the view, but when the wind picks up it can be very dangerous.

Last week a mother was walking with her child when a wave crashed into the pier, causing the child to fall into the water. The mother then jumped in after her child. In this case, the child and mother were rescued.

The pier has had its share of tragedy, though. A sign at the entrance memorializes two teens killed after going out on the pier in rough weather.

Police say that they are frequently called out to the pier, but despite that, the pier is rarely closed for conditions.

Officer Clinton Holt is a public safety officer for Grand Haven.

"I have been with the city for over 21 years, and I can only remember on two occasions that we have ever physically closed the pier," he said.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County