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Rake-A-Difference volunteers needed; signup due on Monday

OTTAWA COUNTY. Mich. (WZZM) - Here's a volunteer opportunity in a couple of weeks for those fall lovers.

It's called "Rake-A-Difference." It's happening November 7th & 8th from 8:00am until Noon. Deadline to sign up is Monday.

Shannon Morton, Director of Volunteerism from Greater Ottawa County United Way stopped by the News at Five to talk about the event. She says it
serves residents of Ottawa County. Veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities and/or financial hardships are encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Century-old Grand Haven factory to become RV resort

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Next summer, the site of a century-old factory will become a new option for those who want to camp in Grand Haven. Developers have permission to begin work on a 20-acre RV resort at Beechtree and Fulton Avenue.

The Eagle Ottawa tannery closed in Grand Haven's East Town neighborhood in 2006; it was a site that once provided 800 jobs. Now the land is being prepared for recreation. The Grand Haven Planning Commission has approved plans for East Point R.V. Resort.

Resort general manager Mike Lepo says think camping, but upscale. "A clubhouse with a pool, cable wi-fi, water, and sewer."

The construction work should finish in time for a May first opening. The site includes frontage on the Grand River with boat docks so boaters can access Spring Lake and Lake Michigan.

Crowd gathers to debate Dewey Hill cross

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hundreds packed the Loutit District Library for a panel discussion Wednesday evening, to debate whether Grand Haven should continue to raise a 48-foot cross on city-owned Dewey Hill.

Each Summer, First Reformed Church pays the city to put up the cross for 10 Sundays for an event called Worship on the Waterfront.

One group is now publicly calling for a halt to the cross raising.

That group says it violates the separation of church and state and claims that equal access is not granted to other groups to use the space. Some opponents also say it makes some people who aren't Christians feel like outsiders in their own community.

A group who wants to keep the cross there says it feels since the church rents the space during those weeks, it has the right to display the cross temporarily.

Man arrested for breaking into gun shop

ROBINSON TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - A Muskegon County man is under arrest for breaking into an Ottawa County gun shop.

Ottawa County deputies responded to an alarm at Felix's Gun Shop on Green Street at about 1:00am. A responding deputy saw the suspect leave the shop and run south. Deputies set up a perimeter around the area and the man was taken into custody about 90 minutes later in a wooded area.

The 21-year-old suspect's name will be released after his arraignment.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Will Host Juried Arts and Crafts Show With 1,000 Items Nov. 14-15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., OCT. 10, 2014―Over 1,000 arts and crafts items from among 50 vendors will be featured for the general public and Christmas shoppers during the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish Juried Arts & Crafts Show.  The event will be held Friday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parish Family Center.


St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish is located at 920 Fulton Street, directly off Highway 31 in Grand Haven.  Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no charge for admission.


The parish’s “MOM’s Group” will put on a festive luncheon both days, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Attendees may choose from among a display of hearty soups, salads, quiche and desserts available.


“We are encouraging anyone to come and make it a ladies day outing, as this event coincides with the opening day of deer-hunting season,” said Ellen Valdez, St.

Spring Lake intersection reopens after gas leak

UPDATE - At 3:00pm, the Ottawa County Dispatch announced that the roads have reopened.

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WZZM) - M-104 and Buchanan in Spring Lake is closed right now due to a natural gas leak.

Ottawa County Dispatch reports that crews are on the scene and the intersection will be closed until further notice. The Spring Lake Library has been closed due to the leak.

An extended portion of roadway from N. Fruitport Road to Jackson has also been closed.

New trial for woman tased while protesting ticket

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- An Ottawa County woman who was tased for protesting a traffic ticket will get a new trial.

In 2012, Mary Vandenberg tried to pay the ticket with 145 $1 bills that she had defaced with red and black markers. Employees didn't accept the money, and officers started escorting her out. When she refused to leave, she was tased, pepper-sprayed, and handcuffed.

After being convicted of resisting arrest, Judge Ed Post fined Vandenberg $548.

The state Court of Appeals has since overturned the conviction, saying the law under which she was convicted is "unconstitutionally vague and overbroad."