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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.

Coast Guard ships arrive for festival

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- It was a chilly Monday afternoon as ships made their way up the Grand River for the annual parade of ships at the Coast Guard Festival.

Hundreds of spectators lined the boardwalk to watch Coast Guard vessels like the 225' Hollyhock pass. This year there were only a few ships due to the weather, but that didn't stop many from enjoying the event.

"It's a little cold and we thought there would be a few more ships, but it is good it is fun," said festival-goer Courtney Ramsford.

"Well, the parade of ships is really a visual connecting piece between the United States Coast Guard and the city of Grand Haven, Coast Guard City, USA. When the ships arrive, you know we are off to a great start," said Commander Mike Smith.

The ships are docked near the Coast Guard building on South Harbor Drive. Coast Guard Festival runs through August 3.

Car Show at the Coast Guard Festival

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - Sunday's weather cooperated just long enough for the activities at the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival. This is the 90th year for the festival.

Thousands are expected to attend the 10 day event, which features parades, fireworks, and live entertainment.

Sunday, the festival took to the streets with dozens of classic cars participating in the Cruise-In Car Show.

The visiting Ships arrive in Grand Haven Monday. The festival runs through August 2nd.

Girl, 4, rescued after wave washes her from pier

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A four-year-old girl was rescued by her mother, after a wave knocked her off the south pier in Grand Haven Wednesday afternoon.

The child wasn't wearing a life jacket, according to Grand Haven's Department of Public Safety.

After the mother jumped in the water to save her, bystanders threw the mother a life ring and brought both to safety.

The girl was not hurt in the incident.

Grand Haven woman robbed during contractor scheme

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM)—Grand Haven public safety officers are searching for the men who robbed an elderly woman inside her home.

The 87-year-old woman says a man claiming to be a contractor came to her home on Waverly Avenue asking for a bucket of hot water to help with asphalt work. While she was occupied by the impostor, two other men entered her home and stole items.

The woman says the man claiming to be a contractor was approximately 40 years old, 5'8" tall with a medium build and black hair. He was wearing a blue short-sleeve shirt. Another suspect was approximately 30 years old, 5'6" tall with a heavy build. He was wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. The third suspect was between the ages of 50 years and 60 years, with a heavy build. He too was wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. The men were last seen in a newer white four-door sedan with an out-of-state license plate, possibly from Wyoming.

My Town Grand Haven: Area state parks awarded life-saving beach kits

My Town Grand Haven: Area state parks awarded life-saving beach kits

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Michigan Sea Grant and the National Weather Service are teaming up to help curb rip current drownings in the Great Lakes.

This summer, 10 public beaches along Lake Michigan are getting “beach safety kits”, including Grand Haven State Park, Muskegon State Park, Holland State Park, Hoffmaster State Park and Ludington State Park.  Each kit contains a life ring, a throw bag and U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for children and teenagers. 

The program is also focused on raising awareness about the risk of rip currents, with “water watcher” cards urging parents to monitor children in the water and a searchable database of rip current incidents and deaths, which is available online.