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Shipwreck hunter, Ross Richardson, to speak at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE -- The public is invited to join shipwreck hunter Ross Richardson at Spring Lake District Library on Wed., Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. to hear how he discovered the wreck of the Westmoreland earlier this year.  Richardson will share the legend of the Westmoreland, one of the earliest propellers on the Great Lakes, which was dubbed Lake Michigan’s Treasure Ship. Rumored to have carried gold as well as whiskey and brandy, the Westmoreland has long been sought after by shipwreck hunters since its sinking in 1854. Richardson discovered the historic wreck in Lake Michigan near Sleeping Bear Dunes in August 2010. 

For more information call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake.

Kiteboarders head to the Lakeshore for epic waves

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM)- Spectators enjoyed the view of windy Lake Michigan from the shoreline Wednesday but there was one group who couldn't wait to jump in.

Kiteboarders in Grand Haven were hoping to ride some big waves.

If you combine the sun, powerful winds and Lake Michigan together, you have a playground for kiteboarders. By nature, they are a pretty daring group. It's apparent on days like Wednesday when they ride in 40-50 mile an hour winds and nearly 20 foot waves. Wednesday  Lake Michigan delivered what they were looking for - the ultimate rush.

"It's unbelievable- you're waiting for the biggest swell to come in, hoping for a 15 foot face, go down it, start surfing it, send your kite up and just keep working the bottom turns off the lips... it's just surreal," says kiteboarder Amer Bathish, "... We're definitely crazy... you have to be to do this."

Playoff football: 5 Games to watch in round 1

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The five-week journey to Ford Field and the state championships begins this Friday night for the playoff qualifiers in high school football.  Round one of the district playoffs has plenty of interesting matchups and here are the five that we are calling the most intriguing:

5) Kenowa Hills at Greenville  The Knights needed a week nine win over Forest Hills Central to secure their third straight playoff berth.  They've gone home in the first round in each of the past two years and figure to have their hands full against O-K White runner-up Greenville.  The Yellow Jackets have an explosive running attack that starts with quarterback Zach Burris.  They come into this game brimming with confidence after dominating Lowell on the road in week nine.

Spring Lake High School presents Charlotte's Web

Spring Lake, MI - Spring Lake High School presents Charlotte's Web, a classic tale of sacrifice and growing up, November 4th, 5th, and 6th at the high school auditorium. Come see the memorable characters including Charlotte, Wilbur, and Fern.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students/seniors and can be purchased at the high school office. Call 846-5501 for additional information.

Storm watchers dissapointed by show along the Lakeshore

GRAND HAVEN, MICH. (WZZM)- The wind intensified significantly Tuesday afternoon, a departure from a relatively calm scene in the morning.

People in Grand Haven got a first look at the storm brewing on Lake Michigan then.  Spectators parked at Grand Haven State Park to take in the view, though the storm didn't quite deliver the show they were hoping for.

Deann Vanderjagt drove from Ferrysburg with her husband to take pictures of the waves.  "We were hoping to see some waves going over the pier, some good waves.  They were saying there was supposed to be like 18 foot waves... so it was kind of disappointing," says Vanderjagt, "... It is pretty though with all the whitecaps and everything."

As the wind continues to get stronger, our On-Target Weather Center is predicting those waves will reach somewhere between 14 and 18 feet by Wednesday.

Grand Haven Community Center set to kick off monthlong art exhibit on slavery

GRAND HAVEN, Michigan -- Jon McDonald, a noted regional painter who specializes in watercolor and oils, will join visitors to his Grand Haven exhibition entitled Slavery’s Chill during a special reception and a “Walk Through the Paintings” lecture. McDonald’s exhibit showcases 12 portraits depicting the history and emotion of slavery.

The program on Wednesday, November 3, will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m. McDonald’s lecture will be held in the auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

Halloween 2010: Sunday or Saturday in West Michigan?

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- We know Halloween is this weekend, but what day is the Trick or Treating? Is it Saturday or Sunday?

Communities in West Michigan are split on the issue.

Some are keeping trick-or-treating on Sunday, Halloween night, while others are moving it to the day before.

In nearly every major community in Ottawa County, city officials are recommending parents to take their costumed children trick-or-treating on Saturday.

Holland, Hudsonville, Zeeland, Spring Lake, Grand Haven, Coopersville and Ferrysburg are all recommending Saturday.

"I'm actually surprised, I didn't know they were going to do it on Saturday," said Holland Resident Stacey Lewis. "I don't see a big problem with them having it on Sunday."

Meanwhile to the south in Allegan County, Saugatuck and Douglas will stay with Halloween Sunday.