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Grand Haven vs. West Ottawa

(WZZM)- It was the battle of the undefeateds in the OK Red Conference in Holland Friday night as the Grand Haven Buccanears took on the West Ottawa Panthers.

The game did not start well for the Panthers.  A sloppy punt over the kicker's head put the Bucaneers up with a safety.

On the ensuing kick, the Bucs' Alex Smith ran the ball back to the Panthers' 5 yard line.  Three plays later, Dalton Stenberg scored the touchdown.

The Panthers responded with a touchdown.

Later in the 2nd, West Ottawa's Ryan Verhelst caught a pass in the back of the endzone for a 13-9 lead.

Grand Haven retook the lead 15-13, but then it was all West Ottawa.  The final score, West Ottawa 29-15 over Grand Haven.

Meijer Scholar Athlete - Erik Johnson

Grand Haven, MI. (WZZM)- WZZM and Meijer are pleased to introduce Grand Haven High School senior Erik Johnson is our Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of September 12th.

Erik is an all-state academic football player and swimmer for Grand Haven High.  He sports a 4.1 grade point average and has won numerous other awards including first and second place Science Olympiad medals.

Away from school and sports, Erik plays the violin and spends time on Tuesdays at Sanctuary at the Shore nursing home playing for residents.  He tells us classical music is his favorite type of music to listen to while studying.

Erik has been described as "an incredible student leader in his church's youth group and a wonderful example to other teens."

WZZM and Meijer congratulate Erik Johnson for his hard work! 

Pets to breathe easier in Spring Lake

Two Fire departments in Ottawa County recently have received a donation that will help prevent pets from falling victim to smoke inhalation due to fire.
Invisible Fence Brand located in Rockford, Mi will be donating oxygen recovery mask kits for pets to the Spring Lake Fire Stations next week, September 20 at their Fire Training meeting @ 7pm, at Station #2.
"With this donation, we hope to contribute to saving more pets and hopefully protect pet owners that may risk their own life to save a pet in a fire," says Tom Winquist, owner, Invisible Fence.
Although the number of pets that die in fires is not an official statistic kept by the U.S.

Holmes Elementary - Student Drop off and Pick up Procedure

From: Holmes Happenings

Holmes students are to be dropped off and picked up at the FRONT of the school (River Street) only. Busses and Intermediate School drop off and pick up is at the rear of the building (South and Hammond Streets).

Parents are encouraged to use the “Kiss and Go” lane for drop offs. Please pull ALL THE WAY up to the east end of the drive and instruct your children to proceed to the playground where they will enter the building with their class when the bell rings. Students should not arrive before 8:35 a.m.

At the end of the school day, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR UNATTENDED in the drop off lane. A staff person is assigned to supervise the dismissal of students at the front of the building.

Do you want to learn Spanish?

From: http://www.grandhaven.org

The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance is offering a 12 week Beginner Spanish course, hosted by the City of Grand Haven, this fall on Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm at the Grand Haven Community Center. This exciting and interactive class will be taught by Analia Morrison, a native Spanish speaker from Honduras who holds a Bachelors Degree in Education. The class will begin September 16 and will run weekly until December 9. There will be no class on
November 25.

The cost for the class is $100. Students must also purchase the book Easy Spanish Step By Step, by Barbara Bregstein, which can be purchased online or at Barnes and Noble for
approximately $12. Scholarships are available for financial hardships.

'Lakes Edge' sculpture moved to Grand Haven's boardwalk

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - A popular sculpture in Grand Haven is on display once again. 

Workers moved the 'Lakes Edge' sculpture from the Department of Public Works to the boardwalk along the channel. It used to be in front of the old courthouse but was moved during construction of the new courthouse.

For the last three years, it was just sitting outside the Department of Public Works building.

Big waves churn up Lake Michigan

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM)- Whipping winds, cool temperatures and really big waves - it is not what people spending the holiday on the lakeshore this weekend expected to experience.  But that's what they found along the beach in Grand Haven Friday night.  Braving the wind was challenging and the waves were unbelievable.

Camper Kristi Mercer said, "This is just unreal I've been coming to Grand Haven since I could barely walk and I've never seen the waves like this..never!"

Those camping in tents had a rough time keeping everything tied down and stable.  The waves washed over the piers, creating great photo opportunities. 

And then there are those who went out in the huge swells.  Boogie boarder Scott Cogswell said, "You gotta know what you're doin.. uh.. there's a lot of people out there and they say oh that's dangerous or.. you shouldn't do that and so I've been doin it for a few years and I thought I'd try it."