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My Town: Coast Guard marks National Safe Boating week with open house

My Town: Coast Guard marks National Safe Boating week with open house

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  In 2012, our nation’s waterways claimed the lives of 651 boaters.

The Coast Guard is hoping to curb that statistic by raising awareness during National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23.   The Coast Guard is encouraging all boaters to wear a life jacket at all times; in 2012, 379 people of the 459 people who drowned were not wearing a life jacket. 

As part of National Safe Boating Week, the Coast Guard Station in Grand Haven will have an open house Friday, May 23, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Visitors can take part in safe boating demonstrations, tour Coast Guard boats and the Ottawa County Sheriff Office fire boat and watch a robotic submersible at work.

My Town Grand Haven: Free boat inspections May 17

My Town Grand Haven: Free boat inspections May 17

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  National Safe Boating Week kicks off Saturday, May 17 with free boat inspections by the Ottawa County Sheriff Office Marine Division.

Marine officers will inspect your boat to make sure it has the proper equipment on it.  Passing boats will receive a vessel inspection sticker.  The free inspections are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gold Coast Outfitters, located at 6755 Butternut Drive in West Olive.

Additionally, the Ottawa County Sheriff Office would like to alert boaters to a new slow no wake area on the Grand River. The SNW area is located in the western-most channel of the Grand River, with coordinates of 43.030534/-86.159217, north to 43.041332/-86.162584.

For a map of all the area no wake zones, visit the sheriff office website here.

My Town Grand Haven: Hundreds of students take part in boot camp fundraiser

My Town Grand Haven: Hundreds of students take part in boot camp fundraiser

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  Organizers are getting ready to count up pledges from the Robinson Elementary Health Week and Boot Camp fundraiser.

Organized by the school PTA, the Friday event was the culmination of a week of activities at the school, in partnership with the NFL Play 60 team and North Ottawa Medical Group.  Organizers say Matt Wilbur, owner of Grand Haven Fit Body Boot Camp, helped all of the children warm up before they started the course.  Approximately 360 children from preschool to fourth grade ran, skipped and jumped through a variety of obstacles.  At the finish line, they were greeted by a military dad who handed out military-like dog tags, paid for by the Ottawa Animal Hospital, as well as goodie bags. Other sponsors include Midge Verplank, Kangaroo Palace, Hall Family Chiropractic, Katrina Van HoutenIncome Tax Service, Mercy Health Partners- Lakeshore Family Care and Buffalo Wild Wings.

My Town: Kenowa Hills hosts Homes For A Hero benefit May 2

My Town: Kenowa Hills hosts Homes For A Hero benefit May 2

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Community members are invited to show their support for veterans by taking part in Kenowa Hills High School’s Homes For A Hero event thgis Friday, May 2.

Students have spent weeks preparing for the benefit, which will take place at Kenowa Hills High School, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The celebration will include a silent auction, cook-out and live entertainment as well as a ceremony recognizing veterans and active military members.

Homes For A Hero will also include a varsity rugby game between Kenowa Hills and Grand Haven, starting at 6 p.m.  Kenowa Hills’ team will be sporting camouflage jerseys  for the game. After the match-up, the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society will hold swing dancing under the stadium lights, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Proceeds from Homes For A Hero will go toward building a home for a veteran.  Students are teaming up with Homes of Hope, a Grand Rapids organization, for the six-day build.

My Town: Kenowa Hills to hold May 2 event to support veterans

My Town: Kenowa Hills to hold May 2 event to support veterans

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Community members are invited to show their support for veterans by taking part in Kenowa Hills High School’s Homes For A Hero event.

Right now, students are busy preparing for the fundraising  event, which will take place May 2 at Kenowa Hills High School, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The celebration will include a silent auction, cook-out and live entertainment as well as a ceremony recognizing veterans and active military members.

Homes For A Hero will also include a varsity rugby game between Kenowa Hills and Grand Haven, starting at 6 p.m.  Kenowa Hills’ team will be sporting camouflage jerseys  for the game. After the match-up, the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society will hold swing dancing under the stadium lights, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

My Town: Grand Haven Public Safety officer a shooting world champ

My Town: Grand Haven Public Safety officer a shooting world champ

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Criminals beware; one of the sharpest shooters in the world is right is right here in Grand Haven, serving as a public safety officer.

Dave Scott is the National Skeet Shooting Association’s current world champion, after posting a perfect score and winning a 7.5 round tiebreaker late last year.

 Scott has been honing his passion since high school.  He previously won ten state championships, and has consistently ranked among the world’s best skeet shooters.  He’s also been on the all-state team every year since 2004 and been an all-American for the past five years.

In November, the Grand Haven City Council recognized Scott’s accomplishments with a congratulatory resolution signed by the mayor.