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May 21, 2015

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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015 50¢ Weekday, $1.00 Saturday Page 7 Local athletes compete at Meijer Meet SPORTS INSIDE: Jacobson inducted into Junior Achievement HoF See Business, Page 6 INSIDE: Lawmakers right to crack down on poaching See Opinion, Page 4 Tomorrow's Weather Sunny Cooler High 61 Low 45 Grand Haven Tribune Keep up with breaking news 24/7 at 2013 & 2014 Newspaper of the Year BY BECKY VARGO It's Coast Guard Saturday and the stands at Waterfront Stadium are filling up when somebody discovers an odd- looking device duct-taped to the grandstand. Police evacuate the stadium, call in the Ottawa County Hazardous Materials Team, and try to determine what type of device they have and where it came from. That was the scenario that played out at a multi- organization training on Tuesday and Wednesday in Grand Haven. Grand Haven Department of Public Safety partnered with U.S. Coast Guard Station Grand Haven, Ottawa County Sheriff 's Department Marine Patrol, Ottawa and Muskegon county hazardous materials teams, Ottawa County Emergency Management, Michigan State Police Emergency Management/ Homeland Security Training Center, Michigan Army National Guard – 51st Civil Support Team and North Ottawa Community Hospital's emergency medical service. Tuesday's training consisted of classroom time, while Wednesday's work consisted of work out in the community. Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said they simulated a radiation event at Waterfront Stadium and on Harbor Island — an incident that was the result of simulated criminal activity. Teams set up command at the Community Center parking lot, while operations vehicles commandeered the parking lot next to Waterfront Stadium. Vehicles were in and out of Harbor Island, while Coast Guard and Sheriff 's Department boats patrolled the Grand River looking for a "suspect boat." The exercise was used Preparing for a hazmat disaster Public safety agencies converge on Waterfront Stadium for emergency drill Tribune photo/Becky Vargo Command from the 51st Civil Support Team briefs participants in the next stage of a hazardous materials training exercise Wednesday morn- ing at Waterfront Stadium. See HAZMAT on Page 3 BY KRYSTLE WAGNER SPRING LAKE – Cheers of excitement echoed around St. Mary's School and Church on Tuesday afternoon. Eight students from the eighth grade class sat in chairs as younger classmates poured water, flour, chocolate syrup, cottage cheese, mayonnaise and other toppings over their heads for a fundraiser, which raised about $1,800 for Jim Murphy, who travels to Mexico to help people in struggling areas. Each $25 a classroom donated earned it a topping to pour onto an eighth- grader. F i r s t - g r a d e r L e v i Vanderlann jumped up and down with his classmates with delight as older students were covered with food. Although Vanderlann enjoyed the activity, he said he thought it was "smelly." After trying to get cleaned up with a garden hose, eighth-grader Grace Nass said she probably wouldn't realize how bad her hair was until later. Nass, 14, said the worst toppings were nacho cheese and eggs. "You could smell it," she said. Nass didn' t imagine students would raise as much as they did. Each time they visited classrooms to collect money, Nass said it was "really cool to see" the excitement. Although the afternoon activity left the students in search of clean clothes, Nass said it was all worthwhile. "I'm happy to help anyway I can," she said. "It was eye-opening when (Murphy) came and talked at our school." Tribune photos/ Krystle Wagner Left: Eighth- grader Gavin Alban gets Vernors poured over him. Below: After having tomato sauce, choc- olate syrup, silly-string and other toppings poured over him, Alban got covered with sugar by his sister, Ella. St. Mary's students get slimed BY MARIE HAVENGA SPRING LAKE — A resident who recently asked Spring Lake Village Council to fire Village Manager Chris Burns and Zoning Administrator Lukas Hill said he's done his research and is prepared to follow through with a recall of Village Council members. Kevin Moon, 210 S. Fruitport Road, asked Village Council to discipline or fire Burns and Hill, who also serves as the Spring Lake Township Community Development Director, during Monday night's board meeting. He said if council members didn't act, he would proceed with a recall effort against them. Moon and others in the South Fruitport Road and River Street neighborhood are upset with village staff for making an "administrative decision" to issue a right-of-way permit so All Shores Wesleyan Church could construct a driveway from the rear of its parking lot out to Fruitport Road — without getting public input. Monday afternoon, 16 neighbors within 300 feet of the planned driveway filed a lawsuit against the village and church seeking to stop the project. Last fall, the church signed an agreement to purchase the brick home at 214 S. Fruitport Road with the intention of razing the home so a driveway could be built to help alleviate church traffic spilling onto busy M-104. Village staff issued a right-of-way permit for the driveway in December Village resident to follow through on recall effort Tribune photo/Marie Havenga Village Manager Chris Burns reads through public comments at last week's open house on a new exit driveway for All Shores Wesleyan Church. Neighbors have filed a lawsuit against the village and church in an effort to stop the project. One resident asked council on Monday to discipline or fire Burns and Zoning Administrator Lukas Hill. Burns received exceptionally high marks in her most recent evaluation. See RECALL EFFORT on Page 3

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