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June 29, 2017

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4965 E. Beltline NE | Grand Rapids • 131 S. Seaway Drive | Norton Shores 675 E. 16th Suite 266 | Holland TRIBUNE the GRAND HAVEN ★ SPRING LAKE ★ FERRYSBURG 75¢ THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 | | 8 PAGE 7 THE BIG # Straight home games coming up for Muskegon Clippers. CONNECT WITH US facebook.com/GHTribune twitter.com/GHTribune TOP 3 STORIES Soccer in the Sand 1 New life lands GH man back in prison 2 Coast Guard Festival sneak preview 3 at grandhaventribune.com THANK YOU Tisha Roberts For being our FACEBOOK of the day! WEATHER Showers & t-storms, warm & humid BY LUCILLE SNYDER 76 65 HIGH LOW TOMORROW'S www.ghtrib.com LIVING 50 PLUS SEE INSIDE TODAY'S TRIBUNE TRI CITIES KIDS LEAGUE BATTLES WEATHER SEE SPORTS, PAGE 7 Rotted support beams due to the wrong materials used during construction led to the deck collapse earlier this month at Ottawa County Park's Weaver House, officials said. The historical home at Pine Bend County Park in Port Sheldon Township is used as an event center. Fourteen people were injured when a portion of a 40-by-50- foot deck collapsed during a gala hosted by North Ottawa Community Health System the evening of June 15. Ambulances transported two of the injured to the hospital. They had non-life-threatening injuries, Sheriff Steve Kempker said after the incident. Emergency crews from several police, fire departments and ambulance services responded to the scene when initial reports called into Central Dispatch were that about 100 people were on the deck when it collapsed. Kempker said that between 20-30 people were actually on the deck at the time of the incident. The injured people fell about 15 feet to the ground. None of them were seriously injured. G M B A rc h i t e c t u re a n d Engineer ing inspected the deck and determined that the laminated veneer lumber used in the structural beams "was the wrong material to use in the outdoor environment of the deck." That is because the laminate product is not suitable for the absorption of chemicals used in the pressure treatment process, which would make the wood appropriate for outdoor use. The architect noted that the design called for twin, laminated beams, 1.75 inches wide by 11.25 inches deep, attached to one another and for the beam to serve Officials: Wrong materials used in deck construction WEAVER HOUSE Although summer vacation is now in full swing, a group of students have been hard at work in Amy Carlson's classroom this week. During a four-day camp, 14 students are learning the basics of robotics and programming through the Lego Mindstorms camp being offered at Beach Elementary School in Fruitport. " You can move robots without moving them with our hands," said Satchel Norwood, a fourth-grader. To start the week, students built their robots with motors, wheels and sensors. They also designed an obstacle course for their robots to navigate by programming it to use specific actions. Beach Elementary School teacher and camp instructor Amy Carlson said younger children have an interest and excitement surrounding robotics. Having the hands-on learning opportunities gives children the chance to problem solve and find solutions, Carlson said. "It's a huge focus we need to have," she said. Last year, Carlson coached Beach Elementary School's first-year robotics team called the Techno Trojans 2.0, which involved fourth- and fifth- graders. The school also has a junior Lego robotics team for first- through third-grade students. Fruitport students also have the chance to get involved with the middle school team, Techno Trojans II, and the high school F.I.R.S.T. Robotics team, Techno Trojans. E d g e w o o d E l e m e nt a r y School is also slated to start a robotics team in the fall, Carlson said. Fourth-grader Kendall Lee said she likes having a new challenge to tackle each day, and she feels a sense of accomplishment and pride when she able to move onto the next problem. Learning about robotics and everything it entails is something new, said sixth- grader Lauren Lee said she enjoys the camp because she's learning new things. "It challenges your brain," she said. "You do stuff you've never done before." Tribune photo/Krystle Wagner Satchel Norwood and Tyler Carlson program their Lego robot car to move when it detects the color red. Norwood and Carlson are among 14 students participating in the four-day long Lego Mindstorms camp being offered at Beach Elementary School. 'It challenges your brain' BEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Tribune photo/Emma Dale Jodi Diemer of Diemer's Farm & Greenhouse talks to a customer during Wednesday's Grand Haven Farmers Market. A 'berry' poor season FARMERS MARKET VENDORS SAY SUBPAR STR AWBERRY SEASON NEARLY OVER Tribune photo/Emma Dale Bev Essenburg of Visser Farms in Zeeland sorts through veg- etables during Wednesday's Grand Haven Farmers Market. W hile the Grand Haven Farmers Market is flooded with colorful fresh fruits and vegetables, many of the vendors agreed the strawberry season has been a disappointing one and will soon be ending. Bev Essenburg of Visser Farms in Zeeland explained the frequent change in weather this spring contributed to the short-lived season. From being too dry to too wet, Mother Nature wasn't kind to the popular early summer fruit. Nathan Timmer of Ham Family Farm in Allendale, said although the season has been tough, their strawberries have come out better than last year, "tasting very nice." The local market was thriving on Wednesday morning, with plenty of booths set up offering a variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables. Timmer said he's noticed an uptick in traffic at farm markets over the years, partially because many people have become more concerned about where their food comes from and how it's grown. "People are more about what they're eating and how clean it is." he said. Referring to the increasing preference of fresh produce, fellow vendor, Jodi Diemer of Diemer's Farm & Greenhouse in Holland, said she likes to keep the pesticides they use to a minimum. One of their most popular items this year has been the strawberries, and while that season is ending, blueberries will be ready for purchase within the next few weeks. AGRICULTURE GRAND HAVEN TRIBUNE JUNE 29, 2017 A Special Supplement to the 1 BY Emma DalE news@grandhaventribune.com BY KRYSTLE WAGNER kwagner@grandhaventribune.com BY BECKY VARGO bvargo@grandhaventribune.com See MARKET on PAGE 3 See DECK on PAGE 3

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