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August 29, 2016

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September 4th 8:00am-1:00pm (by appointment only) Labor Day Closed September 6th 6:00am-6:00pm (last pickup at 5:30pm) 616.842.3200 • 440 N. Ferry Street Grand Haven, MI 49417 • www.harbortransit.org 14 TRIBUNE the GRAND HAVEN ★ SPRING LAKE ★ FERRYSBURG THE BIG # Entries in Smith's Bayou Cook-off CONNECT WITH US facebook.com/GHTribune twitter.com/GHTribune TOP 3 STORIES Two hurt in rollover crash on Beacon Blvd. 1 Sweet announcement 2 Dancing on the Grand 3 at grandhaventribune.com THANK YOU Derek Sircher For being our FACEBOOK of the day! WEATHER Partly cloudy BY ELLA BOERMAN 79 66 HIGH LOW TOMORROW'S 75¢ MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2016 www.grandhaventribune.com 2015 NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR | | | CITY HONORS WESTERBACK SEE STORY, PAGE 3 FRUITPORT FALLS TO COOPERSVILLE AT GVSU SEE SPORTS, PAGE 7 Volunteers can help leave their mark on Grand Haven City Beach later this week. The Grand Haven Environment & Natural Resources Committee has planned a beach cleanup for 6 p.m. Thursday at the beach. "It's been over 10 years, easily, that we've been beach cleaning," said Joe VanderStel, the manager of the local water plant and city staff liaison for the committee. "We always try to do it in conjunction with a holiday so our beach looks really nice." Volunteers will meet near the restroom facility adjacent to the beach parking lot. "We try to make it as public as You can help spruce up City Beach BEACH CLEANUP FERRYSBURG — Norton Shores resident Lisa Leigh-Bell was overcome with emotion when her Hot & Spicy Chili, not only won the category award, but also was the top choice of the judges in the 10th Annual Smith's Bayou Chili Cook-off held on Sunday on Cecelia Lane The event was a fundraiser for the new West Michigan Chapter of Folds of Honor – an organization, which provides post secondary educational scholarships to families of deceased or wounded military men and women. A first-year participant, Leigh-Bell said she entered at the last minute, didn't worry about booth decorations or embellishments on her table, but concentrated on her chili. "I don't serve extra because I want the people to taste this," she said, pointing to her empty chili pot. She beat five other entries for her category award and 13 other contestants to become the judges' favorite. While the judges liked her chili, another Hot & Spicy entry concocted by Ivan Perez of Grand Haven took the People's Choice. "This makes me feel awesome," said the man who's won the award at least two times before. "The people are the ones I'm trying to please. When the people love it, I know it was a winner." Perez said that when he made his first batch, he tried it out on his 6-year-old daughter. "She said, 'this is great,' so I knew it wasn't hot enough," Perez laughed. Other category awards went to Jim Bryant for Meek & Mild and John and Brenda Postema for White Chili. Diane Marklevitz won the prize for Best Decorated Booth, while the Postemas came in a close second The cook-off was rained out on Saturday, but organizer Rebecca Hopp said that all of the participants except the original band were able to make when the event was rescheduled for the next day. Folk musicians Max and Ruth Blomquist and their friend, Dick Anthony (father of Cecelia Lane resident Linsey Joseph), agreed to fill in at the last minute The hot and muggy conditions didn't keep a few hundred people Tribune photo/Becky Vargo Lisa Leigh-Bell of Norton Shores drops to the ground when overcome by emotion after winning the Judges' Choice Award Sunday at the 10th Annual Smith's Bayou Chili Cook-Off. Applauding her, from left, are Rebecca Hopp, Ivan Perez and John and Brenda Postema. Turning up the heat Tribune file photo/Becky Vargo Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputy Ramon Soto talks to children at the Ferrysburg Fourth of July parade. From the projects to W. MI NEW SHERIFF'S DEPUTY HAS TRAVELED A LONG, HARD PATH TO BE ABLE TO HELP OTHERS A n adult always had to open the door when someone knocked to make sure you wouldn't be robbed. Children were called in from outside before 6 p.m., and most of those kids wouldn't continue school beyond the third grade. Those were just some of the odds that Ramon Soto says he was up against growing up in Puerto Rico. One of the Ottawa County Sheriff 's Department's newest full- time deputies, the 22-year-old Soto said that his mother always told him to persevere. And he was determined to finish what he started. Soto was 5 when a police officer knocked on the door of his family's small apartment. Apparently, a well-known prisoner had escaped and was suspected to be hiding in the upper level of the projects where Soto's family lived. "I was very interested in the way he spoke to my mom, that he explained why he was there," Soto said. "It kind of impressed me. I wanted to do that." Because many of the people in the projects sold drugs, they only saw police officers as bad people. Soto said the visit by this police officer OTTAWA COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT SMITH'S BAYOU CHILI COOK-OFF BY ALEX DOTY adoty@grandhaventribune.com See BEACH on PAGE 3 See SHERIFF on PAGE 3 See COOKOFFon PAGE 3 BY BECKY VARGO bvargo@grandhaventribune.com IF YOU GO WHAT: Beach Cleanup WHEN: Thursday, 6 p.m. WHERE: City Beach BY BECKY VARGO bvargo@grandhaventribune.com Max and Ruth Blomquist, along with Dick Anthony stepped in to provide the musical entertainment when the original band contracted was unable to make the rain date. Tribune photo/ Becky Vargo

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