Grand Haven Tribune

December 5, 2016

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Our service area covers 55 square miles. 440 N. Ferry Street Grand Haven, MI 49417 • Monday-Friday 6am to 6pm (Last pickup at 5:30pm) • Saturday 9am to 4pm (Last pickup at 3:30pm) • Sunday 8am to 12:30pm (Advance reservation required) Including the cities of Grand Haven and Ferrysburg, the Village of Spring Lake, Grand Haven Township and now Spring Lake Township. 616.842.3200 www.harbortransit.org RIDE WITH US! 117 TRIBUNE the GRAND HAVEN ★ SPRING LAKE ★ FERRYSBURG PAGE 7 THE BIG # combined points scored by the GH girls hoops team through two games CONNECT WITH US facebook.com/GHTribune twitter.com/GHTribune TOP 3 STORIES Jury finds Brandon Hall guilty of election fraud 1 Turkey barns near Coopersville destroyed by fire 2 'We're trying to be optimistic' 3 at grandhaventribune.com THANK YOU Robert Allen For being our FACEBOOK of the day! WEATHER Mostly cloudy BY JERACA VERBURG 40 33 HIGH LOW TOMORROW'S 75¢ MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2016 www.grandhaventribune.com 2015 NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR | | | TURKEY BARNS DESTROYED BY FIRE SEE STORY, PAGE 2 GH, SL GIRLS HOOPS PICK UP BIG WINS SEE SPORTS, PAGE 7 SPRING LAKE TWP. — The National Merit Program has recognized three Spring Lake High School seniors. Faulkner Bodbyl-Mast, Ana West and Thomas Zambiasi have all been named Commended Students through the National Merit Program. About 1.6 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools across the country participated in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The national pro- gram says more than two-thirds of those students received Letters of Commendation based on their score, which is among the top 5 percent of students who took the PSAT. The news caught the three Spring Lake students by surprise. "I really didn't think I did well on it, so receiving the recognition felt a little strange, but I am certainly happy about it," said West, 17. Bodbyl-Mast, 17, said his initial reaction was a "whirl of emotions" with a "mix of feeling honored, fortunate and accomplished." He currently is waiting Three SL seniors named national Commended Students EDUCATION Grand Haven's downtown area now has the designation to back up claims of being a historic community, thanks to its placement on the National Register of Historic Places. "About two years ago we applied, and we received confirmation … that we had two applications that were both approved," Grand Haven Main Street Executive Director Diane Sheridan said. The National Register is the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's register is part of a program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America's historic and archeological resources. Other cities in the area with their downtowns listed on the National Register of Historic Places include Holland, Allegan and Lowell. Grand Rapids also has several historic districts/neighborhoods, including the Heartside Historic District, Heritage Hill and the Ledyard Block. "It has been a journey of almost three years," Sheridan said. "I worked on it as a volunteer before I started officially in Grand Haven." Benefits of the designation include a listing in the National Register Archives; the encouragement of preservation of historic resources; and opportunities for specific preservation incentives such as federal preservation grants for planning and rehabilitation, federal investment tax credits, preservation easements to non-profit organizations, and other possible state funding opportunities. A listing on the National Register places no restrictions on private property. The city's applications call it the Grand Haven Central Historic District. "The period of significance is the 1860s to the early 21st century," Sheridan said of the district. "We have 120 structures and one area — which is the (Central) Park — in that list." Tribune map/Alex Doty The shaded area shows which areas of the downtown area are part of the new registered historic district. The coal tipple along Jackson Street is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. City celebrates historic designation GRAND HAVEN Tribune photo/Marie Havenga Santa and Mrs. Claus share a laugh during Saturday's Jingle Bell Parade. Jingling in the holiday Tribune photo/Marie Havenga The crowd sings Christmas Carols during the tree-lighting ceremony Saturday night at Grand Haven's Central Park. M usic and holiday lights lit up the night Saturday during the annual Jingle Bell Parade through downtown Grand Haven. Horses, neon floats, decorated DPW equipment, antique cars, livestock and hundreds of walkers paraded through downtown streets to usher in the holiday season, culminating in Santa and Mrs. Claus turning on the lights to the Central Park Christmas Tree. Reetired Spring Lake optometrist John Nametz, who received the Chamber of Commerce's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, led the parade as grand marshal. Sally Banks, who recently moved to Grand Haven, said she was wowed by her first-ever Jingle Bell Parade. MERRY CHRISTMAS BY MARIE HAVENGA mhavenga@grandhaventribune.com BY ALEX DOTY adoty@grandhaventribune.com West Botbyl-Mast Zambiasi BY KRYSTLE WAGNER kwagner@grandhaventribune.com See STUDENTS on PAGE 3 See PARADE on PAGE 3 See HISTORIC on PAGE 3

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