Grand Haven Tribune

July 24, 2014

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Thursday, July 24, 2014 50¢ Weekday, $1.00 Saturday Page 9 Local weight-losers to participate in 5K SPORTS INSIDE: Elders deserve better See Opinion, Page 4 INSIDE: Your questions answered See Mailbag, Page 3 Tomorrow's Weather Sunny and mild High 77 Low 54 Grand Haven Tribune Keep up with breaking news 24/7 at 2013 Newspaper of the Year N I G H T The Sandi Gentry Team presents a FREE Community Family Movie Night! Friday, July 25th • 9 pm at Mulligan's Hollow Featured movie: Walt Disney's 'Bedtime Stories' starring Adam Sandler Bring your blankets and chairs to enjoy a fun family night The Sandi Gentry Team Girl, 4, swept off GH pier Neighborly help works out for all Horsin' around See more photos at By Alex Doty Grand Haven officials hope their recent collaboration celebration stokes the fires of partnerships for years to come. Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke, Mayor Geri McCaleb and City Manager Pat McGinnis attended recent community meetings to celebrate the collaborative work. "The mayor and I, and Pat, have kind of been on a road trip recently," Hawke said. "This started this past spring with a conversation between Pat and I about some really tough, cold, harsh fires we had this past winter and what very good support we had." When several serious winter fires occurred, Hawke said the city had immediate assistance from neighboring communities. The city has a mutual aid relationship with all fire authorities in the region. "Without our mutual aid partners, the service we provide to our citizens would be greatly diminished," Hawke said. "We all count on each other in times of major emergencies." The city is especially connected with the Spring Lake, Ferrysburg and Grand Haven Township fire departments. At the neighboring community meetings, Hawke and McCaleb presented each of the respective fire chiefs with a ceramic wall hanging for their depart- ments. Local artist Brad Patterson created four hang- ings with a representation of a traditional fire scramble Tribune file photo/Krystle Wagner Grand Haven township firefighters work to put out a July 4 fire in the city caused by homemade fireworks. Mutual aid agreements allow local communities to assist one another during emergencies. See help on page 3 By JUlIe ANGell PARK TWP. — One by one, horses trotted into the spotlight, accompanied by their owners, at the Ottawa County 4-H Horse Show on Wednesday morning. The freshly watered county fairgrounds were broken in by 70 participants and their four-legged friends during the annual county fair. While some horses relieved their nerves with neighs, whinnies and disobedience, one pair was calm and collected throughout the competition. Alicia Heyblom, 14, patiently waited for her turn in the ring with her sidekick, Blackmailer. Blackmailer is one of six miniature horses in the Grand Haven resident's club, the Mini Dreams Miniature Horse 4-H Club. The miniature horses stood out from the crowd of the regular-size horses that towered over them. "I've been doing this for a while, so I know what to expect," Heyblom said. The horse show included three separate Tribune photos/Julie Angell TOP: Alicia Heyblom smiles at the judges while showing her horse, Blackmailer, at the ottawa County Fair on Wednesday. MIDDLE: A judge walks around a horse and examines its obedience and grooming during the fair's horse show. BOTTOM: A Mini Dreams Miniature Horse 4-H Club member prepares to head into the ring for competition. See horSin' on page 3 By BeCky VArGo Holger Kuester and members of his extended family had just started to walk off Grand Haven's south pier late Wednesday afternoon when they heard screams. Kuester said he turned back just in time to see a wave wash over the pier and a little girl hit the water. "Her mother went in right after her," the Allendale man said. The mother, whom officials did not identify, was with another adult and several children taking a stroll on the lower west end of the south pier shortly after 5 p.m. "They had six little kids out there," Kuester said incredulously, as the wind off the lake whipped the channel into Tribune photo/Becky Vargo Paramedics check over a little girl who was rescued by her mom and some bystanders after being swept off the Grand Haven south pier. Mom and daughter hold each other tight after being rescued from lake Michigan late Wednesday afternoon. Tribune photo/ Becky Vargo See reScue on page 3

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