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July 29, 2014

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By Alex Doty adoty@grandhaventribune.com GRAND HAVEN TWP. — This past Independence Day holiday has caused many communities to rethink fireworks rules. "We've had some complaints that came out of this past Fourth of July," Grand Haven Township Manager Bill Cargo said. "When you have all the officers out like we did on the Fourth of July, they were busy." With those complaints in mind, the Township Board on Monday night discussed the possibility of strengthening the community's rules about residential fireworks use. "We adopted a fireworks ordinance a year ago to mirror what (the City of Grand Haven) had done," Cargo said. This ordinance prohib- its fireworks usage to the day before, during and after 10 national holidays, plus the day of the Coast Guard Festival finale. "If you wanted to in Grand Haven Township, you could light off fireworks 31 times per year," Cargo said. After the ordinance was created, new rules were made to allow local communities to add a time element to their fireworks rules. Cargo said the town- ship could mirror the city's revised ordinance and prohibit the use of fireworks from 1 a.m. until 8 a.m. The state's fireworks law allows a community with a population of fewer than 50,000 in a county with a population fewer than 750,000 to regulate the fireworks use between those hours. "In one sense, it's a paper tiger," Cargo said, adding that he hopes people will learn of the new rules and comply. "It is a tool that needs to be in our toolbox," Township Supervisor Karl French said of the ordinance revision. "That's the consensus up here." Cargo said he will create an ordinance update to address the time element and bring it back before the Township Board at a future meeting. The Grand Haven Township Board discus- sion comes on the heels of a state lawmaker announcing his intentions of reversing Michigan's decision to legalize Tuesday, July 29, 2014 50¢ Weekday, $1.00 Saturday www.grandhaventribune.com Page 9 GH Golf Club to host Patriot Day SPORTS INSIDE: Cut out government waste See Opinion, Page 3 INSIDE: What are legislators up to? See Michigan Votes, Page 3 Tomorrow's Weather Partly cloudy, mild, showers High 77 Low 60 Grand Haven Tribune Keep up with breaking news 24/7 at www.grandhaventribune.com 2013 Newspaper of the Year Pharmacy Your prescriptions filled by pharmacists that care Pharmacy Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm; Saturday 9am-2pm Sunday Closed Ferrysburg (616) 842-4706 Heroes welcomed Help local mom battle cancer YOU SAID IT: Jacob Durand, 10 Grand Haven "They're helpful. They help people if they're in trouble." Lukas Durand, 7 Grand Haven "They save people." Brandi Baumgarner, 14 Grand Haven "They're there to help monitor the waters and help people if they're needed." Jessica Camburn, 14 Grand Haven "They're there to help people on the water. If nobody was there, someone could be stranded." What does the U.S. Coast Guard mean to you? Q: GHT considers updated rules for fireworks By Krystle WAgner kwagner@grandhaventribune.com Cheers and U.S. Coast Guard flags waved as the Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock and the R/V Laurentian navigated the Grand Haven channel on Monday. Community members and visitors lined the boardwalk and filled Escanaba Park to welcome the Parade of Ships. Wave conditions caused Coast Guard cutters Bristol Bay and Mobile Bay to arrive earlier. Ship tours run from 6-8 this evening and continue throughout this week's Coast Guard Festival. Isaac and Elliot Lambrix of West Olive watched the ships with their mother and younger cousins. Isaac, 6, described the Coast Guard ships as "big." His younger brother said the ships are "awesome." "It's great to see everyone out," said the boys' mother, Amanda Lambrix. Monday morning's overcast sky and wind didn't keep Bob and Edna Haasjes from seeing their first Parade of Ships. The Hudsonville couple arrived at about 11:45 a.m. to claim their seats on the boardwalk. The Haasjeses said they've attended other Coast Guard Festival events, and they were looking forward to the ships parade. Phil and Donna Green also arrived early to find their best seats to welcome the Coast Guard ships. By Krystle WAgner kwagner@grandhaventribune.com NORTON SHORES — Although 29-year-old Jessica Mellema has spent the past year fighting a rare cancer, she said there's "no point in being cranky." The Norton Shores woman has been in and out of hospitals for chemotherapy to combat small-cell carcinoma of the ovary. In August, she is tentatively scheduled to undergo a stem cell transplant because chemotherapy hasn't stopped the aggressive cancer. The procedure is expected to cost more than $700,000, and Jessica's family and friends have turned to the community to help raise money for it. Insurance won't cover the procedure because it's considered experimental, Jessica said. Tonight at Old Boys' Brewhouse in Spring Lake, 15 percent of sales will be donated to Jessica and her family. The event starts at 6 p.m. A spaghetti dinner benefit will be held from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Calvin Christian Reformed Church, 973 W. Norton Ave. in Muskegon. Despite the unexpected cancer diagnosis, the Mellema family has tried to keep positive. "You have to stay positive," said Ryan Mellema, Jessica's husband. Jessica's journey began in June 2013 when she went to the emergency room with stomach pain and bloating. "We didn't think anything of it," she said. "We don't have cancer in the family." After being tested and seeing her doctor, Jessica learned she had cancer. She underwent surgery to remove a 22-by-18- centimeter tumor. Bruce Gustafson said his Tribune photo/Krystle Wagner the U.s. Coast guard cutter Hollyhock navigates down the grand Haven channel on Monday. See SHIpS on page 3 See RULES on page 3 See HELp on page 3 Courtesy photo Jessica, ryan and Maddox Mellema pose for a picture. Tribune file photo/Julie Angell Fireworks line the inside of a tent prior to the July 4 holi- day weekend. grand Haven township officials say they may add time restrictions to the township's fireworks ordinance.

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