Grand Haven Celebrates ‘Light Night’ Despite Protesters Demanding A ‘Dark Night’ Event

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Despite a threat from protesters, residents and visitors gathered last night in downtown Grand Haven for the annual Light Night celebration sponsored by the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power and the Downtown Development Authority. The gala was interrupted only once, by a small band of protesters who managed to unplug and destroy an entire string of twinkle-lights before a show of force from Sherriff’s Department Officers led by Deputy Bernard VanderFifen corralled protesters into a parking lot behind the Jumpin Java coffee shop on Washington Street. “It was hard to get an exact…

BLOW HARD 2014: Pro-Am Leaf-Blowing Tournament Opens in Grand Haven

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Round One of this year’s BLOW HARD Tournament kicks off in Grand Haven tomorrow morning, with excited spectators expected to crowd all sixteen Ottawa County neighborhoods playing host to one of the Tournament’s designated Leaf-Blowing Courses. The five-day competition, now in its ninth year, features 72 teams competing for a $150,000 Grand Prize, and will conclude on Monday afternoon, with the BLOW HARD Finals taking place along a 1.5 mile course through central Grand Haven. Forty-two-year-old Grand Haven resident Barry Gillespie, who was awarded the amateur position on this year’s Black & Decker Team with a…