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My Town Holland: Hope College students to spend Aug. 30 volunteering

My Town Holland: Hope College students to spend Aug. 30 volunteering

HOLLAND, Mich. – Some 400 Hope College students will participate in service projects throughout the area through the college’s “Time to Serve” program on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Most of the students will be members of the freshman Class of 2018.  The students signed up for the mass volunteer effort shortly after their arrival at Hope, during New Student Orientation.

The students will be working in groups of six to 10 at nearly 40 sites from 10 a.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m. Projects are scheduled throughout the Holland and Zeeland area, and will include sorting Bibles for Mexico, cleaning The Critter Barn, working on a home with Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity and groundskeeping and cleaning at many area churches.

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Zeeland West routs Detroit Country Day


ZEELAND, MIch. (WZZM) -- Zeeland West opened up defense of its Division 4 state championship with an impressive 47-20 win over Detroit Country Day in a battle of cross-state teams.


West Ottawa falls to Canton


HOLLAND, MIch. (WZZM) -- West Ottawa had a second-half rally fall short in a 31-21 season-opening loss to visiting Canton.


My Town Holland: Hope College Mortar Board chapter earns national awards

My Town Holland: Hope College Mortar Board chapter earns national awards

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Hope College chapter of Mortar Board has again earned multiple honors during the national organization’s annual summer conference.

The awards program recognized activities during the 2013-14 school year.  Hope received a “Golden Torch Award” and 25 “Project Excellence” awards, the most of any chapter in the nation.  The conference was held Aug. 1 through Aug. 3 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The college’s Alcor chapter of the honorary society has received multiple awards during each of the past several years, including being named the top chapter during the national conference in 2010.  There’s a five-year wait before the chapter will be eligible to be considered for the top award again.

The Golden Torch Award honors chapters that have excelled in the areas of scholarship, leadership and service.  The Hope chapter was one of the top five Golden Torch Award recipients for the seventh year in a row.

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My Town: 'Digital Holland' initiative at Hope College puts community history online

My Town: 'Digital Holland' initiative at Hope College puts community history online

HOLLAND, Mich. – The story of Holland is only as far away as the nearest Internet connection, thanks to an ongoing project coordinated through the Mellon Scholars Program at Hope College.

Launched earlier this summer, the online “Digital Holland” initiative features articles, photographs, interactive maps, audio files and even video highlighting multiple dimensions of the history of the Holland area.  The index for the project runs from “A” through “Y” currently, but the organizers intend for it to continue to grow, making it all but certain that the coverage will eventually extend to “Z” as well.

“Our plan is to expand it,” said Hope senior Allyson Hoffman of Marshall, who is the student director of the project.  “There are about 150 pieces right now.  We’re pleased to have that, but would like to have more.”

Longboarder towed by moped seriously injured in fall


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 28-year-old Holland man was hospitalized with serious injuries following a longboard accident Tuesday evening.

The man was riding a longboard and being towed by a moped in the area of Aniline Ave. and Robar Dr. around 8:30 p.m., according to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

As the moped went faster, the skater lost control and fell. Authorities say he was not wearing a helmet.

The moped driver, a 24-year-old Holland man, was not hurt.


Holland school evacuated after lightning strike


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) — A lightning strike forced students to evacuate South Shore Christian Middle School in Holland Tuesday.

It happened as storms rolled into the area just after 2 p.m.

Dispatchers told WZZM 13 News that smoke was coming from the roof and was in a small gym, too.