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Hope College Faculty-Student Research Team Receives National Chemistry Research Award

The research team of Hope College chemistry professor Dr. Mary (Beth) Anderson and senior Monica Ohnsorg has received top national recognition:  the 2016 Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry presented to researchers at a primarily undergraduate institution by the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Division of Inorganic Chemistry.

They were presented the award during the ACS’s 251st National Meeting and Exposition, held in San Diego, California, on Sunday-Thursday, March 13-17.  The division also honored teams at research institutions and corporate, federal or national laboratories.  Researchers from colleges and universities across the country competed for the awards.

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Five Hope College Students and Recent Graduates Receive NSF Program Recognition

A total of five Hope College graduating seniors or recent graduates have received recognition through the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship program of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Senor Lisa Savagian of Bloomfield received a fellowship through the program, and senior Monica Ohnsorg of Chanhassen, Minnesota, received honorable mention.

In addition, 2015 graduate Caitlin Kozack received a fellowship, and both 2015 graduate Lisa McLellan and 2012 graduate Ingrid Slette received honorable mention.  McLellan and Slette had also each received honorable mention last year.

Volunteers Needed for Helping Hands Day

Volunteers Needed for Helping Hands Day

If you enjoy the outdoors, this is the chance to help beautify the trails & gardens at the DeGraaf Nature Center.

With warm weather on its way, individuals, families, groups & organizations are invited to register to help spruce up the Nature Center on Saturday, April 9 from 10am through 12pm. DeGraaf is located at 270 S. River Avenue in Holland, Michigan.

A pancake lunch with maple syrup will be provided at noon for volunteers.

Call: (616)355-1300 to Register or visit www.cityofholland.org for more Holland informaton.

2015 Firefighter of the Year and 2015 Police Officer of the Year

2015 Firefighter of the Year and 2015 Police Officer of the Year

On February 9, 2016, Firefighter Jim Ruiz, a 29 year veteran of the Department was named the 2015 Firefighter of the Year and K-9 Officer, Joe Slenk, a 14 year veteran of the Department was named 2015 Police Officer of the Year, both announced by Chief Messer. They were nominated by their peers & selected by the Command Staff to receive theses honors.

In 1987, Jim Ruiz started his career as a paid on-call firefighter with the Holland Fire Department. In 1997, he was selected as a full time Firefighter/EMT. His duty now is with the Waverly Road Fire Station, along with continuing to serve as a role model.

He is recognized by his peers for his ethical responsibilities & pride for the Department & the community.

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Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

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Big Lake Brewing to distribute statewide


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Big Lake Brewing in Holland has signed a deal to distribute its beer statewide.

Our partner the Grand Rapids Business Journal reports the brewery has teamed up with Kalamazoo-based Imperial Beverage.

Initially, Big Lake will send cans and kegs of two of its beers into the state market, the Rye-Coe and the Darkstar.

Right now, the Holland company self-distributes five of its beers in Kent and Ottawa Counties.

Big Lake Brewing opened more than two years ago.