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Some win, some lose in cool West MI summer


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The unusually cool weather over the past month is inadvertently picking favorites along the lakeshore. Some businesses that are close to the lake are losing out, while others in downtown areas are booming.

At Holland State Park, a thick blanket of fog wasn't enough Wednesday. Some visitors brought long sleeves and sweatshirts.

"We decided, 'Let's do it,' so I put on a sweatshirt and came out," says Carol Tenhaaf.

"This is our first trip to the beach where the kids have actually gotten in the water," says Stephanie Clippard.

Just down the road , Holland Water Sports is dealing with a cold spell for rentals.

"They come back and they're cold; we send blankets with the boats," says Trina Ward, co-owner of Holland Water Sports.

The boats and jet skis are still sitting at the dock.

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My Town: West Michigan community leaders to help state tackle poverty

My Town: West Michigan community leaders to help state tackle poverty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Governor Snyder is naming ten more people to a panel in charge of tackling poverty in Michigan.

The Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity is a 12-member commission focused on promoting social and economic opportunities for low-income people.  Those appointed to a one year-term on the commission include Hope College graduate Jacob Maas.  The Grand Rapids native is executive director of the Area Community Services Employment and Training Council. He will represent community action agencies.

Holland Marine honored with posthumous Silver Star


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Marine from Holland, killed in combat two years ago, received one of the military's highest honors Tuesday.

Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Price was killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan on July 29, 2012.

His battalion's commanding officer presented Price with a posthumous Silver Star, which is given for gallantry and valor.

Master Gunnery Sgt. Jake Kelly said, "The ceremony is a long time coming. It has been two years to this day from his death. It signifies a lot of things. It signifies that Dan was awarded this honor. It is an honor to his family. It is an honor on behalf of him, his wife, and his hometown."

The public ceremony was held at Central Wesleyan Church in Holland

America in Bloom judges visit Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Judges from the national America in Bloom awards program are in West Michigan to judge floral displays in Holland.

The judges are evaluating floral arrangements at residential, commercial, and government properties across the city.

The city has received a 5-bloom rating and won its population category in each of the past three years.

A display at the home of Judy and Landis Zylman won Holland's Blizzard to Bloom contest, and the homeowners hope to help Holland win the national contest for a fourth-straight year.

"It's just a joy in my life to grow things; I love gardening," Landis said. "Sometimes people say, 'You're retired. Why do you want all this work?' I say, 'When it gets to be work, I'll quit.'"

The Zylmans want people to visit their home on W. 40th St. east of Pine Ave. and see their flowers.


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Holland building comes down for new power plant


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) A piece of Holland history came crashing down Tuesday.

Work crews began demolishing the former API Industrial building near 6th Street and Fairbanks. It's one of about 30 commercial buildings and homes that are being removed to make room for the city's new natural gas power plant. It is expected to take three to five days to bring down.

Demolition for the projectt began in June and is expected to go through late October. The Holland BPW says the project is on schedule and on budget.


Freighter on Lake Macatawa waits out Lake Michigan waves


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Coast Guard says a large freighter pulled into Lake Macatawa Monday to wait until the waves calm down on Lake Michigan.

Small craft advisories were issued earlier Monday, lasting until 6 Tuesday morning, because of winds and waves up to eight feet.


My Town Zeeland: Splash Pad opens to public

My Town Zeeland: Splash Pad opens to public

ZEELAND, Mich.— A cool new attraction is making a splash in Zeeland.

City leaders will celebrate the grand opening of the Zeeland Splash Pad Monday, July 28 by handing out free frozen treats to the first 1,000 guests.  The Splash Bash will also include live music by Cos & Cos on the site’s new stage and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. before city leaders turn on the water.

Zeeland Marketing Director Abby DeRoo says the concept for the splash pad began forming approximately three years ago.  Fundraising started last year and construction began in spring.

The site also features a fireplace and restrooms. The splash pad park will be open Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Labor Day.