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Holland-Grand Haven named healthiest in U.S.


Holland (WZZM) - We have told you that a West Michigan county is the healthiest in the state, but now two of the cities in that area have been named the healthiest in the entire country.

The Holland-Grand Haven area was named the healthiest place in the nation according to 24/7 Wall Street. The area scored 80.9 on a physical health index with the 44th lowest obesity rate in the nation and 37th lowest poverty rate.

Despite the ranking, the study found Holland area residents exercised less than the majority of Americans and were less likely to eat healthy all day.

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My Town Holland: Governor Snyder to visit Tulip Time 2014

My Town Holland: Governor Snyder to visit Tulip Time 2014

HOLLAND, Mich.—Governor Snyder is planning a return trip to Tulip Time this year.

The governor is expected to deliver the keynote address during the Tulip Time Festival Luncheon on May 7.   Netherlands Ambassador Rudolf Bekink is also expected to speak at the event, which will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DeVos Fieldhouse.  Mayor Kurt Dykstra will emcee the event.

Tickets are $40 per person and available online or by calling the Tulip Time Festival office at (616) 396-4221.

Tulip Time will run May 3 through May 10.  For additional event information, visit the Tulip Time website.

Four Hope College students and alumni receive NSF Program recognition

Four Hope College students and alumni receive NSF Program recognition

HOLLAND – A total of four Hope College graduating seniors or recent graduates have received recognition through the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship program of the National Science Foundation.

Senior Caitlin Ploch of Redford received a fellowship through the program. In addition, 2013 graduate James Bour and 2012 graduate Hilary Bultman also received fellowships, and 2013 graduate Meagan Elinski received an honorable mention.  Bour and Bultman had each received honorable mentions last year.

Hope students or graduates have received fellowships or honorable mentions through the program every year for more than 20 years, and this is the seventh consecutive year that multiple graduating seniors or recent alumni have been recognized.  The NSF awarded 2,000 of the fellowships nationwide this year.

My Town Holland: Hudsonville Ice Cream introduces new seasonal flavor

My Town Holland: Hudsonville Ice Cream introduces new seasonal flavor

HOLLAND, Mich.— Hudsonville Ice Cream’s new summer flavor is paying homage to a hot spot in Michigan.

The Holland-based ice cream producer’s new seasonal product is Grand Hotel Pecan Ball, inspired by the famous dessert of Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.  The ice cream features fudge and pecans swirled into Hudsonville Ice Cream’s original vanilla ice cream.  The new flavor will grace grocery store freezers just in time for the Grand Hotel’s summer opening.

Hudsonville Ice Cream teamed up with the Grand Hotel last year to open Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor.  Hudsonville Ice cream is the exclusive ice cream sold at the Grand Hotel and its five restaurants on the island.

Hudsonville Ice Cream began churning up its sweet treats for the Midwest in Holland more than 80 years ago. 

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My Town: Industrial companies looking to hire more employees

My Town: Industrial companies looking to hire more employees

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Three West Michigan industrial companies are looking for more workers.

Staffing Inc., is working with Reeves Plastics, CTC and Plascore to hold three job fairs to hire additional employees.  On-site interviews will be available for applicants. 

Reeves Plastics is looking for general labor employees, assembly workers and packing and plastic mold operators.  The Coopersville company’s job fair will take place at the Coopersville Chamber of Commerce, 198 East Street, on Wednesday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Interested applicants who cannot attend should call (616) 451-0511.

Father of Holland sextuplets dies


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) -- The 39-year-old father of Michigan's first surviving set of sextuplets suffered a heart attack and died after setting up a trampoline for his children, a relative said.

Ben Van Houten died Wednesday night, said Sue Herweyer of Dykstra Life Story Funeral Homes in Holland.

Van Houten lived in the Holland area in western Michigan. In 2004, his wife, Amy, gave birth to six children over three days at a Grand Rapids hospital. They're now 10 years old. The kids were joined by a sister, now 7.

"Just to know Ben for even one day would be a blessing," father-in-law Calvin Reimink told The Grand Rapids Press.

Reimink said Van Houten set up a trampoline in his yard and was playing with the kids when the heart attack occurred. Van Houten's father died of heart problems at age 40.

My Town: Hope College students to present creative and research projects on April 11

My Town: Hope College students to present creative and research projects on April 11

HOLLAND, Mich.– What does designing a tetrahedral robot,  the effect of Facebook on happiness and self-esteem, the effect of music tempo on cycling performance, and Louis XIV all have in common?

They're all original research topics by students of Hope College.

These research projects will be highlighted during the annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance at Hope College on Friday, April 11, from 2:30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. at the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse.The public is invited.  Admission is free.