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My Town: Hope Partnership with IU Maurer School of Law provides scholarships, mentoring

My Town: Hope Partnership with IU Maurer School of Law provides scholarships, mentoring

HOLLAND, Mich. – A new partnership between Hope College and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law provides an outstanding opportunity for graduating Hope seniors and alumni seeking to pursue careers as attorneys.

The Hope College Law Scholars Program, which will begin this fall, guarantees that the highly competitive, three-year J.D. program will reserve two spots for qualified Hope graduating seniors or alumni, in addition to providing scholarship support equal to at least half the cost of tuition and access to a formal mentoring program.

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Holland auto dealer celebrates 50 years in business


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Jeff Elhart is the rare person who feels having colon cancer was "good fortune." Elhart reflected on his medical challenge in the midst of Wednesday's celebration of his family business marking 50 years.

Five years ago, Elhart received a letter from Chrysler that was, in effect, a death notice. Chrysler said that due to "the unprecedented decline" in the auto industry, it was forced to terminate Elhart as a Dodge and Jeep dealer. General Motors, meantime, eliminated its Pontiac brand, so in just a few months Elhart lost half its franchise offerings.

Surrounded by hundreds of customers, friends, and family, Jeff Elhart said receiving the news in 2009 was made easier by the challenge he faced four months earlier - a diagnosis of colon cancer.

Fire destroys Park Township home


PARK TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - A home is a complete loss after a morning fire in Ottawa County.

No one was hurt. A resident in the home on Red Pine Court smelled smoke and opened a door and saw flames. Another resident was at work at the time.

When the fire was called in, dispatchers said they could hear the fire over the phone.


Marine's death a painful reminder for another's father


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's been almost two weeks since the death of Marine Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif. The Holland man was one of seven Marines and four soldiers killed when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise in Florida.

Staff Sgt. Seif's death is a painful reminder to the father of a Holland Marine who died almost three years ago: Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Price died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in the summer of 2012.

"As long as I have breath, I'll tell people about it," says Karl Price, father of Daniel Price.

Not every wound is visible. Karl Price showed WZZM 13 the pride and pain he carries with him: a dog tag and hero bracelet to remember his son.

"There's a lot of pride there, but there's also a lot of hurt that doesn't go away," says Price.

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My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Congressman Bill Huizenga is looking for student artwork to adorn the U.S. Capitol.

Now through April 17, high school students from the Second District are encouraged to submit their entries in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  Each student may only submit one entry to Congressman Huizenga’s office, located at 4555 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville.

"The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent platform for young artists to challenge themselves and explore their artistic ability as well as their creativity,” said Huizenga. “Students from across West Michigan have impressed thousands of visitors to the U.S. Capitol with their artwork and I cannot wait to see what this year’s competition has in store.”

My Town: Aquinas College hosts panel discussion to commemorate César Chávez

My Town: Aquinas College hosts panel discussion to commemorate César Chávez

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- Aquinas College will host "The Undocumented Experience," on Tuesday, March 24 as part of the annual César Chávez Commemorative Lecture.

Panelists include: Liz Balck, an attorney with Justice for our Neighbors; and Sergio Reyes, the intern pastor at New Community Fourth Reformed Church in Holland.

  • What: César Chávez Commemorative Lecture: "The Undocumented Experience"
  • When: Tuesday, March 24 from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Wege Center Loutit Room, 1607 Robinson Road SE, Grand Rapids
  • Cost: Free

The 2015 César Chávez Commemorative Lecture aims to highlight the struggles associated with the undocumented experience in the U.S. César Chávez was a humanitarian and social justice advocate who fought for the rights of migrant workers, a vulnerable population in the United States.

Elzinga & Volkers hosts Safety Week to raise awareness of injury prevention

Elzinga & Volkers hosts Safety Week to raise awareness of injury prevention

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals kicked off its second annual 'Alive 365: Safety Week' with a safety symposium on Friday, March 13 at The Pinnacle Center.

Representatives from Associated Builders and Contractors of West Michigan, American Subcontractors Association, Inc. and The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration were on hand to discuss various industrial safety topics. Keynote speaker, Dr. John Austin, an internationally recognized expert in proving behavior-based solutions to organizational challenges, discussed the importance of safety leadership within organizations.