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EmploymentGroup names winners of 5 in 5 scholarships

EmploymentGroup names winners of 5 in 5 scholarships

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- EmploymentGroup, a solutions-oriented staffing and outsourced services firm, has announced the winners of its 5 in 5 scholarship program. 

Launched in 2013, the program is a five-year initiative in honor of the company’s 55th anniversary as a leading regional provider of business staffing solutions. EmploymentGroup started the program to give Michigan-based community college students the skills and resources they need to succeed.

As part of the 5 in 5 program, each year three students are awarded scholarships totaling $5,000.  This year, students were encouraged to tie their essay submissions to EmploymentGroup’s mission of helping people succeed, explaining how their future plans include both their own professional growth and helping others excel.

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My Town Holland: Vanderbilt Charter Academy celebrates new playground

My Town Holland: Vanderbilt Charter Academy celebrates new playground

HOLLAND, Mich.—Students of Vanderbilt Charter Academy will have a new place to play when they return to school this fall.

Tuesday evening, students, teachers, staff, board members and community supporters will cut the ribbon on a new playground at 301 West 16th Street.  The dedication ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to stay afterward to enjoy the new facility and meet live animals from the Critter Barn.

Vanderbilt Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

My Town: Farmers who lost 2012 crop during freeze now eligible for funding

My Town: Farmers who lost 2012 crop during freeze now eligible for funding

SPARTA, Mich.—Fruit farmers whose crops were devastated because of the unusual spring weather in 2012 are now eligible for federal funding.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin taking applications Tuesday for Michigan farmers who lost their fruit crops due to the freeze.  The funding is available through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program,  which was authorized in this year’s Farm Bill.

 “After the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted into law, USDA expedited the restart of disaster assistance programs as a top priority,” said FSA Administrator Juan Garcia. “Fruit producers experienced significant financial losses from weather-related damage in 2012. NAP provides them with long-awaited disaster relief.”

My Town Zeeland: Countdown on to splash pad opening next week

My Town Zeeland: Countdown on to splash pad opening next week

ZEELAND, Mich.— As the summer heat ramps up, the City of Zeeland is getting ready to celebrate a cool new attraction.

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.

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My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

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OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (Ottawa County Health Department)Ottawa County residents, 18 years of age and older, have an opportunity to give input about local health related needs and concerns.

My Town Holland: Hope College student headed to Broadway

My Town Holland: Hope College student headed to Broadway

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HOLLAND, Mich. (Hope College) – Hope Summer Repertory Theatre recent alumna Grace Stockdale has signed on to perform with Broadway’s touring production of “Kinky Boots,” beginning in September.

Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, another HSRT alum, the original production of “Kinky Boots” was a wild success when it debuted on Broadway in 2013, and went on to win five Tony awards, including best musical, best actor and best choreography.  Stockdale has been cast as Nicola in its touring production, which will open on September 4 in Las Vegas before embarking on its year-long national circuit.

My Town Holland: $40K grant approved for DeGraaf Nature Center improvements

My Town Holland: $40K grant approved for DeGraaf Nature Center improvements

HOLLAND, Mich.—DeGraaf Nature Center is growing with the help of a $40,000 grant from Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area.

The funding approved Wednesday will go toward purchasing a neighboring property, which the nature center will transform into a safer entryway for school children and other guests.

The house is expected to sell for $123,000. The rest of the purchasing money will come from donations and a nature center founding grant.

“We are very excited and thrilled that we have been selected to receive this funding, which is needed to support a number of critical improvements to the DeGraaf Nature Center that have been planned for many years. The gains will be enjoyed for generations to come at this very popular natural refuge in the heart of an urban environment,” said Holland City Manager Ryan Cotton.

DeGraaf Nature Center welcomes thousands of visitors each year.