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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

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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.

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.

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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.

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town: Restaurant honored for dedication to new splash pad

My Town: Restaurant honored for dedication to new splash pad

ZEELAND, Mich.—A Zeeland restaurant is being honored for its dedication to bringing a splash pad to the city.

The West Coast Chamber recently presented The Farmhouse with its IMPACT Award for raising funds and awareness for the splash pad.  The Farmhouse raised more than $5,000 for the splash pad, with employees donating their time, tips and profits to the project.  Ageless Autos Inc., West Michigan Poured Walls, Gebben’s Concrete, The Soft Spot and Conan Excavating all matched The Farmhouse’s donation, bringing the total to $10,018.

The Zeeland Splash Pad will open to the public July 28. The celebration on Main and Elm streets will coincide with Zeelmania.

The IMPACT Award recognizes companies and organizations for an outstanding contribution to the community through the sacrifice of time, money, resources.