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Cupcakes for a cause

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - A bakery is helping a local family raise money to adapt a boy from Africa. The Second Floor Bakery in Holland will be donating proceeds from Saturday's cupcake sales to the effort.

Second Floor Bakery's Katie Webster is the future aunt of the little boy and has adopted children herself. She says this special sale is also a great way to teach people about adoption, with November being "Adoption Awareness Month."

Click the above video link to hear what Webster had to say when she stopped by the WZZM 13 Studio with some tasty treats.

The bakery hopes to sell more than 3,000 cupcakes Saturday. Pre-orders are recommended. The Second Street Bakery is located at 48 East Lakewood Blvd. in Holland, and is open 9-3 on Saturday.

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My Town: Predicted weekend warm-up raises flooding concerns

My Town: Predicted weekend warm-up raises flooding concerns

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.— A predicted weekend warm-up is leading to flooding concerns in Ottawa County.

Although flooding along the Grand River is not anticipated,  The Ottawa County Emergency Management team says the melting snow and rainfall could be a challenge for some county drains, which may be clogged by leaves and other debris.  Emergency managers are  asking residents to clear driveway culverts, drains and rain gutters once the warmer temperatures melt away the ice and snow, possibly preventing clogs that can lead to damaging ice dams. 

“Being proactive now may save a lot of inconvenience next spring,” said Beth Thomas, Ottawa County Emergency Management director. “No one knows for sure what the weather will be like when spring arrives and as always, it’s best to be prepared.”

Legal immigrant calls executive order 'slap in the face'

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- WZZM 13 is getting reaction from the local community about President Obama's executive decision to give legal status to up to five million undocumented people.

Some may recognized his booming voice as town crier of Holland's Tulip Time parade.

"I'm an American Dutchmen, not a Dutch American," says John Karsten.

Because of Karsten's path to American citizenship, he is loud and clear about his view on illegal immigration and President Obama's executive order.

"It was a slap in the face," Karsten told WZZM 13.

In 1957, Karsten followed his future wife to the U.S. from the Netherlands. After five years, he was finally able to take a test to become an American citizen.

"You had to know about laws and things like that and my wife's aunt didn't pass because they thought her English wasn't good enough," says Karsten.

My Town Holland: Easing hopelessness among heart patients starts at home

My Town Holland: Easing hopelessness among heart patients starts at home


HOLLAND – Susan Dunn of the Hope College nursing faculty is lead author of a study that has found that home exercise can ease hopelessness in people with coronary heart disease, research announced during a major American Heart Association (AHA) conference on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

The study was shared during the AHA’s Scientific Sessions 2014, held in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday-Wednesday, Nov. 15-19.  Scientific Sessions is the leading cardiovascular meeting in the country with more than 17,000 professionals attending annually, and more than 22,000 total attendees, as reported by the Healthcare Convention and Exhibitor’s Association.

Dunn was one of approximately 15 research presenters, out of thousands at the event, who were selected for a taped interview.  The AHA’s news release about the research and the interview can be viewed at http://newsroom.heart.org/news.

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Holland shops helped by snow melt system

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's at least one place along the lakeshore where shoppers are getting some escape from the early blast of winter weather. Store owners in downtown Holland say the city's snow melt system is giving business a boost.

Inside the Outpost store, general manager Linda Parker welcomes all winter-related questions.

"We're just important stuff for people to stay warm," Parker says of her shop's wares.

This year, Holland's snow melt system is at work early, helping Parker get customers in the door.

"They're not afraid to come out in the slush because there is no slush," says Parker. "Tuesday, when it was so snowy out, people were still coming in shopping."

My Town: Lake-to-Lake Food Drive kicks off with turkey donation

My Town: Lake-to-Lake Food Drive kicks off with turkey donation

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Lake Trust Credit Union will kick off its annual Lake-to-Lake Food Drive this Friday, Nov. 21 with a donation of 400 turkeys by Firekeepers Casino Hotel.

Now through the holiday season, community members are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food donations at any of the credit union’s 21 branches, including locations in Grandville, Holland and Grand Haven. The donations will go toward restocking pantry shelves at local food banks.  In the past two years, the holiday campaign has brought in more than 45,000 pounds of food.

In addition to Firekeepers Casino Hotel, Lake Trust is partnering with the Greater Lansing Food Bank, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Food Gatherers, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and Isabella Community Soup Kitchen and Two Men and a Truck.

Holland police investigating carjacking

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police want the public's help identifying a suspected carjacker.

Investigators say the man approached a 72-year-old woman in the Meijer parking lot at E. 16th St. and Waverly Rd. around 11 o'clock last Friday. The woman was loading things into the vehicle when the man asked if he could brush snow off her vehicle's windshield for cash.

Then, he grabbed her keys and took the vehicle, a Ford Escape. The lift gate was still open as he drove away.

The vehicle was found abandoned in a downtown Zeeland parking lot Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect is described as a heavyset white man, 25-35 years old. He was last seen wearing a dark winter jacket.