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Holland Hospital expansion gears up for aging population

Holland Hospital expansion gears up for aging population

Written by  Elijah Brumback

HOLLAND — Michigan’s population continues to get older, and hospitals want to be prepared to handle them into their golden years. That’s spurred many health care organizations to beef up their facilities to handle the expected silver tsunami of baby boomers in the coming years.

Holland Hospital is one of them. The organization is in the middle of a $10 million expansion of its orthopedic, spine and neurosurgery unit.

As patients are opting for more orthopedic surgeries such as knee and hip replacement, the hospital saw the need to expand its facilities to better handle the increasing volume, said Kristie Dennett, orthopedic services coordinator for Holland Hospital.

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2 West MI employers get Defense Dept. award

 
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Two Michigan employers are among 15 that are being given the nation's highest honor for employer support of Guard and Reserve employees.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and the Uniform Color Company of Holland, Mich., are to receive the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award on Thursday.

It's presented by a Department of Defense agency called the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

The ceremony is to take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The honorees also are to meet privately with Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey earlier in the day.

Only 160 employers have been given the Freedom Award since its institution in 1996.

Scholar Athlete: Leah Ritsema

ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) - WZZM and Meijer are pleased to recognize Zeeland East High School senior Leah Ritsema as our Meijer Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of September 17th.

Leah enters the 2012 season as one of the top swimmers in West Michigan. Three times in her career she has earned all-conference and all-state honors. Leah swims the maximum four events in most meets and says her times have improved for the start of her senior year. "Recently I have been swimming a lot faster. I think I'm just getting stronger as I get older. The longer you stick with it, the harder it is to give it up I think."

Coach vs. principal in high school football

ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Friday night, the undefeated and division two second-ranked Zeeland East Chix host 2-2 Kenowa Hills in the O-K Black opener for both teams. An intriguing subplot is the family affair between the two schools.

Zeeland East is coached by Derek Pennington. His wife Katie is in her second year as principal at Kenowa Hills. The two met as teachers at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix in 1997 and were married four years later. Their current schedules, along with raising two small children, make for an extra busy lifestyle. "I probably see him for an hour at night on weeknights," says Katie. "Saturday is really the only day where we don't have a football commitment unless we choose to go to a college game. But Sunday through Friday is football for him in the evenings and then I do kid duty."

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Price to hold in-district office hours

Price to hold in-district office hours

State Rep. Amanda Price will sponsor in-district office hours in Grand Haven on Friday, Sept. 21, to meet with local residents and discuss issues of interest or concern.

Price will be at Coffee Grounds, located at 41 Washington Ave. from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Residents are welcome to stop by as their schedules allow during that time, and appointments are not necessary.

Residents can contact Price in Lansing at any time by calling toll-free (888) 238-1008 or by emailing amandaprice@house.mi.gov.

115th Hope College Pull Tug-of-War is Saturday, Sept. 29

115th Hope College Pull Tug-of-War is Saturday, Sept. 29

HOLLAND – The Hope College Pull tug-of-war, a 115-year tradition, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. on the banks of the Black River (near U.S. 31 and M-21). The public is invited. Admission is free.

The Pull, first held in 1898, is an annual fall highlight at Hope. In the competition, freshman and sophomore teams, entrenched in shallow pits on opposite sides of the river, attempt to gain the most rope through their strength and stamina.

Each team has 18 students on the rope as “pullers” and another 18 acting as guides and morale boosters, or “moralers.” The freshmen are coached by the junior class while the sophomores are instructed by the seniors. The coaching arrangement also leads to a rivalry between the even-year and odd-year classes.

This year’s Pull will pit members of the Classes of 2015 (sophomores) and 2016 (freshmen) against one another.  The freshman Class of 2015 team won last year’s Pull, which was held on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Hope College Critical Issues Symposium to Address Reconciliation on Sept. 25-26

Hope College Critical Issues Symposium to Address Reconciliation on Sept. 25-26

HOLLAND – “Reconciliation: Hope in a Divided World” is the theme of the 2012 Critical Issues Symposium at Hope College, which will begin with a keynote address Tuesday evening, Sept. 25, and continue throughout the day on Wednesday, Sept. 26, featuring a variety of presentations across campus.

The public is invited to all of the events.  Admission is free.