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Find your 2013 Lenten Fish Fry here

Find your 2013 Lenten Fish Fry here

(WZZM) - It is that time of the year for Lenten observances and that means it is time for area churches and organizations to hold Fish Frys on Fridays.


Below is a sortable list of area Fish Frys.  Many of these entries were added by the organizations themselves, so if you have questions, you may want to contact them before heading out.


If you have a Fish Fry to add to the list, click HERE.


 



 

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Experience Grand Rapids Launches News 2013 Visitor's Guide, The Experience™

Experience Grand Rapids Launches News 2013 Visitor's Guide, The Experience™

 

Experience Grand Rapids has created a high tech resource for visitors with the recent launch of its digital annual visitor’s guide, The Experience™. A complete guide filled with bonus content and videos is available at www.experiencegr.com and on the Experience Grand Rapids mobile site.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

“We are continuing to embrace the technologies around us, while providing our visitors with the best possible experience,” said Doug Small, president of Experience Grand Rapids. “Our digital guide is easily accessible online, on smartphones and on tablets.

Zeeland Festivals Inc. hires Director for Pumpkinfest

Zeeland Festivals Inc. hires Director for Pumpkinfest

 

The Zeeland Festivals Board is pleased to announce the hiring of Carla Flanders, owner of CMF Marketing as the Director of Zeeland’s Pumpkinfest 2013. CMF Marketing is currently involved with the Holland/Zeeland Community Labor Day Truck Parade, Lakeshore Art Festival, Seaway Run Expo, Muskegon Retail Incubator, and the Zeeland Pumpkinfest. In addition, CMF Marketing has experience coordinating large-scale events including the UICA Art Prize opening, Tulip Time Festival, National Food Carving Competition, Farmers Market Salsa Showdown, concerts and more.

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Snow pays off for Ottawa County park investment

WEST OLIVE, Mich. (WZZM) - The heavy snowfall this week is helping Ottawa County get its money's worth on a major investment. The county spent $150,000 to renovate Pigeon Creek Park, but it wasn't able to open until recently because of a lack of snow.

"We cannot produce our own snow, so we're completely dependent on nature," says Leif Vanhorssen, Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Supervisor.

Vanhorssen says the snow is better later than never.

"We didn't get our first significant snow until the last of January, so we were unable to open until then.  But then when we did open, this was a very busy place," says Vanhorssen.

Vanhorssen says it's quite a change from last season.

"It was probably the slowest year of the 18 years we have been open," says Vanhorssen.

This year, the county spent $150,000 on improving the lodge.

Holland Police get new armored vehicle

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - A former military vehicle will now be shielding Holland police officers in high-risk situations. The police department received two Humvees last summer after applying to the military surplus program.

One of the armored vehicles was given to the Kent County Sheriff's Department. A number of private companies helped transform the other vehicle so that it could be used by police officers.

Holland Police Chief Matt Messer says the new vehicle is a big improvement.

"Right now, we use these small ballistic shields, three-foot wide by five-foot tall, this takes the place of those, much more mobile, and gives us the opportunity to communicate, negotiate with someone, to get them out of a house instead of making entry," says Chief Messer.

Holland Police tactical teams have been training with the armored vehicle for months and it's already been used to execute a search warrant. 

"Last Lecture Series" with Hope College Professor - Feb 19

HOLLAND – Dr. Ernest Cole of the Hope College English faculty will present “The Road of Life: The Dynamics of (Un)Fulfillment and Accomplishment” on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium through the “Last Lecture Series” organized by the college’s Alcor chapter of the national Mortar Board honorary society.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Cole is an assistant professor of English and Towsley Research Scholar at Hope, where he teaches Post-Colonial Literature, with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa, the Caribbean and India. In his research he has been interested in the topics of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation in conjunction with a focus on post-civil war Sierra Leone, where he was born and raised and began his teaching career.