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United Methodist Church of the Dunes’ Members Create Six-Foot Wooden Cross Assemblage

United Methodist Church of the Dunes’ Members Create Six-Foot Wooden Cross Assemblage

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., July 24, 2012—When members of the United Methodist Church of the Dunes’ (UMCD) Visual Arts Council saw a painting of a wooden cross, they found the inspiration needed to lead the congregation in the creation of a six-foot wooden cross assemblage for the church’s Narthex renovation.  The assemblage was completed during Lent and has recently been mounted on the north wall of the Narthex for public viewing. 

Helen Lystra, chairwoman of the UMCD Visual Arts Council, challenged church members to bring in pieces of wood for the large assemblage.  The completed artwork has now become the latest piece in the church’s permanent collection of artwork created by its members. 

“One member gave us wood from several different states and another member takes daily walks along the boardwalk and he brought in lots of driftwood,” said Lystra.

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Art in the Park 2012

Art in the Park 2012

From: http://www.cityofholland.com

Saturday, August 4th, 9:00am - 5:00pm, Centennial Park

The Holland Friends of Art will be hosting the 43rd Annual Art In The Park arts & crafts fair. The event this year will be on Saturday August 4, 2012 from 9 am to 5 pm in Centennial Park near the downtown. Art in the Park raises money for local students' college scholarships and area art programs.

The exhibitors come from all over Michigan and a few come from several other states. There will be booths in the show for about 300 artists and crafters selling their paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, jewelry, woodworking, baskets, pottery, stained glass, dolls, weavings, and many other items. Several vendors will also have a variety of foods available along Central Avenue during the fair.

Breakfast on the Go: deBoer Bakery

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)- Sunday's Breakfast on the Go segment takes us to Holland at deBoer Bakery.

It is located at 360 Douglas Avenue in Holland.

Grandville wins District 9 softball title, 17-3 over Hudsonville

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Unlike Thursday night's nail-biter at Pinery Park, when Grandville had to use the late innings to rally to win, Friday night's rematch wiith Hudsonville was decided in the first inning.

Grandville beat Hudsonville, 17-3, sending the 9 & 10-year old softball all-stars to the state tournament.

Grandville scored 4 runs in the first inning. Hudsonville would score twice in its half of the first, but that was as close as they'd get.

Grandville tacked on 4 more runs in the 2nd inning, then put the game out of reach with a 9-run, 3rd inning to take a 17-3 lead.

The mercy rule was in effect in the 4th inning. Hudsonville needed to score a minimum of 4 runs to keep the game going, but could not do it.



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Rain has local farmers hopeful

ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) - The rain this week has many local farmers hopeful that the growing season might improve. However, experts say the rain showers were not enough to reverse weeks of dry weather.

Three days ago, Cindy Visser looked at her potato field that was completely dead and she had all but given up.

"As of Tuesday, we just weren't going to plant anymore," says Visser, a local farmer with Visser Farms.

However, an inch or less of rain changed her entire summer.

"I had been at the market on Wednesday when it rained, and all of the customers were like 'Thank you, Jesus it rained'," says Visser.

Visser immediately planted several new crops, including a sweet potato field.

"Its damp a little ways down, which is a good thing" says Visser.

However, Visser says for many corn farmers the damage has already been done.

"It's pretty late in the season, but any rain at all is helpful," says Visser.

ZEELMANIA – Week 3 Line Up

ZEELMANIA – Week 3 Line Up

Zeel-ma-nia (Zēl-mā-nē-a): n
A healthy-living street-fair for the entire community. Shop the Main Place Farm & Craft Market, visit with Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital experts and get your heart pumping by engaging in free and fun physical activities and entertainment downtown Zeeland. Every Monday evening, now thru August 27, 5-7:30pm.  ZEELMANIA.  Fun for the HEALTH of it!

Zeelmania was created by Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital, the Zeeland Chamber of Commerce and the City of Zeeland as a way rearrange and draw more attention to the Main Place Farm & Craft Market, add a weekly evening activity to the community calendar and bring more foot traffic downtown; all while focusing on the importance of healthy living!

Gang crackdown surprises Holland residents

Update at 11:00 P.M. (WZZM)-- Some Holland residents say they are surprised to learn the city has a gang problem that requires a response by federal, state and local police.

"I see no evidence of any problem," says Jeffrey Palmer, an officer in a Holland neighborhood association.

"Not aware of anything," agrees Holland resident Mark Beckman.

Under direction of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Grand Rapids, heavily armed S.W.A.T. teams descended on a number of Holland houses Thursday morning, searching for gang members.

"[I] looked out the window and the S.W.A.T. van was in our neighbor's yard," says Palmer.

"The S.W.A.T. team lined up down the street," recalls resident Kelley Pasatta. "Hiding behind trees, you know. [There were] lots and lots of police officers."

The squads of officers arrested an unknown number of suspects for crimes still not disclosed.