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EPA Grant to Hope College Supports Effort to Reduce Toxic Flame-Retardant Chemicals

EPA Grant to Hope College Supports Effort to Reduce Toxic Flame-Retardant Chemicals

HOLLAND – A grant to Hope College faculty member Dr. Graham Peaslee from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will support a collaborative effort to reduce the release of toxic flame-retardant chemicals into the Great Lakes basin by reducing their use in consumer products.

The $100,000 grant was one of three awards through the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) program that the agency announced on Wednesday, Sept. 19, in conjunction with National Pollution Prevention Week.

Peaslee is the principal investigator for the grant, which is supporting a one-year project that will focus on organizing workshops to help make manufacturers aware of the hazards of the chemicals and alternatives to their use.  He is collaborating on the effort with Dr. Arlene Blum, who is executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute of Berkeley, Calif., and Anna Soehl, project manager for the Ann Arbor-based Great Lakes Commission.

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Kandu lands military bandage contract

Kandu lands military bandage contract

Written by  Joe Boomgaard

HOLLAND — Thanks to an international partnership, a local nonprofit organization will be putting people with barriers to employment to work.

Holland-based Kandu Inc. entered a three-year partnership with Israel-based PerSys Medical, a medical supplier that has a contract to supply the U.S. Army with battlefield bandages. The agreement will result in Kandu assembling more than 1.2 million bandages in its clean room that it opened in 2009, the company said in a statement.

Kandu offers workforce development services and annually helps about 1,700 people with barriers to employment to become “employable.” The nonprofit, which was founded in 1953, works with about 70 companies per year.

About 30 to 40 people from the 300-person company will be dedicated to the new military...

Hope College Homecoming to Feature 50K Bike and 5K Run on October 13th

Hope College Homecoming to Feature 50K Bike and 5K Run on October 13th

HOLLAND – Hope College will feature a 50K recreational bike ride and a chip-timed, competitive 5K run, both open to all ages, on Saturday, Oct. 13, in the morning.

Each event will begin and end at Holland Municipal Stadium, with the run finishing across the 50-yard line.  The two activities have been scheduled in conjunction with the college’s Homecoming Weekend, and registration is open to the general community.

The 50K (31-mile) bike ride will begin at 8 a.m., and will be a recreational ride with participants split into two groups, one anticipated to travel 16-18 miles per hour, and the other 20-plus miles per hour.  The groups will be led by VeloCity Cycles.  Requirements include a helmet.

The run will begin at 9 a.m., and will include a light breakfast, refreshments and a performance t-shirt.  The results will be posted online.

Holland Museum presents the Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster

Holland Museum presents the Van Raalte Farm Civil War Muster

Holland, MI - Feel the earth tremble and smell the smoke as the Battle of Antietam comes to life as the Holland Museum and DeGraaf Nature Center stage the 4th Annual Civil War Muster, September 22-23, on the historic grounds of the Van Raalte Farm. Join hundreds of reenactors representing civilians, infantry, artillery, and cavalry at this year's all new FREE admission event.

Learn about Michigan's heritage through demonstrations including: spinning, weaving, knitting, quilting, rug hooking, basket making and blacksmithing, games and activities, crafts, candle dipping, a bake sale, and more, brought to you by the DeGraaf Nature Center. Handmade items will also be available for sale.

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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.

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."