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Hope College Lecture to Reflect on How Outlook Changes when One’s Child Has Cancer

Hope College Lecture to Reflect on How Outlook Changes when One’s Child Has Cancer

HOLLAND – The experience of having a young child diagnosed with cancer and the impact that has on one’s outlook on life will be the focus of a lecture at Hope College on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

Derek Emerson of the Hope College staff, whose young son Oliver was diagnosed with stage-four Neuroblastoma in August 2010, will present the address “The Blessings of Disruption: Ramblings from the Children’s Cancer Ward” 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.

Oliver, who is six and is in remission, has experienced an extensive variety of treatments and surgeries since his diagnosis.  He was in remission in November 2011, but relapsed in January 2012.  After undergoing an experimental treatment he went back into remission in May, and is currently undergoing additional treatment.

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Have you ever had a Michigan Cranberry?

Holland - (WZZM) - When you think of cranberries you may think of the juice or the iconic commercial of two men standing in a cranberry bog. What you may not think of is Michigan, but Michigan actually grows cranberries. We went to Blueberry Heritage Farms in Holland during their cranberry harvest to learn more.

Wayne Kiel is the owner of Blueberry Heritage Farms in Holland. He is one of six Michigan farmers that grow cranberries. He grows cranberries because it is a plant that compliments his blueberry harvest.

Many people think that cranberries grow in water. "That is a misconception," explains Wayne, "the only time cranberries are in water is when you harvest them."

The cranberry is a perennial plant meaning you plant it once and it will grow berries year to year without the need to replant. "There are some cranberry fields in Massachusetts," explains Wayne, "that are over 100 years old."

Laketown Township house fire

LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP, Michigan (WZZM) - Firefighters in Allegan County fought a house fire early Wednesday morning.

Allegan County Dispatch says the fire started about 4 am in Laketown Township, south of Holland.

Dispatch says 147th Avenue is closed between 61st and 62nd Streets.

Few other details are available. WZZM 13 News will update you as we get more information.

Driver located after fleeing morning crash

UPDATE 2:30PM - (WZZM) - The Holland Department of Public Safety tells WZZM that Shane Benedict, the man who fled a crash scene early this morning, has been located.

Benedict was found at his parents' home in Allegan County.  He was cooperative with police and has been released pending charges from the Ottawa County Prosecutor.

Holland DPS also says that three of the victims in the crash have been treated and released from the hospital.  A fourth victim remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Three people were taken to the hospital after an early morning  crash in Holland.

Holland Police tell WZZM 13 that a mini-van heading westbound on 24th Street, stopped at the stop sign, but then crossed into traffic on Country Club Road.  A Honda Civic heading south on Country Club struck the van and the van rolled over.

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Mercantile Bank MVP - Week 7

(WZZM) - West Ottawa's Trevor Van Tubbergen is the week seven winner of the 13 On Your Sidelines Mercantile Bank MVP award.

In a 37-13 win over Grand Haven, the Panther Quarterback threw for 310 yards and a school record five touchdowns.

Congratulations to Trevor Van Tubbergen, the Mercantile Bank MVP for week seven.

Holland's plan to deal with troubled area

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - A growing number of vacant properties and struggling businesses has Holland city leaders looking to improve a highly traveled part of town. 

The city is considering a redevelopment plan for the commercial district off U.S. 31, from 16th Street to 32nd Street.

Brad White, owner of Goog's Pub and Grub, has seen his competitors try and fail.

"With industry going away, a lot of places have closed down," says White.  "We're the only restaurant left in this area."

In fact, Holland city leaders are looking to improve about half a dozen vacant properties in the commercial district on U.S. 31, between 32nd Street and 16th Street.

"From a visual standpoint, it's not as attractive as it was once," says Ryan Cotton, Holland's city manager.  "From a tax standpoint, it's not as productive as it once was."

Cotton says the plan is to work with property owners with tax incentives.

Herman Miller signs contract with ExxonMobil

ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) - A West Michigan company has signed a multi-million dollar, multi-year contract with oil giant ExxonMobil.

Zeeland-based Herman Miller will provide furniture for the oil company's new corporate campus near Houston, Texas.

ExxonMobil says the new facility will accomodate 10,000 employees. Construction began in 2011, and workers will begin moving there in early 2014.

The project was mentioned in September during Herman Miller's quarterly conference call about its financial statements.

CEO Brian Walker called the contract, "one of the largest projects in Herman Miller's history."

Marc Schurman with the furniture company says money from the contract will begin to come in next year, boosting the company's finances during 2013.