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Dutch-American Heritage Day Celebration to Honor Hope and Calvin College Leaders

Dutch-American Heritage Day Celebration to Honor Hope and Calvin College Leaders

Dr. James E. Bultman, president of Hope College and Dr. Gaylen J. Byker, recently retired president of Calvin College, will be honored at this year’s Dutch-American Heritage Day Celebration for their outstanding community leadership. Dr. James Calvin Schaap, professor and author of Dutch Reformed literature will speak about the Dutch heritage in America during the program.

The celebration will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Pinnacle Center at 3330 Highland Drive in Hudsonville, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and a dinner program beginning at 6:45 p.m. The annual event strives to keep Dutch history and culture alive for future generations. Dutch-American Heritage Day also celebrates the strong ties between the Netherlands and the United States. The event will feature traditional Dutch inspired music, costumes and food.

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Holland forces motel to close after violations

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - The city of Holland is forcing a troubled motel to close its doors -- at least temporarily -- following a 13 On Your Side investigation. 

City leaders are suspending the business license of the Wooden Shoe Motel on U.S. 31, because of ongoing safety issues.

Last month, the 13 On Your Side investigation revealed numerous complaints and violations at the motel, ranging from bed bugs to no running water. Some of those problems have been fixed, but inspectors have found more violations, including problems with the electrical system and room conditions. 

If the motel doesn't fix the latest violations in the next three months, it could be permanently shut down. 

Guests currently at the Wooden Shoe have 30 days to leave the property.

Fire crews respond to Haworth plant

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) Several fire crews responded to what turned out to be a small fire at Haworth Monday afternoon.

The fire resulted in smoke in the duct work at the laminating plant.  No one was injured and the fire was extinguished quickly.

There is no word on what caused the fire.

Holland animal rescue plans to deal with feral cats

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Holland's animal control department has fewer resources these days to deal with a variety of complaints, including feral cats.  However, now a group of animal advocates is hoping to start a new rescue shelter, which would be the first in the city to care for the homeless cats.

Claudia Sayers feeds and shelters stray cats in her Holland trailer park everyday.

"I counted one morning, there were 28 cats and kittens on my little patio that came to eat, and that was only the breakfast," says Sayers.

Many times feral cats get euthanized, but a new program would help care for them instead.

"When you go into an area and just kill all the cats, there's a vacuum, and more cats will move in," says Carleen Everett-Bauer, Founder of Best Pals Animal Rescue.

Bauer says the answer is getting the animals fixed instead of killing them.

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Paul Ryan's older brother visits West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-With the November election days away, the brother of Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan visited West Michigan this weekend.

Tobin Ryan and his wife, Oakleigh, traveled across Michigan Saturday to thank volunteers for their support. They stopped by the Kent County Republican Party headquarters before continuing on to the Ottawa County GOP office in Holland.

"This ground game--getting the votes out, making these calls, knocking on your neighbor's door, knocking on a few others' doors-that's how we're really going to win this, particularly in this state," said Tobin Ryan.

This isn't the first time the Ryans have backed their brother. The couple spent eight months helping Paul Ryan's run for Congress in 1997.

Rockford 35, West Ottawa 28

ROCKFORD (WZZM) -- The West Ottawa Panthers faced off against the Rockford Rams yet again in a Division One district final.

This one went back and forth with Rockford pulling out an unbelieveable last couple of minutes to win, 35-28.

The Rams will play Clarkston next weekend.


Inspection reveals multiple violations at motel

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Holland city code inspectors did a full investigation of the Wooden Shoe Motel this week and found numerous violations still remain. 

Last month, a 13 On Your Side investigation uncovered a letter the city sent to motel management, which threatened to close the business if there were any more violations.  City officials say this week's inspection shows that a wide range of issues still violate city code, including problems with the electrical system and the condition of the rooms. 

Inspectors are reviewing the list of recent violations and could decide whether or not to suspend the the business license next week.