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Survey: One summer weekend brings $2.3 million to Holland

Survey: One summer weekend brings $2.3 million to Holland


HOLLAND, Mich.—The Holland Area Visitors Bureau is hoping for another successful season of tourism, as Tulip Time approaches.

According to a recent survey by Michigan State University’s Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Research Studies, residents and visitors spent $2.3 million dollars during a three day period last August.

 MSU researchers gathered their information from five events, six locations and many hotels during August 2-4.  The survey found that the most common travel groups were married couples with children, who had a household income of $90,000 or more, with an average age of 49 years.  The top reason for visiting Holland during that period was the beach.  The average visiting party spent $82 on day trips, mostly on food and shopping.

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National Drug Take Back Day

(WZZM) - The cities of Kentwood and Holland are helping residents dispose of their prescription pills responsibly.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Authority sponsors the nation-wide event hoping to raise awareness on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs.

Kentwood residents may drop off any unused prescription drugs at the police department between 10 am and 2 pm.

Holland residents will find their drop-off site behind the Holland District Court, located at 89 W. 8th St. in the rear parking lot.

Local groups team up to break cinnamon roll world record

GRAND RAPIDS- Bethany Christian Services and Second Floor Bakery are teaming up to break the world record for the world's largest cinnamon roll.

The two groups will hold a delicious event on Saturday, May 4th starting at noon at GDK Park in Holland. Proceeds will go toward Holland's post adoption services.

The event is completely free, but donations will be accepted.

For more information on the event or on Bethany Christian Services, please visit their website.

Deputies get marine patrol training

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- From dramatic rescues to blazing beach fires, deputies from across Michigan are on the lakeshore to learn how to patrol Michigan's waterways.

On Friday, WZZM 13 followed the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department onto Lake Macatawa, where the training is being held.

"There's your road laws and separate marine laws," says Sergeant Cal Keuning. He notes that pulling someone over while on the water comes with additional challenges. "What are wave conditions like? What are water conditions like? it's not a nice cement street, you're always rocking up and down and back and forth," says Sergeant Keuning.

At the marine academy on Lake Macatawa, deputies from across Michigan are using seven training exercises, including one with a dummy for a water rescue. They also learned how to tow other boats and even put out fires. Deputies use a hose that pumps 1,600 gallons of lake water per minute.

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The American Red Cross' origins and how you can help

The American Red Cross' origins and how you can help


World Red Cross Day is May 8, and the organization is encouraging you to celebrate its founder’s birthday by donating blood.

Henry Dunant founded the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement after witnessing a bloody battle in Solferino, Italy in 1859. Dunant, a Swiss businessman, organized local people to come to the aid of the injured soldiers.  When he returned to Geneva, he called for the creation of a national volunteer relief society to help during wartime.  Today, more than 180 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies exist worldwide.

If you’d like to donate blood, these are the scheduled drives through May 29: 



Suspected bank robber shoots self at traffic stop

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - A 20-year-old man, thought to be a suspect in a bank robbery earlier this week, shot himself in the head at a police stop Thursday morning.

Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies report that they pulled a vehicle over at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday on Butternut Drive near Leisure Estates in Holland.  Four people were in the vehicle and three of them cooperated with deputies.  The fourth person did not and fired one shot to his own head.  He has been taken to the hospital in critical condition.  No other shots were fired.

The Macatawa Bank in Holland was robbed on Tuesday afternoon and investigators think that the man who shot himself is a suspect in the robbery.

We'll have more details when they become available.

Car crashes into house in Holland

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - A homeowner had a scare Thursday morning in Holland when a car suddenly went off the road and crashed into his house.

It happened at the intersection of 23rd Street and Homestead just after 8:00am.

Police say a white van blew a stop sign on Homestead and crashed into a silver Ford traveling on 23rd Street. The driver of the ford lost control and crashed into the house.
The homeowner witnessed the whole thing.

The driver of the silver Ford was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The van's driver was ticketed.