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Annual Hope College Golf Outing Is Monday, June 18

Annual Hope College Golf Outing Is Monday, June 18

HOLLAND – The annual Hope College golf outing, the “Bob DeYoung Hope Classic,” will be held on Monday, June 18, at Ravines Golf Club in Saugatuck.

A 35-year tradition, the long-running event was renamed in 2000 for Bob DeYoung, who retired in June of that year as vice president for college advancement after working at Hope since 1965 in admissions, student development and advancement. DeYoung had been instrumental in establishing the outing.

The golf outing’s format is 18-hole scramble with foursome play. Sponsored by the Hope College Alumni Association, the event is open to all friends of the college.

Players may sign up as singles, in pairs or as part of a foursome. Singles and pairs will be combined into foursomes by the college’s Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.  All foursomes will be placed in one of four divisions based on the team members’ average 18-hole scores.

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Major HHMI Grant to Expand Research Experience as Teaching Tool at Hope College

Major HHMI Grant to Expand Research Experience as Teaching Tool at Hope College

HOLLAND – A major grant to Hope College from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) will help the college develop new ways to educate students in the natural and applied sciences through its nationally acclaimed model of teaching through participation in original research.

Hope is receiving a $1 million, four-year grant, part of more than $50 million the institute has awarded to 47 primarily undergraduate colleges and universities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Hope is the only college or university from Michigan to receive a grant.  In its announcement on Thursday, May 24, HHMI included the college among 11 select institutions identified as “Capstone” awardees, long-time recipients of HHMI funding that are “collectively among the best in the country at producing graduates who go on to science careers.”

The Rapid, MAX to offer free rides Thursday

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Rapid and Macatawa Area Express bus lines will offer free rides on fixed routes Thursday because of a Clean Air Action Day.

A Clean Air Action Day is declared when air pollutant levels are expected to be higher than normal.  Though temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s on Thursday, an action day can be declared despite temperature and humidity levels.

On action days, its suggested that people refuel vehicles and mow lawns after 6 p.m.  Also, it's requested that people walk, carpool, bike or ride mass transit to get to their destinations.

Men arrested for repair shop break-in

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two men are in the Ottawa County jail for a break-in and car theft at a Holland repair shop.

Officers were called to ProTech Automotive on East 40th Street Monday morning when workers discovered the break-in. 

According to police, two men entered the business by breaking a window, stole cash and a set of keys to a 2000 Ford Taurus, then left in a car.

Holland Department of Public Safety officers located the Taurus parked in a lot near 24th Street and Waverly Avenue.  Investigators say leads in the case led them to identify, find, and arrest the suspects.

Cameron Lawson, 32, and Jeffery Schutt, 31, were arrested for probation violations. 

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Ceremony honors heroes, warns swimmers

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -  A ceremony was held Wednesday to honor everyone involved in saving nearly 30 swimmers in a single day last summer.  

The U.S Coast Guard wants the ceremony at Holland State Park to remind swimmers to be extra careful this year.

In a six hour period, U.S. Coast Guard Chief Mark Rose rescued 14 swimmers last August at Holland State Park. 

Rose says a strong current caught many of them by surprise.

"I just started grabbing life rings and heaving them out," says Rose.

Almost a year later, Rose is being honored for his heroism, along with two good Samaritans.  One of them, Mark Quist, jumped off a boat to save a teenage girl.

"Mr. Quist fought to tread water and keep them both afloat.  All the while, he was verbally reassuring the victim she was safe," says U.S. Coast Guard Captain Matt Sibley.

UPDATE: Teen crashes on I-96

IONIA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this morning's crash involving a Holland teenager on eastbound I-96.

The Ionia County Sheriff's Office says they were called to the crash near Morrison Lake Road at 2:07 a..m. Investigators say the 17-year-old lost control of his vehicle, struck and embankment and then several trees.

AeroMed flew the injured driver to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids. His injuries are not considered life threatening.

The interstate reopened around 3:30 a.m.

46 Projects from 28 Michigan Cities Vie for Funding in It's About Place

46 Projects from 28 Michigan Cities Vie for Funding in It's About Place

It’s About Place, a contest sponsored by Let’s Save Michigan, attracted 46 participants from around the state who want to transform their communities through “placemaking” projects—investments in public spaces for community use. The winning participants will receive funding of up to $2,000 to build the projects they designed.

The contest, open to all Michigan residents, organizations, and municipal agencies, asked participants to create a design for revitalizing a currently underutilized public space and turning it into a welcoming, vibrant public place.