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Snow days: In Allegan, no school yet this week

ALLEGAN, Mich. (WZZM) - Winter weather packed a punch on the lakeshore all week, leaving many local schools still down for the count. In Allegan, school was closed once again on Thursday, giving students a whole lot of free time.

Dan Holly spent part of his Thursday having a snowball fight with his kids, but also having to play the role of parent.

"Hey Matt, no, stay in the yard," Holly yells to his son during the snowball fight.

Because of heavy snow and cold temperatures, schools have been closed all week. Nicole March is glad to have extra time with her daughter, Sierra.

"I'd rather her be safe then sorry," says March.

The mini-winter break is full of fun and games, but some parents also want to make sure their kids aren't forgetting about their studies.

"We caught up on all our homework didn't we?" Penny Evans asks her daughter Adriana. "We're hoping to get on the honor role for doing that."

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Event to Help Holland-Area Students Apply for Financial Aid - Feb 10

HOLLAND – College-bound Holland-area students and their families completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA can receive help with the form during “MI College Goal” on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Davenport University, 643 Waverly Rd.

Hosted by Davenport in cooperation with Hope College, the session is one of three dozen “MI College Goal” events taking place across the state. The session is free.

The program is intended for any student who will be attending a college or university in the fall of 2013 and is seeking need-based financial aid. The FAFSA is required of any student seeking need-based financial aid including grants, loans and many scholarships.

Students and families are encouraged to visit the host site nearest them regardless of the college or university that they plan to attend, and can stop in throughout the duration of the event.

Hope College Chorus Looking for Community Members

Hope College Chorus Looking for Community Members
The Hope College Chorus is seeking singers from the community to join with Hope students, faculty, staff and other community members.

The chorus will meet every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.  The group will be preparing across the spring semester to perform works by Rachmaninoff and Walton in a combined concert with the Holland Chorale, choirs from Calvin College and the Holland Symphony Orchestra on Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21, at Zeeland East High School.

No audition is required.

School Closings Around Holland-Zeeland Today

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Holland Public Schools

Zeeland Public Schools

CDS Lakeshore Head Start is Closed Today in Allegan and Ottawa Counties.. all Head Start Centers are closed today. Hope Center is OPEN!

Ottawa Area ISD-Thompson M-TEC
GRCC classes will run as scheduled

Corpus Christi Catholic School


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Hope College MLK march goes on despite snow & cold

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - A group of students and faculty at Hope College braved the cold and snow Monday afternoon to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dozens of people marched from Graves Hall to the Martha Miller Center as part of the college's annual event. It's normally a silent march but this year, those involved also sang to remember the civil rights leader.

"These songs were used as a sort of spiritual awakening for the community and to maintain and sustain that fire that doctor king had already ignited," said student Christopher Jones.

"I hope the people who see us will be moved by what we do and they will remember his dream," said student Marianna Thomas.

This was the tenth annual Martin Luther King Jr. march at Hope College.

Zeeland man arrested in 1987 double murder

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Zeeland man has been charged in the fatal shooting of an Ottawa County couple more than 25 years ago. Ryan Mark Wyngarden, 50, was arrested Friday and charged Monday in the murders of Rick and Gail Brink in November 1987.

Ryan Wyngarden is the brother of one of the victims, Gail Brink. Her and her husband were newly married and were living in their Park Township home where they were found. Gail was found shot in her bedroom, Rick, in his truck.

Wyngarden was denied bail Monday and sent back to the Ottawa County jail. He told the judge he would accept a court-appointed lawyer.

Made in Michigan: RepcoLite Paints

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - A West Michigan company is helping to make a brighter future for the state's economy, one color at a time. RepcoLite Paints in Holland makes paint that's been used for anything from from homes to street traffic markings.

"Color plays a huge role in attitudes and just how you feel about a certain place," says Dan Hansen, Marketing Director for RepcoLite Paints.

The original owners came from humble beginnings in the 1940s. 

"They started making paint from the basement of a chicken pantry," says Hansen.

Eventually, they turned a gas station into the paint shop.

"They would drop paint off at different contractors sites, and then take orders for the next day, almost like a milk delivery," says Hansen.