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An Old-Fashioned Barn Raising in Holland

An Old-Fashioned Barn Raising in Holland

by Stephanie Doublestein

Don Trizenberg, a Holland retiree, has been spending many of his balmy summer evenings drinking lemonade in people’s backyards. He’s not just a friendly neighbor; he’s the vice chairman of the Holland Sustainability Commission, and he’s trying to discuss the city’s ambitious Community Energy Plan with as much of the community as possible.
The CEP, generated at the request of the city council with significant input from international consultants Garforth & Associates, was finalized and presented in September 2011, though that was by no means the end of the story. The document, a thick stack of graphs, tables, projections and recommendations, has sparked an important conversation about the future of Holland’s energy use.

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Holland In Bloom Container Contest Winners Announced!

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ITB offers sustainable packaging solution

ITB offers sustainable packaging solution

By Mike Brennan | MiBiz

HOLLAND — A Holland manufacturing startup has taken the international packaging industry by storm creating an eco-friendly divider that’s generating as much buzz in the business as bubble wrap did a half century ago.

ITB Packaging LLC — the original name was The Box Packaging — makes lower cost, flexible package dividers made of paper, fabric and bubble wrap, but not cardboard. The end result is more products can be packed in boxes that weigh less.

Depending on the shipping container, paper dividers can add 10 to 20 percent more product per box and fabric dividers can add up to 40 percent more pieces. The weight of the dividers is also about 50 percent less than with cardboard.

More products and less shipping weight have resulted in big cost savings for Johnson Controls Inc., said North American Packaging Buyer Dave Colclough.

Holland QB Corey Willis to miss senior season

(WZZM) - One of West Michigan's top returning high school football players will miss his senior season.

Holland quarterback Corey Willis is recovering from a torn ACL, suffered during track season, according to the Grand Rapids Press.

Willis led Holland to its best season in school history in 2011 with a 9-3 record.

He rushed for 2,334 yards, 33 touchdowns and threw for ten more before the Dutch's season was ended in the third round of the state playoffs by East Grand Rapids.

Willis burst onto the scene in week two of last season rushing for 242 yards and two touchdowns as the Dutch upset the Pioneers 30-22 on September 1st.  The victory ended EGR's 34-game winning streak.

Willis verbally committed to Central Michigan University earlier this year.

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Reward offered for robbery arrest

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - A $2,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of an armed robbery suspect.

The robbery happened on July 12 at the Family Fare Gas Station on Washington Avenue in Holland.

The suspect walked into the store brandishing a black, semi-automatic handgun, grabbed the store employee by the hair, and pulled her to the cash register and forced her to open it. He fled the scene on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.

The suspect is described as a tall black male between the ages of 18-30, muscular build, wearing black shorts, a gray shirt and baseball cap with a black shirt covering has face. Check out the attached surveillance photos for more.

West Michigan companies honored for supporting military employees

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- The Pentagon says Kalamazoo's public safety department and a Holland company are getting an award recognizing employer support for workers who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

The Defense Department's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program announced the selections this month for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

Uniform Color Co. of Holland and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety are among the 15 recipients.

The Pentagon says the Kalamazoo agency started a Family Readiness Group that helps the families of deployed employees. It says the department retrained an employee to shoot left-handed after his right hand was injured in combat.

The military says the Uniform Color Co. actively recruits military personnel. It also offers counseling and financial assistance to families of deployed employees.

Teen profits from hot dog cart after city ban

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Nathan Duszynski, a 13-year-old boy who recently had his downtown hot dog cart shut down, sold that same cart...and turned a profit!

Nathan sold his cart to packaging company Shoreline Container for $2,500 -- several hundred dollars more than he spent on it.

The city denied his business at a downtown location because of zoning regulations.  Holland does not allow food carts to compete with downtown restaurants, according to city leaders.

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Shoreline Container heard about Nathan's problem and decided to help him out. Managers at the company was especially impressed by his professionalism at such a young age.