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Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

The State Park in Grand Haven comes to life with incredible kite performances this weekend. Don’t miss the fun!

For the 28th year, the world’s best kite flyers - individuals, pairs & teams will be performing continuously on Saturday, May 21 from 10am – 5pm & Sunday, May 22 from 11am – 5pm.

Kite enthusiast and their families are invited to experience different size kites with amazing capabilities controlled by professional kite handlers. There will also be an Open Flying Field to fly your own kite.

Grand Haven State Park is located at 1001 Harbor Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan 49417.

Call: 1-866-428-2335 or visit www.mackite.com for more information.

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Hope College Highlighted in Website Created to Improve STEM Education

HOLLAND – As a recognized leader in preparing students for STEM careers, Hope College is one of only 11 colleges and universities nationwide highlighted in a website developed to help improve undergraduate science education.

The website, “Supporting STEM Success in a Liberal Arts Context,” synthesizes the experiences of the 11 institutions in striving to strengthen the undergraduate experiences in science and mathematics for all of their students. It describes the institutions’ programs as well as the lessons learned on the way to help others aiming to adopt, adapt or create similar programs. The website is located at serc.carleton.edu/liberalarts/index.html.

Partnership Between Hope College and Local Schools Continues Spanish Immersion for Area Students

HOLLAND – A partnership between Hope College and the Holland Christian and Zeeland Public schools will enable high school students in the two systems to continue studies in Spanish that they have been pursuing since kindergarten.

 The Spanish Immersion Continuation Program will be available to students at Holland Christian High School and Zeeland High Schools who participated in the K-8 Spanish immersion program at Zeeland Christian School and because of their exceptional language proficiency have topped out of the options available to them at the high schools.

It’s a model that could be expanded in the future to include additional area school systems with Spanish immersion programs.

Hope College Faculty-Student Research Team Receives National Chemistry Research Award

The research team of Hope College chemistry professor Dr. Mary (Beth) Anderson and senior Monica Ohnsorg has received top national recognition:  the 2016 Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry presented to researchers at a primarily undergraduate institution by the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Division of Inorganic Chemistry.

They were presented the award during the ACS’s 251st National Meeting and Exposition, held in San Diego, California, on Sunday-Thursday, March 13-17.  The division also honored teams at research institutions and corporate, federal or national laboratories.  Researchers from colleges and universities across the country competed for the awards.

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Five Hope College Students and Recent Graduates Receive NSF Program Recognition

A total of five Hope College graduating seniors or recent graduates have received recognition through the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship program of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Senor Lisa Savagian of Bloomfield received a fellowship through the program, and senior Monica Ohnsorg of Chanhassen, Minnesota, received honorable mention.

In addition, 2015 graduate Caitlin Kozack received a fellowship, and both 2015 graduate Lisa McLellan and 2012 graduate Ingrid Slette received honorable mention.  McLellan and Slette had also each received honorable mention last year.

Volunteers Needed for Helping Hands Day

Volunteers Needed for Helping Hands Day

If you enjoy the outdoors, this is the chance to help beautify the trails & gardens at the DeGraaf Nature Center.

With warm weather on its way, individuals, families, groups & organizations are invited to register to help spruce up the Nature Center on Saturday, April 9 from 10am through 12pm. DeGraaf is located at 270 S. River Avenue in Holland, Michigan.

A pancake lunch with maple syrup will be provided at noon for volunteers.

Call: (616)355-1300 to Register or visit www.cityofholland.org for more Holland informaton.

2015 Firefighter of the Year and 2015 Police Officer of the Year

2015 Firefighter of the Year and 2015 Police Officer of the Year

On February 9, 2016, Firefighter Jim Ruiz, a 29 year veteran of the Department was named the 2015 Firefighter of the Year and K-9 Officer, Joe Slenk, a 14 year veteran of the Department was named 2015 Police Officer of the Year, both announced by Chief Messer. They were nominated by their peers & selected by the Command Staff to receive theses honors.

In 1987, Jim Ruiz started his career as a paid on-call firefighter with the Holland Fire Department. In 1997, he was selected as a full time Firefighter/EMT. His duty now is with the Waverly Road Fire Station, along with continuing to serve as a role model.

He is recognized by his peers for his ethical responsibilities & pride for the Department & the community.