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Holland Young Professionals give grants

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FOUR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE GRANTS FROM HYP TO IMPROVE LEADERSHIP IN THE AREA
The grants reflect the group's new interest in philanthropy, leaders say.

HOLLAND - The Holland Young Professionals group announced this week it will distribute $10,000 in grants to four local groups during a ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Each organization will receive a $2,500 check to further the leadership programs they have already started.

Members of HYP chose Latin Americans United for Progress, Greater Ottawa County United Way, Center for Faithful Leadership and Life Services Parent Center.

"It fits with our mission," said Barry Rice, HYP member. "One of our missions is to cultivate leaders in our community."

Holland - Live Mannequin Night

Friday, September 17, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

During the fifth annual Live Mannequin Night, Downtown Holland businesses display live mannequins in their storefronts! Gather your friends and family and head Downtown from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm to see the creative ways the mannequins interpret this year’s theme…music!

Sure, this popular event is a lot of fun, but there is a competition at stake too. A team of judges from the community will award prizes to the best live mannequin and storefront, while you have an opportunity to vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice competition!

Questions? E-mail info@livemannequinnight.com.

Admission: Free

Organized by: Downtown Holland
Contact: Principal Shopping District
616.988.6187
http://www.downtownholland.com

Graafschap Hardware celebrates 150 years

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- Owners of an Allegan County business are celebrating its 150th Anniversary this weekend. 

Graafschap Hardware, on 60th Street in Laketown Township, opened in 1860.  The original store still stands, though now it is an antique shop, across the street from the new hardware store.  The business is owned by the Lubbers family.  They say they're expecting their regular customers to visit this weekend for something other than nuts, bolts and ammunition.

Owner Harlan Lubbers says, "We know a lot of our people by name.  They've been customers for a long time, third generation a lot of these guys and women.  Another thing, we have a lot of women customers -- something that's changed in the last 35 years.  I would say that's good, too."

The store will hold a birthday bash Saturday, from 8a.m. - 5p.m., offering free food, door prizes and a $1,000 giveaway. 

Energetx Composites facility could be built next year

HOLLAND,  Mich. (WZZM)- A lakeshore company is moving ahead with plans to create hundreds of jobs related to alternative energy. 

The owners of Tiara Yachts in Holland created Energetx Composites to build blades for wind turbines.  This week the company optioned land for a new $6-million production facility.  It is also receiving a Renaissance Zone tax break from Holland Township. 

Construction could begin in early 2011.  Energetx could create at least 750 jobs by 2016.

High winds down trees and knock out power in Ottawa County

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- Consumers Energy confirms 150 customers in the West Olive and Grand Haven areas of Ottawa County are without power. 

The high winds along the lakeshore toppled some trees and damaging power lines. Service is expected to be restored to about 100 of those customers Friday night.  The other 50 or so customers in the hardest hit areas may not have electricity until mid-day Saturday. 

Consumers Energy says its crews are working as fast as possible to restore service.

Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputy disciplined

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department is disciplining a deputy who was overpaid for his duties.  Deputy Scott Dyke must repay more than $2,000 and serve a one week unpaid suspension.

Undersheriff Greg Steigenga says Dyke was paid for working as a liaison office at Jenison Public Schools while working for the Sheriff's Department.  Steigenga says there was no wrongful intent by Dyke, but he should have handles the situation differently.  The Sheriff's Department is also reassigning Dyke to its road patrol division.

Wayland @ Zeeland West

ZEELAND, MI (WZZM) -- A pair of teams that won their season openers met at Zeeland Stadium Thursday, as Wayland visited Zeeland West.

This was the first meeting between the two schools.

In the second quarter with the Dux leading 6-0, Derek Postema faked out the Wildcat defense and completed a touchdown pass to Alex O'Connor.

Later in the second, the Dux' Joe Gaiser broke free for n 82 yard touchdown run.

The Wildcats were able to put 14 points on the board, but the Dux won 51 to 14.