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My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Greater Ottawa County United Way is looking for nonprofit organizations in need of help.

They United Way’s annual Day of Caring is Thursday, Sept. 18.  On that day, the United Way will connect teams of volunteers with charities in need of help. People who need help or would like to volunteer for this year’s Day of Caring must register with the United Way by Aug. 21.  For more information, visit www.ottawaunitedway.org/day-of-caring or contact Shannon Morton at smorton@ottawaunitedway.org or (616) 396-7811.

A.D. Bos Vending Services and Hillshire Foods will be providing lunch for volunteers at Grand Haven Campground during the volunteer event.  Last year, more than 800 volunteers worked on more than 65 projects across the county.  

My Town Holland: Poetry collections by Hope Professor and Former Student Win Gold and Silver

My Town Holland: Poetry collections by Hope Professor and Former Student Win Gold and Silver

HOLLAND, Mich. – Published in the same month by the same press, poetry collections by emeritus professor Jack Ridl of the Hope College English faculty and 1998 Hope graduate Christopher Dombrowski have now earned honors together as well.

Ridl, who taught at Hope from 1971 until retiring in 2006, and Dombrowski, who is one of Ridl’s former students, have received Gold and Silver recognition respectively for poetry in the 2013 IndieFab Awards competition sponsored by “Foreword Reviews” magazine.  Ridl received a Gold Award for his collection “Practicing to Walk Like a Heron,” and Dombrowski received a Silver Award for his collection “Earth Again.”  Both collections were published in February 2013 in the “Made in Michigan Writers Series” of Wayne State University Press.

My Town Holland: Hope faculty member's chapbook of poetry published

My Town Holland: Hope faculty member's chapbook of poetry published

HOLLAND, MIch. – Writing as D.R. James, David James of the Hope College English faculty explores conflict in myriad forms and its aftermath in “Why War,” a chapbook of poetry published recently by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky.

“’Why War’ has no question mark, and that is no minor matter, turning the title into something like a Zen koan,” said Fred Marchant, author of the collection's “The Looking House” and “Full Moon Boat.”  Marchant spoke at Hope in February 2012 through the college’s A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture Series.  “This poetry probes the ‘why war’ we instinctively wage with life.  We demand answers, crave reasons why, especially regarding undeserved suffering.  This collection arcs from the family legacies of war, through the painful dissolution of a marriage, and finally presents a speaker who is ‘beyond compliance, beyond resistance,’ the clarity of truly being in the present,” he explains.

My Town: Book by Hope professor considers "Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics"

My Town: Book by Hope professor considers "Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics"

HOLLAND, Mich. – Dr. John Cox of the Hope College English faculty has co-edited “Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics,” a collection of essays by various scholars that consider William Shakespeare’s active role in the intellectual life of his day.

 The book is divided into three sections with four essays in each section: “Shakespeare and Classical Ethics,” “Shakespeare and Christian Ethics,” and “Shakespeare and the Ethical Thinking of Montaigne.”  Cox, who is an internationally recognized Shakespeare scholar, contributed the essay “Shakespeare’s Prayers” to the collection’s second section.

My Town: West Michigan community leaders to help state tackle poverty

My Town: West Michigan community leaders to help state tackle poverty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Governor Snyder is naming ten more people to a panel in charge of tackling poverty in Michigan.

The Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity is a 12-member commission focused on promoting social and economic opportunities for low-income people.  Those appointed to a one year-term on the commission include Hope College graduate Jacob Maas.  The Grand Rapids native is executive director of the Area Community Services Employment and Training Council. He will represent community action agencies.

My Town Zeeland: City to unlock time capsule July 24

My Town Zeeland: City to unlock time capsule July 24

ZEELAND, Mich.—Mayor Kevin Klynstra will unlock pieces of Zeeland’s past Thursday, as the city marks a milestone for Timber Town.

When workers originally built the play area in Huizenga Park 20 years ago, they included a time capsule.  Thursday at noon, city leaders will open that time capsule.  The mayor will officiate the ceremony and the public is invited to attend.

My Town Holland: Hope College student headed to Broadway

My Town Holland: Hope College student headed to Broadway

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HOLLAND, Mich. (Hope College) – Hope Summer Repertory Theatre recent alumna Grace Stockdale has signed on to perform with Broadway’s touring production of “Kinky Boots,” beginning in September.

Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, another HSRT alum, the original production of “Kinky Boots” was a wild success when it debuted on Broadway in 2013, and went on to win five Tony awards, including best musical, best actor and best choreography.  Stockdale has been cast as Nicola in its touring production, which will open on September 4 in Las Vegas before embarking on its year-long national circuit.