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Max Transit opens new facility in Holland

Max Transit opens new facility in Holland

HOLLAND, Mich.—The transit system Holland and Zeeland residents depend on is operating out of a new facility.

The head of the Michigan Department of Transportation helped cut the ribbon to MAX Transit’s new headquarters on October 4. 

“On behalf of Governor Rick Snyder and the state of Michigan, I'd like to say how proud we are of all your accomplishments. The MAX has come a long way from the ‘Dial-A-Ride’ service that started in 1974,” said MDOT Director Kirk Steudle.  “Your work ethic and positive attitude have made all of this a reality,” he continued.  “This facility that will not only serve customers better, it will improve employee morale and employee engagement.  That’s huge. That’s immeasurable.”

American Red Cross is out for blood

American Red Cross is out for blood

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—It’s Halloween time, and the American Red Cross is out for blood. 

This month, the organization is partnering up with the Grand Rapids Ballet to offer donors a buy one, get one free coupon to the company’s performance of “Dracula.”

“Much like Dracula needed blood to stay alive, thousands of hospital patients also need this precious resource to survive,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager with the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. 

This year’s production of Dracula returns with a newly orchestrated score and updated scenery and projections.

The American Red Cross will be holding blood drives at the following locations:

Owners of Visser Farms earn top honor from regional chamber of commerce

Owners of Visser Farms earn top honor from regional chamber of commerce

HOLLAND, Mich.—The owners of Visser Farms in Zeeland are Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Persons of the Year.

Chamber leaders presented the award to Phil and Cindy Visser during the Early Bird Breakfast October 8 at Hope College’s Haworth Inn & Conference Center.  The chamber selected the Vissers from the 30 nominations it received.

Visser Farms is a fourth-generation family business that grows a variety of crops sold at farmers markets and to many local restaurants.  Visser Farms also has a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and a U-Pick strawberry field. 

The Vissers are active community members who were instrumental in opening the Holland Farmer’s Market. 

Ottawa County companies look to hire 129 workers Tuesday

Ottawa County companies look to hire 129 workers Tuesday

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.-- Several Ottawa County companies are looking to fill at least 129 positions during Michigan Works! Employer Of The Day events Tuesday.

At the Michigan Works! Grand Haven service center, Adecco staffing agency will hiring for Herman Miller, Shape Corp. and NPR.  A total of 55 positions are open, including machine operators, with wages beginning between $9 and $10 an hour.

Applications will be accepted and on site interviews conducted from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The Grand Haven service center is located at 1830 172nd Ave., in the D&W Plaza.

The Michigan Works! Holland service center will host Stratosphere Quality, NOVO 1 Contact Centers and The PIC Group.  Stratosphere Quality will be on site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., looking for six full-time quality inspectors.  Benefits are included and the wage begins at $9 per hour. 

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Meijer) – Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain, announced today that it is partnering with Priority Health, Michigan's leading health plan, to raise awareness and help customers obtain information regarding their options as open enrollment for health insurance begins under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The Michigan-based entities have unveiled a Health Reform and You! website at http://www.meijer.com/aca and are also providing informational brochures for customers at 203 Meijer pharmacy locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

'Thanks A Latte': Get a deal on coffee while helping mentorships

'Thanks A Latte': Get a deal on coffee while helping mentorships

MUSKEGON, Mich.—  More than 100 children are waiting to be matched with a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore.

This month, you can help while getting a cup of Joe.   The Book Nook in Montague and Holland’s Lemonjello’s and Joe2Go  are all teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore to launch the “Thanks A Latte” fundraiser.  On October 1, LemonJello’s will donate 20 percent of its sales to the agency, as well as offer a specialty ceramic coffee mug to customers who donate $10 to the organization.   Joe2Go and The Book Nook are also offering mugs for a $10 donation and will be asking customers if they would like to add a $1 donation to their order.  All three locations are offering $1 refills on coffee to customers who bring in their specialty mugs.

Upgrades planned for Northeast Park

Upgrades planned for Northeast Park

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A Kentwood park is about to get some upgrades.

On Tuesday, October 1, Kentwood’s Committee of the Whole is expected to review a possible contract with Riverworks Construction Incorporated to build a boardwalk at Northeast Park.  The deal would be for up to approximately $246,000 to replace and install a new pathway, as well as replace two viewing decks, including one on Scenic Lake.

The project will be paid for by a $125,400 state grant, with the remaining cost covered by the city’s parks millage.  Riverworks Construction of Holland is estimating the project will actually cost about $231,000.

If the contract is approved by the Committee of the Whole, it will be discussed at the City Commission meeting at 7 p.m. that same night.  If commissioners approve the deal, it will go to the mayor’s desk for approval.