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Deadline nears to register for the Holland/Zeeland Community Labor Day Truck Parade

Deadline nears to register for the Holland/Zeeland Community Labor Day Truck Parade


HOLLAND, Mich.-- Organizers of the Holland/Zeeland Community Labor Day Truck Parade invite local businesses to participate in the annual event, taking place September 2, 2013.


Criteria for participating in the parade is as follows:

Davenport University honored as 'Great College to Work For'

Davenport University honored as 'Great College to Work For'

Davenport University has once again made the cut as a “Great College to Work For,” according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

This is the second consecutive year Davenport University made the list.  Davenport won honors in three categories, including Compensation & Benefits, Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship and Respect and Appreciation.

“This is a very satisfying affirmation of Davenport University’s ongoing commitment to our faculty and staff…  Bricks and mortar are important, but it’s our people who will have the greatest impact on students as we help them achieve success in the classroom and in their careers,” said Dr. Richard Pappas, President at Davenport University.  

Gentex announces $700 million deal to buy other business

Gentex announces $700 million deal to buy other business

ZEELAND, Mich.— A Zeeland-based company is buying up another auto parts manufacturer.

Gentex announced plans to buy Johnson Controls’ HomeLink business Thursday.  If all goes as Gentex plans, the proposed $700 million deal will close around September 30.  

HomeLink manufactures a vehicle-based control system that allows drivers to activate garage door openers, entry door locks, home lighting, security systems and entry gates.  Gentex produces automatic dimming rearview mirrors, camera-based lighting and driver assist systems, among other products.

If the deal is approved by federal officials, Gentex Chief Executive Officer Fred Bauer says HomeLink would be fully absorbed by the company over the next 12 to 18 months.  The proposed acquisition is expected to increase Gentex’s annual revenue to $125 million-$150 million per year.

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

West Michigan growers are seeing high demand for berries this summer.

Many farmers have closed their fields for a couple days after visitors picked their plants clean.  The increasing demand also led to a shorter cherry season for some growers.  

Here's a list of some of the U-pick locations open in West Michigan this summer. Prices, fruit availability and hours vary daily, so it's best to call ahead before visiting any farm.


Ionia County


Bird Berry Farm

5256 Belding Rd. Belding, MI

(616) 794-5041

Blueberries $1.75 per pound

Patch picked out early Friday morning call back for update Wednesday, July 17



Kent County


North Ridge Berries

3555 20 Mile Rd. NW Kent City, MI

(616) 675-5919

Raspberries $3 per pound

Ottawa County canvassing for Unlicensed Dogs

Ottawa County canvassing for Unlicensed Dogs

If you live in the Allendale or Park township area and have a dog, you may be getting a visit from an Ottawa County official in the next few weeks. They are canvassing the areas for unlicensed dogs.

Having your dog licensed assures it will be returned to you should it ever become lost. It is very simple to obtain a license in person at many government offices, on line or at many veterinarians. Cost for a license can run from $10 to $70.

Households with unlicensed dogs will be given information on how to obtain a license that includes proof of a current rabies shot and proof of spaying or neutering. Those who do not obtain a license run the risk of being issued a ticket. Having a license that can be identified eliminates the need for your dog to end up going to the animal shelter, should they become lost.

Funds from licensing help with shelter costs provided by the Harbor Humane Society.

Man sentenced for selling counterfeit razorblades at Meijer Stores

A Florida man will spend 30 months in prison for trying to sell counterfeit razorblades at Meijer Stores.

As part of his punishment, 56-year-old Jeffrey Steven Telsey also faces three years of probation and must pay $400,506.17 in restitution, as well as a $25,000 fine.  

In January 2008, Homeland Security Investigations was notified that counterfeit Gillette Mach3 razor refills were being distributed through Meijer Stores.  Homeland Security began buying up the counterfeit razorblades from Telsey, who operated JCA Enterprises.  At the same time, Meijer Stores issued a company-wide recall for the counterfeit blades.

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New brewery opens in Holland July 5

New brewery opens in Holland July 5

HOLLAND, Mich.—A new brewery is coming to Holland.

Big Lake Brewing will open July 5 at noon.  The business, located at 977 Butternut Drive, specializes in traditional beer styles and wine produced on site.

Big Lake Brewing’s owners—engineers Greg MacKeller, Travis Prueter and Nic Winsemius have been saving money to open a public taproom since they founded the company in 2009.  Prueter and Winsemius are long time home brewers, with more than 12 years experience combined.  Mackeller and his wife began making small batches of wine in 2010.

“What attracted us the most to this business was the amazing community of people we’ve met,” shares Prueter. “Breweries don’t see other breweries as competition – they embrace the philosophy that ‘more is more’. We want to contribute to an already strong industry, and have been overwhelmed by the amount of advice and support we’ve received from others.