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Zipments: A Simple and Elegant Courier Concept

Zipments: A Simple and Elegant Courier Concept

By Stephanie Doublestein

Garrick Pohl is so busy he forgot to eat breakfast. The 38-year-old Holland resident is a father of four and a tech entrepreneur who is six weeks into launching Zipments, an innovative, hyper-local delivery system in West Michigan. Wearing a T-shirt with the Zipments logo and a pair of jeans, Pohl sits in The Sparrows coffee shop on a Wednesday morning in June, eats an M&M cookie as a substitute for that forgotten breakfast and happily explains how his start-up is turning the standard delivery model on its head.

"Basically, Zipments connects any business or individual that needs to move something across town with a community of local couriers that can do those jobs," explains Pohl.  

Holland Company Honored for Safety

Holland Company Honored for Safety

Elzinga and Volkers Construction Company at 86 E. 6th Street in Holland has gone 15-hundred days without a workplace loss-time injury report. It is highly unusual for a construction company to go over four years with a flawless and clean safety record.

Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra will recognize the company at special luncheon for the Field Employees on Thursday, July 14th at 2pm. State Representative Joe Haveman and State Senator  Arlan Meekhof are also expected to speak. An invitation has also been extended to Governor Rick Snyder to join the festivites.

The "By Choice Not Chance" Safety Celebration will include steaks on the grill for all employees and dignitaries.

Hasselman's Honey Bees are coming to the Holland Farmers Market

Hasselman's Honey Bees are coming to the Holland Farmers Market

From: http://www.hollandfarmersmarket.com

Bring your little honeybees to the Kids Activities at the Holland Farmers Market next Wednesday, June 15 at 9:30 am to experience the sweet life of bees. Larry Hasselman, owner of Hasselman's Pure Michigan Honey, will bring his bees to the Market for an interactive presentation. Kids will have the chance to see live honey bees up close while learning about the different types of bees, the hive, and of course, honey! The Herrick District Library will also be returning this week for a story time before the presentation at 9:30 am.

David S. Fry, Cottage Law Expert, To Speak

David S. Fry, Cottage Law Expert, To Speak

David S. Fry, a leading expert in the subject of cottage succession planning or Cottage Law  will be speaking at the Castle Park Association in Holland, Michigan on May 28 at 9 am.

This informative presentation covers a wide range of legal and family topics inherent is sharing and passing along the family cottage to future generations.

David is the founder of the Cottage Law Center which opened in Rockford Michigan in late 2010.  He is also co-author of the book, Saving The Family Cottage, one of the most comprehensive publications on this special area of law.

MAX 'Summer Fun Pass' helps teens learn life skills

MAX 'Summer Fun Pass' helps teens learn life skills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Holland, Mich.) May 24, 2011 – School may be out soon, but learning to use the MAX public transit system offers teens some valuable life lessons that can’t be taught in any classroom.

“Learning to use public transit teaches teens the life skills of reading maps, planning and organizing trips, and time management. These are skills that they will hopefully use their whole life,” explains Doug Schwentor, a licensed social worker who contracts with the MAX to perform cognitive or physical passenger assessments and to provide travel training. “The experience also gives them independence and problem solving skills, which are important components of their developmental growth.”

To encourage more teens to use public transit, the Macatawa Area Express is again offering a special Teen Summer Fun Pass for youth age 10-17.

Two new businesses open in downtown Holland

Downtown Holland is celebrating the opening of two new businesses.

Silver Fox Jewelry of Traverse City and Spring Sweet recently opened their doors.  They join Premovation Audio and Visual, The Bag Lady Purse Store and The Wellness Spa as the latest additions to downtown Holland.

Silver Fox Jewelry is located at 29 West 8th Street, in the back of Claremont Court. A grand opening celebration will take place later this month.  Silver Fox Jewelry employs five people.

Spring Sweet opened just last week.  It’s the culmination of a dream the owner has had since she was nine years old. Spring Sweet is located at 27 West 9th Street.  A grand opening celebration will take place May 24.

Michigan Works! hosting Johnson Controls job fair

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) -- Ottawa County Michigan Works! will be assisting Johnson Controls, Lakewood facility at JCI’s job fair Wednesday, May 4 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Holland. The job fair will be from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  The DoubleTree Hotel is located at 650 E. 24th Street in Holland, between Waverly and Route 31.

The Lakewood facility of Johnson Controls has over 100 open positions. The positions are full-time, direct-hire and there is a range of available jobs.