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My Town Holland: Hope College Alumni Association to honor two with Young Alumni Awards

My Town Holland: Hope College Alumni Association to honor two with Young Alumni Awards

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Hope College Alumni Association will honor two graduates with Young Alumni Awards on Thursday, March 27.

The association is recognizing Maxine Gray of Seattle, Wash., who is a 2004 Hope graduate, and Matt Scogin of New York City, who is a 2002 Hope graduate.  The awards will be presented during a dinner at the college’s Haworth Inn and Conference Center at 6 p.m.

The Young Alumni Award was established to honor the talents and contributions that young alumni have made to their professions, their communities and to the college.  The award was first presented in 2007.  Criteria include having been a member of the Alumni Association for 15 or fewer years; notable prominence through professional endeavor, research, volunteerism, and/or involvement with the local or global community or the college; and demonstrating significant initiative by starting innovative service projects, research, businesses or other original enterprises.

My Town: Boxed water company riding sales wave to New York

My Town: Boxed water company riding sales wave to New York

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Less than a year after opening a new facility in Holland, a Grand Rapids-based boxed water company is looking to New York to expand its brand nationally.

Boxed Water recently hired Matt Merson to serve as its vice president of sales.  Merson  previously worked with Zico Coconut Water,  SmartWater and Coca-Cola Enterprises.  Merson will represent the company in New York.

“Boxed Water has seen incredible growth in many ways because it knows what it is, what the brand stands for. It has the potential to be a leading, mission-focused brand, and I am eager to help build our national distribution network,” said Merson. “

Merson says Boxed Water also feeds into the focus on better health and wellness, as well as more environmentally friendly living.  The Boxed Water container is made of trees that come from certified, well-managed forests that are constantly replanted to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

My Town Holland: Second in command visits Holland March 11

My Town Holland: Second in command visits Holland March 11

HOLLAND, Mich.—Michigan’s second in command is coming to Holland Tuesday, March 11.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will address guests of the West Coast Chamber of Commerce Early Bird Breakfast.  The event is happening at 7:15 a.m. at Haworth Inn and Conference Center, 225 College Ave. in Holland.

After the event, Calley will join Gov. Rick Snyder at the Capitol to honor Michigan Olympians Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Special Olympian Teadoro Spremo, who all took gold during the games.

My Town Holland: Windmill Island Gardens hosts job fair

My Town Holland: Windmill Island Gardens hosts job fair

HOLLAND, Mich.—Windmill Island Gardens is casting its net for tour guides, Dutch dancers and other employees ahead of Tulip Time.

The job fair will take place Friday, March 28 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Windmill Island Gardens is looking for tour guides, greeters, ticket sellers, office employees and parking lot staff during Tulip Time, which begins May 3.  Pay will be $8 per hour.  During the regular tourism season (April 19-Oct. 5), Windmill Island Gardens needs tour guides, Dutch dancers, greeters, facility set-up help and a custodian. Job hunters should bring their Social Security card and driver’s license, as some employees may be hired on the spot.

Coffee taste test pits pricey cat scat coffee against other brews

Coffee taste test pits pricey cat scat coffee against other brews

HOLLAND, Mich.— Kopi Luwak coffee beans costs up to $600 pound, but is the taste worth the price?

That’s the question a panel of coffee experts attempted to answer during a blind taste test this week.  “The Great Kopi Luwak Cupping Challenge” unfolded at JPs Coffee and Espresso Bar in Holland.  Owner Jack Groot ran the test, pitting Kopi Luwak against other regional Sumatran coffees prices around $16 pound.

During the test, one Kopi Luwak sample rose to the top, scoring 76 points out of 100.  However, two of the less expensive, non-cat poop coffees ranked within a half-point of Kopi Luwak and the others were very close.

“It’s a very good coffee, but not worth $600 a pound.  If you bought it in a coffee shop, it would cost you $50 a cup,” said Andy Timko with Anodyne Coffee Roasters in Milwaukee.

My Town Holland: Ski slope takes shape on Eighth Street

My Town Holland: Ski slope takes shape on Eighth Street

HOLLAND, Mich.—You don’t need to look to Sochi to the next generation of snowboarders and skiers showcase their skills.

Holland will host the Downtown Rail Jam this Saturday, Feb. 22.   The event will kick off when AGA Nation, in conjunction with the Holland Visitors Bureau unveils its new, temporary 20-foot snowboard and ski slope on East Eighth Street.

The Downtown Rail Jam will take place in the open area across from the Knickerbocker Theatre, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The event is free and the slope is open to boarders, skiers and sled-riders of all ages from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a free clinic included.  Demonstrations and competitions will take place from 5 p.m.

Inforum Names Catherine Rogg as vice president

Inforum Names Catherine Rogg as vice president

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Inforum)--  Inforum announces the appointment of Catherine Rogg as vice president, corporate engagement.The new position is based in Inforum’s Grand Rapids office and signals the organization’s growth and continued investment in West Michigan since establishing it as a major hub for Inforum in 2006. As vice president, corporate engagement, Rogg will be the relationship lead for corporate investors and companies, serving as one of the most visible brand ambassadors for the organization in the West Michigan region and state of Michigan.