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My Town Holland: Robotics team among the best in the world

My Town Holland: Robotics team among the best in the world

HOLLAND, Mich.--  Holland is home to one of the world’s best robotics teams.

The Holland C.H.A.O.S., Team 74 in the FIRST FRC Robotics league, celebrated a world championship title this past weekend.  The group partnered with three other teams from San Jose, California; Dallas, Texas and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan for the competition, held at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.  To see the full results, visit the FRC FIrst Robotics Competition page here.

More than 12,000 students from 38 countries competed in the three-day event, which put their engineering skills to the test.  The robotics challenges included throwing balls over a truss, catching balls and putting as many balls in goals as possible.

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich.—A rock and roll nutrition show has arrived in West Michigan.

“Jump with Jill” kicked off a series of performances at five area schools Monday, with a live show at Thomas Jefferson School in Holland.  It’s one of five schools that won a statewide contest, thanks to the generosity of Michigan’s dairy farmers and milk processors and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan as part of their Fuel Up to Play 60 program. 

“Dairy is one of easiest and richest ways that kids can get the calcium they need for strong bones,” says Amy Viselli with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “Jump with Jill has serious fun with a serious message. They even dress up a milk jug as a rapper named Calcium.”

My Town Holland: Park Theatre renovation project now in Phase One

My Town Holland: Park Theatre renovation project now in Phase One

HOLLAND, Mich.--  Phase One of the plan to revamp the historic Park Theatre is now underway.

Last month, more than 90 people attended the Park Theatre Foundation’s Clean Slate Party, held inside the downtown Holland venue.  Foundation Board President Bob Schulze introduced plans to renovate the aging facility and encouraged visitors to share their ideas for bringing Park Theatre into a new century.

"By renovating the Park Theatre we will create a radically open, fiscally sustainable, multi-use platform for Holland and surrounding community members to create and celebrate culture.  Imagine what a revamped Park Theatre could offer: music, independent film series; dinner theatre/movies; children's programming; lecture and comedy series; and more.  This will be a wonderful resource for ages 8 to 80 for Holland and surrounding communities," Schulze said.

My Town: Guiding Light Mission to celebrate thrift store reopening

My Town: Guiding Light Mission to celebrate thrift store reopening

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Spring cleaning time is here and Guiding Light Mission needs your old items to help fill the shelves of its upscale thrift store.

Donations can be dropped off at the Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store, where donors can receive a tax deductible receipt for their contributions. The store is located at 1435 60th Street SE in Kentwood.

Guiding Light will celebrate the store’s grand reopening and a new partnership with Holland Rescue Mission on Thursday, June 17. The celebration will start at 12 p.m. at the store and appetizers and refreshments will be available.

Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store carries a variety of items for all ages, including dishes, hardware, sporting goods and jewelry, as well as new furniture and mattresses, which come with free delivery.

For information about how to volunteer for Guiding Light Mission, contact Marcia at (616) 451-0236 ext. 14.

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

My Town Holland: Community celebrates completed renovations to landmark April 19

My Town Holland: Community celebrates completed renovations to landmark April 19

HOLLAND, Mich.—The City of Holland will have more than Easter to celebrate this weekend.

Saturday, the city will hold a “Turning of the Blades” dedication and open house to celebrate the completion of extensive repairs to the 250-year-old DeZwaan Windmill.  The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. and will be followed by the second annual Run of the Mill 5K run/walk.

The $2.1 million restoration project began two years ago when workers found rotted beams while renovating the windmill’s observation deck.  The Michigan Economic Development Commission awarded the city a $375,000 grant to help pay for the work.  Holland City and Holland Township will also contribute another $600,000 over the next six years, in addition to donations collected during a windmill fundraising campaign.

Windmill Island Gardens will be open free of charge on April 19 so all community members can see the windmill in operation and tour the grounds.

Four Hope College students and alumni receive NSF Program recognition

Four Hope College students and alumni receive NSF Program recognition

HOLLAND – A total of four Hope College graduating seniors or recent graduates have received recognition through the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship program of the National Science Foundation.

Senior Caitlin Ploch of Redford received a fellowship through the program. In addition, 2013 graduate James Bour and 2012 graduate Hilary Bultman also received fellowships, and 2013 graduate Meagan Elinski received an honorable mention.  Bour and Bultman had each received honorable mentions last year.

Hope students or graduates have received fellowships or honorable mentions through the program every year for more than 20 years, and this is the seventh consecutive year that multiple graduating seniors or recent alumni have been recognized.  The NSF awarded 2,000 of the fellowships nationwide this year.