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My Town: Hope College students receive Goldwater Scholarship and honorable mentions

My Town: Hope College students receive Goldwater Scholarship and honorable mentions

HOLLAND – A total of three Hope College juniors have received recognition through the highly competitive scholarship program of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Andrew Valesano of Sherwood, Ore., has received a Goldwater Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year, while Caitlin Kozack of Carol Stream, Ill., and McLane Watson of Louisville, Colo., have each received honorable mentions.  The foundation selected only 283 students for scholarships and only 247 for honorable mention nationwide.

The scholarships were awarded by the Board of Trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation to undergraduate sophomores and juniors.  The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from among 1,166 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

My Town: Workshops for more pedestrian-friendly communities April 21-25

My Town: Workshops for more pedestrian-friendly communities April 21-25

 

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Michigan Department of Transportation is looking for community members interested in making their neighborhood a more pleasant place to walk.

MDOT will be holding a series of walkability reviews designed to help community officials, business owners and residents learn about the benefits that come with a safe and attractive walking environment.  Pedestrian planning experts from Toole Design Group will lead the each event.  To register, email the contact below no later than Friday, April 4.

Dates

Location

Contact

Monday, April 21

Cascade Township

My Town: Holland to be featured in April 1 travel show

My Town: Holland to be featured in April 1 travel show

HOLLAND, Mich.—Family travel expert Colleen Kelly’s trip to Holland will grace the air April 1.

During the episode, Kelly introduces viewers to the activities and experiences that make Holland a tourism hot spot- from making Dutch shoes in Nelis Dutch Village to creating custom t-shirts at Ambrose and doughnuts at Cranes in the City restaurant and bakery.  She also visits the Holland Peanut Store, Windmill Island Gardens and of course, the Lake Michigan beach.\

“It’s always great to see the Holland community through someone else’s eyes, especially when they are traveling with kids. It’s a reminder of the diverse, family-friendly things visitors can enjoy while in Holland,” commented Sally Laukitis, Executive Director of the Holland Area Visitors Bureau. “It was a terrific time with host Colleen Kelly and her family, and we look forward to potential visitors watching the program.”

My Town Holland: Hope College's student-run radio station wins four national awards

My Town Holland: Hope College's student-run radio station wins four national awards

HOLLAND, Mich.-- WTHS, the student-run FM radio station at Hope College, won four national awards during the 74th annual conference of the International Broadcasting System Inc.,  held in New York City March 7-9.

WTHS won first place among all college and university radio stations in the country for “Best Sports Talk Show,” with “Real Radio” by unior Nate Winter of Saugatuck and junior Tom Zahari of Canton, who is sports director and the news co-director.

My Town: 'Club Animalia' at Hope College receives national service award

My Town: 'Club Animalia' at Hope College receives national service award

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Club Animalia student organization at Hope College has received the national “Outstanding Community Service Award” from the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (APVMA) for the second consecutive year.

The award was presented during the association’s 2014 Annual Symposium, held on Friday-Sunday, March 21-23, at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

The APVMA consists of nearly 100 institutions from around North America, only four of which are liberal arts colleges.  Approximately 400 students from more than 60 colleges and universities attended the symposium.

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Looking for a job?  The list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is out.

The businesses are nominated by staff or community members.  Judges then whittle down the pool to 101 winners, based on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and other categories.    This year’s winners are:

My Town: Food distribution March 28 for families in need

My Town: Food distribution March 28 for families in need

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Low income families in Ottawa County will get some help filling their shelves this Friday, March 28, as four churches and organizations host food distribution events.

The distribution event is being coordinated by the Ottawa County Community Action Agency.  Apricot halves, beef stew, frozen blueberries, corn, rice cereal, shelf-stable milk, rolled oats, potato flakes, rice crisp cereal, whole grain rotini and tomato juice will be available to families in need.  Distribution times and locations are as follows:

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: V.F.W. Post 5598, 511 North 68th Ave., Coopersville
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 920 Fulton, Grand Haven
  • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Community Action House, 345 West 14th Street, Holland
  • 1 p.m.