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The Best Mother's Day Present

The Best Mother's Day Present

It's a Mother's Day present every mother was wishing for. 

The bright sun, the warm temperatures, and the crack of a bat filled the air at the Matt Urban Complex in Holland. After several weeks of more foul weather than foul balls, patrons of the games soaked up the rays as they cheered on their teams. There was some winning moments. There were some moments of empathic heart-ache. But all on all, there was a good time had by all. Children were entertained by either the love of the game, love of the playground, or love of the concessions.  Parents and grandparents cheered, jeered and laughed. But through all the dust clouds, close calls and crowd roars, the best feeling of all was the positive sportsmanship displayed by all.

An annual tradition, the USSA held the 2011 Great Lakes FIreball Challenge at its new home in Holland.

West Ottawa High School student wins Congressional Art Competition

West Ottawa High School student wins Congressional Art Competition

This weekend, Jacob Wildfong, a junior at West Ottawa High School, was announced as the winner of the 2nd District’s 2011 Congressional Art Competition for his abstract digital photograph, “Flicker.”
U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, MI-02, attended the reception this Saturday morning at the Holland Area Arts Council, where he met with competition finalists and helped announce the winner, as decided by a four-judge panel of art and design professionals. Dr. David McGee, Professor of Art at GVSU, represented the judges and joined with Huizenga in announcing this year’s winner. The panel also included Katherine Sullivan, Professor of Art, Hope College; Nate Young, President, NewNorth Center, Former Provost of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA; and Andrew Bartlett, Lead Designer, Tiara Yachts.

Hope College Honors Faculty/Staff for Service to Students

HOLLAND – Registrar Jon Huisken and education faculty member John Yelding have been named recipients of the college’s 12th annual “Vanderbush-Weller Development Fund” awards for strong, positive impact on students.

The award recognizes and supports the efforts of Hope faculty and staff who make extraordinary contributions to the lives of students. Huisken and Yelding will be honored during a dinner on Thursday, May 5.

“John Yelding and Jon Huisken epitomize the essence of going above and beyond the call for students,” said Dr. Richard Frost, vice president and dean of students at Hope, whose office coordinates the award, which is presented based on nominations from the campus community.

Hope College to Honor Three Alumni With Awards

Hope College to Honor Three Alumni With Awards

HOLLAND - Hope College will honor three alumni with awards during the college's annual Alumni Banquet on Saturday, April 30.

The college's Alumni Association will present Distinguished Alumni Awards to Dr. William Heydorn, a 1955 graduate from Tiburon, Calif., and Dr. Jon Soderstrom, a 1976 graduate from Madison, Conn.

The association will present a Meritorious Service Award to Connie Boersma, a 1949 graduate from Holland.

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Help support breast cancer research

During the Month of May you can help the campaign called D-Feat Breast Cancer. Visit any one of Midnite Sun location and donate $1-$10 to support vitamin D breast cancer research. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in North Amercan women. In 2011 there will be 200,000 new breast cancer cases discovered in the United States and Canada and 45,000 women will die from this deisease.

There are several Midnite Sun & Cruise locations you can find in West Michigan.


Congressional Art Competition Entries Due to Rep. Huizenga’s Office By April 25


High school artists in the 2nd District are reminded that the deadline for the Congressional Art Competition is next Monday, April 25. Whether it’s paintings, photography, or computer-generated art, U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, MI-02, is calling for entries from across the 2nd District for the 2011 Congressional Art Competition.

Hope College senior wins Grand Rapids opera competition

Hope College senior wins Grand Rapids opera competition

HOLLAND – Hope College senior Sarah Ashcroft of Holland has won the 2011 Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition, held on Sunday, April 17, at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center in Grand Rapids.

Ashcroft was one of seven finalists—three of whom were from Hope—from Grand Rapids-area colleges and universities competing in the event after having been chosen from among 10 select contestants during an initial round in February.

Ashcroft, who is a 2007 graduate of West Ottawa High School and the daughter of Karin Ashcroft of Holland, is majoring in vocal music performance and vocal music education.  The first-place recognition is one of multiple major singing honors that she has won this year—and across her undergraduate career.

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