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Eagle Scout Collects 300 Coats for His Harvest Stand

Zeeland, MI - 13 year old Boy Scout from Troop 21 of Zeeland, Benjamin Bartels, has collected 300 coats for His Harvest Stand.  Benjamin created a competition between Zeeland Christian School, Zeeland Cityside Middle School and Zeeland Creekside Middle School. The competition lasted from September 13 to September 24, 2010. 
The Winning Schools are:
Most Coats Collected: Zeeland Christian (112)
Most Coats Collected as a Percentage of the Student Body: Zeeland Creekside (17%)

Photo(left to right): Greg Eding, Principal Zeeland Creekside MS; Jon Voss, Principal Zeeland Cityside MS; Ben Bartels (scout uniform); William VanDyk, Principal, Zeeland Christian; Paul Scholten, His Harvest Stand

Ministry merge affords a better opportunity to reach at risk youth in Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (September 1, 2010) – Holland Rescue Mission is joining forces with Urban Youth Ministry to form a single community outreach called: Rock Urban Youth Ministry.

“After evaluating both ministry operations, it was apparent to our leadership that combining efforts would afford us a greater opportunity with more resources to reach a larger number of youth in the Holland area,” commented Ken Filippini, President of the Board of Directors at Urban Youth Ministry.

Too many young people today are not given the guidance and enrichment that they deserve. They come from troubled homes and families - making it hard to succeed in life.

Active Aging Week at Evergreen Commons


Are you 50+ and ready to get active?  You can feel better, have more energy and stay healthier!  Active aging means living life as fully as possible.  During this special week at Evergreen Commons, you can find an activity that’s right for you.  All Active Aging Week activities are no pressure, suited to everyone and best of all – FREE!  Give it a try!

Evergreen’s objectives during Active Aging Week are to encourage all 50+ adults in the community to participate in our wellness programs and to persuade current participants to try at least one new activity.  The goal is to have fun, start slow and easy and be active . . . your way!

Our kick-off for the week is a motivational lecture with Evergreen President and marathon runner Larry Erlandson.  His presentation is titled “The Meaning of the Marathon” which will be held at 1:00 p.m.

Volunteers Needed for Fall Tulip Bulb Planting Day


HOLLAND, MI – September 15, 2010, The Tulip Time Festival, in conjunction with the City of Holland Parks Department, will host a “Tulip Bulb Planting Day” on October 16, 2010 at Window on the Waterfront Park, located on 6th Street between Columbia and College Avenues, from 8am-12:30pm.  Rain date will be October 23, 2010, same time and place. Volunteers will be needed in two shifts 8am-10am and 10:30am-12:30pm.

Crane’s In The City Restaurant will provide snacks and beverages for all volunteers from 10am-10:30am and a Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener will also be on hand to provide educational resources and answer general tulip planting questions. Jonker’s Garden will be donating prizes for volunteers.

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up online at tuliptime.com by creating a new account under “Volunteer Login” or call Sue Schurman, Volunteer Coordinator at 616.396.4221 x. 108.

113th Hope Pull Tug-of-War is Saturday, Sept. 25

HOLLAND - The Hope College Pull tug-of-war, a 113-year tradition, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. on the banks of the Black River (near U.S. 31 and M-21). The public is invited. Admission is free.

The Pull, first held in 1898, is an annual fall highlight at Hope. In the competition, freshman and sophomore teams, entrenched in shallow pits on opposite sides of the river, attempt to gain the most rope through their strength and stamina.

Each team has 18 students on the rope as "pullers" and another 18 acting as guides and morale boosters, or "moralers." The freshmen are coached by the junior class while the sophomores are instructed by the seniors.

Inaugural Walk for Water Holland Event Set to Educate, Draw at Least 500


Holland, MI  - Instead of turning on the tap in your house, imagine collecting your drinking water in a bucket from Lake Macatawa, and then carrying it a mile and a half for your family’s use.  On September 25, the first ever Holland Walk for Water will allow participants to experience just that, raising awareness of the global water crisis and funds to help bring clean water to people in third world, earthquake- and hurricane-stricken countries.     

Holland Walk for Water will take place at Kollen Park on Saturday, September 25 at 10:00 am.  Walkers will travel three total miles, dipping their five-gallon buckets into Lake Macatawa at the half way point of the walk, then returning to Kollen Park to dump their collected water into a solar-powered water filtration system, as used all over the world by Water Missions International to purify water.  One of these systems produce

Hope Students Give Back to Holland Community thru "Time to Serve"

HOLLAND - Some 375 Hope College students will participate in service projects throughout the area through the college's "Time to Serve" program on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Most of the students will be members of the newly arrived freshman Class of 2014.  The students signed up shortly after their arrival at Hope, during "New Student Orientation," for the mass volunteer effort.

The students will be working in groups of six to 12 at more than three dozen sites from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Projects are scheduled throughout the greater Holland area, and will range from sorting at Bibles for Mexico and Goodwill Industries, to spreading wood chips at the Critter Barn, to groundskeeping and cleaning at many area churches.

The "Time to Serve" program is designed to help new students learn about service while helping and getting to know their community and becoming better acquainted with one another.