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Grant Supports Hope College Research into Relationship between Fungi and Grass

Grant Supports Hope College Research into Relationship between Fungi and Grass

HOLLAND - A multi-year research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded an interdisciplinary study at Hope College of the symbiotic relationship between grass and fungus.

Dr. Thomas Bultman, professor of biology and chairperson of the department, is leading the effort to understand the way that varieties of fungus help protect Canada wild rye grass from creatures that might eat the grass.  Working with samples grown at Hope, the research team will be studying the fungi's effect on seeds taken from as far south as Texas to as far north as Minnesota.

MAX Transit Reaches Ridership Milestone for 2011

MAX Transit Reaches Ridership Milestone for 2011

The Macatawa Area Express (MAX) Transportation Authority saw record ridership for fiscal year 2011, which ended September 30, with 418,496 boardings. That is the highest annual ridership for the transit system, representing a 23.30 percent increase over the 2010 fiscal year total.

MAX saw its highest ridership month on record with 38,674 in March 2011. Average monthly ridership is now nearly 35,000. The ridership spike is attributed to an increase in new passengers using the transit system, and current passengers using the service more often.

MAX also is expected to hit another milestone - 3 million rides -- since it began operating in the year 2000. The transit system is expected to reach 3 million boardings sometime in January 2012, and has already begun planning a special passenger appreciation day for that milestone.

New Member of Lawn Care Seal of Approval Program

New Member of Lawn Care Seal of Approval Program

High levels of phosphorus, a naturally occurring element present in fertilizer and plant decay, is causing major harm to the Macatawa Watershed. The Macatawa Watershed Project recently added Top Cut Lawn Care Services to the list of ten other lawn Care and landscaping Companies in the area that hold the Macatawa Watershed Seal of Approval.

The Seal of Approval is awarded to lawn care and landscaping companies that agree to employ water quality friendly lawn care practices including:

Fall color tour beginning in Holland

Fall color tour beginning in Holland

The leaves are nearing their peak color in West Michigan.  You don’t have to go far to catch the fall colors.  One beautiful tour starts in Holland and takes you through Saugatuck, Douglas, Fennville and New Richmond.

Color Tour Directions Starting from Holland:

BR-31 south to US-31. Take first exit (Saugatuck), then south on Blue Star Hwy (A-2) to 118th Ave. East to 62nd St, north to 122nd Ave. Wind east, then north to M-89 (124th Ave), east through Fennville to Old Allegan Rd north (parts are unpaved but maintained), east to 60th St north. East on 140th Ave, north on 66th St, west on Ottagan St to S Shore Dr, east to downtown Holland/US-31.

There are 25 other color tour routes detailed at the West Michigan Tourism Association web site:

http://www.wmta.org/autumn-color-tours-19/

Volunteers Needed for Fall Community Tulip Planting Day

Volunteers Needed for Fall Community Tulip Planting Day

News Release:

The Tulip Time Festival, together with the City of Holland Parks Department, will host a Community Tulip Planting Day on October 15, 2011 at Window on the Waterfront Park, located on 6th Street between Columbia and College Avenues, from 8:00 AM -12:30 PM. Rain date will be October 22, 2011, same time and place. Volunteers are needed for the 10:30 AM -12:30 PM shift.

Each fall the City of Holland plants over 300,000 tulip bulbs throughout downtown Holland, city parks, and Tulip Lanes. The Community Planting Day Volunteers will help plant 50,000 tulip bulbs at Window on the Waterfront Park. The Tulip Time Festival Board and Staff have assisted the Parks Department in planting bulbs for several years.

Address Will Discuss “Global Warming and Bicycle Adventure”

Address Will Discuss “Global Warming and Bicycle Adventure”

HOLLAND – Insights from a two-year, 21,000-mile bike ride will be the focus of the address “Global Warming and Bicycle Adventure” by guest speaker David Kroodsma on Monday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in room 1019 of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center at Hope College.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.