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Zeeland celebrates 29th annual Pumpkinfest

Zeeland celebrates 29th annual Pumpkinfest

 

 


ZEELAND, Mich.- Pack your bags and join the fun as Zeeland's Pumpkinfest "Hits the Road" October 3 through 5 in downtown Zeeland.

Enjoy Zeeland's largest festival as it takes you on a tour of some of America's favorite road trip attractions. There will be events and activities for all ages, decorations, games and contests, special food and treats.

This is the 29th year for Pumpkinfest in Zeeland. The festival kicks off this Thursday, October 3 with the Pumpkin Bake Off at Royal Atrium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Kids Pedal Power Tractor Pull begins at 4 p.m.

Hope College renews commitment to 'living green'

Hope College renews commitment to 'living green'

HOLLAND – Hope College recently renewed its membership in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education to further campus efforts toward building a healthy and just world. 

Through membership in AASHE, Hope will receive continued support in advancing its sustainability initiatives throughout the institution and in the community.

“Sharing a common vision with our sister schools across the country and sharing best practices for sustainability initiatives allow Hope College to remain fully engaged in caring for the natural resources with which we have been entrusted,” said Greg Maybury, director of operations and chief sustainability officer at Hope.  “As a campus, we need to model behavior that is consistent with utilizing God’s creation in a thoughtful and respectful manner.  Being part of AASHE allows us to learn from others and apply those concepts to our own community.

Upgrades planned for Northeast Park

Upgrades planned for Northeast Park

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A Kentwood park is about to get some upgrades.

On Tuesday, October 1, Kentwood’s Committee of the Whole is expected to review a possible contract with Riverworks Construction Incorporated to build a boardwalk at Northeast Park.  The deal would be for up to approximately $246,000 to replace and install a new pathway, as well as replace two viewing decks, including one on Scenic Lake.

The project will be paid for by a $125,400 state grant, with the remaining cost covered by the city’s parks millage.  Riverworks Construction of Holland is estimating the project will actually cost about $231,000.

If the contract is approved by the Committee of the Whole, it will be discussed at the City Commission meeting at 7 p.m. that same night.  If commissioners approve the deal, it will go to the mayor’s desk for approval.

Come Kayak down the River

Come Kayak down the River

Kayak the Kalamazoo River with DeGraaf Nature Center in Holland, MI on Saturday, September 28th, from 10:30am – 3:30pm.

This three hour paddle begins within the Allegan State Game Area and ends at New Richmond, a beautiful 9-mile stretch of water on the Kalamazoo River with lots of wildlife sightings. This is a great time to see and hear migrating songbirds too.

The nature center will provide transportation from DeGraaf for kayaks, life jackets, paddles and guide. You provide the energy, snacks, waterproof lunch, (no coolers please), hats, sunscreen & insect repellant.

Fees for this trip are $25 but only $20 if you are a Friend of DeGraaf.  If you have your own boat, transfer fee is $15. Please call 616-355-1057 to register.

DeGraaf is located at 600 Graafschap Rd. in Holland, Mi. Website: www.degraaf.org

Local businesses among the '101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies'

Local businesses among the '101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies'

More than two dozen West Michigan companies are among the “101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies” in Michigan.

The annual list was released September 11, one week before the award celebration at Davenport University.  The 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies list celebrates organizations that inspire and produce green technology, positively impacting the industry and environment.  An independent research firm selected the winning companies based on the following categories: education, communication, strategic planning and operational implementation, innovation and problem solving, building and grounds, community leadership, workforce and financial performance.

The list of 2013 winners includes:

Can pond scum fuel our future?

Can pond scum fuel our future?

HOLLAND, Mich.—Pond and lake scum might be the key to fueling our future.

Learn how algae can be transformed into a biofuel during a free lecture Wednesday, September 11. Western Michigan University chemistry professor John Miller will present “Algal biofuels: Energy, Environment and Economy” at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute in Holland, starting at 3:30 p.m. 

According to Miller, algae can yield more biofuel than other plants and is much simpler to process.  Miller says the leftovers can also be used to amend soil.

Wednesday’s presentation is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  For special accommodations, call (517) 432-4499. 

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte