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My Town Holland: Second in command visits Holland March 11

My Town Holland: Second in command visits Holland March 11

HOLLAND, Mich.—Michigan’s second in command is coming to Holland Tuesday, March 11.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will address guests of the West Coast Chamber of Commerce Early Bird Breakfast.  The event is happening at 7:15 a.m. at Haworth Inn and Conference Center, 225 College Ave. in Holland.

After the event, Calley will join Gov. Rick Snyder at the Capitol to honor Michigan Olympians Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Special Olympian Teadoro Spremo, who all took gold during the games.

My Town Holland: Hope College hosts Model United Nations high school conference

My Town Holland: Hope College hosts Model United Nations high school conference

HOLLAND, Mich.– Hope College is hosting its 43rd annual Model United Nations conference for high school students on Thursday and Friday, March 6-7.

More than 800 students and faculty from the greater Midwest are competing in various simulations. Acting as delegates from the 192 member nations of the United Nations in two General Assemblies, four Security Councils, an International Court of Justice, and an Economic and Social Council, the students are being faced with issues pertaining to the current international affairs.

Issues being discussed in this year’s conference include a drug summit, nuclear disarmament, blood diamonds, endangered species, debt forgiveness, food crisis, the Spratly Islands, unrest in Korea, Colombian drug war, and the Egyptian civil war.

My Town Holland: Windmill Island Gardens hosts job fair

My Town Holland: Windmill Island Gardens hosts job fair

HOLLAND, Mich.—Windmill Island Gardens is casting its net for tour guides, Dutch dancers and other employees ahead of Tulip Time.

The job fair will take place Friday, March 28 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Windmill Island Gardens is looking for tour guides, greeters, ticket sellers, office employees and parking lot staff during Tulip Time, which begins May 3.  Pay will be $8 per hour.  During the regular tourism season (April 19-Oct. 5), Windmill Island Gardens needs tour guides, Dutch dancers, greeters, facility set-up help and a custodian. Job hunters should bring their Social Security card and driver’s license, as some employees may be hired on the spot.

My Town Walker: IHOP to serve up free pancakes March 4

My Town Walker: IHOP to serve up free pancakes March 4

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Skip firing up your skillet Tuesday, March 4 and head to your closest IHOP for free pancakes.

Participating IHOP restaurants will be serving up a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day.   The deal will be good from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

In exchange for free pancakes, customers are encouraged to donate to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and other local charities.

"Our guests, our franchisees, their team members, and all of us at IHOP- look forward to National Pancake Day every year. Knowing that every free stack of buttermilk pancakes has the potential to improve the lives of the children in their own community makes serving them and eating them even more enjoyable than usual,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, International House of Pancakes, LLC and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc.

My Town Holland: Hope College to honor speaker for promoting a just society in South Africa

My Town Holland: Hope College to honor speaker for promoting a just society in South Africa

HOLLAND, Mich. – Hope College is presenting an honorary degree to Professor H. Russel Botman, rector and vice-chancellor of Stellenbosch University in South Africa, in recognition of his leadership in higher education and the Reformed church to promote a more just society for all South Africans.

“Russel Botman is admired internationally as a leader in higher education, the Reformed church and South African society,” said Hope College President John C. Knapp. “He was instrumental in bringing about the peaceful end of South African apartheid and has since mobilized one of Africa’s leading universities to help solve the many problems facing his country and region.”

Botman will receive the degree, the Doctor of Letters, on Tuesday, March 4, at 4 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

My Town Holland: West Ottawa to dance for pediatric patients

My Town Holland: West Ottawa to dance for pediatric patients

HOLLAND, Mich.—West Ottawa High School students will be dancing the evening away this Friday to help children at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

This is the second year West Ottawa’s National Honor Society has held the Dance Marathon to benefit pediatric patients.  Hanna Paquette will be among the students dancing from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“I dance because if these kids can fight through sickness, the least I can do is support them for six hours," said Paquette, a West Ottawa junior.

My Town Holland: Tulip Time preparations underway

My Town Holland: Tulip Time preparations underway

HOLLAND, Mich.--  The festival poster is out and a new campaign is underway, as Holland prepares for Tulip Time 2014.

This year, organizers have added the Tulip Time Membership Program, which gives participants a behind-the-scenes look at Tulip Time, as well as discounts on merchandise and a members-only poster and pin.  The first 50 people to sign up as members will also get a wristband and parking pass to the “Bloom Boom” party Saturday May 3.  Members will also be entered into a drawing for Bill Cosby tickets.

Memberships are $35 per person or $85 per family, up to five people.  For more information about the program, as well as festival event and ticket information, visit the Tulip Time website.

Tulip Time is May 3-10.  The theme is “Join the Dance”.  Artist Karin Nelson’s painting, “Resilience” was selected for this year’s Tulip Time poster.