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My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Greater Ottawa County United Way is looking for nonprofit organizations in need of help.

They United Way’s annual Day of Caring is Thursday, Sept. 18.  On that day, the United Way will connect teams of volunteers with charities in need of help. People who need help or would like to volunteer for this year’s Day of Caring must register with the United Way by Aug. 21.  For more information, visit www.ottawaunitedway.org/day-of-caring or contact Shannon Morton at smorton@ottawaunitedway.org or (616) 396-7811.

A.D. Bos Vending Services and Hillshire Foods will be providing lunch for volunteers at Grand Haven Campground during the volunteer event.  Last year, more than 800 volunteers worked on more than 65 projects across the county.  

My Town: Need for life-saving blood donations doesn't take a vacation

My Town: Need for life-saving blood donations doesn't take a vacation

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Many families are celebrating summer by taking a trip, but the need for life-saving blood donations does not take a vacation.

The American Red Cross says during the summer season, each of its blood drives falls short of meeting the needs of patients by approximately two donors.  Further complicating the issue is the short shelf life of red blood cells and platelets, which are no longer good after 42 days and five days respectively.

The American Red Cross is accepting much-needed donations during the following drives:

My Town Zeeland: Splash Pad opens to public

My Town Zeeland: Splash Pad opens to public

ZEELAND, Mich.— A cool new attraction is making a splash in Zeeland.

City leaders will celebrate the grand opening of the Zeeland Splash Pad Monday, July 28 by handing out free frozen treats to the first 1,000 guests.  The Splash Bash will also include live music by Cos & Cos on the site’s new stage and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. before city leaders turn on the water.

Zeeland Marketing Director Abby DeRoo says the concept for the splash pad began forming approximately three years ago.  Fundraising started last year and construction began in spring.

The site also features a fireplace and restrooms. The splash pad park will be open Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Labor Day.

My Town: Restaurant honored for dedication to new splash pad

My Town: Restaurant honored for dedication to new splash pad

ZEELAND, Mich.—A Zeeland restaurant is being honored for its dedication to bringing a splash pad to the city.

The West Coast Chamber recently presented The Farmhouse with its IMPACT Award for raising funds and awareness for the splash pad.  The Farmhouse raised more than $5,000 for the splash pad, with employees donating their time, tips and profits to the project.  Ageless Autos Inc., West Michigan Poured Walls, Gebben’s Concrete, The Soft Spot and Conan Excavating all matched The Farmhouse’s donation, bringing the total to $10,018.

The Zeeland Splash Pad will open to the public July 28. The celebration on Main and Elm streets will coincide with Zeelmania.

The IMPACT Award recognizes companies and organizations for an outstanding contribution to the community through the sacrifice of time, money, resources.

My Town Zeeland: City to unlock time capsule July 24

My Town Zeeland: City to unlock time capsule July 24

ZEELAND, Mich.—Mayor Kevin Klynstra will unlock pieces of Zeeland’s past Thursday, as the city marks a milestone for Timber Town.

When workers originally built the play area in Huizenga Park 20 years ago, they included a time capsule.  Thursday at noon, city leaders will open that time capsule.  The mayor will officiate the ceremony and the public is invited to attend.

My Town Holland: Vanderbilt Charter Academy celebrates new playground

My Town Holland: Vanderbilt Charter Academy celebrates new playground

HOLLAND, Mich.—Students of Vanderbilt Charter Academy will have a new place to play when they return to school this fall.

Tuesday evening, students, teachers, staff, board members and community supporters will cut the ribbon on a new playground at 301 West 16th Street.  The dedication ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to stay afterward to enjoy the new facility and meet live animals from the Critter Barn.

Vanderbilt Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

My Town Zeeland: Countdown on to splash pad opening next week

My Town Zeeland: Countdown on to splash pad opening next week

ZEELAND, Mich.— As the summer heat ramps up, the City of Zeeland is getting ready to celebrate a cool new attraction.

City leaders will celebrate the grand opening of the Zeeland Splash Pad Monday, July 28 by handing out free frozen treats to the first 1,000 guests.  The Splash Bash will also include live music by Cos & Cos on the site’s new stage and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. before city leaders turn on the water.

Zeeland Marketing Director Abby DeRoo says the concept for the splash pad began forming approximately three years ago.  Fundraising started last year, and construction began in spring.

The site also features a fireplace and restrooms. The splash pad park will be open Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Labor Day.