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My Town Holland: Voters approve school funding proposals in two districts

My Town Holland: Voters approve school funding proposals in two districts

HOLLAND, Mich.—  Two school districts in Holland will get the funding they're asking for.

Tuesday night, voters overwhelmingly approved renewing Holland Public Schools'  operating millage for three years, by a 1,624-to-242 vote. The property tax will remain at 18 mills, generating approximately $8 million for the district in its first year, ensuring the district receives its per pupil foundation allowance.

West Ottawa Public Schools will also keep its operating millage at 18 mills this year.  Voters approved the proposed renewal by a 3,800-to-926 vote.  The district's $90 million bond proposal passed by a slightly smaller margin, 3,183 votes to 1,546 votes.   The bond will help cover the cost of school building upgrades, purchasing school buses, adding a new transportation facility and adding and developing playgrounds, athletic fields and facilities. 

My Town Holland: School funding proposals in two districts up for vote May 6

My Town Holland: School funding proposals in two districts up for vote May 6

HOLLAND, Mich.—  Voters will decide the future of two school districts in Holland when they head to the polls Tuesday, May 6.

Holland Public Schools is asking voters within the district to renew its operating millage for three years.  The property tax would remain at 18 mills, generating approximately $8 million for the district in its first year, ensuring the district receives its per pupil foundation allowance.

West Ottawa Public Schools is asking voters to approve a nearly $90 million bond proposal that would help cover the cost of school building upgrades, purchasing school buses, adding a new transportation facility and adding and developing playgrounds, athletic fields and facilities. The district is also asking voters to approve renewing its current operating millage of 18 mills for the year.

My Town Zeeland: Pumpkinfest introduces new Avenue Art program

My Town Zeeland: Pumpkinfest introduces new Avenue Art program

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ZEELAND, Mich.--  Pumpkinfest will be celebrating its 30-year anniversary this October 2, 3 and 4.

What started out as a unique way to get people into downtown Zeeland has turned into an annual tradition, where family, friends and guests come together and enjoy a celebration of fall activities, fun events and great food!

My Town: Guiding Light Mission to celebrate thrift store reopening

My Town: Guiding Light Mission to celebrate thrift store reopening

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Spring cleaning time is here and Guiding Light Mission needs your old items to help fill the shelves of its upscale thrift store.

Donations can be dropped off at the Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store, where donors can receive a tax deductible receipt for their contributions. The store is located at 1435 60th Street SE in Kentwood.

Guiding Light will celebrate the store’s grand reopening and a new partnership with Holland Rescue Mission on Thursday, June 17. The celebration will start at 12 p.m. at the store and appetizers and refreshments will be available.

Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store carries a variety of items for all ages, including dishes, hardware, sporting goods and jewelry, as well as new furniture and mattresses, which come with free delivery.

For information about how to volunteer for Guiding Light Mission, contact Marcia at (616) 451-0236 ext. 14.

My Town: Grand Rapids Ballet offers spring break solution for kids

My Town: Grand Rapids Ballet offers spring break solution for kids

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Grand Rapids Ballet has come up with a kid-friendly solution to spring break boredom.

Next week, when many schools will be dismissed for spring break, the Grand Rapids Ballet will present “Spring Break for Kids: A Different Tune”.   The family-friendly ballet will be April 8, 8 and 10 at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre off Ellsworth SW. The 30-minute performance is based on the popular School Zone book, “A Different Tune”, which teaches children that being different is just another way of being special.  The performance features music composed by Holland native singer-songwriter Brian Vander Ark of the Verve Pipe.

Performances are at 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. with activities beginning a half hour earlier in the lobby. Pre-show activities include a beginner trial ballet class with a GRBS faculty member.

My Town: Food distribution March 28 for families in need

My Town: Food distribution March 28 for families in need

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Low income families in Ottawa County will get some help filling their shelves this Friday, March 28, as four churches and organizations host food distribution events.

The distribution event is being coordinated by the Ottawa County Community Action Agency.  Apricot halves, beef stew, frozen blueberries, corn, rice cereal, shelf-stable milk, rolled oats, potato flakes, rice crisp cereal, whole grain rotini and tomato juice will be available to families in need.  Distribution times and locations are as follows:

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: V.F.W. Post 5598, 511 North 68th Ave., Coopersville
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 920 Fulton, Grand Haven
  • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Community Action House, 345 West 14th Street, Holland
  • 1 p.m.

My Town Holland: TEDx speaker to share story of survival

My Town Holland: TEDx speaker to share story of survival

HOLLAND, Mich.—A TEDx speaker who is a survivor of domestic violence is coming to Holland to  support women other domestic violence victims.

Leslie Morgan Steiner will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Reach for the Stars spring benefit.  Proceeds from the event will go to the Center for Women in Transition, which provides support programs to more than 3,000 women, men and children in Ottawa and Allegan counties, who are victims of domestic and sexual violence. Last year, the benefit raised more than $85,000 for the Center.