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New Health Department office too small for drug disposal

New Health Department office too small for drug disposal

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Grand Haven residents looking for a place to safely dispose of unwanted medication will have to travel a little farther.

Because of space limitations at its new office on South Beechtree Street in Grand Haven, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health no longer offers medication disposal services at that office.  Residents are encouraged to visit any of the alternative locations in Holland, Hudsonville, Zeeland, West Olive, Grand Haven Township, Coopersville, Allendale and Georgetown Township.  For exact locations, visit the Ottawa County Health Department website here.

According to the Partnership at Drugfree.org, each year, more than 71,000 children in the U.S. are taken to emergency rooms for accidental overdoses of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Zeeland looks to spring with community garden plots

Zeeland looks to spring with community garden plots

ZEELAND, Mich.—If you live in Zeeland, it’s time to think about spring.

The city is looking for resident greenthumbs interested in renting a community garden plot for the upcoming season.  Each plot measures 8’ x 8’ and is located at Huizenga Park.  Rental is $35 per plot with the possibility of a $20 rebate at the end of the garden season.

For more information, contact the City Services & Infrastructure Department at (616) 772-0870.

My Town Holland: Hope College students to participate in dance marathon March 7-8

My Town Holland: Hope College students to participate in dance marathon March 7-8

HOLLAND, Mich. – For the 15th consecutive year, hundreds of Hope College students are putting their time and talents into the campus-wide Dance Marathon fundraiser, “Giving Hope to Kids”.

Organized by Hope students, the 24-hour event is conducted on behalf of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids, both to raise funds and to build awareness of the hospital’s work. It will be held at the college’s Dow Center, with the main portion of the marathon beginning with a kickoff celebration on Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m.

Good Samaritan Ministries and Keller Williams team up to bring people closer to home

Good Samaritan Ministries and Keller Williams team up to bring people closer to home

 

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Good Samaritan Ministries and Keller Williams Realty Lakeshore are proud to announce the Closer to Home fundraising project. 

This initiative is designed to raise funds and awareness for those seeking sustainable, long-term housing solutions. Good Samaritan Ministries receives 300-400 calls per month from people facing a housing crisis. 

"The Closer to Home project will help people in crisis overcome barriers and put them in a better position for homeownership," says  Linda Jacobs, Good Samaritan Ministries' executive director.

Hundreds of people set to volunteer in Holland's SOUPer Bowl

Hundreds of people set to volunteer in Holland's SOUPer Bowl

HOLLAND, Mich.-- On Sunday, Feb. 2, Kids Against Hunger – Grand Rapids will team up with more than 400 members of Providence Church in Holland to package 20,000 meals for hungry children and their families.

The event will take place at the Holland Civic Center located at 150 W. 8th Street.  It's been made possible through fundraising by Providence Church.

During the food packaging, volunteers will also participate in a “Walk for Warmth” through the community,  to raise money for the Salvation Army. 

With 26 community-based events last year, Kids Against Hunger is a productive contributor in the fight  to end world hunger. In 2013, alone, the organization helped feed more than 1,380,000 starving children.

New smart phone app connects parents to child's school

New smart phone app connects parents to child's school

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—National Heritage Academies is offering a new smart phone app to connect parents to their child’s school work.

The app provides instant access to student grades, school news and meal balance accounts.  Parents can also contact their child’s teacher or search the school’s online carpooling database.  

“We are proud to offer this technology to our parents,” said Ridge Park Charter Academy Principal Emory Wykoff. “The app allows them to find information located on the school website, but eliminates the need to have an Internet connection.”

NHA operates 14 schools in West Michigan, including:  

Snow aplenty for Zeeland 'Wintervention'

Snow aplenty for Zeeland 'Wintervention'

ZEELAND, Mich.— They wanted snow, and they got it.

The flakes were in abundance on Saturday, Jan. 25 for Zeeland’s fourth annual Wintervention.  The event was previously cancelled in 2012 and 2013 because of a lack of snow.  This year, only high winds and frigid temperatures led to a few minor changes.

Approximately 50 people came out to join in the festivities and take part in the four-city snowman building competition.  The team of volunteers used plastic trash cans and buckets as molds for their four-foot snowmen.  In all, Zeeland participants built 156 snowmen in two hours, earning the city second place.  Three Rivers took the top spot, creating 421 snowmen on Saturday.  Saline came in third with 123 snowmen, followed by St.