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2013 Pumpkinfest Parade applications now available

2013 Pumpkinfest Parade applications now available

 

Zeeland, Mich. -  Pumpkinfest is pleased to announce that applications for the 2013 Caring People Parade are now available online at

Local business among West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

Local business among West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

For the eighth consecutive year, a local business has made the list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

Progressive AE has been providing architectural and engineering services to clients for 50 years.  The company is located at 1811 4 Mile Rd. NE.

The rankings are based on confidential employee surveys as well as variety of areas including: diversity, work-life balance, compensation and benefits, recognition, rentention, communication, employee education and community initiatives.

 “We are proud to have once again been selected as one of the best and brightest companies to work for here in West Michigan,” said Bradley H. Thomas, P.E., Progressive AE’s president and CEO.

Hope College breaks ground on new art museum May 24

Hope College breaks ground on new art museum May 24

HOLLAND, Mich. – Hope College will break ground on a new museum Friday.

The Kruizenga Art Museum will house the college’s permanent art collection as well as visiting exhibits. It will complement the nearby De Pree Art Center, which will continue to be used by the college. 

The Kruizenga Art Museum is named after Dr. Richard Kruizenga and the late Margaret Kruizenga, who are lead donors to the project.  The museum will be designed by Hope College graduate Matt VanderBorgh.

The groundbreaking will take place May 24 at 2 p.m. at the museum’s future home on Columbia Avenue south of 11th Street.  Some of the first construction work will involve removing student housing and an adjacent parking lot and transforming 11th Street into a pedestrian walkway between Columbia and Lincoln avenues.  The $5 million project should be completed in 2015.

School is just starting for local MSP trooper recruits

School is just starting for local MSP trooper recruits

The school year is wrapping up for many people, but it’s just beginning for dozens prospective Michigan State Police troopers.

Sunday, May 12, 80 men and women from across the state began the 125th Trooper Recruit School.  For the next 21 weeks, MSP members and academy staff will train the recruits in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.  Recruits who successfully complete the training will graduate October 4.

Michigan State Police selected recruits from more than 3,000 potential candidates.

West Ottawa senior's artwork heading to Washingon D.C. display

West Ottawa senior's artwork heading to Washingon D.C. display

HOLLAND, Mich.— A West Ottawa High School student’s skills will soon be on display in Washington D.C.

Saturday, May 11, Congressman Bill Huizenga announced senior Kylee Panse won the 2013 Congressional Art Competition.  Her piece, “Vanity” will join the other winning artwork from across the nation in a display at the U.S. Capitol through next year.

Theresa Wierega of Fremont High School took second place for her work, “Fremont Lake.”  Jaydon Lindeman of Tri-Unity Christian High School placed third with his piece, entitled “American Eagle.”

Guided Kayak trips offered

Guided Kayak trips offered

Have you ever been kayaking? If not, here is an opportunity to take a lesson and enjoy the great outdoors.

Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Department invites paddlers of all skill levels to join naturalists from the department on the Pigeon River. Even though they started on May 8th, the 3.5 mile guided tour is still on the schedule for May 18th, 21st and June 4th.  The trip begins at 12:30pm and takes about 4 hours with each trip a basic kayaking lesson, and kayak, paddle and life jacket are all included for $35.00. Anyone having their own kayak can join in for a fee of $15.00.

Registration is required by calling 616-786-4847. All trips begin at Hemlock Crossing at 8115 West Olive Rd in West Olive and ends at Sheldon Landing.

Hope College graduates honor English professor

Hope College graduates honor English professor

HOLLAND, Mich. – Dr. Peter Schakel of the Hope College English faculty has been presented the 49th “Hope Outstanding Professor Educator” (H.O.P.E.) Award by the graduating Class of 2013.

The H.O.P.E. award, first given in 1965, is presented by the graduating class to the professor who they feel epitomizes the best qualities of the Hope College educator. Schakel was named the recipient during the college’s commencement ceremony, held at the Ray and Sue Smith Stadium on Sunday, May 5.

It wasn’t the first time that Schakel, invited to the stage to accept the award, had stood in front of the gathered class. He had delivered the opening convocation address, “A Boy Called Eustace and a Hope Education,” when the members of the Class of 2013 were previously together as a group, as newly-minted freshmen in August of 2009.