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Local student in state spelling bee

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Macatawa Bay Middle School eighth-grader Kyle Maas will be competing with the best elementary school spellers in the state on Tuesday at the State Spelling Bee at Gerald R. Ford Museum Auditorium.

Maas won the Ottawa Area Regional Spelling Bee at Saugatuck Middle School in February by spelling “perculate” to earn the honor of representing the region in the March 13 state competition.

Kyle’s path to victory included spelling the following words correctly: emphasize, tentativeness, cholera, jambalaya, miso, talc, tortoni, eponym, participant, relevant, and strategy.

Thirty students competed for the regional spelling bee champion title, including Kyle’s fifth-grade brother, Derek, who represented West Ottawa Public Schools’ Lakeshore Elementary and finished in a three-way tie for fourth place.

The winner of the state bee goes to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. at the end of May.

Local Sculptor, Tj Aitken, presents IMPACT at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

Local Sculptor, Tj Aitken, presents IMPACT at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

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Holland, MI. - The show, titled IMPACT, features pieces that are part of a progression of works and studies done towards large scale installations. TjAitken’s works will be on display from March 1 – 26 at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Aitken, who has been a featured artist at the Grand Rapids ArtPrize Competition in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and is the author of a series of books called “Big Sculpture for Little,” will be showing older works and newer works as part of the progression. The new works are reliefs that have been designed to push the innovative methods utilizing the light weight concrete process for large sculptural installations.

Ottawa County Presidential Primary Election Results

Ottawa County Presidential Primary Election Results

The Presidential Primary Election was held throughout Michigan on Tuesday. In Ottawa County, the majority of voters supported Rick Santorum.

The top three candidates were Rick Santorum with 21,090 votes, Mitt Romney with 15,352 votes and Ron Paul with 3,671 votes.

Voter turnout for the election was almost 25%.

Full election results can be seen by clicking here.

West Ottawa High School Jazz Band places second at CMU music competition

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - West Ottawa High School's top jazz band made history this weekend in a music competition.

The band, comprised of students chosen through auditions, took second place in Class AA at Central Michigan University's recent Jazz Weekend. That's the highest placement that band has ever received. The jazz band placed third in each of the two previous years.

"The students have made great strides in the last few years and they put on an impressive performance (at CMU this year)," said director Michael Hamann.

The Jazz I Saxophone Section also received second place for Outstanding Section in Class AA, marking the third section award received by Jazz I students in the past four years.

Tiger Studio, Burning Bright

Tiger Studio, Burning Bright

By Victoria Mullen

To feed the ambition in your heart is like carrying a tiger under your arm. -- Chinese Proverb

Luciano Hernandez is keen to make the world a better place through design. Founded in 2001, his Zeeland-based industrial design firm, Tiger Studio, is a testament to that zeal.

“We’re passionate about design,” says Hernandez. “Our company is about inventing new things and making our clients successful in the products we design -- we’re about creating jobs and creating new markets.”

Hernandez and his team of 15 employees design their hearts out at the Zeeland office and rotate manning their new Grand Rapids satellite office on 38 Commerce Ave. SW, which opened in December.

Huizenga to Host Town Hall TUESDAY in Holland

Huizenga to Host Town Hall TUESDAY in Holland

Holland, MI - U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, MI-02, will host an in-person town hall this Tuesday, February 21, at 5 p.m. to hear from constituents on current events in the district or D.C., including what’s on the agenda for the year ahead in Congress, continued efforts to cut spending and promote job creation, the deficit and debt’s impact on the economy, his recent visit to thank the troops from Michigan in Afghanistan, as well as any other federal issues constituents would like to discuss.

“I look forward to a lively discussion on the important issues facing us this year in Michigan and Washington, D.C., and hope to see a number of constituents Tuesday evening,” Huizenga said. “If you can’t make this event, I welcome questions and comments at any time by phone or e-mail. Learn more at huizenga.house.gov/contact.”

Ann Romney to be special guest at Ottawa County Republican luncheon

Ann Romney to be special guest at Ottawa County Republican luncheon

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The Michigan native who returns home in eight days to be the special guest at a February 21 Ottawa County Republican luncheon has a string of personal accomplishments in addition to being a former Massachusetts First Lady and the wife of GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

As First Lady of Massachusetts, she worked to focus attention on the challenges facing at-risk youth and continues to be engaged in that effort.

Mrs. Romney is a strong believer that faith-based and community organizations can reach some members of our community better than government can and served as the Governor’s Liaison to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community initiatives.  She has been involved with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Right to Play, formerly Olympic Aid.