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August Winners for Holland In Bloom Bloomin’ Beautiful Best Front Yard Contest Announced!

August Winners for Holland In Bloom Bloomin’ Beautiful Best Front Yard Contest Announced!
August 2, 2011. Holland, Michigan.  Holland in Bloom (HIB) congratulates Bloomin’ Beautiful Best Front Yard Contest first place winner Sara Leeland (photo attached). Her award-winning garden is located at 836 Bertsch on the site of an old apple orchard. Sara's gardening legacy comes from her maternal grandmother who had a market garden for summer visitors in Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula. Inspired by her grandmother, who encouraged flowers, fruits and vegetables to mingle in her flower beds, Sara has created perennial garden beds that delight her visitors with a wide variety of blooms, colorful foliage and year round color. Sara describes her garden as a community garden, where her sister's sedum from her Ann Arbor garden and her realtor's gifts of lily of the valley and rhododendron provide a show of spring color. Neighbors have helped her plant shrubs and admire her golden cypress through the winter.

Legislative Luncheon with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

Legislative Luncheon with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

From: http://www.hollandchamber.org/

The Holland Area Chamber of Commerce and Zeeland Chamber of Commerce are delighted to invite you to a Legislative Luncheon with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.  This event will take place on Tuesday, August 9 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center.

During this luncheon, you will have the opportunity to hear an update on the current issues in Washington D.C., engage in discussion with Senator Stabenow, and network with other politically active citizens.  A question and answer session will directly follow the Senator's presentation.

Debbie Stabenow was elected to the United States Senate in 2000.  She is currently Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a member of the Senate Energy, Finance, and Budget Committees.

Letters Share the Life and Mind of Holland’s Founder

Letters Share the Life and Mind of Holland’s Founder

 HOLLAND – With the bicentennial of the birth of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte only a few months away, a new book provides insights into the life and mind of Holland’s founder from a new source:  the man himself.

Published earlier this month, “Envisioning Hope College: Letters Written by Albertus C. Van Raalte to Philip Phelps, Jr., 1857-1875” features correspondence as the two men worked together on behalf of education in the Holland colony, efforts that led to the founding of both Hope and Western Theological Seminary in the 1860s.  While the volume isn’t a biography per se, its editor, Dr. Elton Bruins (pictured), feels that the collection of 94 letters provides perspective on Van Raalte unavailable in previous works about the respected religious leader.

HSRT Continues Season with the Heartwarming Story, I Remember Mama

HSRT Continues Season with the Heartwarming Story, I Remember Mama

HOLLAND - Opening on July 22nd at 8:00 p.m. in the DeWitt Main Theatre is I Remember Mama by John Van Druten headlining two HSRT veterans, Susan Ericksen and Chip DuFord.  

One of the best-loved stories ever told of immigrants in America, this timeless play, based on the book Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes, became not only a hit play, but a successful radio and TV show and movie.  The oldest daughter, in this family of tight-knit Norwegian immigrants in San Francisco at the turn of the century takes us through her memories of their struggles with family conflict, loyalty, crisis and financial problems, but most of all her memories of Mama.         

Hope Board of Trustees Elects New Chair and New Members

Hope Board of Trustees Elects New Chair and New Members

HOLLAND – Mary V. Bauman of Grand Rapids has been elected chairperson of the Hope College Board of Trustees, which has also elected several new members.

She succeeds Joel V. Bouwens, who has concluded the two four-year terms chairs may serve but will continue to be a member of the board.
Her tenure began on July 1.

Hope President Dr. James E. Bultman praised both leaders for the high quality of their service to the college.

“Joel Bouwens has been an exceptional chair of the Hope College Board of Trustees for these past eight years,” Bultman said.  “His leadership, wise counsel, and generous time commitment have together been an inspiration to me personally and to so many others.  Joel’s commitment to the mission of the college and his passion for Hope to be the best it can be in every facet of its operation are exemplary.”

Children’s Performance Troupe Season Underway

Children’s Performance Troupe Season Underway

News Release:

HOLLAND - Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's Children's Performance Troupe began its season June 22nd with How I Became a Pirate based on the children's picture book by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon.  Music and lyrics are by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman.  "When Braid Beard's pirate crew invites Jeremy Jacob to join their voyage, he jumps right on board. Buried treasure, sea chanteys, pirate talk—who wouldn't go along? Soon Jeremy Jacob knows all about being a pirate. He throws his food across the table and his manners to the wind. He hollers like thunder and laughs off bedtime. It's the heave-ho, blow-the-man-down, very best time of his life. Until he finds out what pirates don't do—no reading bedtime stories, no tucking kids in. . . .

Holland Resident is One of 150 Invited to Attend NASA Tweetup for Last Space Shuttle Launch, July 7

Holland Resident is One of 150 Invited to Attend NASA Tweetup for Last Space Shuttle Launch, July 7

News Release:

Holland, Michigan - NASA will bring together 150 Twitter followers to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a two-day Tweetup, July 7 - 8, 2011, for the final launch of Atlantis before the space shuttle program is retired. Holland resident David Bos has been selected as one of 150 @NASA Twitter followers to attend and Tweet the event. Atlantis is targeted to launch on July 8 at 11:26 a.m. EDT on mission STS-135 to the International Space Station.

As a NASA Tweetup attendee, Bos and the other 149 Twitterers will interact with NASA shuttle technicians, engineers, astronauts, managers and NASA’s social media team as well as tour Kennedy Space Center and view the shuttle launch from the media area.