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Holland In Bloom announces July winner

Holland In Bloom announces July winner

July 1, 2011. Holland, Michigan. Holland in Bloom's first place Bloominʼ Beautiful Best Front Yard Contest winner for July is Ed and Ruth Slenk' s stunning annual garden. Located at 162 W. 34th Street, many of the annuals in this award-winning garden start from seed in Ed Slenk's backyard "hobby" greenhouse. This hobby produces a yard spilling over with lively red geraniums, colorful begonias, sun loving petunias and snow-white alyssum. Red and pink begonias line the driveway and larger yellow, orange and peach begonias surround an ornamental tree. Day lilies, pachysandra and other perennials play a supporting role in this beautiful garden.

Zipments: A Simple and Elegant Courier Concept

Zipments: A Simple and Elegant Courier Concept

By Stephanie Doublestein

Garrick Pohl is so busy he forgot to eat breakfast. The 38-year-old Holland resident is a father of four and a tech entrepreneur who is six weeks into launching Zipments, an innovative, hyper-local delivery system in West Michigan. Wearing a T-shirt with the Zipments logo and a pair of jeans, Pohl sits in The Sparrows coffee shop on a Wednesday morning in June, eats an M&M cookie as a substitute for that forgotten breakfast and happily explains how his start-up is turning the standard delivery model on its head.

"Basically, Zipments connects any business or individual that needs to move something across town with a community of local couriers that can do those jobs," explains Pohl.  

Hope College Trackster John Donkersloot Honored for Academics

Recent Hope College graduate John Donkersloot of Zeeland (Zeeland East HS) has been awarded the highest honors that can be presented to a scholar-athlete. The three-time All-American high jumper has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and for the second consecutive year named a Capital One first team Academic All-American.

The Phi Beta Kappa biochemistry/molecular biology major maintained a 3.90 grade point average. He also carried a philosophy minor and is an accomplished pianist. He was named the outstanding senior student-athlete in the Hope Class of 2011. He finished third in the high jump at the NCAA Division III championships as a sophomore and junior and was fourth this past spring.

"John is a very personable individual with exceptional talent and leadership qualities, and a commitment to contribute in a positive way to his campus and community," said Dr. Lynne Hendrix, Hope NCAA faculty athletic representative.

Holland In Bloom Bloomin’ Beautiful Best Front Yard Contest Announces First Winner!

Holland In Bloom Bloomin’ Beautiful Best Front Yard Contest Announces First Winner!

June 14, 2011. Holland, Michigan. Congratulations to Lois and Charles Hunt, winners of the Holland In Bloom Bloomin’ Beautiful Best Front Yard Contest for June. Located at 619 Myrtle Avenue, an abundance of perennials are the highlight of this garden for all seasons. Tall evergreens provide year round color and sometimes hide perennial beds that are ready to burst into summer blooms. White iris with purple fringe, budding peonies about to unfurl into deep pink blossoms will soon replace spring bulbs and flowering shrubs. Later Michigan holly will add fall color with deep bronze foliage.

David S. Fry, Cottage Law Expert, To Speak

David S. Fry, Cottage Law Expert, To Speak

David S. Fry, a leading expert in the subject of cottage succession planning or Cottage Law  will be speaking at the Castle Park Association in Holland, Michigan on May 28 at 9 am.

This informative presentation covers a wide range of legal and family topics inherent is sharing and passing along the family cottage to future generations.

David is the founder of the Cottage Law Center which opened in Rockford Michigan in late 2010.  He is also co-author of the book, Saving The Family Cottage, one of the most comprehensive publications on this special area of law.

Public reception for Gary Feenstra is May 24

Public reception for Gary Feenstra is May 24

From: http://www.zps.org

A public reception honoring Superintendent Gary L. Feenstra's 18 years of service to Zeeland Public Schools is set for Tuesday, May 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Zeeland West High School cafeteria. Refreshments will be served. The event provides an opportunity for parents, students and citizens to meet with Gary prior to his retirement.

"I can say with all honesty that this job has been the most wonderful work experience of my life," Feenstra said when announcing his retirement last December.  

Feenstra, 60, was hired as superintendent in August, 1993, from a field of 45 candidates.  He came to the job with 18 years experience as principal for Holland Public Schools at the elementary, junior high and high school levels. He also taught for one year in Holland and two years in Indiana.  

Great Lakes Elementary honored with International Baccalaureate authorization

Great Lakes Elementary honored with International Baccalaureate authorization

News Release:

Great Lakes Elementary celebrated a first for the West Ottawa School District, becoming the first elementary school authorized to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.

With Principal David Stefanich and staff and students looking on, students cut the ribbon to signify Great Lakes receiving the honor in remarkable fashion.

Following a February two-day visit by a two-person evaluating team, the school was notified it had been authorized effective immediately without any recommendations for change, a rarity for an IB school.

“When I went through training, we were told the authorization visit was pretty grueling and they were pretty blunt about what your shortcomings were,” Principal David Stefanich said.