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Tulip Time Festival Parade Grand Marshals Announced

Tulip Time Festival Parade Grand Marshals Announced

The Tulip Time Festival is pleased to announce the 2011 Grand Marshals.
Volksparade, Wednesday, May 11, Grand Marshal: Glenn Van Wieren

Glenn Van Wieren, 68, coached the Hope College basketball program for 33 seasons, averaging 20 victories per season over that 33 year stretch for a career record of 660-219. Under Van Wieren, Hope College's basketball program became one of the most highly respected college programs across all of NCAA Division III.

Carlson appointed to Commission on Disability Concerns

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan President and CEO Richard J. Carlson was appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Synder to serve on the Commission on Disability Concerns on April 14.

The commission advocates on behalf of persons with disabilities through information and technical assistance, disability rights training, and by promoting disability awareness.

Carlson, of Muskegon, has over 30 years of experience with Goodwill Industries of West Michigan and has served the last 19 years as president and CEO. He replaces Dana Parker.

Along with Carlson, Disability Network of Mid-Michigan Executive Director Sara Grivetti of Midland was also appointed.

“These individuals will serve as strong advocates for our citizens with disabilities,” Synder said.

Taylor Lautner Gears Up For New Movie in September

Taylor Lautner Gears Up For New Movie in September

For Hudsonville native, Taylor Lautner, it's finally time to step out of the "Twilight" shadow. Lautner's first post-"Twilight" movie, the thriller, "Abduction," could be the movie to turn him into a bonafide action star.

In an interview with MTV, Lautner said he was a bit star struck by the cast that includes Sigourney Weaver. "When I found out that they were going to be in the movie I was ecstatic, but on the same hand, I mean, I was freaking out. I was," Lautner said with a laugh. "But as soon as you meet them, no joke, they are literally the nicest people I've ever met. They put you at complete ease, and it was an honor working with them."

"Abuction" opens nationwide on September 23rd, just two months before his return as Jacob Black in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1."

American Academy of Audiology Honors Hope College Professor

HOLLAND - Dr. David Myers of the Hope College psychology faculty has received national recognition from the American Academy of Audiology for his efforts to transform the way that America provides listening assistance to people with hearing loss.

Myers received the academy's President's Award for 2011 on Saturday, April 9, for launching the effort to "loop America," spearheading new hearing-loop technology which broadcasts public-address systems, television and telephone sounds directly to hearing aids, doubling their functionality.


Join the National Marrow Donor Program Registry

Join the National Marrow Donor Program Registry

Al Rotman has been married to his high school sweetheart, Jeanne (Nyeholt) for 39 years.  The Rotmans are members of Hillcrest CRC in Hudsonville.  Al has worked for Steelcase for 30 years; he is a Specialist Machine Tech in the Model Shop.  Together, Al & Jeanne enjoy going to Lake Michigan and watching the sunset while walking along the beach.  They love spending time with their 3 married children and 7 grandchildren.  It was 2 days before Christmas 2010 and just a few days before the  birth of their 7thgrandchild that Al was diagnosed with AML (acute Myeloid Leukemia).

Patients diagnosed with leukemia, lymphomas, other blood cancers, and immune system disorders will often require a marrow transplant.  Unfortunately, only 30% of patients in need of a marrow transplant will find a matched donor in their family.  The other 70% turn to the National Marrow Donor Program Registry to search for an unrelated donor.  Righ

Author Lois Roelofs to Reflect on Her Life as a Nurse

News Release:

HOLLAND – Dr. Lois Roelofs, author of “Caring Lessons: A Nursing Professor’s Journey of Faith and Self,” will speak at Hope College on Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in room 1000 of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Roelofs is a graduate of the Blodgett Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Grand Rapids and retired from the faculty of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill.  She will present the address “Writing a Nurse’s Life-Why?”

Refreshments will be available during a book-signing from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Local band members honored

Local band members honored

News Release:

West Ottawa senior percussionist Tyler Bonkowski was selected to perform in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Honor Band for the second year in a row while the school’s percussion ensemble was chosen as a finalist for the MYAF’s Outstanding Percussion Ensemble for the sixth straight year.

 Bonkowski earned the honor by having one of the top five scores in Michigan on his percussion solo at State Solo and Ensemble Festival. He will be featured with the MYAF Honor Band on a concert May 14 at Western Michigan University’s Miller Auditorium. The Honor Band will be under the direction of Central Michigan University Director of Bands John Williamson.

The West Ottawa ensemble was selected by their State Solo and Ensemble judge to be a finalist for the recognition.