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Macatawa Water Festival is April 16th

Macatawa Water Festival is April 16th

From the City of Holland:

The Holland Area has been developed around the local watershed since its conception. We rely on the watershed for transportation, agriculture, industry and recreation. Despite how much you use this resource how much do you know about it?

On April 16th at Kollen Park from 9 A.M. to noon you will have a chance to learn all about the Macatawa watershed. Local organizations will be present to offer information on all aspects of how we interact with the watershed. Learn about what lives in the watershed, how humans are affecting it, how we use it in daily life and for the adventurous learn about recreational activities on the water.

Take a break from learning about the animals of the watershed to chat with the local fire department and get an up-close look at a fire truck.

Price updates in-district office hours

Price updates in-district office hours

State Rep. Amanda Price has updated her in-district office hours.

In Grand Haven, Price will host district hours on the third Friday of every month, starting on Friday, Feb. 18. These meetings will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Coffee Grounds, located at 41 Washington Ave. #180.

And in Holland, Price will host district hours on the third Monday of every month, beginning on Monday, Feb. 21. These will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. at Park Township Hall, located at 52 152nd Ave.

Visit www.repamandaprice.com for additional information.

Haveman sworn in for second term, receives committee assignments

Haveman sworn in for second term, receives committee assignments

News Release:

LANSING, Mich. - State Rep. Joe Haveman, R-Holland, was sworn into office at the Capitol today at noon, officially taking his place as a member of the 96th state legislature, representing Michigan's 90th House District.

This is Haveman's second term in the state House. His wife Kim joined him today at the ceremony. Following seat selection, the newly elected Speaker of the House gave a brief speech.

"The Speaker definitely set the tone for the year. His best line was 'long term gains with short term pains,'" Haveman said. "I think both sides are ready to buckle down and work together."

Committee assignments were also distributed today. Haveman was placed on the Energy and Technology Committee and will serve as vice chair of the Appropriations Committee. Within Appropriations, he will act as chair of the Corrections subcommittee.

"I am thrilled with my committee assignments.

Ottawa Area ISD Board of Education leaders honored in January



Holland, Mich.- Intermediate School District (OAISD) is joining 552 local and 57 intermediate school districts across the state to honor and thank the community volunteers who make up the OAISD Board of Education for their untiring dedication to public education.

“We proudly join educators and community members in saluting our own education advocates as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding and school facilities,” Karen McPhee, Superintendent of the OAISD, said. “Their service ensures that decisions about public schools are made by those most familiar with the needs of our community’s children and families.

Holland Historical Trust presents 'An Evening with Jeff Daniels'

Holland Historical Trust presents 'An Evening with Jeff Daniels'

From: http://www.hollandmuseum.org

The Holland Historical Trust is proud to announce a fundraiser concert with actor/musician/playwright Jeff Daniels, on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at 8:00 p.m.

ZPS - Gary Feenstra retiring at end of the school year

ZPS - Gary Feenstra retiring at end of the school year

From: http://www.zps.org

Gary Feenstra announced December 17 that he will retire this summer as superintendent of Zeeland Public Schools, capping 18 years of service to the district and an education career totalling 39 years.

"I can say with all honesty that this job has been the most wonderful work experience of my life," Feenstra said. The 60-year-old superintendent cited a desire to spend more time with his family. 

Carol Slagh, Board of Education president, said the Board accepts his request for retirement "with deep regret.

Tountas elected to lead Ottawa GOP

Tountas elected to lead Ottawa GOP

HOLLAND, Mich – When the second decade of the 21st century dawns January 1, the Ottawa County Republicans will sport a new leader for the pivotal 2012 Presidential election. Current Chairman Brad Slagh of Zeeland Township, who chose not to seek re-election, announced the party’s 44-member executive committee has elected Zeeland attorney Adam Tountas as its chair for the next two years.

“The contest for the chairperson position was particularly livelym," Slagh said. "That interest speaks to the values Republicans emphasized in the 2010 election campaign and that were thoroughly embraced throughout Michigan and much of the nation."

Tountas, 32, was elevated from the party’s executive committee to its chairman’s post.  With his wife and daughter, Tountas lives in Jenison (Georgetown Township).