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OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town Holland: Hope College student headed to Broadway

My Town Holland: Hope College student headed to Broadway

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HOLLAND, Mich. (Hope College) – Hope Summer Repertory Theatre recent alumna Grace Stockdale has signed on to perform with Broadway’s touring production of “Kinky Boots,” beginning in September.

Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, another HSRT alum, the original production of “Kinky Boots” was a wild success when it debuted on Broadway in 2013, and went on to win five Tony awards, including best musical, best actor and best choreography.  Stockdale has been cast as Nicola in its touring production, which will open on September 4 in Las Vegas before embarking on its year-long national circuit.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town Holland: Two recent Hope College grads Named Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellows

My Town Holland: Two recent Hope College grads Named Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellows

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Two members of Hope College’s graduating class of 2014 have been named 2014 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellows.

Alexandra Benson of Alpena and Grace Blank of Three Rivers are among 43 teacher candidates introduced at the Michigan State Capitol by Governor Rick Snyder on Wednesday, June 11.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship recruits accomplished career changers and outstanding recent college graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (the STEM fields). The 2014 Fellows are the fourth class of new teacher candidates to be prepared through the program since the fellowship was launched in Michigan in 2010.

My Town Holland: Hope College seniors and graduates receive Fulbright Awards

My Town Holland: Hope College seniors and graduates receive Fulbright Awards

HOLLAND, Mich. – Three graduating Hope College seniors or recent graduates have received highly competitive awards through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Graduating seniors Susan Haigh of Carmel, Ind., and Steven Skawski of Elmhurst, Ill., have each received awards to teach abroad during the coming year.  Gretchen Baldwin, a 2012 graduate originally from Portage, has received an award to conduct research abroad during 2014-15.

Several Hope students or recent graduates have received the awards through the years, including four last year and a total of 22 since 2008.  In October of this past year, Hope was recognized by the program as a “U.S. Student Top Producer,” and was first in Michigan among bachelor’s institutions, for the number of students to receive Fulbright awards for 2013-14.

Summer Ballroom Dancing

Summer Ballroom Dancing

The Commons of Evergreen in Holland, MI. is having a Summer Ballroom Dance on Saturday, June 14th from 7 - 10pm. They are suggesting casual dress but NO JEANS and are asking that you bring along an appetizer to share.  Music by D J Roy Overly

Reservations and payment must be made by Thursday, June 12th.  Evergreen Commons is located at 480 State St. in Holland, MI 49423. Phone number: 616-396-7100. FAX: 616-396-9736

 

 

 

Summer Ballroom Dancing

Summer Ballroom Dancing

The Commons of Evergreen in Holland, MI. is having a Summer Ballroom Dance on Saturday, June 14th from 7 - 10pm. They are suggesting casual dress but NO JEANS and are asking that you bring along an appetizer to share.  Music by D J Roy Overly

Reservations and payment must be made by Thursday, June 12th.  Evergreen Commons is located at 480 State St. in Holland, MI 49423. Phone number: 616-396-7100. FAX: 616-396-9736 Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members.