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Holland man makes record-setting catch on Muskegon Lake

Holland man makes record-setting catch on Muskegon Lake

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A Holland man has reeled in a Michigan record, with the help of a spoon.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Aaron Slagh caught a record-setting white perch from Muskegon Lake in Muskegon County.  The fish weighed 1.93 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.  Slagh was ice fishing with a spoon when he landed the record fish, which was verified by a biologist from the Muskegon field office.

“It was just another normal day on the ice for me, as I get out as much as I can,” said Slagh. “We were actually targeting yellow perch and I thought I had a walleye. When we pulled it up we thought ‘Holy cow – that’s a big white perch!’”

Michigan’s previous white perch record was set on July 13, 2002 by Kyle Ryan on Lake Huron.  His fish weighed 1.88 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.

Slagh’s fish is the second state record-breaker caught this month.

Hope College Concerto and Aria Concert Rescheduled to Jan. 28

Hope College Concerto and Aria Concert Rescheduled to Jan. 28

HOLLAND – Hope College has rescheduled its annual Concerto and Aria Concert featuring student soloists performing with the college’s orchestra to Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The event was originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

The concert will feature seven students who were selected through a competition held this past October.  The students and selections they will be performing with the orchestra are:

Rebecca Flinker, a soprano and junior from Leeds, Mass., singing “Art is Calling for Me (I Want to be a Prima Donna)” from the opera “The Enchantress,” by Victor Herbert;

Eve Panning, a violinist and junior from Holland, performing the first movement from the “Violin Concerto in D minor,” by Jean Sibelius;

Tom Renner to receive "Hope for Humanity Award" from Hope College on Feb. 15

Tom Renner to receive "Hope for Humanity Award" from Hope College on Feb. 15

HOLLAND, Mich.– Tom Renner, who retired last month after serving at Hope College for 47 years, will receive the “Hope for Humanity Award” from the college’s alumni H-Club during halftime of the home Hope women's basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the DeVos Fieldhouse.

The presentation was originally scheduled to take place during the college's Winter Happening on Saturday, Jan. 25, but was postponed due to region-wide inclement weather.

The game on Saturday, Feb. 15, will begin at 3 p.m. and will feature the Flying Dutch playing Trine University.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for those under 18, and will be available at the door.

ASU president-elect to present MLK Civil Rights lecture

ASU president-elect to present MLK Civil Rights lecture

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, president-elect of Alabama State University, will present the address “The Heart of an Activist: Grow Local, Think Global” on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel as part of the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Lecture at Hope College.

The public is invited.  Admission is free. The presentation will address key issues regarding the use of scholar-activism in addressing major social and cultural issues.

Boyd will begin her tenure as Alabama State University’s 14th president, the first woman to hold the position, on February 1.  The first African-American to earn a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Yale University, she has most recently served as an engineer and executive assistant to the Applied Physics Laboratory chief of staff at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., where she worked for the past 33 years.

Hope students and faculty take honors in regional theatre festival

Hope students and faculty take honors in regional theatre festival

HOLLAND, Mich. – While most Hope College students were beginning their classes, 39 of their peers and three faculty members were busy participating in the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, held in Saginaw Jan. 7-12.

Students are nominated to participate in the festival based on work created during the previous calendar year.  In addition to being chosen to attend, multiple Hope students received further recognition during the event.

Hope theatre faculty member Michelle Bombe chairs the regional organization, which this year included 1,300 participants from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.  In addition, more than 50 guest artists participated from all over the United States and Canada.

Several students were nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship auditions based on their performance in a production at Hope during 2013, with two receiving semi-finalist or finalist recognition.

TEDx Haworth presenter brings message to MSU in Holland

TEDx Haworth presenter brings message to MSU in Holland

HOLLAND, Mich.—  A TEDx speaker will take his message of green chemistry to Holland Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Mike Werner recently spoke at TEDx Macatawa about the role of green chemistry in the circular economy.  You can watch his talk here. Werner will present “Green Chemistry and Sustainable Product Design” at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Werner is a chemist, engineer and sustainability strategist with Haworth.  He gave up the life of a pharmaceutical chemist to dedicate himself to eliminating toxic chemicals from consumer products instead of creating them. Werner has served as a sustainability advisor to the Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Building Sciences.

Troopers in training: 126th Recruit School begins

Troopers in training: 126th Recruit School begins

LANSING, Mich.— More than 100 prospective Michigan State troopers are officially in training.

The 126th Trooper Recruit School began Jan. 5.  For the next 20 weeks, 115 recruits will be trained in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.  Recruits are only allowed to leave the MS Training Academy from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.  Those who successfully complete the class will graduate May 30. 

The 126th Trooper Recruit School includes: