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My Town Zeeland: Memorial for record-setting pig June 25

My Town Zeeland: Memorial for record-setting pig June 25

ZEELAND, Mich.—  Community members are invited to celebrate the life of a record-setting resident of Zeeland this Wednesday.

Mister Chops died peacefully June 1 at his longtime home at the Critter Barn.  The beloved pot-bellied pig lived 21 years and 348 days, making him the oldest pig in history. 

Mister Chops spent his whole life at the Critter Barn, greeting a half-million visitors.  His owner credits Mister Chops’ long life on a proper diet and care from hundreds of Critter Crew members.

My Town: 'Club Animalia' at Hope College receives national service award

My Town: 'Club Animalia' at Hope College receives national service award

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Club Animalia student organization at Hope College has received the national “Outstanding Community Service Award” from the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (APVMA) for the second consecutive year.

The award was presented during the association’s 2014 Annual Symposium, held on Friday-Sunday, March 21-23, at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

The APVMA consists of nearly 100 institutions from around North America, only four of which are liberal arts colleges.  Approximately 400 students from more than 60 colleges and universities attended the symposium.

My Town Holland: Harbor Humane Society seeks roof donations

My Town Holland: Harbor Humane Society seeks roof donations

HOLLAND, Mich.—The extremely rough winter has taken a toll on Harbor Humane Society.

The nonprofit is now asking for donations to help replace its roof, which was damaged by massive ice dams, leaks and water damage.

“Our roof was already in need of dire repair due to age, the unprecedented snowfalls this season has accelerated the demise of our roof. We were not planning on this unexpected expense now, but we have 200 to 300 furry little faces on any given day who we’re charged with keeping warm and dry and safe,” says Operations Director Jeff Stiegman.

Harbor Humane Society’s goal is to raise $50,000 to replace the roof and repair other resulting damages. If you’d like to help, tax-deductible donations can be made online through the Harbor Humane Society website or by sending a check to:

 Harbor Humane Society

14345 Bagley

 West Olive, 49460

Animal shelter remains in the dark after storm

WEST OLIVE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Power still has not been restored to many areas of West Michigan after last weekend's storm. One of those areas is West Olive, where an animal shelter is struggling in the dark.

Harbor Humane Society has been powerless since Sunday, putting the lives of more than 300 animals in danger.

"We're going into our third day of no power," said Jeff Stiegman who is the Harbor Humane operations director. Right now, Consumers Energy is still telling us Friday and that's another three days off for us; we're not quite sure how we're going to make it that far."

Harbor Humane employees and volunteers are forced to work inside their facility along U.S. 31 wearing winter clothing because the heat isn't working.

Zeeland celebrates 29th annual Pumpkinfest

Zeeland celebrates 29th annual Pumpkinfest

 

 


ZEELAND, Mich.- Pack your bags and join the fun as Zeeland's Pumpkinfest "Hits the Road" October 3 through 5 in downtown Zeeland.

Enjoy Zeeland's largest festival as it takes you on a tour of some of America's favorite road trip attractions. There will be events and activities for all ages, decorations, games and contests, special food and treats.

This is the 29th year for Pumpkinfest in Zeeland. The festival kicks off this Thursday, October 3 with the Pumpkin Bake Off at Royal Atrium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Kids Pedal Power Tractor Pull begins at 4 p.m.

Dog census moves to Grand Haven and Zeeland townships

Dog census moves to Grand Haven and Zeeland townships

HOLLAND, Mich.—Ottawa County’s dog census is now heading to Grand Haven and Zeeland townships.        

So far, county workers and interns have gone door to door in Holland, Georgetown, Allendale and Park townships, checking for licensed dogs.  Households with unlicensed dogs must get their dog licensed or pay a ticket. As part of licensing, dogs must have their updated shots.  Licenses are $10 to $70 per pet and available for purchase online, by mail or at the following locations:

Hooves get heartbeats racing during Wolverine Futurity July 23

Hooves get heartbeats racing during Wolverine Futurity July 23

HOLLAND, Mich.— Race horses will fill the Ottawa County Fairgrounds Tuesday, July 23 as the Wolverine Futurity harness races return to Holland.

The participating racehorses are competing for nearly $100,000.  Race enthusiasts can also enter a pick the winner contest for a chance at $50.

Besides watching the races, visitors can meet a Spartan. Brian Nielsen, professor of equine exercise physiology at Michigan State University, will dress up as a Spartan gladiator and take the reins of a specially designed chariot.  Children can also meet and take pictures with “Happy Horse.”

The opening flag raising ceremony starts at 6:45 p.m.; the races should start around 7 p.m. Tuesday’s grandstand admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 3-12, and free for children ages three and under. The first 500 paid guests will get a complimentary visor.