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Holland business owner helps form Michigan Main Street Leadership Council

Holland business owner helps form Michigan Main Street Leadership Council

Job makers and small business owners across the state today announced the formation of the new Michigan Main Street Leadership Council, a steering committee that will work with lawmakers in Lansing to close the Internet sales tax loophole, level the playing field for local businesses on "main street” and protect Michigan jobs. The state House of Representatives is currently considering bipartisan House Bills 5004 and 5005 that would close the loophole and recognize that a sale is a sale is a sale.

Breakfast with Congressman Huizenga

Breakfast with Congressman Huizenga

The Holland and Zeeland Chambers of Commerce are hosting a breakfast with Congressman Bill Huizenga, who represents Michigan’s 2nd District.  The breakfast is scheduled on Monday, December 19 from 7:30am to 9:30am at Evergreen Commons at 480 State Street in Holland.  Huizenga will give updates on what is going on in Washington, D.C., reveal his plans for the upcoming year, and answer questions from participants.

The cost is $25 for members and $40 for non-members.  Tables of 10:  $250.  For more information go to www.hollandchamber.org

The 2nd Congressional District runs along the lakeshore and covers nine counties, including Ottawa, Muskego and Oceana, and portions of two counties - Kent and Allegan.

Lakeshore Republican Women

Lakeshore Republican Women

Holland, MI - Rep. Amanda Price and Rep. Joseph Haveman will be Guest Speakers at the Lakeshore Republican Women’s monthly meeting held at the Fillmore Center, 12220 Fillmore St., West Olive, Michigan.

Representative Amanda Price and Representative Joseph Haveman from the Michigan House of Representatives will be sharing their experiences in the Michigan House.  A question and answer session will follow.

Interested people are invited to join the Lakeshore Republican Women for a luncheon at the Fillmore Center on Monday, December 12, 2011 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm.  The cost is $10.00 per person.

Please call (616) 399-0914 to reserve a place. 

Lakeshore Republican Women is an organization that wants to inform the public through education and activity.

November Elections

November Elections

There are several proposals and candidates on the ballot for tomorrow's elections being held throughout the Holland / Zeeland area.

For a complete list of proposals and candidates, visit Ottawa County's elections page by clicking here.

G-Sync: The Future Needs All of Us

G-Sync: The Future Needs All of Us

By Tommy Allen

On Oct. 5, Michigan State House Representative Thomas McMillan of Rochester introduced Bill #5039 with language so cruel that enactment would trickle down to strip every LGBT citizen of protections enacted anywhere in our state including Kalamazoo, Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids.

You can almost hear certain citizens of Holland breathe a sigh of relief because their decision to deny civil rights to local LGBT citizens after a year-long study deemed otherwise (and after months of community-led testimonies demanding more) would be completely negated should this bill ever get out of the judiciary committee at the state capitol.  

In a state vitally concerned about remaking their image, we have to ask ourselves what is happening here when we promote, rather than denounce, such discriminatory acts. This type of behavior is contrary to the formula outlined by scientists as essential for the recovery of our economy.

West Ottawa administrators, staff take concessions

NEWS RELEASE

West Ottawa administrators and support staff have followed teachers in taking health insurance concessions that will save the school district money as it struggles with dwindling revenues.

The district’s administrators and support staff, which include 300 employees, will receive three-year contracts which provide them with health savings accounts rather than PPO health insurance. That will save the district more than $500,000.

“We appreciate their willingness to go to the health savings account and save the district a significant amount of money, during a time when all school districts are struggling to safeguard the education we provide students while also having to cut budgets somewhere,” said Superintendent Tom Martin. “It certainly shows their dedication and understanding of the economic difficulties we all face and we thank them for that.”

Deanna DePree to speak at Lakeshore Republican Women’s monthly meeting

Deanna DePree to speak at Lakeshore Republican Women’s monthly meeting

Holland, Michigan - Deanna DePree, Director of Deanna’s Playhouse will be speaking at the Lakeshore Republican Women’s monthly meeting held at the Fillmore Center, 12220 Fillmore, West Olive, Michigan.

Ms. DePree is a long time community and state wide advocate for parents and children in the area of early learning and will be speaking about how parents and grandparents can be involved in the development of young lives. She will share how her organization “Life Services Parent Center” works to accomplish this goal.

Interested people are invited to join the Lakeshore Republican Women for a luncheon at the Fillmore Center on Monday, September 12, 2011 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm.  The cost is $10.00 per person.

Please call (616) 399-0914 to reserve a place.  Lakeshore Republican Women is an organization that wants to inform the public through education and activity.