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My Town: 'Digital Holland' initiative at Hope College puts community history online

My Town: 'Digital Holland' initiative at Hope College puts community history online

HOLLAND, Mich. – The story of Holland is only as far away as the nearest Internet connection, thanks to an ongoing project coordinated through the Mellon Scholars Program at Hope College.

Launched earlier this summer, the online “Digital Holland” initiative features articles, photographs, interactive maps, audio files and even video highlighting multiple dimensions of the history of the Holland area.  The index for the project runs from “A” through “Y” currently, but the organizers intend for it to continue to grow, making it all but certain that the coverage will eventually extend to “Z” as well.

“Our plan is to expand it,” said Hope senior Allyson Hoffman of Marshall, who is the student director of the project.  “There are about 150 pieces right now.  We’re pleased to have that, but would like to have more.”

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

LANSING, Mich.-- Fewer voters cast their ballots Tuesday than when Governor Rick Snyder was elected.

That's according to Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office.  Woodhams says 1.3 million Michiganders visited the polls during the primary, accounting for approximately 20.3 percent of active voters. Active voters are defined by the Secretary of State as people who have voted within the last six years. Woodhams says approximately 17.9 percent of registered Michigan voters cast a ballot Tuesday, but that number may be skewed because people who have moved out of the state may still be registered to vote in Michigan.

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

Voters across West Michigan are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 5 to decide some key issues and races.

Proposal 1 would alter Michigan’s tax infrastructure by eliminating equipment taxes for businesses that already pay taxes every year.  A portion of sales tax revenue that goes to the state treasury would be reallocated to local governments to cover the tax revenue loss.  Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the ballot measure would make Michigan more economically competitive with other states.

My Town Zeeland: Splash Pad opens to public

My Town Zeeland: Splash Pad opens to public

ZEELAND, Mich.— A cool new attraction is making a splash in Zeeland.

City leaders will celebrate the grand opening of the Zeeland Splash Pad Monday, July 28 by handing out free frozen treats to the first 1,000 guests.  The Splash Bash will also include live music by Cos & Cos on the site’s new stage and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. before city leaders turn on the water.

Zeeland Marketing Director Abby DeRoo says the concept for the splash pad began forming approximately three years ago.  Fundraising started last year and construction began in spring.

The site also features a fireplace and restrooms. The splash pad park will be open Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Labor Day.

My Town: Restaurant honored for dedication to new splash pad

My Town: Restaurant honored for dedication to new splash pad

ZEELAND, Mich.—A Zeeland restaurant is being honored for its dedication to bringing a splash pad to the city.

The West Coast Chamber recently presented The Farmhouse with its IMPACT Award for raising funds and awareness for the splash pad.  The Farmhouse raised more than $5,000 for the splash pad, with employees donating their time, tips and profits to the project.  Ageless Autos Inc., West Michigan Poured Walls, Gebben’s Concrete, The Soft Spot and Conan Excavating all matched The Farmhouse’s donation, bringing the total to $10,018.

The Zeeland Splash Pad will open to the public July 28. The celebration on Main and Elm streets will coincide with Zeelmania.

The IMPACT Award recognizes companies and organizations for an outstanding contribution to the community through the sacrifice of time, money, resources.

My Town Zeeland: City to unlock time capsule July 24

My Town Zeeland: City to unlock time capsule July 24

ZEELAND, Mich.—Mayor Kevin Klynstra will unlock pieces of Zeeland’s past Thursday, as the city marks a milestone for Timber Town.

When workers originally built the play area in Huizenga Park 20 years ago, they included a time capsule.  Thursday at noon, city leaders will open that time capsule.  The mayor will officiate the ceremony and the public is invited to attend.

My Town Zeeland: Countdown on to splash pad opening next week

My Town Zeeland: Countdown on to splash pad opening next week

ZEELAND, Mich.— As the summer heat ramps up, the City of Zeeland is getting ready to celebrate a cool new attraction.

City leaders will celebrate the grand opening of the Zeeland Splash Pad Monday, July 28 by handing out free frozen treats to the first 1,000 guests.  The Splash Bash will also include live music by Cos & Cos on the site’s new stage and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. before city leaders turn on the water.

Zeeland Marketing Director Abby DeRoo says the concept for the splash pad began forming approximately three years ago.  Fundraising started last year, and construction began in spring.

The site also features a fireplace and restrooms. The splash pad park will be open Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Labor Day.