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Public reception May 24 to honor Zeeland Superintendent Feenstra

Public reception May 24 to honor Zeeland Superintendent Feenstra

News Release:

A public reception honoring Superintendent Gary L. Feenstra's 18 years of service to Zeeland Public Schools is set for Tuesday, May 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Zeeland West High School cafeteria. Refreshments will be served. The event provides an opportunity for parents, students and citizens to meet with Gary prior to his retirement.

"I can say with all honesty that this job has been the most wonderful work experience of my life," Feenstra said when announcing his retirement last December.  

Feenstra, 60, was hired as superintendent in August, 1993, from a field of 45 candidates.  He came to the job with 18 years experience as principal for Holland Public Schools at the elementary, junior high and high school levels. He also taught for one year in Holland and two years in Indiana.

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Part 2 – Meet “Baldy”

I think one of the most beautiful birds is the male Northern Cardinal.  Red is my favorite color, which is one reason why I can’t take my eyes off of cardinals.  They also have those beautiful crests on top of their heads.  Cardinals don’t migrate and keep their color all year round because they don’t molt into a dull plumage like the Gold Finch.  This means the cardinals are still breathtaking in my snowy backyard all winter long.  Don’t get me wrong, the females are also very pretty, but the males are stunning.

The other thing about male cardinals is they all look alike.   The color of their feathers is the same.  They all have the black masks around the eyes.  They all have those distinctive crests.

Then one day my husband and I saw “Baldy”.  He was unlike any cardinal we had ever seen.   My husband first spotted him in early April.  There was something seriously wrong w

Grand Haven ArtWalk 2011 begins May 26th

Grand Haven ArtWalk 2011 begins May 26th

News Release:

Grand Haven, Mich., May 12, 2011: Let the kickoff commence! The first formal Grand Haven ArtWalk 2011 event will be held on May 26 at Dee-Lite Bar & Grill, 24 Washington Ave. in downtown Grand Haven. Artists, venues and volunteers will be attending the affair. So will sponsors and other friends of ArtWalk who wish to mix, mingle and enjoy live music.

The festivities will run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. During the event, artists and venues will be able to register to participate in ArtWalk 2011, the three-week competition slated for September 22–October 8. Volunteers will also have the chance to sign up for positions ranging from wayfinder to special events assistant.

Zeeland BPW to Hold Meeting April 21st about Sale of Blendon Substation

Zeeland BPW to Hold Meeting April 21st about Sale of Blendon Substation

News Release:

Zeeland, Mich.– The Zeeland Board of Public Works (ZBPW) has announced they will host a public meeting on April 21, 2011, to discuss the potential sale of equipment at the Blendon Substation. ZBPW is encouraging city of Zeeland voters to attend the meeting to learn more about the potential sale, which requires voter approval in the May 3 election. 

The meeting will be start at 7 p.m. at the Howard Miller Community Center, 14 S. Church Street, Zeeland.

Macatawa Water Festival is April 16th

Macatawa Water Festival is April 16th

From the City of Holland:

The Holland Area has been developed around the local watershed since its conception. We rely on the watershed for transportation, agriculture, industry and recreation. Despite how much you use this resource how much do you know about it?

On April 16th at Kollen Park from 9 A.M. to noon you will have a chance to learn all about the Macatawa watershed. Local organizations will be present to offer information on all aspects of how we interact with the watershed. Learn about what lives in the watershed, how humans are affecting it, how we use it in daily life and for the adventurous learn about recreational activities on the water.

Take a break from learning about the animals of the watershed to chat with the local fire department and get an up-close look at a fire truck.

Holland In Bloom invites community to informational presentation

Holland In Bloom invites community to informational presentation

Holland, Michigan- The Holland in Bloom committee invites the community to a special informational presentation of the America In Bloom Competition and the Holland In Bloom Program. The event will be on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the Holland Area Arts Council beginning at 6:30pm. At this gathering a brief overview of Holland In Bloom will be presented along with a short video of America In Bloom. In addition, information on upcoming Holland In Bloom events and how to get involved will be discussed. The evening will close with a question and answer period. If you are not able to attend the meeting but you are still interested in getting involved please contact Shelly DeVries at shelly.devries@gmail.com or Pat Groszko at pgroszko@mac.com.

Holland may expand snow-melt system

Holland may expand snow-melt system

 

 

 

(WZZM)- City officials in Holland are considering expanding downtown's popular snow-melt system. The idea came up Wednesday night during a city council meeting.

Downtown's Central Ave. will soon be ripped up for renovation and infrastructure improvement.  Assistant City Manager Greg Robinson says the city council is considering installing heating pipes in Central.  That will expand the overall system on 8th Street.

Robinson says the snowmelt has been a great asset to the city's downtown and they want to make sure to consider expansion whenever the opportunity comes up.