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Snow aplenty for Zeeland 'Wintervention'

Snow aplenty for Zeeland 'Wintervention'

ZEELAND, Mich.— They wanted snow, and they got it.

The flakes were in abundance on Saturday, Jan. 25 for Zeeland’s fourth annual Wintervention.  The event was previously cancelled in 2012 and 2013 because of a lack of snow.  This year, only high winds and frigid temperatures led to a few minor changes.

Approximately 50 people came out to join in the festivities and take part in the four-city snowman building competition.  The team of volunteers used plastic trash cans and buckets as molds for their four-foot snowmen.  In all, Zeeland participants built 156 snowmen in two hours, earning the city second place.  Three Rivers took the top spot, creating 421 snowmen on Saturday.  Saline came in third with 123 snowmen, followed by St.

Zeeland opens its own ice skating rink

Zeeland opens its own ice skating rink

ZEELAND, Mich.—The City of Zeeland is embracing this cold winter by opening up its own ice rink.

Mayor Kevin Klynstra and city events coordinator Kerri VanDorp came up with the idea.  Klynstra has invested hours of work into clearing a portion of the parking lot next to Main and Elm streets for the rink. He began flooding the space last week.  The rink was officially ready for skates this past Saturday.

The rink is free and open to the public, but visitors must bring their own skates.  Thanks to lighting, the ice rink is open until 9 p.m., weather permitting. 

Zeeland to stage 'Wintervention' Jan. 25

Zeeland to stage 'Wintervention' Jan. 25

ZEELAND, Mich.—Zeeland is staging a Wintervention Jan. 25, even if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

This is the fourth year for Wintervention, although the festival has been canceled the past two years because of a lack of snow in Zeeland and/or competing cities.  To avoid the same problem this year, organizers have added more events that are not reliant on snow.

Wintervention’s main event is a snowman building competition.  In the festival’s inaugural year, the Zeeland community created 268 snowmen in 120 minutes, earning them second place among three competitors.  The City of Saline took the title with 483 snowmen built.

Santa Claus visits for Holland Parade of Lights December 3

Santa Claus visits for Holland Parade of Lights December 3

HOLLAND, Mich.—Santa Claus will take a break from his busy Christmastime schedule to visit Holland Tuesday, December 3.

The man in red will be the guest of honor during the city’s Parade of Lights, which starts at 6:30 p.m.  Nearly 80 entries are expected to light up the streets, including floats, bands and vehicles, all decked out in holiday lights.  The parade kicks off at the corner of Eighth Street and Columbia Avenue.  The procession will continue down Eighth Street until it reaches the Eighth Street Market Place.

Visitors are also encouraged to stroll through Centennial Park to take in the snowflake light display and city Christmas tree, which is already trimmed for the season.  You can also spot Santa climbing up the chimney of the James DeYoung Generating Plant.  The holiday lights displays will be up and running throughout the month of December.

Ottawa County looking for leaders to help protect local natural resources

Ottawa County looking for leaders to help protect local natural resources

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.--  An Ottawa County group in charge of protecting and enhancing the area’s resources is looking for residents interested in joining its board of directors.

The Ottawa County Conservation District is led by a five person panel.  Each member must be nominated then elected.   Candidates must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Ottawa County.  Those wishing to run for the March 4, 2014 election must submit a completed nominating petition by January 3, 2014.  Petitions can be picked up from the district office at 16731 Ferris St. in Grand Haven or by contacting Betty Huttenga at becky.huttenga@macd.org or (616) 846-8770 extension 5.

Voters renew support for Holland pool, Zeeland Public Schools

Voters renew support for Holland pool, Zeeland Public Schools

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.— The Holland Community Aquatic Center is getting renewed support.

Tuesday night, Holland voters overwhelmingly approved renewing a millage to pay for operating and maintaining the pool.  The millage is slightly higher than the previous tax, at 1 mill, and runs for five years.

Meanwhile voters in Zeeland approved two tax renewals to support Zeeland Public Schools.  For a link to the complete election results, click here. 

When to trick-or-treat in your community

 When to trick-or-treat in your community

Halloween is Thursday, and many communities have set times for children to trick-or-treat.

Although the weather may not be pleasant, children are encouraged to visit homes and businesses at the following times:  

Ada Township

  • No designated time
  • Fire station #1 trick or treating: October 31,  6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Alpine Township

  • October 31 until dark/candy runs out

Belding

  • October 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Halloween Open House: October 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the fire station

Cannon Township

  • No set time; fire department will hand out treats October 31, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Cascade Township

  • October 31, 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.