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Presidential inauguration highlights Hope College homecoming

Presidential inauguration highlights Hope College homecoming

HOLLAND – Hope College’s 12th presidential inauguration will headline a busy homecoming weekend filled with community activities October 4 through October 6.

In addition to featuring the inauguration of Dr. John C. Knapp as president, the weekend will include art events, athletic contests, alumni events for every class from 1988 through 2013, a 5K run and a 50K bike ride, a picnic, a wide range of affinity gatherings and a worship service.  The weekend is expected to bring many to campus.

Area residents and those arriving early can attend a concert by the college’s Symphonette on Thursday, October 3, at 8 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.  Admission is free.

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.

Upgrades planned for Northeast Park

Upgrades planned for Northeast Park

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A Kentwood park is about to get some upgrades.

On Tuesday, October 1, Kentwood’s Committee of the Whole is expected to review a possible contract with Riverworks Construction Incorporated to build a boardwalk at Northeast Park.  The deal would be for up to approximately $246,000 to replace and install a new pathway, as well as replace two viewing decks, including one on Scenic Lake.

The project will be paid for by a $125,400 state grant, with the remaining cost covered by the city’s parks millage.  Riverworks Construction of Holland is estimating the project will actually cost about $231,000.

If the contract is approved by the Committee of the Whole, it will be discussed at the City Commission meeting at 7 p.m. that same night.  If commissioners approve the deal, it will go to the mayor’s desk for approval.

Pumpkinfest: 'A New View' photography contest deadline approaching

Pumpkinfest: 'A New View' photography contest deadline approaching

ZEELAND, Mich.- Pumpkinfest is calling all photographers to submit their photos for "A New View" Photography Contest before the September 20 deadline.

New Pumpkin Passport kicks off Pumpkinfest 2013

New Pumpkin Passport kicks off Pumpkinfest 2013

ZEELAND, Mich. - This year’s Pumpkinfest is starting early with the addition of the Pumpkin Passport.

Nine local restaurants are featuring a custom pumpkin dish or drink from now until October 5 that people can try, and then be entered into a drawing for free gift cards. 

Participating Pumpkin Passport restaurants include: Frank’s, Public, Main St. Beanery, The 6 Eight, Vitale’s, The Farmhouse, City on a Hill Café, Zeeland Bakery, and Community Restaurant.  Dishes and drinks will include things like: soup, pastas, desserts and coffee drinks, all of which will have a pumpkin theme.

First Lady's lives on display as C-SPAN bus visits Hope College

First Lady's lives on display as C-SPAN bus visits Hope College

HOLLAND – The C-SPAN Bus will be at Hope College Thursday, September 5 as part of a Michigan colleges tour.

The bus will be in the parking lot across from the DeWitt Center,  located at 12th Street and Columbia Avenue in Holland, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

Should Ottawa County eliminate its road commission?

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.--  Ottawa County residents will have one last chance to weigh in on who should handle county roads Tuesday, August 13.

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners is considering taking over the responsibility of county roads and public utilities.  Michigan is the only state to still have road commissions.  Last month, the Board of Commissioners released nearly a year’s worth of research and findings by The Road Commission Task Force.  The task force’s three proposed plans include: