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Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Grand Rapids is getting another tribute to the men behind Meijer Stores.

On May 8, the Michigan Historical Commission approved a marker to honor Hendrik and Fred Meijer, who in 1962 became the first grocers to combine two popular retail models—discount department stores and supermarkets—into a single store on 28th Street, called “Thrifty Acres.”  The Meijers then took their model to Holland and Muskegon. 

Meijer now has nearly 200 stores across the Midwest, including Kalamazoo, Walker, Wyoming, Jenison, Rockford, Plainfield Township, Forest Hills, Lowell, Grandville, Kentwood, Grand Haven and Greenville, where Hendrik Meijer opened his very first store in the 1930s.

The new historical marker will be added to more than 1,700 green and gold signs found across the state, that chronicle the people, places and events that make Michigan’s heritage unique and unforgettable.  The historical markers are nominated by spons

Enjoy art from Alpacas at Michigan Fiber Fiesta May 11

Enjoy art from Alpacas at Michigan Fiber Fiesta May 11

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Visitors are encouraged to enjoy food, fun and fiber as the Michigan Fiber Fiesta returns to Greenville May 11.

The event will feature the latest yarns, wools and textiles, as well as a spinning cirle, demonstrations and live animals. More than 30 vendors will attend the Michigan Fiber Fiesta, including:

Survey: One summer weekend brings $2.3 million to Holland

Survey: One summer weekend brings $2.3 million to Holland

 

HOLLAND, Mich.—The Holland Area Visitors Bureau is hoping for another successful season of tourism, as Tulip Time approaches.

According to a recent survey by Michigan State University’s Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Research Studies, residents and visitors spent $2.3 million dollars during a three day period last August.

 MSU researchers gathered their information from five events, six locations and many hotels during August 2-4.  The survey found that the most common travel groups were married couples with children, who had a household income of $90,000 or more, with an average age of 49 years.  The top reason for visiting Holland during that period was the beach.  The average visiting party spent $82 on day trips, mostly on food and shopping.

Western Michigan University singer wins opera competition

Western Michigan University singer wins opera competition

GRAND RAPIDS (Opera Grand Rapids & WZZM 13) – A record number of students entered Opera Grand Rapids’ annual Collegiate Vocal Competition, but only nine though made it to the competition’s Final Round Concert on Sunday, April 14.

At the end of the parade of opera arias, Chelsea Helm, a soprano from Western Michigan University, took first place.   Andrea Fleming of Grand Valley State University claimed second place, and Hope College’s Jenna Buck took home third place.


Nearly 200 people turned out for the free final round concert at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center. Divided into two divisions, the annual competition provides an opportunity for regional vocal students to compete in a professional atmosphere, while gaining valuable feedback from the judges. This was the first year Western Michigan University was eligible for the regional competition.


Final round judges:
Dr.

Events to raise money for DeZwaan windmill

Events to raise money for DeZwaan windmill

Holland, Michigan  - The City of Holland has announced two events to raise money to restore the DeZwaan windmill.

On Saturday, April 20, the city will hold the first Run of the Mill fun run/walk and Project Restoration-Keep the Mill Turning. The latter is an auction event with jazz music, dessert and coffee.

The 5K race will begin at 9:30am with the walk starting an hour later. The fee for the 5K is $15 for individuals and $50 for families. The cost for the walk is only five dollars. cookies will be served after the run made with flour ground from the windmill. You can register for the race at www.signmeup.com/91409.

Project Restoration-Keep the Mill Turning will begin at 7pm that night and last until 9pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are ten dollars and they can be purchased at Holland City Hall or at Windmill Island Gardens.

Outdoor Discovery Center hopes for good weather for Marsh burn

Outdoor Discovery Center hopes for good weather for Marsh burn

Holland, Michigan - Plans to conduct a prescribed burn at the Macatawa Marsh this month have been put off because of recent rainy weather.

Earlier this month, the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway announced the next phase of habitat improvements in the Macatawa Marsh included the burn which would get rid of invasive grass species.

An Ann Arbor company has been contracted to do the work. The same company has conducted prescribed burns throughout Michigan including burns for the Michigan DNR, Zeeland Public Schools and more.

The fire would combat non-native species including Phragmites, Purple Loosestrife and Reed Canary grass, all of which has a growing season that begins earlier than the native species of plants in the marsh.

Prepare for backups! MDOT releases 2013 project schedule

 

 (Michigan Department of Transportation) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest $100 million in the MDOT Grand Region in 2013 to improve 191 route miles of roadway and 25 bridges.

In addition, $93 million of statewide funding is planned for the construction of the new M-231 route and connections in Ottawa County. MDOT's Grand Region transportation system includes all I, US and M routes in the following eight counties: Ionia, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana and Ottawa.

  "There is much to be done and this year’s program strategically addresses maintaining our system and improving operations," said MDOT Region Engineer Roger Safford.