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Are you buying "local" for the holidays?

Are you buying "local" for the holidays?

Are you supporting your local economy?

Local First has a holiday gift guide with suggestions that support locally owned businesses.

You can also find gift suggestions on our WZZM 13 Made in Michigan page that lists nearly 500 companies that make their products in Michigan.

According to ABC News, if each American spent just $64 on American made goods, it would create 200,000 new jobs.  ABC also has information on Made in America goods.

Feel the Zeel of Giving

Feel the Zeel of Giving

Visit www.feelthezeel.com for additional information.

Downtown Holland Looks to Extend Their Helping Hands East

On November 9, Downtown Holland merchants are asking you to "shop for a cause." As the need continues to grow on the East Coast because of devastation from Hurricane Sandy, many of the local merchants will be donating 10% of that day's sales or promoting donation jars to give to the Red Cross.

Jamie Grasman and Maribeth Van Zalen, owners of jb and me, are spearheading the project "Our Hands Reaching East," after noticing the need and deciding that our small community could make an impact.  "Shop for a cause" is a project jb and me has offered clients before by allowing them to chose their charity of choice.  After contacting over 50 downtown retailers, the response was overwhelming.  Many owners agreed that by working together the results would be greater.

Bog Tours at the Berry Bunch in Holland

Bog Tours at the Berry Bunch in Holland

If you are looking for a fall drive, consider visiting The Berry Bunch store in Holland. They specialize in both blueberries and cranberries.

They carry jams, preserves, sauces, syrups, and candies, as well as a variety of soaps, fragrances, and candles. They roast all of our own coffee and add flavorings of many varieties. They also offer gift baskets for many occasions. In the fall they offer Bog Tours on Saturdays so that people can see first-hand just how cranberries are grown and harvested.

October hours: Monday-Saturday  9-5    Sunday-12-8

November & December hours: Monday-Saturday: 11:30-8    Sunday-12-8

The store is closed from December 23rd to March 31.

The store is located: 0-13871 Blair St., Holland, MI 49424   Ph: 616-399-1687

Free MAX Rides for Clean Air Action Day, Fri. June 15

News Release:

Please be advised that the Macatawa Area Express (MAX) Transportation Authority for the greater Holland/Zeeland area will offer FREE fixed route bus rides tomorrow, Friday,  (June 15) because it has been declared a Clean Air Action Day (formerly Ozone Action Day) by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). 

Clean Air Action Days are declared by air pollution control agencies when air pollutants rise to levels that are unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Saint Mary's School To Host Popular "White Elephant" Event June 29 & 30

Saint Mary's School To Host Popular "White Elephant" Event June 29 & 30

SPRING LAKE, Mich., June 14, 2012 – For the first time in fifty years, Saint Mary’s Parish School is separating its crowd-pleasing, annual “White Elephant Sale” from its annual “Festival.” Event organizers are hoping that more members of the general public, as well as church members, will attend and take advantage in tough economic times of gently-used items at bargain-basement prices before the main summer travel season begins.

The White Elephant Sale will be held June 29 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at Saint Mary’s School, 421 East Exchange Street, Spring Lake.  Local Spring Lake residents Jennifer and Tom Ladd, together with Jim and Becky Twa, are serving as co-chairpersons for this year’s event and also the Saint Mary’s Festival.

Garden Crossings Welcomes P. Allen Smith National Garden Expert and Author

Garden Crossings Welcomes P. Allen Smith National Garden Expert and Author

Zeeland, MI—Meet national gardening expert and author P. Allen Smith during  the Garden Crossings 7th Annual Grand Opening weekend April 13-14. Garden  Crossings, a retail and mail-order nursery in Zeeland, Michigan specializing  in Proven Winners® annuals and shrubs, welcomes customers for a weekend of  fun, friends, and the kickoff of spring 2012 gardening. During the Friday  meet and greet with P. Allen, local radio station JQ99 will broadcast live  from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Garden Crossings will provide snacks, discounts, and  to sign up for JQ99 Cash Cow Drawing. Customers are invited back on Saturday  to browse among designed and planted containers and see what’s new for  2012.