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My Town Holland: Second in command visits Holland March 11

My Town Holland: Second in command visits Holland March 11

HOLLAND, Mich.—Michigan’s second in command is coming to Holland Tuesday, March 11.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will address guests of the West Coast Chamber of Commerce Early Bird Breakfast.  The event is happening at 7:15 a.m. at Haworth Inn and Conference Center, 225 College Ave. in Holland.

After the event, Calley will join Gov. Rick Snyder at the Capitol to honor Michigan Olympians Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Special Olympian Teadoro Spremo, who all took gold during the games.

My Town Holland: Ski slope takes shape on Eighth Street

My Town Holland: Ski slope takes shape on Eighth Street

HOLLAND, Mich.—You don’t need to look to Sochi to the next generation of snowboarders and skiers showcase their skills.

Holland will host the Downtown Rail Jam this Saturday, Feb. 22.   The event will kick off when AGA Nation, in conjunction with the Holland Visitors Bureau unveils its new, temporary 20-foot snowboard and ski slope on East Eighth Street.

The Downtown Rail Jam will take place in the open area across from the Knickerbocker Theatre, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The event is free and the slope is open to boarders, skiers and sled-riders of all ages from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a free clinic included.  Demonstrations and competitions will take place from 5 p.m.

Holland man makes record-setting catch on Muskegon Lake

Holland man makes record-setting catch on Muskegon Lake

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A Holland man has reeled in a Michigan record, with the help of a spoon.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Aaron Slagh caught a record-setting white perch from Muskegon Lake in Muskegon County.  The fish weighed 1.93 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.  Slagh was ice fishing with a spoon when he landed the record fish, which was verified by a biologist from the Muskegon field office.

“It was just another normal day on the ice for me, as I get out as much as I can,” said Slagh. “We were actually targeting yellow perch and I thought I had a walleye. When we pulled it up we thought ‘Holy cow – that’s a big white perch!’”

Michigan’s previous white perch record was set on July 13, 2002 by Kyle Ryan on Lake Huron.  His fish weighed 1.88 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.

Slagh’s fish is the second state record-breaker caught this month.

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. 

Junior Jacks and Peewee players take over L.C. Walker Arena

Junior Jacks and Peewee players take over L.C. Walker Arena

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- The L.C. Walker Arena  will come alive Saturday, Jan. 11 as young hockey players take the ice.

The Junior Jacks Squirt B1 hockey team will take on the Holland #1 team at 1 p.m.   At 2:30 p.m., the Junior Jacks Squirt B2 team will take on the Big Rapids #1 team. The fun on ice continues Sunday, Jan. 12 with the Junior Jacks Peewees, as they compete against the Big Rapids Peewee team at 2:30 p.m.

The L.C. Walker Arena is located on Fourth Street in Muskegon.   For more information, call (231) 726-2400 or visit  www.lcwalkerarena.com.

West Michigan Lake Hawks read to students at Timberland Charter Academy

West Michigan Lake Hawks read to students at Timberland Charter Academy

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich.--Players from the West Michigan Lake Hawks read books to students at Timberland Charter Academy on Wednesday, Dec. 11. 

Team members also talked to students about their career as American Basketball Association players.  They visited the gym and showed off some of their basketball skills.

Timberland Charter Academy is a tuition-free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Hope College Dance Marathon group plans 5K race benefit for Nov. 16

Hope College Dance Marathon group plans 5K race benefit for Nov. 16

HOLLAND, Mich. – The students behind the Dance Marathon at Hope College have scheduled a benefit 5K run/walk for Saturday, Nov. 16, as part of the group’s ongoing 2013-14 fundraising effort for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

The race will begin at 10 a.m. at the college’s DeVos Fieldhouse, facing Fairbanks Avenue. Registration can be found online at  http://eventreg.hope.edu/EmsRegics/DanceMarathon5K. Participants who sign up with a group will pay $20. The individual fee is $25. Registration will also be available the morning of the event at DeVos Fieldhouse.