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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. 

Color Tours by Kayak

Color Tours by Kayak

Ottawa County Parks is inviting anyone interested in kayaking. The County Parks are offering “Color by Kayak” trips on 2 days in October & one day in November.  Each guided trip includes a basic kayaking lesson. The fee for the trip is $15 per person with their own kayak or it’s an additional charge of $26 for a kayak, paddle & life jacket. Pre-registration is required.  To register for any of the trips or more information, call the Ottawa County Nature Education Center at (616)786-4847.

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.

Help save lives with a 'Night of Nets'

Help save lives with a 'Night of Nets'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Enjoy a “Night of Nets” while helping prevent malaria in Zambia during next week’s Cornerstone University games. 

Cornerstone is teaming up with Hope and Calvin colleges to purchase bed nets that prevent infected mosquitoes from spreading malaria.  The first of five fund-raising games took place Saturday, September 14.  The next benefit is Tuesday, October 1 at 7 p.m. during the Cornerstone men’s soccer game against Siena Heights.  The last match-up to prevent malaria will be Wednesday, October 2, as the Cornerstone women’s volleyball team takes on Aquinas. 

Each suggested donation of $6 will provide a bed net for a family in Zambia.  Over the past three years, the Night of Nets campaign has generated more than $35,000 to purchase nearly 6,000 bed nets for families living in sub-Saharan Africa.  Cornerstone’s goal this year is to raise $30,000 for the project.

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.

Come Kayak down the River

Come Kayak down the River

Kayak the Kalamazoo River with DeGraaf Nature Center in Holland, MI on Saturday, September 28th, from 10:30am – 3:30pm.

This three hour paddle begins within the Allegan State Game Area and ends at New Richmond, a beautiful 9-mile stretch of water on the Kalamazoo River with lots of wildlife sightings. This is a great time to see and hear migrating songbirds too.

The nature center will provide transportation from DeGraaf for kayaks, life jackets, paddles and guide. You provide the energy, snacks, waterproof lunch, (no coolers please), hats, sunscreen & insect repellant.

Fees for this trip are $25 but only $20 if you are a Friend of DeGraaf.  If you have your own boat, transfer fee is $15. Please call 616-355-1057 to register.

DeGraaf is located at 600 Graafschap Rd. in Holland, Mi. Website: www.degraaf.org

48th annual Hope/Holland Community Day September 14

48th annual Hope/Holland Community Day September 14

HOLLAND, Mich. – A picnic at Windmill Island Gardens and home Hope College football and women’s soccer games will be among the features of the 48th annual Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The picnic will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Tickets include the picnic, admission to Windmill Island Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day, and the football and women’s soccer games.

The picnic will consist of bratwurst, hamburger, sliced turkey breast, vegetarian croissants, salads, chips, cookies, beverages and other picnic fare. The picnic will also feature door prizes and live music provided throughout by the Holland American Legion Band.

Windmill Island Gardens features several acres of gardens, dikes and canals; the Posthouse Museum and shops,  and the antique carousel and new playground for children.  The historic DeZwaan Windmill will be unavailable due to ongoing repairs.