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Relay for Life a success

Relay for Life a success

Rockford Relay For Life raised $318,000 for the American Cancer Society, making it one of the most successful fundraisers in the state.

Other West Michigan communities are doing their part.  During the Wyoming-Grandville Relay For Life on May 10, participants raised at least $54,857.  That same day, participants in the Grand Haven-Spring Lake Relay For Life collected at least $45,984 for the American Cancer Society.  Runners and walkers in East Grand Rapids raised at least $56,531 during their Relay For Life May 17.  On May 18, the Relay For Life of White Lake generated at least $43,211 for the American Cancer Society, while Relay For Life of Comstock Park raised at least $42,815.

And don’t count local colleges out.  In April, Grand Valley State University raised at least $85,263 during its Relay For Life, Western Michigan University collected at least $32,083 and Aquinas College raised $5,670.

Plenty more communities are planning Rel

Hope College Summer Science Camp registration underway

Hope College Summer Science Camp registration underway

HOLLAND – The Hope College Summer Science program for children will offer more than 30 week-long camps featuring a variety of themes during June and July.

The camps, which are in their 15th year, feature hands-on interactive investigations designed to teach scientific concepts in a fun yet challenging way.  They are organized by grade level, from pre-kindergarten through 10th grade, with themes such as the science behind the adventures of Phineas and Ferb, the inquisitive life of a crime scene investigator, the world of animals, various levels of Lego Robotics and the creation of 2D and 3D art.

The camps are offered as week-long morning or afternoon programs, with sessions scheduled from Monday, June 10, through Friday, July 26.  The 34 different sessions are taught by college science majors and education students.


Registration now open for Hope College Golf Outing

HOLLAND, Mich. – Hope College's annual golf outing, the “Bob DeYoung Hope Classic,” will be held on Monday, June 10, at Ravines Golf Club in Saugatuck.

 A 36-year tradition, the long-running event was renamed in 2000 for Bob DeYoung, who retired in June of that year from serving as  vice president for college advancement.  DeYoung had worked in admissions, student development and advancement for Hope since 1965. He was also instrumental in establishing the golf outing.

The Bob DeYoung Hope Classic  is an 18 hole scramble with foursome play. Sponsored by the Hope College Alumni Association, the event is open to all friends of the college. Players may sign up as singles, in pairs or as part of a foursome.

Guided Kayak trips offered

Guided Kayak trips offered

Have you ever been kayaking? If not, here is an opportunity to take a lesson and enjoy the great outdoors.

Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Department invites paddlers of all skill levels to join naturalists from the department on the Pigeon River. Even though they started on May 8th, the 3.5 mile guided tour is still on the schedule for May 18th, 21st and June 4th.  The trip begins at 12:30pm and takes about 4 hours with each trip a basic kayaking lesson, and kayak, paddle and life jacket are all included for $35.00. Anyone having their own kayak can join in for a fee of $15.00.

Registration is required by calling 616-786-4847. All trips begin at Hemlock Crossing at 8115 West Olive Rd in West Olive and ends at Sheldon Landing.

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.

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

(Detroit Pistons) – Does your library or gym need a new look?

Here’s your chance to win a makeover in the School Makeover contest from the Detroit Pistons and NBA Live, Learn or Play, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The School Makeover, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance and the Detroit Pistons, is accepting submissions from elementary and middle schools in the state of Michigan, through June 1. Submissions at www.nba.com/pistons/farm-bureau-school-makeover should include at least four images of the school’s library or gymnasium to be considered in the selection process.

“Farm Bureau Insurance agents are involved in their local communities all across the state. Michigan isn’t just a market for us, it is our home,” said Vic Verchereau, Farm Bureau Insurance vice president of Marketing. “We firmly believe in supporting safe and clean learning environments for our youth.

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.