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Snow aplenty for Zeeland 'Wintervention'

Snow aplenty for Zeeland 'Wintervention'

ZEELAND, Mich.— They wanted snow, and they got it.

The flakes were in abundance on Saturday, Jan. 25 for Zeeland’s fourth annual Wintervention.  The event was previously cancelled in 2012 and 2013 because of a lack of snow.  This year, only high winds and frigid temperatures led to a few minor changes.

Approximately 50 people came out to join in the festivities and take part in the four-city snowman building competition.  The team of volunteers used plastic trash cans and buckets as molds for their four-foot snowmen.  In all, Zeeland participants built 156 snowmen in two hours, earning the city second place.  Three Rivers took the top spot, creating 421 snowmen on Saturday.  Saline came in third with 123 snowmen, followed by St.

Ottawa County Road Commission closing in on maxing winter budget

Ottawa County Road Commission closing in on maxing winter budget

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—  Before this weekend’s storm,  the Ottawa County Road Commission says it was already over 70 percent through its budget for the entire winter season.

That budget pays for clearing, sanding and salting roads.  During a typical year, the County Road Commission will use about 20,000 to 25,000 tons of salt and 14,000 to 18,000 tons of sand, leading to a bill that can total $2 million- $3 million annually.  As of Jan. 10, 2014, the Ottawa County Road Commission already blew through $1.85 million of its $2.6 million budget.  The cost of salt isn’t helping; the Road Commission says the price per ton has nearly doubled since 2003.

During winter, the Ottawa County Road Commission operates 62 snow plows out of four garages located in Coopersville, Grand Haven Township, Hudsonville and Holland Township.  It can take the team up to three days to clear all Ottawa County roads after a typical snow storm.

 

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. 

Zeeland to stage 'Wintervention' Jan. 25

Zeeland to stage 'Wintervention' Jan. 25

ZEELAND, Mich.—Zeeland is staging a Wintervention Jan. 25, even if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

This is the fourth year for Wintervention, although the festival has been canceled the past two years because of a lack of snow in Zeeland and/or competing cities.  To avoid the same problem this year, organizers have added more events that are not reliant on snow.

Wintervention’s main event is a snowman building competition.  In the festival’s inaugural year, the Zeeland community created 268 snowmen in 120 minutes, earning them second place among three competitors.  The City of Saline took the title with 483 snowmen built.

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Communities impacted by the floods in April have less than a week to file their request for federal disaster money. 

In June, President Obama declared a major disaster in 16 Michigan counties, including Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon and Newaygo. The Small Business Association also issued a disaster declaration this summer.  Both declarations freed up federal assistance for homeowners, local governments and certain non-profits who were forced to clean up.  Homeowners and businesses had until Monday, August 12 to apply for assistance; city officials have until August 17.

The flooding caused $10 million in damage in Kent County alone.  Federal funding would help pay for debris removal and repairs to public property, roads and bridges.

Michigan awarded $2.3 million to protect lakeshore

Michigan awarded $2.3 million to protect lakeshore

The Michigan Coastal Management Program is getting more than $2.3 million to help protect the state’s lakeshore.

The grant money is coming from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

 “Michigan is home to over 3,100 miles of Great Lakes shoreline that attract tourists from across the country to enjoy our great outdoors, contributing billions to our economy.  This support will help conserve our beautiful natural resources for generations to come,” says Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who announced the grant along with Sen. Carl Levin Tuesday.

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality will administer the $2,327,500 federal grant, which will be used to help identify and mitigate the effects of climate change on Great Lakes coastal wetlands, as well as improving rip current forecasting and notification systems.

Celebrate Made In Michigan Products and Cast Your Friday Vote!

Celebrate Made In Michigan Products and Cast Your Friday Vote!

Join us in celebrating Michigan products with the Made in Michigan Bracket Challenge. Click HERE to download the bracket.

Each day we'll have four matchups, one from each bracket, as we go through some of our great Made in Michigan products. If you don't know a product, you may want to search the products name in the search bar on the top of the page and check out a past Made in Michigan feature story that aired earlier.

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