Waves up to 7 feet forecast for some Lake Michigan beaches
HOLLAND, MI - Beach areas up and down Lake Michigan are under a Beach Hazards advisory from the National Weather Service, with waves up to 7 feet forecast for some spots today. An anticipated mix of dangerous waves and currents and increasing wave size are driving the cautionary messaging as storms pass through the area today and a cold front moves into Michigan later Monday. “Today will not be the best day to go to our Lake Michigan beaches,” NWS meteorologists in Grand Rapids said when sharing the beach warning on social media. That will create large waves, as high as 7 feet. It will be very dangerous to be in the waters of Lake Michigan today.”Grand Haven State Park also shared today’s beach hazards message on its Facebook page.mlive.com
Return of beloved 49ers LB coach highlights training camp
When the San Francisco 49ers gathered to start training camp with conditioning tests, there was one assistant coach happier than anyone else to be back on the field. As his linebackers went through the drills, Johnny Holland watched closely and documented the day as he was pleased to be back coaching day to day after stepping away last season to undergo cancer treatment. “He’s like a granddad,” fourth-year linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair said.news.yahoo.com
Holland voters approve citywide high-speed internet proposal
HOLLAND, MI – Holland is getting a citywide high-speed internet network that will be funded by taxpayer dollars after voters approved a $30 million ballot proposal in Tuesday’s election. The city of Holland asked voters on Tuesday, Aug. 2, to approve a municipal fiber optic internet network that would provide fast and affordable internet across the city, and would be paid for and maintained through public funds. The city plans to offer 1 gigabit of internet service for $42 a month, which would cover the cost of connection, operations and maintenance, and the internet service itself. City officials expect the first phase of internet services to go live in summer 2024, he said. An organized group opposing the proposal, called Protect Holland Taxpayers, had rallied around convincing voters to defeat the proposal in the Aug. 2 election.mlive.com
Lake Michigan parks close swimming areas because of dangerous conditions
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI –State parks in Grand Haven and Holland on Thursday, July 28, closed Lake Michigan swim areas because of high waves and strong currents. “We have seen a rapid increase in wave height as well as dangerous currents,” Grand Haven State Park’s Facebook page said.mlive.com
Holland voters to decide on proposal to install citywide internet network funded by taxes
HOLLAND, MI – Voters in the city of Holland will be deciding whether to greenlight a proposed citywide high-speed internet network that would be funded by taxpayer dollars in the upcoming August election. The city of Holland has a $30 million bond proposal on the Aug. 2 ballot that would be used to fund the installation of a municipal fiber optic internet network that would provide fast and affordable internet across the city, and would be paid for and maintained through public funds.mlive.com
Holland man, 66, seriously injured in crash with semi-truck
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – A 66-year-old Holland man was seriously injured in a crash with a semi-truck trailer Monday morning. Authorities responded to the crash at 9:27 a.m. Monday, July 25 at the intersection of New Holland Street and 112th Avenue in Olive Township, according to a news release from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. Police said the Holland man was driving north on 112th Avenue when he pulled up to a stop sign at New Holland Street. The semi-truck driver was not injured in the crash, police said. The 66-year-old man suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to the hospital, the release said.mlive.com
Building fire, possibly sparked by lightning, prompts changes at Ottawa County Fair
HOLLAND, MI - Lightning from Saturday night’s storm may have sparked a fire at a building used by the Ottawa County Fair just days before the event was set to start, officials said. Park Township Fire Chief Scott Gamby told MLive/Grand Rapids Press that emergency personnel were called to the Park Township Community Building, 1286 Ottawa Beach Road in Holland, at 10:55 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. The incident was reported by Park Township Police as a commercial fire inside the building, according to Gamby. But fair organizers have made adjustments to their plans since the building is no longer usable. Ottawa County Fair posted to Facebook about the fire, detailing adjustments made ahead of the fair kick-off Monday.mlive.com
Mom in crash that killed 3 young sons impaired by methadone, police say
HOLLAND, MI -- A woman who crashed an SUV into a ice-covered pond earlier this year, leading to the deaths of her three young sons, was impaired by methadone, court documents show. In court testimony, police allege that 30-year-old Leticia Gonzales took two doses of methadone the morning of the Feb. 17 crash on James Street near 112th Avenue. Methadone is a drug used for pain relief and treatment of drug addiction, according to various medical sources. “After obtaining the methadone, Gonzales told the witness she was headed back home to the Holland area,” the detective testified. Related: 3 brothers killed in pond crash were ‘joyful and active,’ family’s obituary saysSheriff’s detectives said that Gonzales was taken to Zeeland Community Hospital following the crash.mlive.com
Check out Grand Rapids area 2022 football schedules for over 50 schools
The start of the Michigan high school football season is inching closer and closer. Preseason camp opens Aug. 8, with the season kicking off the weekend of Aug. 25-27, so it’s not too early to start making plans for your fall Friday nights. MLive is hoping to make your job easier by listing the schedules for Grand Rapids area teams below. Check out schedules for teams across the OK Conferences and the West Michigan area. OK REDRockford players stand for the national anthem during the Rockford and Cedar Springs high school football game at Rockford High School in Rockford on Thursday,Sept.mlive.com
Holland’s Big Red lighthouse inspired new Hallmark ornament
Holland’s Big Red lighthouse served as the inspiration for a brand new Christmas tree ornament titled “Holiday Lighthouse 2022,″ according to the Holland Sentinel. The ornament is part of Hallmark’s 2022 Keepsake Ornament collection. The lighthouse ornament was released during Hallmark’s Christmas in July Keepsake Ornament Premiere during July 9 - 17. The Big Red lighthouse was electrified in the 1930s and it obtained its iconic red color when the Coast Guard painted it red in 1956 to satisfy a new navigational requirement. Click here for more information on the Big Red lighthouse from the Holland Historical Lighthouse Commission.mlive.com
Swimming access closed at Holland State Park late Wednesday due to dangerous currents
HOLLAND, MI -- Holland State Park staff have closed swimming access at the park because of dangerous conditions. The closure was announced on the park’s Facebook page about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 due to dangerous currents. The closure is temporary.mlive.com
Suspect arraigned on murder charges following July 11 domestic assault
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI — A suspect was arraigned on an open murder charge stemming from a call Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office responded to at an Olive Township house on July 11. Matthew Richard Hallacy, 45 of Holland, was arraigned July 13 on a charge of open murder in the 58th District Court. Bond was denied and Hallacy currently remains in the Ottawa County Jail. Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a potential assault in the 6200 block of 120th Avenue where they found Quinn Hallacy deceased at the scene. The suspect fled the scene but was apprehended in Holland with the assistance of Holland Department of Public Safety.mlive.com
Holland man, 22, dead after motorcycle crash in Ottawa County
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI — A motorcycle crash left a 22-year-old Holland man dead on Tuesday, July 12. At 11:57 p.m. Tuesday, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of a motorcyclist in the roadway on Ottawa Beach Road, near Counts Cove. When deputies arrived on scene, the motorcycle driver had already died from his injuries. The driver lost control of his motorcycle, resulting in the crash, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. More on MLive$80M and decades of effort rid Muskegon Lake of its industrial toxicityLive Mega Millions results for 07/12/22; jackpot worth $440 millionOttawa County man used kitchen knife to kill wife: court testimonymlive.com
Woman, 32, killed while 3 children in home, Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies say
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – A 32-year-old woman was killed Monday, July 11, in an apparent stabbing north of Holland while three children were in the house. The suspect, who was in a relationship with the woman, has been arrested. The victim was found dead at the scene of apparent knife wounds, sheriff’s deputies said. The suspect, a 45-year-old man, fled the scene in a vehicle but was arrested in Holland with help of Holland police. The suspect was treated for minor injuries before being taken to the Ottawa County Jail.mlive.com
Stigma-free grassroots movement increases programming in Holland
HOLLAND, MI -- Grand Haven-based Momentum Center continues to see growth in stigma-free awareness for Holland residents after opening the new location in March 2022. As part of that growth, Momentum Center is kicking off a series of events.mlive.com
Hope College receives federal funding for Upward Bound program
HOLLAND, MI - Hope College has received another five-year grant to continue supporting low-income and first-generational college students. The new grant, which totals $437,006, will go into effect on June 1, 2023, following the end of the five-year grant it proceeds, according to Hope leaders.mlive.com
Holland Public Schools, Hope College offering students ‘no-cost’ early teacher prep program
HOLLAND, MI – Holland Public Schools has partnered with Hope College to create a no-cost teacher preparation program next school year. Incoming juniors at Holland Public Schools can now enroll in the new “Hope to Teach program,” a Teacher Preparation Early College program that will start in fall 2022, the school district recently announced. After they graduate, they can complete the final two years of their Bachelor of Education degree at Hope College. The district won’t continue to cover expenses once a student graduates, but they can apply for financial aid as a college student. Hope also provides after-school services to Holland students through the Children’s After School Achievement (CASA) program and Step-Up.mlive.com
Hope College exploring expansion that would connect campus to downtown Holland
HOLLAND, MI – Hope College is exploring a potential expansion that would add a new academic hall and two residence halls to property that college officials say would connect the college campus to downtown Holland. The private, liberal arts college wants to expand its campus onto newly available property that the college has owned, but not used, for years. Hope has owned the property formerly occupied by the Versendaal Lincoln-Mercury dealership, between Eighth and Ninth streets and west of Columbia Avenue, since 2005.mlive.com
Car dealer replaces stolen 60-foot-long U.S. flag before Fourth of July
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – Just in time for the Fourth of July, DeNooyer Chevrolet has replaced a stolen 30-by-60-foot U.S. flag - a landmark at U.S. 31 and East Eighth Street in Holland. Nicole DeNooyer said no one imagined anyone would steal the flag. DeNooyer said that the reaction of so many showed how important the flag was to those in the Holland area. “It was pretty cool to see them putting the flag back up.”DeNooyer Chevrolet has a flag-maintenance company that takes care of the flag, repairing wear and tear. Even if they had, “It’s not an easy flag to steal,” DeNooyer said.mlive.com
6-foot waves forecast for some Lake Michigan beaches on Thursday
Up to 6-foot waves are forecast along the Lake Michigan shoreline today, posing possible danger to swimmers, the National Weather Service, Grand Rapids said. The hazardous beach conditions expected Thursday, June 29, include waves of 3 to 6 feet and dangerous currents from St. Joeseph to Manistee, according to NWS. However, the greatest threat will be north Holland. With 15 to 30 mph wind from the south southwest, conditions on the south sidee of piers and other structures will be especially risky, NWS said. READ MORE:Lake Michigan beach closed after multiple water rescuesCrews searching Lake Superior shoreline for missing Michigan womanAn invasive weed is choking Spring Valley Lake in Kalamazoomlive.com
March in Holland tonight to protest Supreme Court ending nearly 50 years of abortion rights
HOLLAND, MI - Thousands of pro-choice supporters are preparing to fill the streets of Holland tonight to protest the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade reversal. Related: Hundreds march through Grand Rapids streets in protest of Roe v. Wade reversalThe Holland Women’s March for Reproductive Rights is Thursday, June 27. Barrett said it feels “incredibly frightening” this time around, following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. On Friday, Whitmer filed with the Michigan Supreme Court a plea for judges to set an expedited briefing on her court case which seeks to declare a 1931 ban on abortion as unconstitutional. More on MLive:Congressmen Peter Meijer, Bill Huizenga applaud Supreme Court overturning Roe v. WadeFive takeaways from the U.S. Supreme Court majority opinion on abortionPassionate protests of Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade made at Kalamazoo rallymlive.com
Hundreds march through Grand Rapids streets in protest of Roe v. Wade reversal
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Holland area teen Mariah Stewart was in such angst over Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, she wanted to protest immediately. More than 200 people marched around downtown Grand Rapids Friday in reaction to the Roe v. Wade decision, stopping at the Kent County Courthouse for speeches. Related: Woman who had abortion Thursday among those protesting end of Roe v. Wade at Michigan capitolIn Grand Rapids, many protesters carried signs. Friday’s protest in Grand Rapids was emotional for many. David Boafo Jr. showed up at the Grand Rapids rally to support freedom of choice for women.mlive.com
Global digital consulting firm opening headquarters in Grand Rapids, creating 37 jobs
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Twisthink, a global digital consulting firm based in Holland, is expanding to Grand Rapids and opening a new headquarters facility downtown that will nearly double the company’s workforce. The company plans to open a new facility in the Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building in Grand Rapids within the Michigan State University Grand Rapids Innovation Park, the company announced Thursday, June 23. The expansion will bring 37 new jobs in engineering, design, strategy and project leadership to Grand Rapids, according to the announcement. The company is expanding to Grand Rapids as a result of higher demand for services related to digital connectivity and the Internet of Things, the release said. Gretchen Whitmer said the company’s expansion to Grand Rapids signals continued economic recovery and growth in Michigan.mlive.com
Holland man, 36, killed in Ottawa County crash
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI — A Holland man was killed early Thursday morning after crashing into a tree in Holland Township. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash on Douglas Avenue, near Van Dyke Street, at 3:02 a.m., Thursday, June 23. Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and AMR and Holland Township fire personnel performed life-saving measures on the driver, a 36-year-old man, but were not successful. The crash is currently under investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. More on MLivePedestrian struck and killed by Amtrak train in KalamazooVIPs plunge into Electric Forest 2022 at pool partyMan hospitalized after being shot by Albion police officermlive.com
Motorcyclist critically injured after losing control, sliding on road near Holland
HOLLAND, MI – A man is in critical condition after crashing his motorcycle in Holland Township on Monday, June 20. Shortly after 5 p.m., police responded the single vehicle crash on 136th Avenue near Depot Lane, according to a news release from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. Police said a 56-year-old Holland Township man lost control of his motorcycle, causing it to lay down and slide across the road. The motorcyclist was transported to Holland Community Hospital in critical condition. More on MLive:Kalamazoo-area police investigate fatal house fire as homicideMan dies in crash after hitting tree in Kalamazoo CountyMan, 18, dies in two-car crash in West Michiganmlive.com
Meet the OK Green All-Conference baseball team for the 2022 season
Follow Josh VanDyke on TwitterThe Mona Shores baseball team poses with its GMAA Tier 1 championship trophy on May 7, 2022, at Marsh Field in Muskegon. The Mona Shores baseball team put together a memorable regular season with a school-record 30 wins and only five losses. The Sailors dominated the OK Green Conference in the process with a 20-1 record to clinch an outright share of the league championship. Reeths-Puffer finished runner-up in the final league standings at 17-4, while Zeeland East was third overall at 14-7. Below are the top performers from the 2022 OK Green Conference baseball season.mlive.com
Police seek witnesses to fatal shooting at Holland apartment complex
HOLLAND, MI – Police are asking for witnesses to come forward with any information related to a shooting that left one person dead in Holland Sunday. Police responded to the fatal shooting at 12:13 a.m. Sunday, June 19, at an apartment complex in the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue, according to a news release from the Holland Department of Public Safety. Police believe there are several witnesses who may have information about the incident. Many people who were potential witnesses fled from the scene when police arrived, according to the release. Investigators asked anyone with information about the incident to contact the Holland Department of Public Safety at 616-355-1100 or the Ottawa County Silent Observer at 877-887-4536.mlive.com
Survivor in Holland double-shooting played dead to avoid being shot again, records show
HOLLAND, MI -- After being shot multiple times while riding a bicycle along a Holland street, a man pretended to be dead to avoid being shot again, court records show. According to the affidavit, Knight told detectives that after initially being shot, he ran over to a tree and pretended to be dead. The court affidavit shows that police were able to identify Madison as a suspect because of unusual circumstances. There were no other details about what Madison told police in the call. Police said that once Knight was out of surgery at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, he told investigators that Madison shot him in the back.mlive.com
Suspect arrested for murder in double shooting in Holland
HOLLAND, MI -- A 19-year-old man has been arrested for a double-shooting in Holland that killed one man and critically injured another. Holland police said the man is expected to be charged with open murder, attempted murder and felony firearm. Police have not yet identified the victims, but said the person killed was a 19-year-old Holland man and the person injured is an 18-year-old Holland man. The injured man was last known to be in critical condition. More from MLive:Man guilty of murder for shooting 65-year-old woman after she opened her front doorGrand Rapids police identify man killed in shootingKent County voters to decide Aug. 2 on renewing senior millagemlive.com
Holland packaging firm planning $25M expansion, 60 jobs
HOLLAND, MI — Costal Container, a locally owned full service packaging firm based in Holland, is planning to invest $25 million in a project that will add 65,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The project is expected to create 62 jobs. “Our family has been in the corrugated business for 60 years now,” Coastal Container CEO Brent Patterson said in a press release. “To see this local, family-owned company continue to thrive is exciting,” Jennifer Owens, president of Lakeshore Advantage, said in a press release. “We congratulate Coastal Container on their continued success.”In addition to 65,000 square feet of new manufacturing space, Coastal Container Corporation’s expansion will include the installation of a new corrugator, and a new rail spur for the delivery of paper rolls.mlive.com
Final four Stanley Cup playoff teams have prominent ties to Red Wings
Each of the four teams remaining in the Stanley Cup playoffs has ties to the Detroit Red Wings, some more prominent than others. Longtime Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has reached the final four for the first time since 2009, in his third season with the Oilers. Here is a look at the series:Eastern Conference finalsN.Y. Rangers vs. Tampa BayRegular season: Rangers 52-24-6, 110 points; Lightning 51-23-8, 110 points. Season series: Rangers won 3-0. Season series: Colorado won 2-1-0.mlive.com
U.S. Coast Guard closing seasonal Holland station, crews will move to Grand Haven
HOLLAND, MI -- The United States Coast Guard is closing one of its Michigan stations on Lake Michigan. The Coast Guard announced Thursday that it will be consolidating crews and assets from its seasonal station in Holland into its station in Grand Haven. A seasonal Lake Superior station in Grand Marais, Minnesota is also being folded into the USCG’s Duluth station. Station Holland averaged about 24 cases per year since 2010 while Lake Michigan averaged between 600 and 700 cases over that period. The decision to shutter the seasonal stations was made after the Coast Guard conducted a study of its laydown and historical search-and-rescue trends.mlive.com
West Michigan manufacturer plans $9.9M expansion, up to 140 new jobs
HOLLAND, MI — A Holland manufacturing company has received a $2.3 million state grant as part of a $9.9 million expansion at the business that could add up to 140 new jobs. JR Automation, which was founded in 1980 and is based in Holland, has entered into a long-term lease at 40 East 64th St. in Holland. The expansion is expected to create 140 new jobs that pay $62,000 annually, according to a memo from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The MEDC is providing the company with the $2.3 million grant as part of the expansion. In a memo detailing the project, the agency said the incentive was needed to ensure the expansion happened in Holland.mlive.com
Mab stabbed multiple times near Holland, critically injured
HOLLAND, MI -- A 25-year-old Holland man was critically injured after being stabbed multiple times at following an altercation with another man. Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies later took a 31-year-old man into custody. Deputies responded about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 to the 13000 block of Westwood Drive on a report of a stabbing. Police learned that the 31-year-old man showed up at the residence and an altercation began. The younger man was stabbed multiple times in the abdomen.mlive.com
Outdoor ice rink for community use may open in Holland by end of 2023
HOLLAND, MI – Holland officials are aiming to build and open an outdoor, public ice skating rink by the end of 2023. Van Beek said at this time he doesn’t want to disclose a working estimate for the construction cost. The city unveiled the preliminary rink designs and concept to the public during an open house last week. Preliminary designs call for a circular ice rink that is 100 feet in diameter with a 600-foot-long ribbon of ice that trails from the rink and then reconnects with it. Van Beek said a public ice skating park has long been a dream in the city.mlive.com
Medical device company expands in Holland Township
HOLLAND, MI — A company that designs, manufactures and distributes medical models and surgical trainers is moving into a new building in Holland Township. Encoris Group Corporation is investing $1 million in the building, according to Lakeshore Advantage, an economic development group serving Ottawa and Allegan counties. “Encoris Group Corporation’s success story is incredible,” Jennifer Owens, president of Lakeshore Advantage, said in a news release. “The medical device industry is constantly introducing new implant technologies,” said Jim TenBrink, co-founder and vice president of Encoris. “Encoris’ superior medical models and surgical trainers will greatly promote those technologies globally.”Holland Township supported the project with a 12-year industrial facilities tax exemption.mlive.com
Hudsonville Ice Cream to release 2 new flavors inspired by classic Little Debbie snacks
Holland-based creamery Hudsonville Ice Cream has once again partnered with Little Debbie to release two more flavors inspired by the classic snacks. Ice cream based on Unicorn Cakes and Star Crunch will be hitting shelves in late May at Walmart stores on the frozen endcap. Unicorn Cakes - Sparkling Strawberry: Strawberry flavored ice cream combines with a blue icing swirl, purple sugar crystals and pound cake pieces to create a flavor that is sure to dazzle and delight. Star Crunch: Caramel ice cream pairs perfectly with thick fudge and choco crispies for a stellar, out-of-this-world taste. Unlike the two new seasonal ice creams, which are only available for a limited time, the seven classic Little Debbie-inspired flavors will continue to be available year-round.mlive.com
Holland man injured after argument leads to shooting
HOLLAND, MI -- An argument ended with two bullets in a Holland man’s arm Saturday, police said. At about 3:30 p.m. May 14, Holland Police Department officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Harbor Village Apartment complex. On scene, officers found a 25-year-old Holland man who had two gunshot wounds to his arm, police said. The victim was taken to Holland Hospital for treatment, and the suspect was lodged in the Ottawa County Jail. The Ottawa County Prosecutor’s office will be reviewing the incident for appropriate charges, police said.mlive.com
Tulip Time closing immersion garden early due to ‘extreme and unexpected heat’
HOLLAND, MI — Tulip Time will close its immersion garden one day early because “extreme and unexpected heat” are hurting the tulips. “The unexpected and extreme heat over the week of the festival has made it beautiful to be outside, but the tulips have been struggling, including the tulips at the Tulip Immersion Garden display,” according to a news release from festival officials. 109 for other options.”Tulip Time, the annual weeklong celebration of tulips and Dutch heritage, kicked off Saturday, May 7 in Holland. Because the immersion garden exhibit will close, Tulip Time will be selling potted tulip bulbs — the type used in the exhibit — on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds. A small pot of tulips containing five bulbs may be purchased for $5, while a large pot with 10 bulbs costs $10.mlive.com
Police identify motorcyclist killed in Holland Township crash
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – Police identified Christopher Nagle, 28, of Holland, as the victim of a motorcycle crash Thursday, May 12, near an entrance to the Walmart Supercenter in Holland Township. He died at a local hospital shortly after the crash, reported at 1:38 p.m., Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies said. Nagle was riding a 1998 Triumph motorcycle east on East Lakewood Boulevard when the driver of a westbound 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee attempted a left turn onto North Park Drive. The Grand Cherokee driver, a 66-year-old Southgate woman, was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Always do this 1 thing, experts sayU.S. 131 connection to I-196 closing for more than a weekmlive.com
Hundreds of kids march through downtown Holland for Tulip Time Kinderparade
HOLLAND, MI— Students from preschool to high school decked out in Dutch costumes marched through downtown for the Tulip Time Gentex Kinderparade Thursday afternoon, May 12. Thousands of spectators lined the streets trying to keep cool in the hot spring sun with temperatures reaching nearly 90 degrees. Also making their way along the parade route was Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist and Attorney General Dana Nessel. Fourteen Holland-area school bands filled the streets with music, including Holland High School Marching band who played while dancing in their wooden shoes. Also on MLive:50,000-flower Immersion Garden gives unique view of tulips at Holland festival4 peregrine falcon chicks hatch on Detroit Zoo water towerMotorcyclist in critical condition after Holland Township crashmlive.com
Ottawa County launches food waste composting program for residents, businesses
GRAND HAVEN, MI – Ottawa County has launched a program for residents and businesses to compost their food waste. Ottawa County officials say the composting program is the only local, public health-led one in West Michigan. The health department identified a need for a composting program in spring 2021, after seeing more public interest in such programs. John Miner, a Park Township resident who is taking part in the composting program, said composting is the latest step in his family’s journey to reduce the material they send to the landfill. “When we learned the Environmental Sustainability Center had a program of collecting food waste for composting, we signed up.mlive.com
50,000-flower Immersion Garden gives unique view of tulips at Holland festival
HOLLAND, MI -- Thousands of colorful tulips, designed to tell the history of the flower, will be part of a special display during Tulip Time. A tulip immersion garden will have over 50,000 tulips that will be in raised beds, providing those at the ticketed event with a rather unique view. Ibo Gülsen, the horticulturist who set up the Immersion Garden, believes will give visitors a whole new interaction with tulips. The theme for the festival’s immersion garden is “The Journey of the Tulip.” It’s designed to show the origins of the flower and how it moved all over the world. “It feels so great after two years of COVID and no festival, and the reduced festival last year,” said Gwen Auwerda, executive director of Tulip Time.mlive.com
Holland man seriously injured when car crosses center line, strikes pickup
ALLENDALE, MI -- A 46-year-old Holland man was seriously when his car crossed the center line of an Allendale area road and struck a pickup. Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies said they determined a Ford Mustang driver, the Holland man, was headed south on 78th Avenue, north of Lake Michigan Drive, about 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 6. The Mustang went out of control, crossed the center line and struck a northbound pickup driven by a 56-year-old Allendale man. The Holland man was pinned in the Mustang. Once removed from the vehicle, he was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital with serious, yet not life-threatening, injuries.mlive.com
‘We’re responsible for our neighbors:’ Two churches team up for 46-unit Holland affordable housing development
HOLLAND, MI — Two churches have teamed up with nonprofit housing provider Dwelling Place to build at 46-unit apartment development, with 11 units reserved for people with disabilities, in downtown Holland. Conversations at Hope Church centered around housing for people with disabilities, while First United Methodist Church was focused on affordable housing. LuAnne Stanley Hook, director of community involvement at First United Methodist Church, describing the way the development came together. For example, officials at Hope Church said the church would provide its property to Dwelling Place for $1. Steve Peterson, senior planner at the city of Holland, said the development is the type of housing project the city would support.mlive.com
Voters in Holland, Zeeland townships overwhelmingly approve renewal of Zeeland BPW electricity service
ZEELAND, MI – Voters in Holland and Zeeland townships on Tuesday, May 3, overwhelmingly approved allowing the Zeeland Board of Public Works to continue providing them with electricity. Related: Voters in Holland, Zeeland townships to decide May 3 on renewal of Zeeland BPW electricity serviceThe franchise agreement was initially established in 1992 -- also for a 30-year term. The board of trustees in Holland and Zeeland townships in December 2021 unanimously approved ordinances authorizing a renewal of the franchise, but voters on Tuesday had to approve it as well. The service provided by Zeeland BPW covers about 4.9 square miles of eastern Holland Township and 17.6 miles of western Zeeland Township. Zeeland BPW pays annual franchise fees to the townships equal to 1% of its gross electric revenues in each township.mlive.com
Like shoes and shorts, intensity is a requirement for the track for USA standout
Every time the Unionville-Sebewaing Area junior dons his shoes and shorts and steps on the track, it’s a competition, it’s a race, it’s a battle. Holland edge Bay City Western runner Ambria Nagel, who attracted 16,689 votes for second. Ogemaw Heights’ Kooper Klann, Bay City Central’s Benny Facundo and John Glenn’s Kaylene Darbee all had strong showings of support on the poll. It has paid off in the form of five event victories this season across the 200 dash, 400 dash and long jump. He’s also making a name for himself in the long jump, an event where he claimed titles last year at the USA and Laker invitationals.mlive.com
Voters in Holland, Zeeland townships to decide May 3 on renewal of Zeeland BPW electricity service
ZEELAND, MI – Voters in Holland and Zeeland townships on May 3 will decide whether to allow the Zeeland Board of Public Works to continue providing them electricity. “This 30-year agreement allows the Zeeland BPW to continue its mission of providing the Zeeland area residents safe, reliable, and environmentally responsible utility service at not-for-profit rates,” officials with Zeeland BPW say. The service provided by Zeeland BPW covers about 4.9 square miles of eastern Holland Township and 17.6 miles of western Zeeland Township. Zeeland BPW officials say its residential electric rates are nearly 58% below those of Consumers Energy and that its industrial electric rates are about 20% below those of Consumers Energy. Zeeland BPW pays annual franchise fees to the townships equal to 1% of its gross electric revenues in each township.mlive.com
Michigan restaurant owner jailed for violating COVID orders
HOLLAND, Mich. – Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria in Holland has remained open for months defying COVID-19 orders like wearing masks and low density. In January, the state suspended the restaurant’s food license, but owner Marlena Pavlos-Hackney kept it open. READ: Holland restaurant owner arrested for violating Michigan health orders, state saysShe was arrested early Friday morning and brought to Lansing for a hearing. “This is the wrong way to get publicity, this is the wrong way to be a good citizen, it is the wrong way to assist the public in a pandemic,” Aquilina said. READ: 41 Michigan businesses that have had liquor licenses suspended over COVID rulesREAD: Dr. Anthony Fauci warns Gov.
Holland restaurant owner arrested for violating Michigan health orders, state says
HOLLAND, Mich. – A Michigan restaurant owner has been arrested Friday for allegedly violating the state’s public health orders, in addition to a court-ordered temporary restraining order, amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials report. The Holland restaurant owner is accused of operating her business without a license, since MDARD suspended Pavlos-Hackney’s food establishment license on Jan. 20, officials said. An administrative law judge ordered on Feb. 11 that the Holland restaurant owner’s license suspension continues. According to the Allegan County Health Department, the restaurant failed to practice COVID mitigation strategies such as mask use and social distancing. Throughout the pandemic, more than 40 Michigan establishments have had liquor licenses suspended due to their alleged failure to comply with the state’s health orders.
‘Catalyst for new revolution’: Michigan man makes death threats against Biden, Whitmer, Pelosi
NOTE: The Michigan Attorney General's Office originally spelled the defendant's name "Doctor." HOLLAND, Mich. – A Michigan man claimed he would be the catalyst for a new American revolution while making death threats against President Joe Biden, Gov. AdDocter claimed he would “be the catalyst” for a new American revolution, according to police. Michigan State Police were also part of the investigation. A probable cause conference is scheduled for April 8, and a preliminary examination is scheduled for April 15.
Metro Detroit woman regains hearing after 50 years with new device
DETROIT – Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit has been at the forefront of a lot of different kinds of surgery and medical treatment. One in particular is called piezoelectric sound conduction, which is a new electronic way to help those with hearing loss and restore full hearing. Holland grew up in Roseville, and at age 12, she needed a growth inside her ear surgically removed. That meant the loss of the hearing structures inside her left ear. The device also connects to Bluetooth, which Holland can answer the phone and no one else can hear.
Michigan woman charged with ’03 murders of newborn twin sons
CHICAGO – A Michigan woman has been charged with murder in the deaths of her newborn twin sons more than 17 years ago, police said Saturday. Antoinette Briley, 41, of Holland, Michigan, was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of her sons. Cook County detectives eventually identified Briley as the victims’ potential birth mother. Detectives traveled to Holland, Michigan, and obtained a discarded cigarette containing Briley’s DNA, which was matched to the DNA from the victims. Police learned Briley was in Cook County and took her into custody after a traffic stop in suburban Oak Lawn.
Michigan pastor tells congregation to catch virus, ‘get it over with’
HOLLAND, Mich. – The senior pastor of a church in western Michigan has encouraged his congregation to catch the coronavirus to “get it over with” and calling it “all good.”Bart Spencer made the statements during a Nov. 14 sermon at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Holland, The Holland Sentinel reported. “It’s OK. Get it, get it over with, press on.”The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 389,032 as of Friday, including 9,661 deaths, state officials report. On Thursday, the state reported 380,343 total cases and 9,580 deaths. The sermon was posted on the church's website and shared on Facebook, the newspaper said. Spencer later told the newspaper that he and several members of his family contracted the virus and have recovered.
Mom gets 6 months in jail; son drowned in Lake Michigan
HOLLAND, Mich. – A woman has been sentenced to 180 days in jail for neglecting to keep an eye on her son who drowned in Lake Michigan. Miranda Rowe, 33, of Spring Lake Township appeared in court Monday. Her 6-year-old, Iain, drowned at Holland State Park on June 6, a day of high waves and warnings. Investigators said her son was unattended for at least 15 minutes while she was in a bathroom. More than 50 people this year have drowned in Lake Michigan in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin, according to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project.
Mom pleads guilty to neglect in sons drowning at Michigan beach
HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) The mother of a 6-year-old boy who drowned in Lake Michigan pleaded guilty Thursday to child neglect. Iain Rowe drowned at Holland State Park on June 6, a day of high waves and warnings. Miranda Rowe, 33, of Spring Lake Township pleaded guilty in Holland District Court. Its not unheard of but its a little unusual to have a parent charged in the drowning death of a child. At least 36 people in four states have drowned in Lake Michigan this year, according to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project.
Colleges grapple with coronavirus as students return
Some universities are reconsidering plans to hold in-person classes or implementing new testing regimes. Oyeronke Popoola, a 17-year-old freshman living near two COVID-19 clusters, was taking a mix of online and in-person classes. Holland said she wants other colleges to learn from the Chapel Hill students who participated in large, maskless gatherings. The campus currently has 270 people in isolation due to contacts, symptoms or positive tests, including 51 students living on campus, Plowman said. In Flagstaff, Arizona, Vice Mayor Adam Shimoni said he would like the University of Northern Arizona to cancel in-person classes for the semester.
Dutch economy shrinks by 'unprecedented' 8.5% as virus hits
THE HAGUE The Dutch economy suffered an unprecedented 8.5% contraction in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic slammed the brakes on spending, exports and investments, the country's Central Bureau for Statistics said Friday. While the Dutch contraction compared to the first quarter was bad, it was not as severe as other major European countries like France and Germany. The 19-country eurozone, which the Netherlands is a part of, dropped by a quarterly 12.1% while the U.K. reported a 20.4% decline. "Corona has caused unprecedented economic damage. It is an economic catastrophe of exceptional proportions," said Peter Hein van Mulligen, chief economist at the Dutch statistics office.
Tigers hit 4 homers in 1st inning, drill Pirates 11-5
Cron and Jeimer Candelario all hit home runs in the first inning against Pittsburghs Derek Holland as the Detroit Tigers drilled the Pirates 11-5 on Saturday. A night after a 17-13 win in 11 innings, Detroit came out swinging and sent the Pirates their ninth loss in their last 10 games. Nine of the Tigers' 16 hits went for extra bases. TRAINER'S ROOMPirates: Closer Keone Kela (COVID-19) pitched an inning of live batting practice but there remains no timetable for his return. Pirates: Joe Musgrove (0-3, 6.75) will attempt to bounce back after getting knocked around in a loss to Minnesota.
Ken Holland, Marian Hossa inducted to Hockey Hall of Fame
DETROIT Two former members of the Detroit Red Wings were inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF) on Wednesday. Former Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland was inducted as a builder while former forward Marian Hossa was inducted for his playing career. Welcome to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Ken Holland. Welcome to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Marian Hossa. #HHOF2020 | #HHOF pic.twitter.com/E1QZ4lTK4V Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) June 24, 2020That very next year he finally won his Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Divers recover 6-year-old boys body in Lake Michigan; Grand Rapids teen still missing
HOLLAND, Mich. Divers recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who went missing in Lake Michigan on Saturday at Holland State Park, while the search for a 17-year-old continues. At around 5 p.m. Saturday, crews rushed to Holland State Park after a 6-year-old and 17-year-old were both reported missing, according to WOOD-TV. The search for the two started Sunday morning at Holland State Park. The Ottawa County Sheriffs Office says its dive team found the boys body around 7:15 p.m. Sunday. Crews are still searching for Grand Rapids 17-year-old Christian Ngabo, who vanished while swimming with his 19-year-old brother.
Search for missing 6-year-old boy and teen continues in Lake Michigan
HOLLAND, Mich. Crews continued searching for a missing 6-year-old and 17-year-old who officials fear might have drowned in Lake Michigan Saturday afternoon. The search for the two continued at Holland State Park beginning 7 a.m. Sunday. At around 5 p.m. Saturday crews rushed to Holland State Park after both were reported missing, according to WOOD-TV. Officials are also looking for him on outside of the lake and not ruling he is in the water. The name of the missing teen is not being released.
NHL awards regular-season trophies for season cut short
Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Boston's David Pastrnak share the Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy the league announced Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)Since the NHL is planning to go straight to the playoffs, it's handing out a handful of trophies for the regular season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. Not long after unveiling a 24-team right to the playoffs format, the league on Thursday announced the winners of its regular-season awards. Although Ovechkin was stopped short of a ninth 50-goal season, his ninth goal-scoring title extends his NHL record. The benefit and the curse of a bye, I suppose.___For more AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
New Holland Brewing Co. introduces light ale made with Lake Michigan water
HOLLAND, Mich. – New Holland Brewing Co.'s newest offering is a light white ale brewed with Lake Michigan water. The Holland, Michigan brewery recently introduced Lightpoint Functional White Ale, a brew the company says is made with natural ingredients, including raw honey, coconut water and orange peels. "We all look forward to the light point in our day or in our workout,” said Adam Dickerson, New Holland brand manager. “Here in west Michigan, the sunset over Lake Michigan symbolizes that moment of rest. Lightpoint Functional White Ale will be available across the brewery’s distribution network beginning March 1.
Family found $600K of cocaine on beach
FreeImages.com/Ivan Prole(CNN) - A family on vacation in South Carolina found more than just seashells and crabs while strolling along the beach. Justus Holland and his family were enjoying Fripp Island's beach on October 6 when they came across a "large, dark object" floating in the water, police said. When he pulled it out, he observed a "white substance on the blade," a police report said. Officials with the Sheriff's Office estimate the street value of the drugs to be around $600,000, reported CNN affiliate WCSC. "The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and the DEA are investigating and attempting to establish the cocaine's origin and intended destination," Bromage said.
Tom Holland called CEO of Disney and told him to save Spider-Man
(CNN) - Tom Holland isn't just a superhero on screen. Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed Friday in an interview with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel that Holland, who plays Spider-Man in the Marvel movies, personally called and asked him to fix the Spider-Man deal with Sony -- basically saving this iteration of the franchise. Disney, which owns Marvel, and Sony had an agreement that allowed the character to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was clear that the fans wanted Tom back as Spider-Man, made by Marvel and our Marvel production team," he said. "We spoke, and he basically made a -- he cried on the phone," Iger said, laughing before revealing the truth.
Memphis boy wore dress to his homecoming coronation
LAKANA(CNN) - The students at White Station High School in Memphis, Tennessee, decided it was time for change. Typically students vote for who they want for homecoming king and queen, coveted titles in the social hierarchy of high schools all across the country. WSHS senior Brandon Allen was crowned Friday homecoming royalty, donning a gold dress. His high school posted a picture of him in the dress, holding a bouquet of flowers with crown. "It's the students' choice of who they want to support as homecoming royalty," said school principal Carrye Holland.
Vernors launches limited edition cans featuring Michigan lighthouses
DETROIT - Vernors is launching a line of limited edition cans featuring iconic Michigan lighthouses. The lighthouses showcased during the promotion include Big Red (Holland), South Haven, Tri-Centennial State Park Light (Detroit), Au Sable Point (Grand Marais), DeTour Reef (DeTour Village), Port Austin Reef (Port Austin), Harbor Beach and Pointe Aux Barques (Port Hope). This is the third year Vernors has teamed with Pure Michigan. Over the last two years, the collectible series showcased twelve other Michigan lighthouses including Big Sable Point, Crisp Point, Eagle Harbor, Grand Haven, Tawas Point, Forty Mile Point, Old Mackinac Point, Point Iroquois, Point Betsie, Little Sable Point, St Joseph and Fort Gratiot. The lighthouse cans will be sold in 12-packs of Vernors and Diet Vernors at retailers throughout Michigan and will be available from late-July to late-September 2019.
Tom Holland Surprises Kids in Hospital as Spider-Man
These kids got the surprise of a lifetime when they were visited by the heroes of "Spider-Man: Far From Home." Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jake Gyllenhaal stopped by the Children's Hospital Los Angeles last week, with Holland in his spidey suit and Gyllenhaal in his dark armor and cape as Mysterio. "I love you," one little boy told Holland, "and that you shoot webs." I actually used all my webs on the way over here.The kids also got a special screening of the new movie, which opened in theaters on Tuesday. RELATED STORIES'Spider-Man' Tom Holland Rescues Fan Being Crushed Outside 'Late Show'French Spider-Man Climbs 47-Story Building in Philippines'Spider-Man' Breaks Into Police Station and Falls Asleep in Ceiling Duct While High on Meth: Cops
'Spider-Man' Tom Holland Rescues Fan Being Crushed Outside 'Late Show'
Before he entered the Ed Sullivan Theater in Midtown Manhattan, Holland helped a young lady who was being pushed by autograph hounds. I got you, Holland told Cassidy Ariel as she was being pushed into barricades. Ariel found herself in a throng of eager fans outside the theater as Holland showed up. Holland told the people around Ariel back up and made sure she was alright. Holland didn't dish on the drama during his appearance on Colbert's show, but this fan said she will never forget Spider-Man coming to her rescue.
Best, worst driving cities in Michigan in 2019
A new report ranks the best and worst driving cities in Michigan. Here's the info and insight from QuoteWizard:The Worst Driving CitiesHollandTaking the top spot for Michigan's worst drivers, Holland might have stirred a debate on whether east or west Michigan has the worst drivers. The Best Driving CitiesHoltIt's no surprise to see one of the smaller cities take the number one spot for driver quality in Michigan. Related: 20 best places to live in Southeast Michigan in 2019BurtonSharing the best driving hub with Flint, Burton rounds out the top three cities with the best drivers in Michigan. Cities below are ranked 1-50 from worst to best drivers.
Report: Ken Holland officially hired as Edmonton Oilers GM
DETROIT Ken Holland is officially taking the general manager position with the Edmonton Oilers, according to TSN's Ryan Rishaug. The longtime Detroit Red Wings GM was reportedly offered $25 million over five years to take control of Edmonton's full hockey operations. Under his tenure as GM, Detroit won three Stanley Cups and missed the playoffs just three times -- these past three years. Steve Yzerman was named Detroit's newest GM on April 19 and Holland was promoted to a senior executive position with the Red Wings. "It has been a privilege and an honor to be the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings."
Report: Oilers offer Red Wings' Ken Holland full hockey operations control as general manager
DETROIT The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly offered former Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland full hockey operations control if he becomes their general manager. Holland was named Detroit's senior vice president last month when the team hired Steve Yzerman as its new general manager. If he accepts the Edmonton job, he reportedly would have full control of the front office. Detroit won three Stanley Cups during Holland's 22-year tenure as general manager.
Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman discusses team's young core, rebuild progress, decision to return
DETROIT Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman was officially introduced Friday as the team's new general manager. "I would like to start by saying I'm extremely excited to be back in Detroit with the Red Wings," Yzerman said. The Detroit Tigers welcomed back Steve Yzerman after he accepted the Red Wings general manager job on April 19, 2019. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)"Today is a real exciting day for the fans of the Detroit Red Wings and for the Red Wings organization," Holland said. "It's a real exciting day for me to see Steve Yzerman come back where he belongs, back in Detroit with the Detroit Red Wings."
Northwest Airlines Flight 2501: Search resumes for plane that vanished over Lake Michigan in 1950
HOLLAND, Mich. – Researchers are setting out again in search of the remains of Northwest Airlines Flight 2501 that disappeared over Lake Michigan nearly 70 years ago. The airplane was carrying 58 people from New York to Seattle when it went missing in 1950. The Michigan Shipwreck Research Association has spent years searching for Flight 2501, discovering 10 shipwrecks along the way. Researchers plan to narrow the search area and use more advanced equipment this spring. The association has teamed up with Greg Busch, an oceanographer and owner of Busch Marine in Freeland.