10.19.16:  Kids’ Food Basket in need of sacks



-The Kids’ Food Basket provides sack suppers for students that need a ready-to-eat meal to eat when they go home from school.

Decorated Sack Supper bags provide kids with an extra touch of love.

They are hoping to reach a goal of 75,000 decorated bags by October 22nd.

Organizers say brown or white paper sacks work best ( can be purchased at Sam’s Club and GFS Stores in bulk).  Please keep in mind that many Sack Suppers will be going to public schools and therefore cannot contain religious or political messages.


The bags can be dropped off during regular business hours or Saturday, October 22, from 10 am to 1 p.m. at one of their special drive-through, drop-off locations:


-2055 Oak Industrial Dr. NE, St.C, Grand Rapids

-1011 2nd St., Muskegon

-389 James St., Holland


9.28.16:  Teacher Kevin Witte dies from injuries




-Holland Christian School Superintendent Dan Meester posted that teacher and coach Kevin Witte, died as a result of injuries suffered in an accident Monday morning.


Witte was on his way to school when a utility pole that was being transported, crashed into his vehicle, hitting him and knocking him unconscious.  The truck driver was on 120th Avenue, turning onto Garden Avenue, when the pole swung into Witte’s lane.   The police department continues to investigate the accident and see whether transporting the pole was in violation of traffic laws.

A facebook post is calling for friends of the school district to make a human prayer c

hain around the high school starting at 8:30 Wednesday morning.


9.2.16:  US Coast Guard ends search for 2 teens in Lake Michigan



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard officials say they have ended their search for two teenage Michigan boys who went missing while swimming in Lake Michigan.

The Coast Guard said Thursday afternoon it had found no sign of the boys, identified by the Ottawa County sheriff’s department as 14-year-old Vincent Green and 17-year-old Christopher Mimis. Both are from the Holland area.

They were among four teenage boys swimming Wednesday evening at Holland State Park when they were dragged out by strong currents and high waves. Two boys got out of the water, while boats and helicopters tried to rescue the others.

Authorities said earlier the search had become a recovery effort.


9.1.16:  2 teens missing in Lake Michigan near Holland State Park



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Emergency crews have temporarily suspended their search for two teenage boys who went missing while swimming in Lake Michigan.

Authorities at the scene in Holland State Park say four teenage boys were swimming Wednesday evening when they were pulled out by strong currents and high waves around 7:30 p.m. The Holland Sentinel and MLive.com report two boys managed to get out of the water, and boats and helicopters were used to search for the other two.

But before 11 p.m., authorities said the water was too tough and temporarily halted the search.

The missing teens are 14 and 17 years old. They were not immediately identified.


8.26.16:  Michigan plant making way for Grey Poupon mustard



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The state with a history of manufacturing motors and Motown music is making more room for mustard.

The Holland Sentinel reported Thursday that the Kraft Heinz Co. plant in the western Michigan city of Holland is expected to be the home of all Grey Poupon production in about a month. The plant also plans to expand production of yellow mustard.

The moves come amid a $17.2 million investment in the longtime Holland plant and addition of 50 employees. The expansion follows November’s announcement that the company would be closing seven plants in the U.S. and Canada and eliminating 2,600 jobs — about 14 percent of its North American factory workforce.

The company, based in Chicago and Pittsburgh, was formed from the merger of Kraft and Heinz last year.


8-12-16 Muskegon Man Dies Following Construction Fall

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A 48-year-old man has died following a two-story fall from the roof of a western Michigan college building. David Torrenga toppled Wednesday from Hope College’s DePree Art Center & Gallery in Holland. He later died at a hospital. The Holland Sentinel reports Thursday that police said Torrenga struck his head during the fall.

8-11-16 Warning for Women Walking Along Boardwalk in GH

Grand Haven police are wanting to advise women that a person has been approaching women and making them feel uncomfortable.  Police say several women reported the same type of incident where the male subject walks alongside them near the boardwalk and began talking about their appearance.  None of the incidents involved any physical contact but raised concerns by the women involved.

8-11-16 E. Coli Hitting Ottawa County

E-coli has shut down an Ottawa County beach.  The Health Department closed the beach at 8th Avenue Lake until further notice.  Testing has been done consistently but appears to have been on the rise recently.  The beach is expected to be closed through the weekend.

7.7.16:  Holland gets $1 million boost to Civic Center overhaul plan


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The city of Holland is getting a $1 million boost to its $15.1 million Civic Center overhaul plan.

Mayor Nancy DeBoer says Dick Haworth and Holland-based office furniture maker Haworth Inc. will donate $500,000 in cash and $500,000 in furniture and design for the project. The Holland Sentinel reports DeBoer announced the donation during Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

DeBoer says the city has been fundraising for the Civic Center project in recent months, approaching multiple donors in the community. The newspaper says possible additions to the project including a demonstration kitchen and Tulip Time offices could increase the overall price tag.

Jim Heeringa and his wife, Eileen, earlier announced they were donating $2 million to the project in honor of his parents, George and Lucile Heeringa.