2.1.16:  City workers help fix up carousel at Windmill Island Gardens



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Dutch carousel at Windmill Island Gardens in Holland is in better shape thanks to the work of city mechanics who usually fix plow trucks and other city vehicles.

The Holland Sentinel reports the carousel’s drive wheel was cracked and dry and the entire driveshaft needed repair.

Holland’s transportation director Brian White says mechanics Barry Wassink and Jeff Smit worked on the project. White says: “Oftentimes, our mechanics go unnoticed … but it’s projects like this that showcase their abilities and the capabilities we have at the city.”

The mechanics rebuilt the driveshaft with modern parts.

The hand-painted carousel is undergoing restoration by local artists. It was built in 1908 and bought in the 1970s by the city of Holland, which is known for its Dutch heritage.


1,27,16:  Decades later, western Michigan library gets book back



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A book has been returned to a library in western Michigan — 49 years later.

The borrower told the library that he was a college student in 1967 when he checked out a book about World War II from the Herrick library in Holland. He wrote in a letter that the book was stored in a trunk that hadn’t been opened until recently. He also provided a donation with his letter.

Library director Diane Kooiker declined to identify the title of the book or the man’s name, citing privacy. She said he sent $100.

In his letter, the man described it as a “modest donation” on what could be a “tremendous fine.”

Kooiker says honest people sometimes can misplace a book.


1-26-15 Get Your Mouth Checked to Fight Cancer

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A dentist’s office in western Michigan is offering patients the opportunity to help fight blood cancer when they get their teeth cleaned.

The Holland Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1PznMiP ) reports that the staff at Huisman Family Dentistry in Holland plans to ask patients if they would like to submit a cheek swab to register as a potential bone marrow donor in the national registry.

Patient care coordinator Linda Cooper, who lost a young child to leukemia 21 years ago, started the effort. She tells the newspaper that other workers in the dentist’s office also have relatives who have been affected by cancer.

Huisman Family Dentistry is working with the organization Delete Blood Cancer DKMS to offer the registration to patients and the community.


12.9.15:  Man suspected of killing 2 in western Michigan kills himself



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Police say a man suspected of killing two people in Holland in western Michigan has killed himself.

Investigators found the man’s body inside an SUV at a Buddhist temple near Holland on Tuesday. He’s identified as 51-year-old Bounthavee Nerasin.

Nerasin was suspected in the deaths of 37-year-old Mani Khounvongsa and 40-year-old Gilberto Andrade-Pena. They were fatally shot Monday at an apartment in Holland.

Two other people in the apartment weren’t hurt.

Police Capt. Jack Dykstra says the victims appeared to have been trying to escape. Police are investigating what led to the shooting. Nerasin’s wife says one of the victims was her husband’s girlfriend.



12.8.15:   2 dead following shooting at apartment in Holland



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Police say a woman and a man have been fatally shot at an apartment complex in Holland.

Police were called to the 300 block of Stratford Way following a Monday night shooting that left a 37-year-old woman and 40-year-old man dead. Police say they’re seeking a man as a suspect in the shooting who is believed to have left scene in a vehicle.

Holland police Captain Jack Dykstra told reporters the woman lived in the apartment complex and both victims appeared to have been trying to escape. According to police, the man was found outside a door of the apartment and the woman was found in the hallway.


Names weren’t immediately released.


Dykstra says two other people in the apartment at the time weren’t injured. Police are investigating what led to the shooting.


11.10.15:  Lake Macatawa pipeline with deformities to be replaced



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A fuel pipeline under Lake Macatawa is set to be replaced after recent inspections identified several abnormalities in the current structure.

HT Engineering is heading up the project to replace the submerged pipeline.

Officials say the company is concerned with the long-term effects these problems could have on the pipeline.

Federal regulations give the company 180 days from detection to repair or replace the pipe.


The pipeline is owned by Portage-based Wolverine Pipeline Co. and carries both gasoline and diesel.

The entire process is expected to take about six weeks. Crews could shorten the length of the project by working around the clock for half of that time.