6.26.15:  Holland plant to expand and add jobs



LG Chem advanced battery plant of Holland says they will be adding another 100 employees this next year.    That is due to a new automotive customer and a plant expansion.

The company produces automotive battery cells.

They plan to hold a job fair next week in the Grand Rapids area to fill the positions they need.

The Job Fair will take place, Tuesday, June 30th from 9am – 6pm at Crossroad Conference Center on Clay Avenue in Wyoming.

6.24.15:  Land in western Michigan becoming wetlands, education site



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Officials say 70 acres of unused property in western Michigan will be transformed into wetlands, a butterfly habitat, a farm and a hands-on science classroom.

The Holland Sentinel and The Grand Rapids Press report Holland-based office furniture maker Haworth Inc. is donating the land to the $12 million watershed restoration effort known as Project Clarity. A groundbreaking is next week and wetland vegetation will be planted by fall.

Haworth bought the land in the 1980s with plans for a manufacturing expansion, but that didn’t happen. It was estimated to be worth about $500,000 before Haworth donated it to Outdoor Discovery Center-Macatawa Greenway’s Project Clarity.

Wetlands will capture water from agricultural and industrial properties as well as overflow from the nearby north branch of the Macatawa River.

6.16.15:  Michigan man struck by train hauling coal, survives



HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 52-year-old man has survived being hit by a coal-hauling train in western Michigan.

Authorities say Robert Montgomery was either sitting or lying on tracks in Holland Township south of James Street about 12:30 p.m. Monday when he was struck.

He told police he didn’t see or hear the train.

Montgomery of Holland was listed Monday afternoon in serious condition at an area hospital.


6.5.15:  Recall affects 49,000 pounds of pork sausage products



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan-based business is recalling about 49,000 pounds of pork sausage products shipped to institutions nationwide that may be contaminated with foreign materials.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall involving Quincy Street Inc. of Holland late Thursday.

The pork sausage items were produced on April 22 and 23. The Food Safety and Inspection Service and the company say they’ve received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the affected products. Anyone with concerns should contact a doctor.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 18963″ inside the USDA mark of inspection. The problem was discovered by Quincy Street during routine verification activities.


5.8.15:  Dancing record attempt at Tulip Time festival falls short



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — An attempt to set a dancing record at the annual Tulip Time festival has fallen short.

Organizers say around 1,700 people turned out Thursday evening at Centennial Park in the Michigan city of Holland. They wanted to set the record for the largest number of people dancing simultaneously in wooden shoes.

The city of Holland is known for its Dutch heritage. The Holland Sentinel reports participants didn’t match another city’s existing record of more than 2,600.

Bethany Christian Services, an adoption support agency, coordinated the event as a fundraiser. The Grand Rapids Press reports that around $30,000 was raised for post-adoption services.

The organization was successful in breaking a record in 2013 by producing a 609-pound cinnamon roll.


5.5.15:  Spectrum Health offers free skin cancer screenings Tuesday



GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Spectrum Health plans to hold skin cancer screenings free of charge at four locations throughout West Michigan.


The best way to find skin cancer in its earliest and most treatable state by checking your skin regularly and having a dermatologist perform a focused skin cancer screening.


Spectrum Health medical professionals will perform skin cancer screenings at no charge on Tuesday, May 5, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the following locations.


-South Pavilion, 80 68th Street SE, Suite 302, Cutlerville

-Grand Rapids Internal medicine & Pediatrics, 1300 Michigan Street NE, Suite 202, Grand Rapids

-Spectrum Health Medical Group, 588 East Lakewood Boulevard, Holland

-Spectrum Health Medical Group, 2111 12 Mile Road NW, Sparta


Appointments are not required and walk-ins are welcome.


Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world.



5.4.15:  5 year old boy dies in house fire



There was a fatal house fire in Holland Township overnight.

Around 1 a.m. crews were called to a home in the 12000 block of N. Bellwood Drive.

There were several people inside at the time.

A 5-year-old boy died as a result of that fire and an adult was treated for injures.


There is no word yet on the cause of the fire and the Red Cross is assisting the family.

4.6.15:  Memorial service scheduled for Marine killed in crash


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A memorial service is planned next weekend in western Michigan for a Marine killed in a helicopter crash off the Florida Panhandle.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that the service for Staff Sergeant Andrew Seif begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Holland.

Seif was formerly of Holland and graduated from West Ottawa High School. He was one of three Michigan Marines killed March 10 when the Black Hawk helicopter they were in crashed in dense fog during a training mission.

Staff Sergeants Marcus Bawol of Warren and Trevor Blaylock of Lake Orion also were among the seven Marines and four Army soldiers killed.

Seif will be buried April 14th at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

4.3.15:  Arlington service set for Michigan Marine killed in crash


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A service is planned this month at Arlington National Cemetery for one of three Michigan Marines killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Florida during a training mission.

An obituary for Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif says interment is April 14 and a memorial service was held March 26 in Traverse City.

Seif was a 2006 graduate of West Ottawa High School. His obituary says the former Holland man is survived by his wife Dawn; they have a son due in August.

Staff Sergeants Marcus Bawol of Warren, Trevor Blaylock of Lake Orion and Seif were among seven Marines and four Army soldiers killed March 10 when the helicopter crashed in a nighttime training exercise in dense fog. Funerals for Bawol and Blaylock were held last month.

3.17.15:  High school diver hospitalized after being pulled from pool


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy from the Detroit area is hospitalized after being pulled from a western Michigan pool during a swim meet.

Nolan Gutenschwager was in critical condition Monday at an area hospital.

The Wyandotte Roosevelt High School student was resuscitated after he was pulled Friday from the water at the Holland Community Aquatic Center. State high school swimming and diving championships were being held at the center.

The Holland Sentinel reported that he was taking part in diving warmups and may have suffered a medical emergency. The boy was pulled from the water by a lifeguard and a swim coach. The lifeguard performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Aquatic Center Executive Director Jack Huisingh told the Holland Sentinel that the boy has a history of seizures.