7-20-15 Plane Crash near Holland State Park

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 66-year-old man walked away with only minor injuries after crash landing a small plane on a Lake Michigan beach.

WGHN-AM reports Steven Stam told officers he was flying Sunday evening along the lakeshore in western Michigan when the plane’s engine began having trouble. He brought the plane down in dune grass in Ottawa County’s Park Township, near Holland State Park.

No one else was in the plane and no one on the ground was injured. The plane’s nose ended up in the sand with its tail in the air.

Jackee Thompson told MLive.com “something didn’t sound right” before the plane went down. She says “the next thing you know, everyone is running to the crash site.”

The Detroit News reports the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.


7-10-15  Chicago Area Credit Card Ring Operating in West Michigan

Three Chicago area residents were arraigned in Holland on credit card fraud charges. The trio was caught shortly after buying electronics at the Best Buy on West Shore Drive on Tuesday. Investigators say they found numerous credit cards inside the vehicle and they’re trying to determine if they’d been altered.

7-9-15  It’s Finally Coming to West Michigan!!!

A lot of people are rejoicing over a decision to put up a Chick-Fil-a in Holland. The chicken conglomerate with over 19-hundred stores, plans to transform the former Perkins restaurant on North Park Drive into one of their trademark stores.

Social media has been lit up with posts about the new store going up in West Michigan. Facebook and Twitter were filled with posts of excited individuals who couldn’t wait to travel a shorter distance for one of their trademark sandwiches.

Chick-Fil-a already has several stores on the east side of the state.

7.1.15:  $2M donation for Holland Civic Center renovation plan



HOLLAND, MI (Mlive) –A $2 million donation is moving up plans for a long-needed renovation of Holland’s 61-year-old Civic Center, a property that will also see a dramatic change outside it doors as the city transforms an asphalt parking lot to a park-like setting.


City leaders announced an $11 million plan for bringing the city facility, at 50 W. Ninth St., into the 21st century.  Upgrades include adding air conditioning and renovating restrooms, doors and windows and making it accessible for those with disabilities.


The parking lot will turn into an outdoor venue with reflection pool that becomes a skating rink during the winter, children’s sculpture garden, performance stage, terraced seating area and a splash pad.


The property is next to the Eighth Street Market, home to the city’s twice-a-week Farmer’s Market, featuring 80 local farmers and food artisans.


The benefactor’s identity will be revealed at a later date when the new name of the facility, which will bear the donor’s parent’ names, is announced.


The timing of the announcement coincides with a major private investment being eyed for Eighth Street, between River and Pine Avenues.


Despite its condition, the facility is used for 500 events a year from sports games to meetings.

Still, a lack of amenities have kept the facility from fully being used.


7.1.15:  Hope College’s new art museum to feature major donation



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A donation of Asian art worth more than $1.2 million has significantly boosted the collection of a new museum opening at a liberal arts college in western Michigan.

More than 500 artworks and 7,000 art-related books, publications and catalogs donated by two California residents have increased Hope College’s collection by about 30 percent. The school’s Kruizenga Art Museum is set to open Sept. 8, with many pieces on display that have never been seen by the public before.

Construction on the $3 million building in Holland began in May 2013 and was completed this June. The museum will feature two galleries, with one displaying European and American art, and the other displaying Asian art.

Art will be installed in the building in July.



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.