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.

3.10.15:  Holland company recalls turkey lunch meat for contamination


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Food safety officials say that a western Michigan company is recalling turkey lunch meat because of bacterial contamination.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture announced the recall Monday. It says that Earl’s Meats in Holland is making the recall after a sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

The state says that eating food contaminated with Listeria can have high fevers, severe headaches, neck stiffness and nausea. The disease is sometimes fatal.

The recalled meat was sold from the retail cooler at Earl’s Meats in Holland and is has sell-by dates from Feb. 24, 2015 to March 3, 2015.

3.9.15:  Ottawa County to consider banning drones in county’s parks


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Ottawa County officials are considering a ban on drones at the county’s parks.

Parks & Recreation Director John Scholtz says drones should be covered by the county’s ban on motorized model airplanes, cars and boats. He says he plans to investigate the issue further and speak with an attorney representing the Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission before a decision is made.

A legal analyst with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the state doesn’t have specific rules regarding drones at its parks. But he says that could change when the Federal Aviation Administration issues final rules on drones in the next couple years.

Drones were banned from national parks in June.

2.10.15:  13 year old falls through ice on Lake Macatawa


A 13-year-old Holland boy was pulled from Lake Macatawa near Holland Monday afternoon.

The boy was chasing his dog when he ran onto the ice near Dutton Park.  The dog was able to get out but the boy could not get himself out of the water.

Crews threw the boy a rope and then a DNR conservation officer pulled him to thicker ice where he was pulled to safety.

He was treated for hypothermia.


Police are urging caution when going out on frozen water.

12-30-14 Crash Sends One to Hospital in Holland


Holland police report one person was sent to the hospital after a three car crash on US31. According to reports, 59-year old Veng Chheng was traveling south on US31 at Felch Street when he apparently failed to stop for a red light. He then collided with one car and was pushed into another. Chheng was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. One other driver was slightly injured.