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Feature Story Zeeland’s oldest and most beloved festival is back. Pumpkinfest is a 30-year tradition celebrating community, family fun, and fall activities.

Zeeland’s Pumpkinfest Barnyard Bash is back

Zeeland’s oldest and most beloved festival is back. Pumpkinfest is a 30-year tradition celebrating community, family fun, and fall activities. The year’s theme is “Pumpkinfest Barnyard Bash.” The two-day event features a number of free and low-cost events that can be enjoyed by all ages.   

Feature Story Steve and Jill Miskelley are honoring their late son, Ian, a champion University of Michigan swimmer, with plans to open the Be Better Mental Wellness Center in Holland.

Be Better Mental Wellness Center draws inspiration from champion Holland swimmer

Steve and Jill Miskelley are honoring their late son, Ian, a champion University of Michigan swimmer, with plans to open the Be Better Mental Wellness Center in Holland. The facility will serve young people experiencing mental health issues — as well as their family members and other supporters.

Feature Story Long-distance boaters Greg and Susan Costa with their donations.

Boaters stop in Holland for a ‘day of donating’

Long-distance boaters Greg and Susan Costa are on the Great Loop, a long-distance boating trip of 6,000 miles. They stopped in Holland for a "day of donating" called Loopers Care that benefited local children and women in need. 

Feature Story Downtown Holland will host trick or treating on Oct. 30.

October Along the Lakeshore: Pumpkinfests, Fall Color Tour, festivals, parades, and more

The Lakeshore is brimming with fun and exciting October events. From parades to festivals, and from a goose-calling challenge to a pet costume contest, there are lots of ways to enjoy the month with family and friends in Allegan, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties.

Feature Story A rendering of the $1.2 million facility USA Sign Frame and Stake is building in Zeeland Township.

Investment in green technology grows sign-maker

USA Sign Frame and Stake is building a $1.2 million facility in Zeeland Township to keep up with demand for its recycled plastic sign frames. The investment will create six new jobs. 

Feature Story GRCC President Bill Pink

GRCC president: New state budget recognizes the importance of community colleges

GRCC President Bill Pink says he applauds the governor and the Legislature for a bipartisan plan that recognizes the important role community colleges play in helping residents change their lives and in boosting the West Michigan economy.

Feature Story Mark Herman with his ArtPrize painting.

Holland restaurateur honored in ArtPrize exhibit Leadership on Canvas 2021

​​Mark Herman was selected for the ArtPrize exhibit Leadership on Canvas for his generous spirit. His Holland restaurant, Crazy Horse Steakhouse and Saloon, has inspired customers to give nearly $500,000 to help people in need. 

Feature Story AYA

Published Together: Nonprofits create a welcoming, positive space for our unhoused youth

Published Together is a Conversation-based series from Publisher Tommy Allen. This week we hear from Lauren VanKeulen of A.Y.A. (or As You Are) a local nonprofit serving Kent County's unhoused youth.

Feature Story Pianist Ralph Votapek

HSO kicks off season with classics

The Holland Symphony Orchestra season will kick off the Sept. 25 concert, Classics I, New Worlds, at Hope College’s Jack H. Miller Center.

Feature Story Kyle Williams

(Anti) Racism Task Force partners with A Long Talk About the Uncomfortable Truth

Participants will unpack their truth, find their voice, and activate their activism during three 90-minute sessions.

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