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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.

Feature Story Ottawa County Clerk/Register of Deeds Justin Roebuck registering new voters at Grand Valley State University.

From election coordinator to Michigan Clerk of the Year: Justin Roebuck’s passion for public service

Ottawa County’s Justin Roebuck was recently named the 2021 Michigan Clerk of the Year. He has made customer service a priority since taking office, with a focus on utilizing technology to solve problems and improve access and transparency.

Feature Story Julie Engel at her sheep farm in Montague.

Lakeshore sheep farm certified for sustainability practices

Sheep farmer Julie Engel shares why she’s taking on the extra costs and time to have practices validated by A Greener World, described as North America’s most trusted and transparent farm certifier.

Feature Story The WMS’s Debut Strings string orchestra program performs in 2019. The proposed Tune Up program is also a string orchestra program, slated to begin in 2022 in Muskegon Public Schools, in collaboration with their IMPACT after-school program.

Symphony announces $5M campaign to build an endowment

The leaders of the West Michigan Symphony have launched the Play Your Part campaign, as part of a $5 million fundraising effort to build the WMS endowment while investing in music education programs for underserved children in the Muskegon area. 

Feature Story The Grand Haven lighthouse during a storm. (Todd Reed)

Awarding-winning photographer shares his favorite images of the Lakeshore

Outdoor photographer Todd Reed is celebrating his lifelong love of the Mitten State with his new book, Todd Reed: 50 Years of Seeing Michigan Through a Lens. Over the years, he has taken many photos of the Lakeshore, from lighthouses to tulips to Coast Guard vessels. 

Feature Story The GRCC food pantry offers curbside distributions to families in need.

GRCC tapped for national project to tackle student food and housing insecurity

GRCC is one of 27 U.S. colleges picked for Hope4College, an initiative by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice to tackle food and housing insecurity among college students.  

Feature Story Windmill Island Gardens is extending its 2021 season.

Windmill Island Gardens extends season amid record attendance

Windmill Island Gardens traditionally closes the first weekend of October but, for the first time, the Holland park will reopen to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 24. Admission rates will be reduced to $5 for adults and free for kids 15 and younger.  

Feature Story Yor Tardy is a superintendent with The Christman Group.

Alumnus comes full circle with construction of GRCC Lakeshore Campus

As project superintendent, alumnus York Tardy oversaw every aspect of the transformation of the former department store into the new GRCC Lakeshore Campus.

Feature Story Reyna Masko is the Tri-Cities Puentes Initiative co-chair.

Community Foundation grant lifts up program for Latinx leaders

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is giving a $40,000 grant to Tri-Cities Puentes Initiative to support “LEADeres Lakeshore,” a leadership and professional development program for Latinx professionals and leaders in the Lakeshore area. 

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