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Feature Story Barbara Lee VanHorssen is the Experi-Mentor (executive director) of the Momentum Center in Grand Haven.

Task force to tackle racism and the media at next town hall meeting

The (Anti)Racism Task Force will present its next event, “Town Hall Meeting: Racism and the Media,” on Oct. 26 with additional safety precautions after the series’ kickoff was hijacked by a racist cyberattack.  

Feature Story Holland Human Relations Director Esther Fifelski is the 2020 Ottawa County Excellence in Equity Award winner.

Holland Human Relations director receives Excellence in Equity Award

Holland Human Relations Director Esther Fifelski was surprised with the 2020 Ottawa County Excellence in Equity Award during the fifth annual Ottawa County Diversity Forum.  

Feature Story The Spring Lake Department of Public Works prepares trees for winter.

Spring Lake Township, Village reap rewards of unique DPW merger

The arrangement benefits both communities through  shared equipment and personnel, and saving taxpayers’ money. The collaborative effort is an outgrowth of earlier cooperation, according to village and township leaders. 

Feature Story Jon Ornée hugs his dad after setting a new world record for a 100-mile bike ride while drafting.

Father and son team up to create new cycling world record

Jon Ornée has set many world records, individually and with teams that include his brother and friends. When he envisioned setting a risky new world record for a 100-mile bike ride while drafting, he knew he would be safe putting his life in his father’s hands.

Feature Story  Macatawa Area Express (MAX Transit) has openings for 12 full- and part-time bus operators. The positions have a starting wage of $15.25. 

Dozens of employers will look for workers at upcoming Virtual Job Fair

As the economy begins to bounce back from COVID-19 shutdowns, more employers are hiring. West Michigan Works! has more than 50 employers lined up to connect with job seekers during its next Virtual Job Fair on Oct. 21.

Feature Story The Michigan National Guard is helping counties across Michigan with providing free COVID-19 testing.

Free COVID-19 testing available as cases surge

State and county health departments are offering free coronavirus testing as concerns rise about a second wave of cases in Michigan. Health officials consider testing — along with wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and washing hands — as essential to slowing the spread of the virus.

Feature Story Surveys show that 51% of employees report stress and burnout as a result of working at home. 

10 tips to reduce stress for employees working at home

Working at home can be stressful, and many employees are finding the elements initially seen as appealing are contributing to burnout. Fortunately, there are tools available to employees and employers that can help minimize stress and avert burnout. 

Feature Story Robyn Afrik is Ottawa County’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

How Diversity Forum aims to advance equity in Ottawa County

Robyn Afrik, Ottawa County’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, discusses the upcoming Diversity Forum on Oct. 20 and how to participate. The virtual event will focus on the role of government in advancing equity and addressing health inequities amid COVID-19.

Feature Story Jubilee Ministries Executive Director Steve Grose and Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Don Wilkinson speak to a crowd before a ceremonial groundbreaking at Park Vista Place on East 40th Street in Holland.

Jubilee, Habitat break ground on mixed-income neighborhood

Work has begun on Park Vista Place, a joint project to create a mixed-income neighborhood. Organizers Jubilee Ministries and Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity expect the first three homes to be move-in ready by early spring.

Feature Story Joe Haveman speaks at a Ottawa County meeting.

Legislature’s automatic expungement vote is good for future of state, economy

Former State Rep. Joe Haveman shares why he is grateful that the Michigan Legislature finally passed laws allowing some felons to have their records expunged.

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