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Feature Story As it rolls out the COVID-19 vaccines, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health has worked with community organizations to work toward equitable vaccine distribution in communities of color.

Creating vaccine equity in Ottawa County

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health has partnered with a number of area organizations to work toward equity in vaccine distribution.

Feature Story  While the 2021-22 academic year is months away, enrollment is beginning for the Tri-Cities preschool program.

Tri-Cities area organizations work to ensure high-quality preschool for every child

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, Tri-Cities Career/College Access Network, and Help Me Grow — Ottawa understand that quality early education leads to later student success. That’s why they’re working together to ensure every child in the Tri-Cities area has access to a first-rate preschool experience.

Feature Story Librarian Annaka Koster will be among HDL staff who will curate take-and-make boxes for March is Reading Month.

Reading Month packed with surprises at Herrick District Library

Staff at both Holland library branches will curate take-and-make boxes for everyone who registers. Separate events are scheduled for various age groups — early literacy, kids, tweens, teens, and adults — and the boxes include reading-related goodies, as well as a surprise book for each participant.

Feature Story A GRCC student attends a math class.

How GRCC is helping students access financial aid, scholarships

Grand Rapids Community College is committed to helping students complete the FAFSA. The government financial aid form is the key to accessing scholarships, grants, and other financial aid programs. The deadline to apply is March 15.   

Feature Story Fellinlove Farm will celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21.

Leprechaun hunt, farmers market, and fresh sap on tap along the Lakeshore

Who’s had enough of this winter weather? March brings the first day of spring, St. Patrick’s Day, and the appearance of flowers peeking out of the ground. In Allegan, Muskegon and Ottawa counties, there’s much to do.   

Feature Story Vice President for Enrollment at Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley Pledge will help first-generation students pay for college in Calhoun County and beyond

Navigating college can be a challenge for first-generation college students. A tuition-free opportunity will help those who choose Grand Valley State University.

Feature Story “One-third of everything we eat depends on pollination,” says Don Lam, of the Holland Area Beekeepers Association (HABA). “Imagine losing one bite out of every three.”

From school programs to clubs, the growing efforts to save honeybees

Students at one Lakeshore high school will be studying the insects up close, thanks to a federal grant that will put cameras in hives.

Feature Story Grand Haven scrapped its coal-fired power plant in favor of buying off the grid and a 12.5-megawatt combined heat and power generation facility with advanced distribution hub.

Wake-up call reinforces Grand Haven leaders’ focus on sustainable practices

Restricted water use in 2020 reinforced Grand Haven leaders’ resolve to increase reliance on renewable energy sources. Public Works and GHBLP officials share how the community is looking to make water and energy utilities more sustainable.

Feature Story Hope Network

Affordable resources for non-emergency medical transportation needs throughout Kent County

For both seniors and community members at large, having affordable, convenient access to medical services and other resources is essential. There are several community programs and resources to assist individuals age 60 and over with non-emergency medical transportation.

Feature Story Holland’s Cubi Market prioritizes local businesses by offering a way to safely shop locally online.

Startup puts personalized products within shoppers’ grasp

Holland’s Cubi Market prioritizes local markets. It offers residents a way to safely shop locally online, ensuring more of the money they spend stays in the community.

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