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Feature Story DJ "La Tejanita - Sweet Lu" Lupita Reyes speaks on the air during her radio program "Alegria Latina" at the 92.7 FM The Van/WHTC 1450 AM studio in Holland, Michigan, Nov. 28, 2021. (J.R. Valderas)

Spanish-language radio pioneer ‘feeling proud’ as she retires after 57 years

After 57 years, Lu Reyes is retiring as host of Holland’s first Spanish-language radio show.   

Feature Story The GRCC Foundation's Alumni Relations team created a map of local craft breweries owned or operated by GRCC alums. 

Map highlights how GRCC brewers help Grand Rapids earn its Beer City USA title

The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation’s alumni relations team created a map of local craft breweries owned or operated by GRCC alums. The map provides a fun way to support fellow alumni by creating your own brewery tour.

Feature Story Dave Nyitray is the president and chief operating officer of the ODC Network.

How 5 CFHZ grants will help enhance the Holland/Zeeland communities

Five Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area grants are intended to address a variety of issues, from the child care crisis to preventing opioid deaths and ensuring vital nonprofits can continue to live out their mission.  

Feature Story County health departments are working with schools to endure kids have access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine clinics for kids available across the lakeshore

Vaccination clinics are available across the lakeshore for children as young as 5 years old. Here's what parents need to know.

Feature Story Agewell Services of West Michigan will help the city of Muskegon feed those in need during two drive-thru events.

Make Waves on the Lakeshore: Donate your time, resources during season of giving

Beat the holiday blues by giving back with these opportunities along the lakeshore.

Feature Story Sixteen-year-old Makenzie Aney is the inspiration for a café her aunt plans to open in mid-2022 with an aspiration to do more than sell espressos and lattes. 

Owner’s niece inspires Kenzie’s BE Café, where staff with disabilities will run the show

When Kenzie’s BE Café opens, owner Erin Lyon says the coffeehouse’s 25 employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities will “be pretty much running the show.”

Feature Story A renovated and expanded Holland Aquatic Center will open in early 2022.

Holland Aquatic Center expansion aims to serve diverse needs of community

When the Holland Aquatic Center opens in early 2022 after a major renovation and expansion, the facility will better serve the diverse needs of the community. 

Feature Story Narcan Vending Machine

Vending machine conveniently offers life-saving drug

To address the latest opioid overdose epidemic, local nonprofit The Grand Rapids Red Project has a new way to save lives in the community. In partnership with Wayne State University, the nonprofit installed a naloxone vending machine outside its office, which offers the lifesaving drug for free 24/7.

Feature Story Grand Rapids band Von Kaiser features David Mouatt, Jake Van Ravenswaay and Kaylin Heydenburg.

Grand Haven native adds classical spark to West Michigan band

Grand Haven native Kaylin Heydenburg brings her classical training to the West Michigan band, Von Kaiser. 

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.

Getting a boost before the holidays: Health departments ask residents to get their shots

It's not about COVID-19 anymore. Hospitals are nearing capacity along the lakeshore, and county health departments want residents to take steps to protect themselves and others, including getting a booster shot before gathering with family this holiday season.

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