Feature Story OnPoint autism services focus on communication, behavior support for social skills, daily living skills, family training, and ongoing assessment.

Community mental health agency a resource for autism services

OnPoint, a community mental health agency in Allegan County, provides services for autistic children and their parents.

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When it comes to autism and mental health, stigma and discrimination play a huge role

Being autistic does not mean a person cannot experience good mental health. However, studies have shown that 78% of autistic children have at least one mental health condition. Stigma and discrimination are often a contributing factor.

Feature Story Lakeshore Home Builders Association presents its annual Parade of Homes on June 6-8 and June 13-15. Your ticket lets you see homes in Fennville, Grand Haven, Holland, Muskegon, Norton Shores, Nunica, Saugatuck, Spring Lake, and Zeeland. 

June things to do: Celtic fest, Juneteenth, Father’s Day, Parade of Homes, food, music, movies, art

There’s something for everyone coming up: summer reading challenges, a sand sculpture contest, chalk art, a heritage festival, the Lakeshore HBA Parade of Homes, Pride events, and a quilt exhibit.

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4th annual Holland Pride Poetry Contest returns with Open Mic Night

The poetry contest is a collaboration with Out On The Lakeshore and Herrick District Library. Open Mic Night is June 1 from 3-5 p.m. at the library’s northside branch.

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Zeeland launches inaugural Citizen’s Academy

This new program is designed to provide Zeelanders an opportunity to expand their knowledge of the structure and functions of their city government. 

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Event accessibility: Making every occasion inclusive for all

It’s not hard to bring inclusivity and accessibility to your events, but it does require a bit of foresight. Disability advocate Lucia Rios offers ideas to make your gathering more welcoming.

Feature Story LG Energy Solutions Michigan marked the completion of the structural steel plant on May 16 for a new $1.7 billion 'smart' battery plant in Holland. (LGES)

State gives $2.8M to upgrade roads for LG Energy Solution expansion

A state infrastructure grant will support a new facility by LG Energy Solution, which is expected to bring 600 new jobs and $2.2 billion of private investment to Allegan County.

Feature Story West Ottawa basketball players Taylor Catton, left, and Gabby Reynolds, right, have their photo taken with a young fan following a Q&A session at Evergreen Commons.

Miss Basketball comes to Evergreen Commons

Gabby Reynolds is driven to win. It's a drive that has taken her to the top of high school sports in Michigan and on to George Washington University. She and her teammate Taylor Catton shared that drive and more with a group of older adults at Evergreen Commons this week.

Feature Story Historical photos will be part of an exhibit in Port Sheldon Township Hall as part of the township's centennial celebration.

Port Sheldon is celebrating centennial while looking to the future

Port Sheldon Township is celebrating its centennial this month, but at the same time officials are also looking to the future.

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Social Work Career Promotion Tool Kit shares benefits and pathways to rewarding careers

The toolkit is designed to enhance recruitment and promote social work career opportunities across the state. It includes sample language for websites, emails, and social media posts as well as recommended language for various professionals, including high school guidance counselors, college academic advisors, and behavioral health providers. There are also photographic materials for outreach usage.   

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