Stories

Longform A DIGs workshop on asemma, or tobacco.

Here's how the UP's Debweyendan Indigenous Gardens build health, community, and food sovereignty

The sprawling community gardens aim to celebrate and preserve the knowledge and cultural identity of tribal people living in and around the village of L’Anse.

Feature Story Lakeshore Advantage received an award from the  International Economic Development Council.

Lakeshore Advantage garners international award

The economic development organization stands out among its peers for reporting its progress in an engaging way. 

Feature Story Proponants for social districts say a drink in hand makes the wait more bearable for restaurant patrons who are up to an hour away from being seated, and it benefits nearby shops.

Grand Haven’s social district opens

Ottawa County’s newest social district opened over the weekend in Grand Haven. Venues taking part in the district include Odd Side Ales, Grand Armory Brewing, 12 Corners Tasting Room, and The Kirby House.

Feature Story Todd Krygsheld is the executive director of Escape Ministries

4-part series explores causes of poverty and tools for change

The Holland Human Relations Commission is hosting a four-part Lunch and Learn series to explore the causes of poverty and tools for change. It will be held at Herrick District Library on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 10, and 17. 

Feature Story Ottawa County's 2021 Diversity Forum speakers

Diversity Forum: 10 insights about gaps in equity and inclusion

This year’s Ottawa County Diversity Forum tackled how to close equity and inclusion gaps in education, law enforcement, mental health, local government, immigration, and youth development. Here are 10 insights from the day-long conference.

Feature Story GRCC Whitney Marsh with a trophy.

GRCC looking to share decades of awards with former student-athletes

The GRCC athletic department wants former student-athletes to have the awards they earned during their time in college. The trophies and awards date back to the 1960s.

Feature Story Food Club transforms how food assistance is offered, prioritizing healthy options in a high-dignity, grocery store-style environment.

Opening of Food Club brings new food access model to Holland

Community Action House’s new Food Club is based on a model that transforms how food assistance is offered. It prioritizes healthy options in a high-dignity, grocery store-style environment.

Feature Story Spring Lake Sparkle offers more than 120,000 multi-colored lights along that community's main street.

November Along the Lakeshore: Holiday markets, tree lightings, and Santa trains, and more

November marks the beginning of the holiday season, and the Lakeshore is bursting with active and fun events from holiday markets to tree lightings.

Feature Story Gary Stevens is marking his 20th anniversary at WHTC this month.

WHTC’s Gary Stevens honored for longevity

For many, Gary Stevens is the voice of Holland. Whether he’s reporting or hosting shows, Stevens can be heard on WHTC six hours daily, Monday through Friday. 

Feature Story MSOH episode 1 art

PODCAST: How COVID-19 helped Michiganders reconnect to care

Welcome to the Michigan's State of Health podcast, where we'll be sitting down with Michigan health leaders to discuss the myriad ways that COVID has exposed our health system's flaws and resulted in positive change.

Longform Duane Breijak, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers' Michigan chapter.

Michigan agencies seek strategies to address child welfare worker shortage

Michigan's child welfare workers have served on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the state is currently facing what one industry leader described as a "critical shortage" of child welfare workers.

Feature Story Panelists for the Oct. 25 session are Gordon Wiersma, Robert (Rik) L. Stevenson, and Victoria Proctor Gibbs

Town hall series will explore religion and racism

The (Anti) Racism Task Force is planning a series of virtual town halls on religion and racism on Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, and Jan. 24.

Feature Story Public Thread "upcycles" scrap fabric to create new products. Industrial sewing skills are in demand for a variety of West Michigan industries.

GRCC launches industrial sewing certificate program

GRCC partners with innovative textile ‘upcycling’ manufacturer Public Thread to start an industrial sewing program. Students can earn an industrial sewing certificate program while gaining in-demand skills. 

Feature Story WHTC's morning news anchor Peg McNichol. Courtesy, Midwest Communications

In a world where people seem to be getting meaner, make a choice to be nice

WHTC Radio’s morning news anchor, Peg McNichol, shares why words matter and kindness matters.   

Feature Story Fifth-grader Evan Weesies has an all-terrain wheelchair that gives him the freedom to move around his family’s Muskegon County farm

New power chair puts young farmer at the heart of his family’s pumpkin patch

Fifth-grader Evan Weesies has an all-terrain wheelchair that gives him the freedom to move around his family’s Muskegon County farm, thanks to assistance from Michigan AgrAbility. Evan’s Pumpkin Patch, which takes inspiration from the movie and book “Spookley the Square Pumpkin,” is a destination for busloads of schoolchildren. 

Partner Content Produce at a Michigan Farm to Family: CSA pickup at Lakeshore Depot in Marquette.

In the Upper Peninsula, finding an affordable CSA is a SNAP

In Marquette and Alger counties, the Michigan Farm to Family: CSA program connects families experiencing food insecurity with heavily discounted weekly CSA produce boxes.

Feature Story  Peter Grimm and Craig Rich are the co-founders of the Holland Waterfront Celtic Festival & Highland Games.

New festival coming to Holland in 2022

A group wants to host the first Holland Waterfront Celtic Festival & Highland Games next June. The event site is the 3-acre Riverview Park portion of the Window On The Waterfront, along the Macatawa Marsh.  

Feature Story Zeeland BPW is replacing electric meter replacements with new digital advanced meters.

Zeeland BPW’s customer portal helps consumers monitor utility use

Zeeland BPW’s new free customer portal, MyMeter, lets consumers track their energy and water usage — and pay their bills — online. The new technology provides daily, weekly, and monthly usage reports.

Feature Story Impact Fab in Holland is Implementing Industry 4.0 technologies.

Industry 4.0 campaign launched to support West Michigan manufacturers

Lakeshore Advantage received $92,787 in state grant funding to increase manufacturers’ Industry 4.0 technology adoption readiness. Close collaboration with regional economic development partners allows for the initiative to be extended to Ottawa, Allegan, Muskegon, and Kent counties’ employers. 

Feature Story Thrive Outside Gear Library

Thrive Outside GR and city provide green-deficient neighborhoods with gear for outdoor activities

In an effort to increase outdoor engagement and provide equitable access to outdoor activities in green-deficient neighborhoods, the city of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department launched the Thrive Outside Gear Library.