Stories

GRCC student gaining following for her musical perspective

Hailey Cone, who is blind, is bringing her unique perspective as a member of the writing staff for “Inside the Score,” a YouTube channel that seeks to deepen the appreciation of classical, film and art music.

Longform Michigan produce at the lunch counter at George Long Elementary School in Grass Lake.

Major expansion coming for program that offers schools "10 Cents a Meal" to serve Michigan produce

The budget for the state of Michigan's 10 Cents a Meal has more than doubled each of the past two years, with $9.3 million available in the coming fiscal year to help schools purchase local fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

Feature Story This historic photo shows a downtown Zeeland parade from the early 1900s. (Zeeland Historical Society)

Zeeland celebrates 175th birthday with week of festivities

The city of Zeeland will celebrate 175 years of community with a week of festivities from Oct. 2-7. Anniversary activities will conclude with Zeeland’s annual Pumpkinfest on Oct. 7-8.

Feature Story A student receives a COVID-19 vaccination at GRCC.

New vaccine rolls out: Where can you find yours?

With fall on the horizon, public health officials are predicting a rise in COVID-19 cases. Those looking for a booster dose of the new bivalent vaccines in Ottawa, Allegan, or Muskegon counties can find more here.

Feature Story The Bebot drone will pick up trash from Muskegon beaches as part of a project funded by a $1 million Meijer grant.

Drones set to join Lake Michigan beach cleanup crews$1 million Meijer donation launching new program

Muskegon is participating in the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup Program and will serve as home to the Pixie and BeBot drones, made possible thanks to a $1 million donation from retailer Meijer.

Feature Story The Momentum Center and Community Mental Health of Ottawa County are hosting separate events on Sept. 22 focused on socializing, networking and engendering a stigma-free society for those with mental illness, addictions, and disabilities.

Two mental health events focus on socializing, networking, building a stigma-free society

The Momentum Center and Community Mental Health of Ottawa County are hosting separate events on Sept. 22 focused on socializing, networking and engendering a stigma-free society for those with mental illness, addictions, and disabilities.

Feature Story Retired school teacher Frank Kraai was honored for donating a $1 million to build an ice rink in Holland.

Community foundation honors those committed to ‘giving where you live’

Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area highlighted the generosity of retired teacher Frank Kraai, Women of Color Give and Zeeland Farm Services. 

Feature Story One of the Gentex signs at Holland State Park. (Gentex)

Gentex donates water-safety signs as part of life-saving effort at Holland State Park

Gentex donated multiple large digital displays to more prominently identify water and swimming conditions, messaging that corresponds with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources flag warning system.  

Feature Story Spectators watch the 2019 Civil War Muster at Van Raalte Farm. (Mary Bale)

Van Raalte Civil War Muster gives 'real' history experience

The free event provides an opportunity to travel back in time to better understand how this historical period determined the future of this country.   

Feature Story Sharon DeHaan gets off at an accessible bus stop

Kalamazoo area’s accessible transit system has been almost 20 years in the making

Less than 10% of Kalamazoo’s nearly 800 bus stops were considered accessible a dozen years ago, but today almost half are accessible. In 2020, the city of Kalamazoo designated $180,000 of its sidewalk improvement budget to creating accessible bus stops in its five core neighborhoods. 

Feature Story A grant was used by Heights of Hope to purchase affordable housing. (CFHZ)

From affordable housing to restorative justice, foundation awards $125K in grants

The funds are being distributed to six organizations through the Community Foundation’s endowment.  

Feature Story Jennifer Owens is CEO of Lakeshore Advantage.

Lakeshore Advantage looking for business stabilization projects

Lakeshore Advantage is seeking business stabilization projects for funding under the American Rescue Plan Act. Applicants should submit letters of intent by Sept. 22.

Feature Story The GRCC Lakeshore Campus is gaining new equipment to help students learn in-demand career skills. (GRCC)

Partnership boosts GRCC Lakeshore Campus manufacturing classes

Grand Rapids Community College is gaining new equipment to help students learn in-demand career skills through a partnership with Lakeshore Advantage and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Feature Story Gateway Missions’ Steve Rusticus explains his ArtPrize painting.

Lakeshore leaders part of ArtPrize exhibit Leadership on Canvas 2022

Gateway Missions’ Steve Rusticus and ODC Network’s Travis Williams are part of ArtPrize exhibit Leadership on Canvas 2022, a program created in 2014 by artist Cynthia Hagedorn.  

Longform Help Home Personal ID* Program GPS ID bracelets.

Many happy returns: GPS ID bracelets help Michiganders living with dementia find their way home

A new collaboration in Calhoun County has helped 135 missing people with dementia return safely home – and made life easier for their caregivers, local law enforcement, and health care providers.

Feature Story Greta Trevor

High School student launches bilingual tutoring program

Holland Christian senior Greta Trevor, a Spanish immersion student, started a free bilingual tutoring program at Herrick District Library after learning that Spanish-speaking students were struggling with getting help.   

Feature Story Muskegon County Airport (MKG) will offer 36 nonstop, round-trip flights per week to Chicago O’Hare International Airport through Southern Airways Express starting Oct. 1. (Nenyedi/WikiMedia Commons)

More flights to Chicago coming to Muskegon County Airport

Muskegon County Airport (MKG) will offer 36 nonstop, round-trip flights per week to Chicago O’Hare International Airport through Southern Airways Express starting Oct. 1.

Feature Story Muskegon County students take part in digital storytelling training.

Muskegon County youth experience hands-on digital storytelling workshop

A collaboration between Mosaic Film Experience and Pathfinders of Muskegon provided 25 Muskegon County students with an introduction to the art and science of digital storytelling.   

Feature Story Jane Clark

Jane Clark shares highlights of 32 years supporting businesses

After dedicating 32 years to the growth of the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce, Jane Clark looks back at her career highlights. 

Feature Story Local historian Blaine Knoll (left) and Ottawa County Land Use Specialist Andrew Roszkowski install a new West Michigan Pike sign in Holland earlier this month. [Rich C. Lakeberg/Ottawa County]

New life for West Michigan Pike, region’s original highway

Ottawa County teams up with local historian Blaine Knoll to commemorate the original West Michigan highway, with help from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.