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Longform Elizabeth Koschmann, director of the University of Michigan's TRAILS program, which is offering free social-emotional learning training and curricula to Michigan schools.

Michigan is expanding mental health services in schools – and equipping teachers to implement them

A University of Michigan program is providing teachers much-needed support to implement social-emotional learning in the classroom.

Feature Story Yor Tardy is a superintendent with The Christman Group.

Alumnus comes full circle with construction of GRCC Lakeshore Campus

As project superintendent, alumnus York Tardy oversaw every aspect of the transformation of the former department store into the new GRCC Lakeshore Campus.

Feature Story Reyna Masko is the Tri-Cities Puentes Initiative co-chair.

Community Foundation grant lifts up program for Latinx leaders

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is giving a $40,000 grant to Tri-Cities Puentes Initiative to support “LEADeres Lakeshore,” a leadership and professional development program for Latinx professionals and leaders in the Lakeshore area. 

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

Grant helps Civil War muster expand, attract new talent

The Civil War has lessons for modern America and re-enactors will bring those lessons to life at the Van Raalte Farm this weekend, thanks, in part, to a Hope College-Andrew P. Mellon Foundation grant.

Feature Story Students take part in a Raider Rally/Service Saturday.

GRCC earns $1.2M grant to help adult learners access higher education

A five-year, $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will support GRCC's efforts to help adult learners enter or return to higher education.

Feature Story The Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra (HCJO) is a professional jazz band based on the West Michigan Lakeshore.

Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra returns with live concerts

The professional jazz band based on the West Michigan Lakeshore is returning with four major concerts planned for 2021-22. The first is Sept. 26 at the Park Theatre in Holland.

Feature Story Charles Elwood

Entrepreneur’s ArtPrize entry merges AI, ballet, and chalk art

Holland entrepreneur and artificial intelligence (AI) specialist Charles Elwood is merging technology and art with his 2021 ArtPrize entry, titled “The ABBy Project.”

Feature Story The Ottawa County Clerk/Register of Deeds office's Honor Rewards Program for veterans offers discounts at area businesses.

Honor Rewards program provides veterans with discounts on goods and services

More than 350 Lakeshore area businesses participate in the Honor Rewards program, which offers discounts on goods and services to U.S. military veterans. Ottawa County is hoping to spread the word about the program and reach more veterans. 

Feature Story CFHZ President Mike Goorhouse and his predecessor Janet DeYoung announce the foundation's $100 million asset milestone.

CFHZ announces $100M asset milestone, celebrates the strength of nonprofit community

The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area celebrated the strength of the nonprofit community during its annual Celebration of Philanthropy event.  

Feature Story The LEADeres class of 2019.

Latino-centric leadership program LEADeres expanding to the Lakeshore

The Latino-centric leadership program LEADeres is expanding to the Lakeshore. It is designed to help Latinx professionals develop the skills, resources, and confidence needed to become leaders at work and in the community.  

Feature Story The GRCC Lakeshore Campus will hold a Sept. 14 community COVID vaccination clinic.

GRCC Lakeshore Campus plans Sept. 14 community COVID vaccination clinic

The new GRCC Lakeshore Campus will host a vaccination clinic on Sept. 14, part of an effort to help students, employees and community members have access to an effective COVID-fighting tool.

Feature Story Bentley Weeks, 7, and Lori Appeldorn water the plants in the pockets of a Florafelt in the alley between 18th and 19th Streets along River and Central Avenues in Holland, Michigan, July 30, 2021.

Rally for the Alley transforms neighborhood, neighbors

Three years ago when Holland neighbors got together to transform their shared alley, they didn't realize the biggest change would be to their relationships.

Feature Story Kelsey Sivertson shared her inspirational story at the GRCC Lakeshore campus’ ribbon-cutting ceremony.

‘It’s never too late,’ says GRCC student who turned her life around

Lakeshore Advantage’s Kelsey Sivertson credits GRCC for helping her get back on track to pursuing her professional dreams, and she believes the college’s new $12 million Lakeshore Campus will provide those same opportunities to others.

Feature Story The Holland Zeeland Labor Day Truck Parade returns on Sept. 6.

September Things To Do Along the Lakeshore: Truck parade, Civil War Muster, Fiesta and more

From parades to fireworks shows, fairs, fiesta, and a Civil War Muster, there are plenty of things to do this month in Allegan, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties.  

Feature Story Joe Matthews is the Vice President of Purchasing and Diversity Officer for Zeeland-based Gentex Corp.

Holland Museum’s Cultural Lens takes an inside look at corporate DEI

Joe Matthews, Gentex Corp.’s inaugural diversity officer, has experienced many firsts in his life. He’s joining the Holland Museum on Sept. 16 for a conversation about corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at local companies.

Feature Story Children gather for storytime presented by Herrick District Library.

Herrick District Library expands hours, adds in-person storytimes

After a long hiatus, storytimes are returning to Herrick District Library, and both HDL locations are expanding their hours and offerings.

Feature Story The first WiFi-connected “Lift Zone” in Muskegon is helping students stay connected online.

Boys & Girls Club gets first ‘Lift Zone’ in Muskegon

The first WiFi-connected “Lift Zone” in Muskegon is helping students stay connected online. Lift Zones provide safe spaces for students and families to access the internet for online school and digital skills building.

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Enhancing community pride, boosting tourism and adding beauty through public art

Three local organizations are working together to bring international artist, Kelsey Montague, to the West Side to complete a public art project. The grassroots project, which is expected to be completed by October, provides an opportunity for residents and businesses to support the barrier-free, neighborhood-enhancing beautification plan.

Feature Story GRCC is sharing its collection of photographs by world-renowned artist and alumnus Peter Fink.

GRCC displays exhibit of works by alumnus and world-renowned artist Peter Fink

Grand Rapids Community College is offering West Michigan the opportunity to view photos by world-renowned artist Peter Fink. Provided by the Finkelstein family, the collection of photographs by the GRCC alumnus is on display in the college’s Paul Collins Art Gallery.

Feature Story Al Vanderberg

What Ottawa County will miss about Al Vanderberg’s leadership

We look back at some of the major accomplishments of Al Vanderberg, during his 18 years as Ottawa County Administrator. He built a reputation for being collaborative, inclusive, and innovative.

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