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Feature Story Community Action House began construction on its Food Club in March 2021.

Food Club provides dignity in grocery store setting

The Community Action House Food Club will allow low-income customers choice and dignity while they shop for their families. The adjoining Opportunity Hub will help them do more.

Feature Story A stand member looks out across the neighborhood from the Porch of The Lemonade Stand of Muskegon.

Muskegon’s Lemonade Stand offers an oasis for those struggling with mental illness

For 20 years, The Lemonade Stand has provided a home, family, and support to those struggling with mental health and/or addiction issues in Muskegon. Like many nonprofit mental health programs across the country, The Stand continues to grapple with too little funding, especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feature Story Dave Koster is the general manager of the Holland BPW.

Lakeshore municipalities planning ways to make broadband accessible, affordable to all

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for reliable, affordable internet. Many Lakeshore communities are looking at ways they can provide the broadband infrastructure that’s essential to education and business.

Feature Story On the Border Catering Captain Carolyn McNeil was one of eight West Michigan employees honored with the 2020 West Michigan Works! Beverly A. Drake Essential Service Award.

Frontline workers recognized for going above and beyond in 2020

Solving problems is Carolyn McNeil's passion and something she does every day at On the Border in Holland. She was among eight West Michigan essential employees honored last month for going above and beyond.

Feature Story ODC received a funding for the launch of Project 180, a new nature-based summer education program.

CFHZ Community Stabilization Fund grants to nonprofit partners continue in 2021

The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area will continue this year to provide grants from its Community Stabilization Fund to address community needs related to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. CFHZ already has issued two rounds of grants in 2021, totaling $176,880.

Feature Story Two outdoor hand sanitizing stations have been placed in high-traffic areas along Main Street

Zeeland Rotary Club gifts hand sanitizing stations to city

Two outdoor hand sanitizing stations, a gift from the Zeeland Rotary Club, have been placed in high-traffic areas along Main Street. City officials say the donation is especially timely as the pandemic winds down and more people are visiting downtown. 

Feature Story Woodward Inc. is expanding its aerospace manufacturing capabilities.

Woodward Inc. expands innovative manufacturing process at Zeeland campus

As global manufacturer Woodward Inc. expands its operations into a fourth building at its Zeeland campus, its additive manufacturing process (3D printing) is expected to grow the company’s West Michigan workforce.

Feature Story A renovation is planned for Tanglefoot Park

Couple helps ensure Tanglefoot Park is a place where families make memories

Jess and Skylar Garrison are co-chairs of the Tanglefoot Park Transformation Capital Campaign, to raise the $200,000 needed to fulfill Spring Lake’s commitment to the renovation. They are looking forward to making memories at the waterfront park with their daughter, Rosemary.   

Feature Story Koops Automation Systems team members work together to assemble an automated system.

Lakeshore Advantage receives $92K grant to usher in Industry 4.0 readiness

Lakeshore Advantage applied for the grant in partnership with The Right Place, Greater Muskegon Economic Development, and Michigan Manufacturing Technical Center-West. Implementing Industry 4.0 technologies helps manufacturers improve efficiency, increase revenues, and expand innovation.   

Feature Story Casey Kornoelje

At Pharmhouse Wellness it’s all in the family (business) this Mother's Day

Stories of Michigan's cannabis dispensaries are often told via the info submitted to agencies from LARA to the MEDC, but at Pharmhouse Wellness, it's a family affair. Rapid Growth Publisher Tommy Allen learns why.

Feature Story Grand Rapids Community College is offering two sessions of Bridges to College — Raider Ready this summer to help graduating high school seniors get ready for college.

GRCC offers free summer program to prepare high school graduates for college

Grand Rapids Community College is offering two sessions of Bridges to College — Raider Ready this summer to help graduating high school seniors get ready for college. The free program is open to 2020 high school graduates or 2021 graduating seniors who plan to attend college in the fall. 

Feature Story Liesl Clark is the director of Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

EGLE Director explains efforts to protect West Michigan's water supply, other natural resources

Liesl Clark, director of Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, describes the work EGLE is doing to ensure Michigan residents have safe, clean water. Clark recently answered questions about resources EGLE is providing for communities along the Lakeshore.

Feature Story The late sport journalist Sekou Smith was honored as GRCC’s Distinguished Alumnus for this year.

GRCC honors late sports journalist as Distinguished Alumnus

Grand Rapids Community College’s recent commencement ceremonies included a tribute to Sekou Smith, a sports journalist and community leader who died in January of COVID-19. The speaker, mentor, and friend to NBA stars was honored as GRCC’s Distinguished Alumnus for this year.

Feature Story The HCAC is offering swimming lesson scholarships.

Grant will fund swim lesson scholarships at Holland Aquatic Center

 A ‘Learn to Swim’ grant from the USA Swimming Foundation will allow the Holland Community Aquatic Center to offer nearly 200 swimming lesson scholarships. The funds will help HCAC make swimming lessons accessible for lower-income West Michigan families. 

Feature Story This photo titled "Tickled" is by Mary Hilldore Photography.

Things to do in May: Celebrate Tulip Time, take a walking tour, or try food truck cuisine

Among the events scheduled this month in Allegan, Muskegon, and Ottawa counties, you can head to Holland’s annual Tulip Time celebration, cruise the vehicles at an Allegan car show, or check out the recreational options at the Muskegon County Wastewater Management Plant. This list includes options for everyone, regardless of age, ability, or interest.

Feature Story Jeff Troutman

Faith and fishing meet as Jeff Troutman shares the heaven he knows

After being severely injured in a traffic collision at age 11, Jeff Troutman picked up his dad’s guitar during recovery. He’s been making music ever since, taking inspiration from his faith journey — and his passion for fly fishing — for the title track of his band’s new album, “Heaven.”

Special Report State of Health special report graphic

Special report: How COVID-19 changed Michigan's health care system for the better

Despite the tragedy, COVID-19 in Michigan is also a story of people rallying, innovating, protesting, and collaborating to meet needs for food, housing, medical care, education, and equity.

Longform Dr. Patricia Deldin.

Program created by U-M professor adopts Weight Watchers model for mental health support

The Mood Lifters program brings adults together in peer-facilitated classes where they learn science-based strategies for improving their mental health.

Feature Story Ottawa County United Way President Patrick Moran meets with other nonprofit leaders to discuss how to meet community needs.

Beyond poverty: Families struggled to make ends meet before pandemic

Those struggling to make ends meet aren't always who you think. The biennial ALICE report shows many were struggling to make ends meet before the pandemic.

Feature Story The Holland Memorial Day ceremony will happen without a parade this year due to COVID-19. File photo 2015.

Memorial parade canceled, ceremony still on

To protect aging veterans and others who usually attend the Holland Memorial Day parade, the event has been canceled. However, a socially distanced ceremony is still planned.

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