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Feature Story Cellist Pablo Mahave-Veglia will be the soloist for the Holland Symphony Orchestra's opening show of the fall 2021 season.

Classics Up-Close brings orchestral music back to Holland

The Holland Symphony Orchestra's first in-person, indoor concert in more than a year will be an intimate affair, affording patrons an up-close experience. Tickets are still available for the Sept. 10 show.

Feature Story Liv Butler is one of the mural artists for the Spring Lake Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design project.

Spring Lake murals celebrate creativity while hindering crime

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office training in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is paying off in Spring Lake, where murals line the Lakeside Trail. Sheriff’s Deputy Cory Allard says, by bringing people into the area to see the art, there’s less opportunity for crime to occur.

Feature Story Sarah Porebski, the newest co-owner of the Holland Peanut Store, first started working at there while she was still in middle school.

Holland Peanut Store adds fifth generation to its ownership team

Sarah Porebski, the newest co-owner of the Holland Peanut Store, marks the fifth Fabiano family generation to take the helm of the local “gem.” “We are more than a candy store,” Porebski says as she reflects on the family legacy behind and the opportunity before her.

Feature Story Advanced Architectural’s plans to invest $1.1 million to expand its facility at 959 Industrial Drive in the city of Allegan.

Fast-growing Advanced Architectural Products investing in $1.1M expansion

Advanced Architectural Products is listed in Inc. Magazine’s 2021 list of 5,000 fastest-growing private U.S. companies. The manufacturer is investing $1.1 million to expand its facility in the city of Allegan.

Feature Story Spring Lake seniors Inez Allard, Haley Brosnan, Eleanor Vega and Victoria Airo spent the summer creating Spring Lake’s newest mural. 

Teen artists create mural to share ideas for a vibrant world

Spring Lake seniors Tori Airo, Inez Allard, Haley Brosnan, and Eleanor Vega talk about the inspiration behind Spring Lake’s newest public art project. 

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Ushering in another back-to-school season

Whether in-person, hybrid or fully online, students, parents and educators are beginning a new school year. Rapid Growth Media photographer, Autumn Johnson, connected with a student as well as several teachers as they prepared for the upcoming year.

Partner Content HFHS Farmers Market Food Navigators Amanda Krieg and Emma Shepherd at the Mt. Clemens Farmers Market.

Henry Ford Health System Food Navigators build better nutrition in Wayne and Macomb counties

Like their counterparts across the state, Henry Ford Health System Farmers Market Food Navigators help shoppers get the most out of their food dollars when purchasing fresh, healthy foods for their families at their local farmers markets.  

Feature Story "I take pride in the work that I do," says Carolyn McNeil, a previous winner of the Essential Service Awards.

Know a frontline worker who goes above and beyond? Nominate them for an Essential Service Award

West Michigan Works! is accepting nominations for its 2021 Beverly A. Drake Essential Service Awards. The awards recognize frontline workers who go the extra mile for their employers, clients, and customers. The deadline for submitting nominations is Sept. 21.

Partner Content A Minges Brook Elementary student tastes herbs from the school garden planted by students.

Calhoun ISD: Schools grow gardens and healthy habits with students and communities

The Calhoun Intermediate School District's Shaping Positive Lifestyles and Attitudes through School Health (SPLASH) programming has inspired healthy changes in the classroom, students' homes, and schoolyards.

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Feeding the soul and the mind: How KDL serves lifelong learners in the aging population

Kent District Library offers specific, catered services to best reach its aging patrons throughout the community. By utilizing the Talking Book & Braille Center, pop-up libraries and bookmobile visits to local retirement centers and assisted living centers, KDL aims to serve lifelong learners and readers.

Feature Story Mexican Consul General for Michigan González Saiffe chats during a reception in his honor Friday, Aug. 20. He also attended the International Festival of Holland while visiting the city.

Mexican Consul General for Michigan visits Holland in spirit of multiculturalism

After many visits Michigan Consul General for Mexico Fernando González Saiffe now has friends when he visits Holland. He sees a diverse and welcoming community.

Feature Story Seaway Tours, which offers rentals of scooters and Segways to those who want to glide through Downtown Muskegon, is just one of entrepreneur Corey Blackman’s business ventures.

Entrepreneur Corey Blackman is building a more inclusive presence in Downtown Muskegon

Seaway Tours, which offers rentals of scooters and Segways to those who want to glide through Downtown Muskegon, is just one of entrepreneur Corey Blackman’s business ventures. The Muskegon County native’s aim is to be more involved in the community and push for diversity in the city’s business community.

Feature Story Sangeeta Kar, of Sangeeta's Dance & Music of India in Midland, Michigan, performs a classical odissi dance at the International Festival of Holland in the Holland Civic Center, August 21, 2021.

International Festival of Holland brings world closer to home

Holland celebrated world cultures with its annual International Festival, Saturday. Music, dance, and other performances took center stage while kids learned with hands-on crafts.

Feature Story Pulitzer Prize-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones and Emmy winner John Leguizamo among the 2021-2022 GRCC Diversity Lecture Series and Latino Heritage Month speakers.

Pulitzer Prize and Emmy winners headlining GRCC speakers series

Pulitzer Prize-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones and Emmy winner John Leguizamo are among the 2021-2022 GRCC Diversity Lecture Series, Latino Heritage Month speakers. This year’s kickoff will highlight a new initiative called Interfaith Literacy.

Feature Story Grand Rapids Community College opens $12 million Lakeshore Campus.

From department store to college, GRCC's new Lakeshore Campus opens

Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating the opening of its Lakeshore Campus in Holland. A ribbon-cutting — attended by GRCC President Bill Pink and Ottawa County leaders — kicked off events that introduced the new campus to the community.

Feature Story Spring Lake Village Council members and other local officials gathered Aug. 21 to officially launch the construction project by turning shovels during a groundbreaking ceremony at the riverfront park.

'Wonderful collaboration' transforming Spring Lake waterfront park

Construction begins this week on Tanglefoot Park in Spring Lake. The overhaul of the waterfront park, which has been in the works for about three years, is expected to be completed in May, according to village officials.

Feature Story A mathematics class at Grand Rapids Community College.

Seats in on-campus classes still available in final week before GRCC’s fall 2021 semester starts

It's not too late to sign up for classes at GRCC. There are openings in nearly 400 on-campus classes, with time remaining to enroll before the Aug. 30 start of the fall 2021 semester. GRCC staff will be available to answer questions at two Service Saturday events on Aug. 28.

Feature Story Barbara Lee VanHorssen talks to members of the Momentum Center in Grand Haven. A version of the program is being piloted in Holland.

CFHZ disburses the final Community Stabilization Fund grants to 8 area nonprofits

The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area recently distributed the final round of grants from its Community Stabilization Fund. Grants totaling $103,400 went to eight partner nonprofit organizations.  

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Rapid Reconnect: A Q & A with Muskegon Innovation Hub Director Kevin Ricco

Over the past few years, the Muskegon Innovation Hub has been able to continuously increase its economic impact within the lakeshore community. Though the Hub has experienced change both internally and within its membership over the past year and a half, overall, reports remain positive. Kevin Ricco, the Hub’s director, is optimistic about what is to come, especially for those businesses that are prepared.

Feature Story Dancers pose during the 2019 Grand Haven Hispanic Heritage Fiesta.

International festival returning to Holland

The International Festival of Holland celebrates the many different facets and faces of the city. The free festival, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at Civic Center Place (150 W. Eighth St.) will feature more than 70 musicians and performers, a special Children’s Fiesta, and a Festival Mercado with global gifts and food.

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