Friday, April 29, 2011

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tulip Time Festival: May 7-14


Since 1929, the small city of Holland, Michigan has blossomed with literally hundreds of thousands of tulips — and an equal number of tulip lovers who attend our annual Tulip Time Festival. Tulip Time Festival started as a relatively small event, proposed by Miss Linda Rogers, a high school biology teacher, in 1927. Her proposal to the Women’s Literary Club was accepted, and in 1929, the City of Holland planted its first crop of 100,000 tulips. As spectator numbers soared from thousands to hundreds of thousands, the celebration lengthened by days; pageantry, costumes, parades and the popular Dutch Dancers were added to produce a week-long festival that is now over 80 years old!

Some Interesting Activities:

  • Street Performers 8th Street between River and College Ave.
    Fri, May 13 5pm – 7pm
    Come and experience a variety of per formers as they strut their stuff throughout downtown Holland during this special two hour event. With the support of our Downtown Development Authority, the Tulip Time Festival is proud to offer this FREE event that is sure to engage

  • Volksparade Parade  Route: 8th St. btwn Columbia ave. Kollen Park Wed, May 11 - 2pm
    For over 80 years, Holland residents have been keeping with the “Dutch Cleanliness” tradition starting with the white glove inspec tion - located on the corner of 8th & Central, at 10:30am (approx. 20 min.). Later, watch hundreds of Dutch-costumed townspeople armed with brooms and pails scrub the parade route clean. Experience dozens of colorful bands, floats, and Dutch Dance groups as they “Klomp” along the route in their authentic costumes and real wooden shoes! Parade approx. 1-1½ hours.

  • Kinderparade Parade Route: 8th St. btwn Columbia Ave
    Kollen Park Thu, May 12pm-2pm
    This colorful parade gives over 7,000 area school children and local marching bands the opportunity to greet our welcomed visitors. Dressed in Dutch costumes, these children showcase Holland’s Dutch heritage with their creative use of props as they march with contagious enthusiasm. Parade approx. 1-1½ hours.

  • DeGraaf Nature Center 600 Graafschap Road 616-355-1057
    Tue-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 10am-5pm
    Stroll scenic boardwalk trails. Enjoy native wildflowers along winding trails through woodland, field and streamside habitats. Wildlife viewing areas provided. Indoor exhibits and nature store. Open year-round. Trails open dawn to dusk seven days a week.

  • Herrick District Library 300 South River Avenue 616-355-3100
    Mon-Thu 9am-9pm Fri-Sat 9am-6pm
    Extensive Dutch genealogy collection, local information, past Tulip Time Festival posters, café and used bookstore.

  • Graafschap Heritage Center 5973 Church Street, Graafschap 616-396-5008
    Mon, Tue, Fri 8:30am-4pm Wed, Thu, Sat 8:30am-12pm
      An authentic presentation and display of the historic greater Holland, MI colony established in 1847 including a real log church, genealogy collection and local points of interest. Group tours by appointment.

  • Historic Pillar Church Events Corner of 9th Street & College Avenue
    616-392-8686 Historic Tour Tue, May 10 8:30am-4pm Wed, May 11 8:30am-12pm Thu, May 12 8:30am-12pm Fri, May 13 8:30am-4pm Sat, May 14 8:30-10:30am
    Historical lectures will be available starting on the half hour. Historical lecture reservations are available May 5, 6 and 9. Authentic Dutch Church Service Tue, May 10 3-3:30pm Fri, May 13 3-3:30pm Enjoy a traditional Dutch church service. Organ Concert Mon, May 9 7:30-8:30pm Featuring famous local organist.

  • Vintage Base Ball Game Riverview Park 5th Street and Columbia Avenue
    Sat, May 7 2pm
    This match of base ball will feature two talented clubs: the South Haven Bark Peelers BBC against our own Douglas Dutchers BBC. Come watch these amaz ing players hurl and strike the horsehide as they attempt to tally as many aces as possible in a nine inning match. So come one, come all to enjoy this wonderful game of base ball.

  • Holland Area Arts Council Events 150 East 8th Street 616-396-3278
    Sat, May 7 10am-3pm Mon-Fri, May 9-13 10am-8pm Sat, May 14 10am-1pm
    The Holland Area Arts Council hosts multiple events showcasing local, national, and international works of professional and student artists. Special exhibit featuring Randy Schroeder’s tulip photographs.

  • Hope College Organ Recitals Hope College, Dimnent Chapel 12th Street and College Avenue 616-395-7650,
    Wed, May 11 10am-2pm Thu, May 12 10am-2pm Fri, May 13 10am-2pm Sat, May 14 10am-2pm
    Hear Hope College’s two beautiful pipe organs housed in its splendid Gothic chapel. See a two manual authentic Dutch organ imported from the Netherlands and a magnificent four manual E.M. Skinner organ (1929). Enjoy faculty and alumnae organists performing a series of recitals covering a wide variety of music in 20-minute recitals. Last recital begins at 1:30pm.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Earth Day 2011

Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day was founded on April 22, 1970. While this first Earth Day was focused on the United States, soon it was taken to an international level by 1990. Currently the day is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. The day was conceived on this day in order to maximize participation on college campuses. Senator, Gaylord Nelson (the creator of the holiday), determined the week of April 19–25 was the best bet as it did not fall during exams or spring breaks. Moreover, it did not conflict with religious holidays such as Easter or Passover, and was late enough in spring to have decent weather. More students were likely to be in class, and there would be less competition with other mid-week events—so he chose Wednesday, April 22.

Holland-area businesses and organizations are celebrating Earth Day with films, festivals and recycling drives. Here are some of the event events scheduled for area residents to get in the environmentalist spirit:

WHAT: Recycle your old electronics
WHERE: 86 E. Sixth St., Holland
WHEN: Noon-6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; noon-3 p.m. Thursday
INFO: For details, call (616) 392-2383. Due to size restraints, unable to accept TVs, large appliances, air conditioners and large copiers.

WHAT: Computer and TV recycling collection
WHERE: Civic Center, 150 W. Eighth St., Holland
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30
INFO: Open to the public, residents and businesses; businesses can drop off 10 to 20 items for free, but are limited to one skid. For details, go to

WHAT: CityFlats Hotel Earth Day recycling drive
WHERE: CityFlats Hotel, 61 E. Seventh St., Holland
WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon
COST: $3 charge for computer monitors and $10 for televisions; other electronics are free to recycle. Those who drop off goods will receive a discount coupon for CityVu Bistro’s Saturday breakfast.
INFO: Items accepted: computer equipment including monitors, printers, laptops, USBs, hard drives; televisions 27 inches and smaller remote controls, VCRs, DVD players; washers, dryers, irons, dishwashers, stoves, microwaves, answering machines, copy machines, fax machines, scanners, pagers, satellite dishes, stereos, power tools, car rims and bicycles.
Not accepted: air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers.

WHAT: Tree Huggers recycling event
WHERE: Tree Huggers, West Shore Mall, 12331 James St.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, bring in recyclables to enter raffles, kids activities; 5 to 8 p.m. vegan/vegetarian potluck with New Holland Brewing Co. and live entertainment by The Vandrie; 4 p.m. Saturday workshop with Average Joe Green; 6 p.m. Saturday screening of documentary “Tapped.”
COST: Free

WHAT: Hope College
celebrates Earth Day
• “Climate Refugees” film and a panel discussion, 7 p.m. Monday in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall, 263 College Ave.
• “City of Holland — Developing a World Class Community Energy Plan” with Peter Garforth, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall, 263 College Ave.
• “Green Coffeehouse” with local environmental organizations, live music and free CoolBeans coffee (bring your own mug), 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at the DeWitt Center Kletz, 141 E. 12th St.
• “Thinking Green: Ethics for a Small Planet” with Karel Rogers, 4 p.m. Thursday in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall, 263 College Ave.
COST: Free
INFO: The public is invited.
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Monday, April 18, 2011

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

New Blog Posted by the Andrea Crossman Group:

Michigan Unemployment Decreasing Steadily

Michigan's jobless rate continues to drop after being among the nation's leaders for more than a year.

The state said Wednesday that February's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 10.4%, a decrease of three-tenths of a percentage point and well below the February 2010 rate of 13.5%.

The Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth says total employment increased by 11,000 jobs.

The nation's unemployment rate for February was 8.9%. Michigan's jobless rate has declined steadily since reaching 14.1% in September 2009.

The number of unemployed fell below 500,000 for the first time since November 2008.

The state says job levels have increased since mid-2009 while the numbers of unemployed have fallen. There also are fewer workers active in the state's labor force.

Unemployment benefits do not define the statewide unemployment rate, state officials have told 24 Hour News 8. The rate is based on interviews with what officials calculate to be a representative sample of residents. But if a person who exhausts benefits stops looking for work, he or she does disappear from the ranks of the unemployed.

Jobs Outlook
The W.E.Upjohn Institute , in its West Michigan business outlook, sees employment in West Michigan increasing by 0.8%, about 6500 jobs in 2011. Manufacturing jobs will grow by 0.5% and private service jobs will go up by 1.2%. But the state's budget problems may spill over into job cuts.

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Holland Michigan's growing downtown attracts an eclectic mix of new businesses

Holland's two busiest tourist seasons, Tulip Time and summertime, are just around the corner and three local businesses have seized the opportunity to pack up their shops and relocate them to the city's eclectic, and growing, downtown.

The Bag Lady Purse Store & More packed its bags at its two locations on Waverly and on Lakewood and opened at 214 College Ave. on March 1. The store offers women's handbags for all occasions, jewelry, belts and scarves.

The Wellness Spa brought its own style of pain relief and stress reduction services to the River Professional Building at River Avenue and Tenth Street. Owner Evora Borr moved from 134th Avenue to provide facial and therapeutic massage, far infrared body reshaping, ion foot cleansing and nutritional counseling to the central shopping district earlier this month.

Premovation Audio Visual will host its grand opening on April 22 after relocating its "stereo"-typical man's world of electronics -- stereos, MP3 accessories, full home automation, televisions, desktop audio systems and more -- from Ottawa Beach Rd. to 37 East 8th St.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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Monday, April 11, 2011

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

West Michigan shows relative strength in latest U.S. Census figures

As a region, West Michigan showed stronger population growth between 2000 and 2010 than most other parts of Michigan, which lost population overall, according to U.S. Census figures released Tuesday.

Ottawa County grew the fastest among the state’s 10 most populous counties, adding 25,487 residents in the past decade.

The Lakeshore county’s population grew by 11 percent, fueled by strong growth in its suburban communities of Holland Township, Georgetown Township, Grand Haven Township and Allendale Township.

Ottawa County ended the decade with 263,801 residents, moving it past Kalamazoo County to become the state’s 8th largest county.

Although Ottawa County's growth has slowed in recent years, County Administrator Al Vanderberg noted it's the fifth consecutive decade in which the county has shown double-digit growth.
"We still have a very strong manufacturing base, we have wonderful natural resources, we are first or second in the state in agriculture every year," Vanderberg said. "Ottawa County is still viewed as a great place to be."

Allendale Township, which counted its students at fast-growing Grand Valley State University for the first time, led the growth numbers in Ottawa County. The township counted 20,708 residents, 59 percent higher than 2000.

As a resident of Ottawa County for the past 55 years, County Commissioner Roger Rycenga said he's gauged the growth by the number of schools being built for the area's permanent residents.

Rycenga, a former Allendale Township supervisor, said he expects growth to continue in the Allendale area during the coming decade.

"I think Georgetown (the county's largest municipality) will slow down some," he said. "It's getting filled with residents. There is going to be pressure on other townships."

Kent County grew by 28,387 residents to maintain its rank as the state’s 4th most populous county. Kent County achieved a 4.9 percent growth rate, ending the decade with 602,622 residents.

Within Kent County, the city of Grand Rapids saw its population fall to 188,040 residents, down 9,760 residents, or nearly 5 percent.

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell said he was disappointed by the city's numbers. “The decline was a little more than we had estimated ourselves,” he said.

Heartwell said he believes the city's investments in health care, higher education and manufacturing leave it poised for growth when the economy recovers.

“I suspect in the upcoming decade, we're going to see significant improvement,” Heartwell said.

The census numbers held good news for most of Kent County, where most the outlying suburbs registered positive growth. Exceptions were Alpine Township and the cities of East Grand Rapids, Lowell and Grandville, which showed minor population declines.

Overall, the region showed growth in the face of a dismal statewide head count. The Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland consolidated statistical area grew 5.3 percent to 1.3 million residents, making it the fast growing consolidated statistical area in the state.

An eight-county region in West Michigan, which includes Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Mecosta, Newaygo and Ottawa counties, grew to represent a larger piece of Michigan’s population pie.

The eight counties now represent 14.6 percent of Michigan’s total population, up from 13.7 percent in 2000. In total, the area had a total population of 1.44 million residents, up 5.7 percent, or 78,000 residents over 2000.

Wayne County remains the largest county in the state despite a loss of 240,578 residents, an 11.7 percent decline. Most of that decline came in the city of Detroit, which lost 237,493 residents, or 25 percent of its population which numbered 713,777 last year.

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