2:00 PM Aug 8, 2011
Claudia Hayes-Hagar, a long-time art educator who was a part-time lecturer at Hope College in art and education for 14 years, died on Sunday, August 8, at age 59 following a battle with cancer. She joined the Hope faculty in 1997, teaching courses in art and education with an emphasis on elementary art instruction in addition to teaching in the West Ottawa Public Schools.
4:00 PM Aug 5, 2011
Herrick District Library is reducing public service hours and staffing as part of a cost-savings measure. The changes will go into effect Aug. 22 at the Holland library and its North Side Branch. The changes were delayed until then because the staff said it was crucial to follow through with programs scheduled as part of its Summer Reading Club. The change in public service hours is taking place due to a loss of revenue of approximately $630,000 over the past three fiscal years, mainly due to the drop in local property values, library officials said.
10:57 AM Jul 29, 2011
The final production this year for the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre is the musical "Guys on Ice.' It will open Sunday at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland with an 8 p.m. performance. Performances will continue for a limited run on Aug. 2, 4, 8 and 10. Tickets are now on sale through the DeWitt and DeVos Fieldhouse ticket offices. Prices range from $10 to $26. Online: www.hope.edu/hsrt
11:06 AM Jul 28, 2011
Police are searching for a woman who they say failed to turn over custody of her two children to their father at the Holland Department of Public Safety. Investigators said Wendi Carpenter had visitation with her daughter and son over the summer months and, by court order, was supposed to meet the children's father Tuesday at the public safety headquarters. When Carpenter failed to show up at the designated time and place, police began investigating. Police said they now believe Carpenter fled the state with the children.
11:22 AM Jul 21, 2011
For a 17th year, young dancers are spending two weeks at Hope College to advance their artistic talent through the International Summer School of the Cecchetti Council of America. The summer school will culminate with two concerts on Saturday - at 10:30 a.m. and noon - at the Knickerbocker Theatre, 86 E. Eighth St. in downtown Holland. The public is invited to the concerts and admission is free.
3:50 PM Jul 18, 2011
Opening on Friday, July 22, in the DeWitt Main Theatre, "I Remember Mama' by John Van Druten will be headlined by two Hope Summer Repertory Theatre veterans, Susan Ericksen and Chip DuFord. One of the best-loved stories ever told of immigrants in America, this timeless play - based on the book "Mama's Bank Account' by Kathryn Forbes - became a hit play, a successful radio and TV show, and a movie.
11:02 AM Jul 7, 2011
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's Children's Performance Troupe began its season June 22 with "How I Became a Pirate,' based on the children's picture book by Melinda Long. CPT continues this summer with "The Borrowers,' opening July 13. It is based on the award-winning book by Mary Norton, which later expanded into a popular children's series. The story was also adapted into a television miniseries on BBC and TNT.
6:48 PM Jul 4, 2011
A Grand Rapids woman and four others in her car are all recovering after an accident Sunday afternoon. Police officers in Holland said the 35-year-old woman's car rolled over on westbound Interstate 196 near mile marker 47 around 1 p.m. Besides the driver, a 45-year-old man, two girls ages 12 and 9, and a 14 year old boy were in the car. They were all wearing seatbelts when the crash happened. None of them suffered serious injuries. Police said they were all able to crawl out of the car after the crash.
10:23 AM Jun 29, 2011
The Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's production of the award-winning musical "Return to the Forbidden Planet' by Bob Carlton will open Friday, July 8, at 8 p.m. in the DeWitt Main Theatre. The musical integrates the great works of Shakespeare and music of the 1950s.
10:17 AM Jun 28, 2011
Area residents are again being warned about the dangers of swimming off Lake Michigan piers after two people were rescued off Holland's north pier on Sunday. A deputy in an Ottawa County Sheriff's Department marine patrol boat was summoned by people on the pier about 6:30 p.m. when a 13-year-old boy jumped off the pier and got in trouble with the current, OCSD Sgt. Keith Koeman said. A 20-year-old acquaintance of the boy jumped in to help, but was not a strong swimmer, and the current started to carry him away from the pier, Koeman said.

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