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Jenison Historical Association - Oral History with Bob Andre

by Virginia Timmer
from http://www.jenisonhistory.org

[This conversation was between Virginia Timmer and Bob Andre , and was held on January 26, 1999.]

Bob, who formerly had a State Farm Insurance business and built the State Farm building across, and east of, what was the L & L Jenison Mill.

We talked about Ben Hanchett. I said my dad started working for the Hanchetts in 1928--several years before the Great Depression and Ben Hanchett's death (1933) which must have made my dad very busy at the L & L Jenison Co.

We talked about Bessie Hanchett, Ben's wife, formerly Bessie Husband, and what a nice lady she was and Bob said, "They had class." "They" meaning Bessie and her mother Margaret Husband. I agreed wholeheartedly with what he said.

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Art in the Park coming to Hudsonville June 9

Art in the Park coming to Hudsonville June 9

Artists of all kinds are signing up to be part of the annual Art in the Park event in Hudsonville.  This year, the event, hosted by the Hudsonville Arts Council, will be held on June 9, 2012 from 9am to 3pm. 

Artists and crafters are currently signing up to fill the 50+ booths available.  In addition to artists displaying and selling their artwork, there will be a live stage full of performers throughout the day and demonstrators creating art while residents watch. 

Kids will be able to participate in art themselves in the kids area, even getting a professional face-painting done.

In support of developing artists, the arts council has partnered with local high schools to hold a contest framed around the theme of ‘community’.  The winning pieces will be on display at Art in the Park, along with an elementary school gallery of artwork. 

RoboDawgs Finish Strong

RoboDawgs Finish Strong

The Grandville High School RoboDawgs were recognized by the Board of Education on May 7 for their outstanding competitive season. Two teams advanced to the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, where Team 244 finished in sixth place. Congratulations to our students!

Give-A-Glove throws opening pitch

GRAND RAPIDS, (WZZM) -- The 17th year of the Give-A-Glove campaign kicks off Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. This year's goal is to gather 500 new or gently used kid-sized baseball gloves for the YMCA Youth softball and baseball programs.

By donating you will receive 4 free tickets to a Whitecaps game, free combo meal at Wendy's, and a family guest pass at any YMCA of greater Grand Rapids.

You can donate a glove at any of the locations below.

• Any Fifth Third Bank in Kent and Ottawa
• Fifth Third Ballpark
• David D. Hunting YMCA, 475 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Grand Rapids
• Lowell YMCA, 1335 West Main Street, Lowell
• Southeast YMCA, 730 Forest Hill SE, Grand Rapids
• Spartan Stores YMCA, 5722 Metro Way, Wyoming
• Visser Family YMCA, 3540 Fairlanes SW, Grandville
• Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA, 6555 Jupiter Ave. NE, Belmont

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Rapid bus plan for Hudsonville defeated

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hudsonville leaders' plan to bring Rapid bus service to their city was defeated Tuesday night.

The millage failed on a vote of 802-279.

The city planned to add a Rapid bus stop in the city, linking it to a route in Grandville.

Grandville voters reject school millage

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Voters in the Grandville Public School district defeated a tax proposal to fund building renovations and new equipment.

In Kent County, the vote was 2,508 against to 2,470 for -- a 38 vote margin.  But in the district's precincts in Ottawa County, it lost 270-157.

The millage would have been used for building remodeling and additions, new school buses and updated technology.

Hop a Half Mile to Help a Child

Hop a Half Mile to Help a Child

This 2nd Annual relay fundraiser event takes place on Friday, May 18, 2012 at the Grandville Middle School Track at 3535 Wilson Avenue in Grandville. Registration takes place at 6:30pm with the race beginning at 7pm. Kids, teens and adults, ages 3-90 are encouraged to join this exciting fundraiser to benefit the Women at Risk International’s Orphanage Program.

Teams of 4 must submit their registration form and a minimum of $100 (per team) in raised funds for WAR International. The final date for registration is Saturday, May 12. This event is limited to the first 100 teams. Teams are encouraged to create their own t-shirts for this family-friendly relay event.

Adult (29”) & Kids (20”) Hippity Hop balls will be provided. If you prefer a different size, please bring your own.

Admission for guests on May 18 is a new pack of children’s underwear or onsies to be donated to the Orphanage. The gymnasium is secured in case it rains.