Change-Ups: Prein&Newhof garners engineering awards

From left: Prein&Newhof Vice President Mark Prein, Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden, Plainfield Township Water Treatment Superintendent Don Petrovich, Prein&Newhof Project Manager Kevin Gritters and Plainfield Township Director of Public Services Rick Solle.

Prein&Newhof recently garnered the Engineering Honorable Conceptor Award and the People’s Choice Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan for its work on Plainfield Charter Township’s Water Treatment Pilot Study for PFAS Removal project. Plainfield Township worked with Prein&Newhof to perform a pilot study at its water treatment plant, modifying the existing rapid sand filter beds with granular activated carbon to effectively remove per- and polyfluoralkyl substances from the water.


Ashley Kretler has joined Kalamazoo-based LKF Marketing as an account coordinator.


Benton Harbor-based Wightman received a Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award for its work involving the transformation of downtown Sturgis.


Pallet company Kamps Inc. announced it has finalized the acquisition of D&H Bark in Manton. The location will be an addition to Kamps’ Wood Resource Division and will be the division’s sixth location in Michigan.

Service Express, a third-party data center maintenance company, has debuted its End-of-Life and End-of-Service-Life database. With this tool, users can quickly find accurate EOL and EOSL dates for over 19,000 data center hardware models. The database can be viewed at


Aquinas College has been recognized by Colleges of Distinction as one of the renowned 2019-2020 Colleges of Distinction for its individualized and engaging academic offerings and continued focus on student success and satisfaction.

Five longtime Hope College faculty members have announced their retirement: Isolde Anderson, professor of communication; Jean Bahle, assistant professor of theater; Edward Hansen, professor of geology and environmental science; James Herrick, the Guy VanderJagt professor of communication; and Roger Nemeth, professor of sociology. They have taught at the college for a combined 152 years.

Tom Heetderks recently joined Cornerstone University’s professional and graduate studies as dean of business.

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s director of graduate and extended programs Catherine McCollum has taken on an additional role as director of online learning. All classes were recently moved to an online platform as a safety precaution due to COVID-19. McCollum will manage and coordinate online resources and faculty training.


Long Road Distillers captured new honors at the 2020 American Craft Spirits Awards by the American Craft Spirits Association: two Gold medals for Long Road Aquavit and Long Road Raspberry Liqueur; Silver medals for Long Road Grand Absinthe, Long Road Amaro Pazzo and Long Road Old Aquavit; and Bronze medals for Long Road Rum, Long Road Nocino and Long Road Apple Brandy.


The Grand Rapids Police Department announced the promotions of Jeffrey Dionne and Timothy Johnston to the rank of Sergeant.

The Ottawa County Road Commission invited students who are staying home for the remainder of the school year to participate in the OCRC’s inaugural Work Zone Safety Awareness Poster Contest. Students of all ages from Ottawa County participated in the art-related activity, which supported National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 20–24. The awareness week promotes safe driving through work zones.


The Grand Haven-based community coalition created to respond to the COVID-19 crises has granted an additional $156,750 from the Emergency Human Needs Fund to 16 area nonprofit organizations that are helping the community in this time of crisis. This brings the total granted from the fund to $355,360. Funding is provided on behalf of the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area, the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation and the Greater Ottawa County United Way.

Hope College in Holland has expanded its sexual assault prevention programming by connecting with two national initiatives through support from the Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program awarded by the state of Michigan and administered by the Michigan State Police. The $17,178 grant is funding additional staff training in the Green Dot bystander-intervention program, which trains witnesses to interrupt situations that are high-risk for sexual violence, and underwriting the college’s participation in the Culture of Respect program of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Perrigo Company plc and the Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation donated $400,000 in funding and $216,000 in product donations to assist community partners that are essential to the COVID-19 response effort. Breakdown: $200,000 to Kid’s Food Basket; $50,000 to Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative; $50,000 and $16,000 in-kind product to Meals on Wheels; $200,000 in-kind product to Feeding America West Michigan; and $100,000 to American Red Cross.

Streams of Hope, a community center in Kentwood, announced it has received a $25,000 grant from HarperCollins Christian Publishing to support its elementary student tutoring program. Since its inception in 2010, the tutoring program has steadily grown to provide more than 100 hours of free tutoring each week by 10 certified teachers to 80 students.


Network180, Forest View Psychiatric Hospital and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services have combined their efforts to encourage individuals seeking mental health support to “Don’t Go Out – Reach Out” by staying away from local emergency departments and contacting one of its agencies instead. All three are open 24/7 and ready to provide services to anyone in crisis during this time. Contact: Network180: (616) 336-3909; Forest View: (800) 949-8439; and Pine Rest: (800) 678-5500 or (616) 455-9200

Sandra Muthyal has joined Exalta Health as director of advancement. 

The Kent County Health Department has partnered with Guiding Light to designate its facility at 255 S. Division Ave. as an isolation center for those experiencing homelessness who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. The facility has 24 private rooms, a bunk area, six bathrooms, and a full-service kitchen that can accommodate up to 60 individuals when fully staffed.


Hylant announced the promotion of Matthew M. Hylant to president of its Ann Arbor office. Hylant previously served as client executive and team leader in employee benefits for Hylant’s Grand Rapids office for the past six years.


Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce in Three Oaks has launched its 2020 Harbor Country Guide. The online guide is available at

The West Michigan Tourist Association now offers a live video stream of Drummond Island. Go to


Michael Behrens has joined 13 ON YOUR SIDE as a meteorologist.


Cedar Springs native Lt. Joshua Bowman, a Navy Supply Corps officer assigned to Naval Supply Systems Command Business Systems Center, in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation for his meritorious service as a project officer at NAVSUP BSC from May 2017 to April 2020.


Wyoming High School senior Jorge Garcia has been awarded a Chick Evans Scholarship, valued at an estimated $120,000 over four years and covers tuition and housing, by the Western Golf Association. Garcia has played on Wyoming High School’s varsity golf team every year. He currently has a 4.07 GPA and is ranked No. 1 in his class. 


Pampered Auto LLC now provides non-emergency medical transportation, serving Muskegon, Ottawa, Oceana and Kent counties. Pampered Auto is a COVID-19 “essential business” and remains open during the statewide stay-at-home directive.

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