Change-Ups: Stockmeyer’s academic paper receives 2020 Cohn Prize


Western Michigan University Cooley Law School professor emeritus Otto Stockmeyer was awarded the 2020 Cohn Prize for Law and Public Policy by The Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters. Stockmeyer was honored for his 2019 academic paper, “Three Faces of Restitution,” which traces the evolution of restitution as a subject of law school study and summarizes its principal components and practical applications. The paper is to be published in the upcoming issue of the academy’s journal, “Michigan Academician.” Named after Judge Avern Cohn of Detroit for his patronage of legal scholarship and the academy, the Cohn Prize recognizes the best scholarly paper on law or public policy.


RED66 Marketing recently received national supplier status with the CSC Network, a resource for independently owned and operated linen or industrial laundry companies to grow their business by working with select vendors with the best products, services and pricing in the industry. The CSC has grown to over 175 members working exclusively with a select 75 approved vendors.


The Grand Rapids Public Museum announced various resources available during the museum’s temporary closure due to the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, including the exploration of the museum’s collection online, at-home activities and new content. It includes: Curious Content; the museum has shifted its live stream camera to showcase the two 10-month-old lake sturgeon featured in the Grand Fish, Grand River exhibition. View online at GRPM’s collection of more than 250,000 artifacts and specimens can be explored online at for free. Visitors can learn about curating their own collection of museum artifacts at

Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater has started upgrades to its electric service thanks in part to a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and support from donors to the theater’s ongoing restoration effort. Tibbits Opera House was built in 1882 and was originally lit by gas lights. Electricity was added a few years later and it has evolved and adapted over the next 138 years. The main electric box is more than 80 years old and most of the system is more than 60 years old and runs on single-phase power. The electrical system feeds all of the theatrical needs for the facility.


Hope College in Holland has been honored with Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for the second year in a row for its commitment to effective urban forest management.


Aquinas College announced Stephen Germic has been selected as the college’s new provost and dean of faculty. Germic begins his new role on July 1. Germic, a Michigan native, comes to Aquinas from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, where he has served as provost and academic vice president since 2014. During his tenure he helped Rocky Mountain College increase its graduation rate and steadily rise in prominence to become the No. 2 value among similar institutions in the west region.


Holland-based Coppercraft Distillery announced it is producing and donating approximately 10,000 gallons of alcohol-based hand sanitizer to area hospitals and health care providers, including Holland Hospital, to mitigate shortages within the community. The hand sanitizer is comprised primarily of glycerol and a 96% ABV neutral grain spirit. It adheres to World Health Organization guidelines, as directed by both the FDA and TTB, which calls for a 60 percent alcohol minimum.


Kent County announced it has put into action workplace policy changes to more effectively comply with social distancing recommendations. Specifically, face -to-face services and appointments will continue on a very limited basis. When possible, appointments should be rescheduled, or an alternative method of service delivery will be implemented. Some essential services will continue to be delivered in-person. All residents are encouraged to call first before visiting a Kent County facility for service. Residents can find phone numbers for all county departments and offices on

The Kent County Treasurer announced its office is closed to the public until further notice due to the coronavirus. Taxpayers are encouraged to mail check and money order payments to Kent County Treasurer, P.O. Box Y, Grand Rapids, MI 49501. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order extending the redemption deadline on 2017 tax foreclosures from March 31, 2020 to May 29, 2020.

For the latest updates on COVID-19, visit the Kent County Health Department COVID-19 page:


Detroit-based Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will provide $500,000 to support the efforts of community-based organizations across Michigan to provide meals to vulnerable kids as schools across Michigan close in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and support other efforts to protect seniors and other populations in need. BCBSM joins many other organizations in this effort. A local nonprofit BCBSM supports is Kids’ Food Basket, serving Kent, Allegan and Ottawa counties.

The community coalition created to respond to the COVID-19 crisis has granted an additional $87,700 from the Emergency Human Needs Fund to 13 Ottawa County nonprofit organizations. 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. $30,750 was awarded earlier. A breakdown of nonprofit grantees: $2,700 to City on a Hill; $5,000 to Community Action House; $5,000 to Coopersville Cares; $5,000 to Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging; $20,000 to Good Samaritan Ministries; $5,000 to Harvest Stand Ministries; $10,000 to Holland Rescue Mission; $5,000 to Love in Action; $5,000 to Love Inc Allendale; $5,000 to Love Inc Hudsonville; $7,500 to The People Center; $5,000 to Resilience; and $7,500 to The Salvation Army in Grand Haven.


A voluntary short-term closing 30 has resulted in an excess of fresh ingredients in Wayland-based Gun Lake Casino’s coolers. The large supply of food was donated to local organizations in West Michigan to combat hunger as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More than over 2.75 tons of food were packaged, loaded and transported to Dégagé Ministries, Feeding America West Michigan and Hand2Hand.

The West Michigan Tourist Association offers information about Michigan’s 100 lighthouses that people can tour, tower climb, take in museums and more. More information is available at The 2020 edition of the map will be out in April, which can be requested at

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