Issue 3

Issue 3 | 11.01.2018 | Holland, MI

Small boat naval flag from early 1900s. Photo by KS.

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¿Preguntas? City Clerk’s Office: (616) 355-1301,

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What Michiganders Can Learn From Oregonians

By Martha Raab
Nov. 1, 2018

I have never earned an “I voted” sticker.

I have a very vivid memory from my childhood of my dad coming home late from work because he stopped to vote on his way home. I remember it seeming very special and prestigious, but I’ve never been able to do it myself.

I was born and raised in Oregon, where unlike Michigan, voting is done entirely by mail, and despite having voted in every election since the age of 18, I have never done so in person. The idea of going to a polling place and going in a booth to vote is as foreign to me as riding a camel across the Gobi Desert. I know it happens, I’ve seen people do it on TV, but I’ve never done it and probably never will.

In 1998, when I was still in high school, Oregon voters went to their polling places and voted to pass Ballot Measure 60, thereby making Oregon the first state to enact exclusively by-mail voting.

Since then, Washington and Colorado have followed suit, and others have expanded various types of vote-by-mail. Nevertheless, it’s perplexing there are still only three states that allow all of their voters to vote from home. Michigan has a very strict (by Oregon standards) set of requirements for absentee voting. What purpose does this serve?

I recently asked my father which method of voting he prefers. He must have been one of those who voted “no” in November 1998.  He said that voting in person is better because if a person cares enough to vote, they’ll take the time to go to their polling place. What if, I countered, you’re someone like me who works late, going straight from one job to the next? He explained to me that in the past, polling places stayed open until 8:00. I pointed out that I had worked until 10:00 the night before. He said that in that case, I could have voted via an absentee ballot.

So, if you care enough to vote, you should vote…by mail.

I don’t know what motivates Michigan or any other state to resist voting by mail. But I do know this: Voting shouldn’t be a what-doesn’t-kill-you-makes-you-stronger endeavor. Why should voting be difficult? Why should people have to stand in line (for hours in some precincts) to vote? Or worry about voter ID laws (signed ballots are checked against the signatures on record)? Why should people have to take time off work to do it, or worse, have to do it when they’re exhausted from a long day of work? What’s the harm in allowing people to vote when they have plenty of time to focus on this significant task?

States save millions a year by utilizing vote-by-mail, and Oregon, Washington, and Colorado have seen increased voter turnout – much higher than the national average – since eliminating polling places. At a time when national voter turnout is at a low, shouldn’t state governments be working to increase voter engagement?

I really have always wanted an “I voted” sticker. I suppose I see it as a symbol of accomplishment. But I was wrong in my childhood notion that voting was a prestigious act.  Voting should be made uncomplicated for anyone who wishes to do it.  Universal by-mail voting would be a crucial step toward accomplishing just that.

– Martha Raab is a lifelong Oregonian who teaches in Portland, Oregon—not to be confused with Portland, Michigan.

Small boat naval flag from early 1900s. Photo by KS.

Vote! ¡Vota! Vote! ¡Vota!

By Kathleen Schenck
Nov. 1, 2018

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We don’t need more mudslinging. We don’t need to go high when they go low, because there truly is no “Us” versus “Them”. There’s a country in pain, with Michigan symbolically and geographically in the middle of that pain. What we need is sound governing.

Rather than point out all the reasons why the current federal administration is failing us (though you can read about it in Max Boot’s op-ed in the Washington Post here or Charles M. Blow’s op-ed in the New York Times here) and the missteps from local candidates (though you can read about it in Suzanne McDonald’s op-ed in the Holland Sentinel here), Holland Weekly would like to share a voter’s guide for this coming Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Simply put, vote Democrat.

Partisan Section

Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Vote for not more than 1
Gretchen Whitmer
Garlin D. Gilchrist II

Secretary of State
Vote for not more than 1
Jocelyn Benson

Attorney General
Vote for not more than 1
Dana Nessel

United States Senator
Vote for not more than 1
Debbie Stabenow

Representative in Congress
2nd District
Vote for not more than 1
Rob Davidson

State Senator
30th District
Vote for not more than 1
Jeanette Schipper

Representative in State Legislature
90th District
Vote for not more than 1
Christopher Banks

State Boards
Member of the State Board of Education
Vote for not more than 2
Judith P. Pritchett
Tiffany Tilley

Regent of the University of Michigan
Vote for not more than 2
Jordan Acker
Paul Brown

State Boards
Trustee of Michigan State University
Vote for not more than 2
Brianna T. Scott
Kelly Charron Tebay

Governor of Wayne State University
Vote for not more than 2
Bryan C. Barnhill
Anil Kumar

County Commissioner 3rd District
Vote for not more than 1
Doug Zylstra

Nonpartisan Section

Justice of Supreme Court
Vote for not more than 2
Samuel Bagenstos
Megan Kathleen Cavanagh

The candidates in the remaining Judicial and all Local School District races are uncontested.

Proposal Section

State of Michigan
Proposal 18-1
Legalize marijuana. It is important to note that cities will still be able to decide for themselves whether to welcome marijuana businesses (such as dispensaries) or not. From Ballotpedia: “Proposal 1 would make Michigan the first state in the Midwest to legalize the possession and use of recreational marijuana for adults (age 21 years or older). Individuals would be permitted to grow up to 12 marijuana plants in their residences. The measure would create an excise sales tax of 10 percent, which would be levied on marijuana sales at retailers and microbusinesses. Revenue from the tax would be allocated to local governments, K-12 education, and road and bridge maintenance. Proposal 1 would also legalize the cultivation, processing, distribution, and sale of industrial hemp. Municipalities would be allowed to ban or limit marijuana establishments within their boundaries.”

Proposal 18-2
Proposition 2 has received quite a bit of attention. Voting YES is a move toward the elimination and prevention of gerrymandering. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, “Gerrymandering in U.S. politics means drawing the boundaries of electoral districts in a way that gives one party an unfair advantage over its rivals”. Let’s make it fair. Vote YES.

Proposal 18-3
Proposition 3 makes voter registration more accessible. Michigan has stricter voter registration laws than other states: Michigan requires a resident to register to vote in person or via snail mail a full 30 days prior to the election. We are as bad as Texas. You heard me. Vote YES on Prop 3.

On county tax and millage proposals Holland Weekly has no comment.


General information

Dónde votar:

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¿Preguntas? City Clerk’s Office: (616) 355-1301,

For Ottawa County residents, you can check for information on how to Find My Polling Place, List of Candidates and Proposals. You can also view your ballot here:

Here is what the ballot looks like for the 15th precinct in the city of Holland: Not a bad idea to take a gander before entering the voting booth, ask questions, that sort of thing.

Allegan County residents can check SOS’s Michigan Voter Information Center here:

What to do if you are not permitted to vote at your polling place:

Just a reminder, you do not need to show photo ID to vote in Michigan. When at your polling place, you can sign an affidavit that you are not showing photo ID (though the official wording is more like “I am not in possession of picture ID.”). Then you vote. And I hope you do.

Photo by Pexels.

Top 5 Things To Do This Week

Compiled from organization websites by Reka Jellema
Nov. 1 – Nov. 8, 2018


First things first: vote Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Dónde votar:

El mapa:

¿Preguntas? City Clerk’s Office: (616) 355-1301,


Dia de los Muertos Community Day
As Halloween passes away, let us welcome Dia de los Muertos (The Day of The Dead), the Mexican holiday where people celebrate loved ones who have died by creating altars and cooking up traditional dishes to honor the dead. The Kruizenga Art Museum and the Latino Student Organization at Hope College will host a Dia de los Muertos Community Day on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the museum. The collaborative event will feature family-friendly crafts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., an authentic ofrenda (altar) constructed by the Latino Student Organization, and a presentation about the ofrenda given by members of the Latino Student Organization at 11:30 a.m. The Kruizenga Art Museum is located at 271 Columbia Ave., between 10th and 13th streets. Kruizenga Art Museum is open to the public and always free. More info at

The Big Tree Hunt
Ottawa County Parks and Recreation is holding a walk for the 14th Biennial Big Tree Hunt contest on Saturday, November 3 from 2-3:30 p.m. The walk is part of a statewide effort to track vital and historical living trees. You are sure to see and learn about massive maples, elderly oaks, and ponderous pines. The walk for The Big Tree Hunt is held at 8115 West Olive Road, West Olive. The walk is free and no registration is necessary. More info on the walk can be found here:  More contest info at ReLeaf Michigan:

Detroit Unseen
From 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, November 5, photographer Bob Huston will talk about his photographic exhibit at the library, “Detroit Unseen.” Huston is a photographer and urban explorer who is passionate about the city of Detroit. He has been capturing the images of Michigan’s historic and forgotten structures for nearly ten years. “Detroit Unseen” takes us inside the walls of historic Detroit and West Michigan. This is a unique opportunity to see forgotten chapters in Michigan history. Hazel B. Hayes Auditorium at Herrick District Library, 300 S. River Avenue. 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Free. More info at

The Studio at Holland Area Arts Council
When adults and children create together, everyone learns new things. The Studio at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 E. 8th St., provides the tools and space to jump right in and get creative alongside the kids. Play hard, get your hands dirty, and make some art! Regular Hours are from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and from 12 p.m.-3p.m. on Sundays. The cost is $5 for non-members and $2 for members. For more information, call the helpdesk at (616) 396-3278 or check

Museum on the Move: Fire Walk
Holland’s early settlers were put in a dire situation when fire nearly destroyed the fledgling community. Walk the path of the Fire of 1871 and relive the devastation through the survivors’ own words. You’ll feel a community’s heartbreak and hear its rallying cry. Tour capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Please call 616-796-3329 to register. Friday, November 2. Meet at the Holland Museum. 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. $5.00 suggested donation. More info at

Michigan orchard apples. Photo by KS.

Apple Fritters

By Kathleen Schenck
Nov. 1, 2018

It’s apple season in Michigan, and we have glorious choices in our local orchards, farmers markets, and maybe even our own backyards. This recipe is a crowd pleaser. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar and you’ve got churros. Sprinkle powdered sugar and you’ve got elephant ears.

Prep 20 minutes. Cook 15 minutes. To dust with cinnamon and sugar takes an additional 5 minutes.

Yields about 2 dozen ping pong sized fritters.


Canola oil to cover 1 to 1 1/2 inches of pan for frying
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon balsamic or apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup 2% or fatter milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon oil
1 apple, diced
Approximately 1/2 cup cinnamon and sugar to dust (or powdered sugar)


  1. Heat the inch to inch and a half of oil in a Dutch oven or heavy bottomed, high-sided saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Test by dropping a small dab of batter and see if it rises to the top, bubbling. (FWIW: Heat set to 3 on my electric stove.)
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. Pour in the milk, vinegar, molasses, eggs and oil and stir until just blended.
  4. Stir in the apple but take care not to overmix.
  5. Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil and fry until golden on both sides, about 5 minutes total depending on the size (aim for ping pong ball size). Fry in smaller batches, no more than 5 at a time, so they are not crowded. Remove from the hot oil using tongs and drain briefly on paper towels. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar while still warm.


From Issue 2 | 10.25.2018
Homegrown dragon carrot. Photo by Michael Tuccini.

Dragon Carrot Cake

by Kathleen Schenck
Oct. 25, 2018

Behold, the mighty dragon carrot! Heirloom and exciting, this purple on the outside, orange and yellow on the inside, sweet but spicy carrot holds a special place in home gardens and home gardeners’ hearts. If you don’t grow your own, check Holland Farmers Market. By October, these carrots will be as sweet as can be. Regular carrots are just fine to use in this recipe as well. But behold, the mighty dragon carrot!

PREP: 25 minutes
BAKE: 35 to 40 minutes
TOTAL: 1 and 1/2 hours (to include cooling time)
YIELD: 1 cake (with 2 thin layers), 8 servings. If you are making this cake for a larger crowd, simply double the recipe for both cake and frosting. We find the recipe shared here about perfect for a hungry couple who likes leftovers with their morning coffee and tea.

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 and 1/2 cups finely grated carrots
(walnuts and golden raisins optional)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
4 oz. or one half an 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
Dash salt
1/2 (depending on taste) teaspoon zest of orange, tangerine, or clementine
1 cup confectioners’ (powdered) sugar
Milk or orange juice, optional, to thin frosting if needed (usually a couple tablespoons)

To make the CAKE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two 9″ round layer or pie pans with butter.

Whisk together the oil, applesauce, sugar, salt, eggs, spices, and baking soda.

Add carrots. Stir a few times to combine.

Add the flour, stir just until blended.

Add the raisins and nuts, if using, and mix until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.

Bake the cakes for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a clean and dry butter knife inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a few crumbs clinging to it. Remove the cakes from the pans after about 15 minutes, and place them on a rack to cool. Allow the cakes to cool completely before frosting them.

To make the FROSTING: Beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the salt and zest. Beat in the sugar. Add a teaspoon or more of milk or juice if the frosting is too stiff to spread; add additional sugar if it’s too thin.

I don’t really frost the cake, per se. I place one cake on a serving plate and dump half the frosting on top. I then place the 2nd cake on top like a sandwich and dollop the rest of the frosting on top of that. No one’s complaining.

Refrigerate any leftover cake.

Dragon carrot cake. Photo by KS.

Photo by Michael Tuccini

Sylvia Reads The Stars

Nov. 1 – Nov. 8, 2018

Scorpio Oct 23 – Nov 22

You like power. You like control. Vote.

Sagittarius Nov 22 – Dec 23

Use those thoroughbred legs to trot on over to your local polling place. Vote.

Capricorn Dec 23 – Jan 20

You need a really good excuse to leave work, and this week you have the best one ever. Vote.

Aquarius Jan 20 – Feb 18

Bet you run into some of your beloved friends at your local polling place, Aquarian. Vote.

Pisces Feb 18 – Mar 20

Sneak on over to your polling place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to avoid the crowds, my shy little fish. Vote.

Aries Mar 20 – Apr 20

You are a warrior of all that is good. You are quick to act and inspire others to do the same. Vote.

Taurus Apr 20 – May 21

You get a sticker, Taurus! You love free stuff! Vote.

Gemini May 21 – Jun 21

All the eloquence in the world amounts to nada if it is not accompanied by action. Vote.

Cancer Jun 21 – Jul 23

They say people vote with their guts more than their heads. What is your gut telling you, Cancer? Go with that to your polling place. Vote.

Leo Jul 23 – Aug 23

Little lion, you are a leader and a love. Take those fantastic qualities to the polls and choose some candidates that mirror your own dang self. Vote.

Virgo Aug 23 – Sep 23

What a way to be of service, dear Virgo. Vote.

Libra Sep 23 – Oct 23

I know it can be hard to make a decision, Libra, what with your ability to see both sides of an issue. Check out HW’s voter guide for answers. And Vote.

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