The Suds Back Home (EC)

2731175731_c33e2e180dBack home in Holland, MI, in Ottawa County, it was just passed that alcohol can now be sold on Sundays. Previously, alcohol sales at stores, and at bars had to cease by 2am on Sundays and could not start back up until open of business hours on Mondays. Ottawa County, Michigan, is a highly republican part of Michigan, one of the few. It was surprising to me when Yes to Sundays passed in the recent election. I think this had to do largely with it being a college town–home to Hope College campus. In a recent article by the Holland Sentinel it was explained that the serving of alcoholic drink will begin this coming Sunday, November 23, 2008. Although they are now allowed to sell alcoholic drinks, it will only be from the tap. Labeled bottles and can will not be sold, but are allowed to be sold. Yes, it is confusing. Michigan requires a separate alcohol license to sell labels on Sunday, and because it was against the Ottawa County ordinance to sell it in the past, no one had obtained one of these licenses. It may take a while before you will see labels being sold on Sundays in Holland, but it will happen. It is expected that the bars will be busy on this Sunday because Hollanders will be excited about the new change.

Holland Sentinel news article found here: http://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/x541358206/Beer-run-Holland-City-Council-approves-emergency-alcohol-ordinance

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“The most trusted stranger in America”

Every Sunday morning, before I shower, before I brush my teeth or even look in a mirror, I open my laptop and type in the address http://postsecret.blogspot.com/ and start reading. For those of you who have never been to PostSecret, go there! It is liberating. “PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.” This began with a man named Frank Warren. He was starting a weekend art display. He handed out postcards to some local people in Washington D.C. with the simple instructions to tell Frank a secret. The secret had to be one that was never shared, and it had to be true. After the exhibit was complete, Frank continued receiving postcards from anonymous people. This started in 2004, and today he receives approximately one thousand secrets a week! I never knew that there were that many secrets to be had.  He posts them online every Sunday for people to read. It is liberating to send in a secret. It’s the knowing you’re not alone that is wonderful. Frank has raised over $200,000 from his website (accumulating about one million hits a week) for Hopeline, a suicide prevention hotline. For Frank suicide is an issue that hits home, as he lost someone close to him. It’s amazing what a simple weekend art project can turn into isn’t it?

To read the article about Frank and the PostSecret project go to http://www.enctoday.com/news/warren_49642_kfpress__article.html/secrets_people.html