Monday, July 1st 2013

Holly mourns loss of Ardath Regan Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Tuesday, June 18 2013

Ardath Regan at the time of ou...

Last Saturday, Holly lost one if its strongest advocates and most devoted citizens. Ardath Regan – a retired history teacher for Holly Area Schools, a former Village Council member and president, and the founder of Holly’s former Carry Nation Festival peacefully passed away, surrounded by loving friends and family. She was 80.

Having worked for a couple news publications prior to launching The Holly Express in 2009, I had the honor of interviewing Mrs. Regan specifically about the role she played in starting the Carry Nation Festival in the mid-1970s.

They call it puppy love Print
Written by Tina Martzke
Monday, June 17 2013

Tina Martzke

Up until five years ago, I never quite understood the pet lovers of the world – and to be honest, I thought everyone who was a self-professed pet lover, was crazy for loving their animals so much.

That was before Kali, our 5 ½- year old black lab came into our lives.  Kali literally entered our bedroom 5-years ago in February.  Our youngest son was home for the weekend from college and decided to go to the movies at the local mall.  It was a particularly rough winter with lots of snow and bitterly cold temperatures.

Holly Area Community Coalition to hold 'Teen Block Party' Print
Written by Nick Klempp
Tuesday, June 11 2013

From 6-9 p.m. on Friday, June 14, the Holly Area Community Coalition and Holly Downtown Development Authority are partnering to have a Teen Block Party in the downtown district.  The night is an opportunity for the youth of Holly to come and see what the downtown has to offer them, and to connect them to our great community.   There will be several businesses open that night that have a lot to offer the youth, including food, ice cream, snacks, clothing stores, jewelry, tools, and workout and relaxation opportunities.  

Along with the business opportunities, there are going to be fun activities for the teens in the blocked off streets of downtown. We are going to have several organizations from the Holly area run activities in the downtown area to add an extra bonus for the teens to attend.  Right now we have an obstacle course, pie eating contest, rock wall, video game room, giveaways and other fun activities planned with hopes of more organizations getting on board to run an activity.    We hope that teens will come downtown to have fun but also bring some money to spend in the great downtown businesses including many opportunities to eat dinner and dessert.   

If anyone has any questions regarding the Teen Block Party or organizations that would be interested in running an activity they can contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or call the Holly Community Coalition at 248 328 3135.

Nick Klempp
Holly Area Community Coalition

Project Pride issues statement about Ganshaw Park flower project Print
Tuesday, May 14 2013

Project Pride would like to thank all those who have worked and/or donated time and money for the beautification of the curbs along Saginaw Street in Holly.    A special thanks to Glen Mitchell, Mitchell Farms, for supplying and delivering the flowers for our Project Pride volunteers.

The 2013 Project Pride goal is to beautify Ganshaw Park, however we will be limited in flowers due to the current deficient of over $200 in our funding.  The committee recommendation is to reseed the areas along Saginaw Street, with the reseeding to be completed by the Holly Department of Public Works at no expense to Project Pride.

If there are other organizations or individuals who would be interested in TAKING OVER THE PROJECT,  the current committee would be happy to offer assistance for  this project  for 2014.


Project Pride

EDITOR'S NOTE: Project Pride will be planting flowers in Ganshaw Park on the morning of Saturday, June 8, 20103. Volunteers are welcome to assist, and are asked to bring work gloves and their own digging tools.

Single mom puts heart on the line for adoptive daughters Print
Written by Olha Dunbar
Thursday, November 10 2011

Sally HOffman accepts the 2008...

November is National Adoption Month and a fitting time to recognize The Holly Express’ newest Community Champion, Dr. Sally Hoffman.

A widow and retired educator, Hoffman, 60 is the stay-at-home mother to two lucky girls – Nicky, 15 and Noely, 8. Both girls are now thriving thanks to the love and support given to them by Hoffman and her extended network of family and friends.

Hoffman first adopted Nicky in 2004 after reading a feature written about her in a Detroit newspaper. Labeled a “difficult child,” Nicky had spent four years in foster care.

"She wasn't difficult – she just wouldn't tolerate the abuse she suffered in eight different foster homes – she wanted out, and she wanted love,” Hoffman said. "It didn't make any difference to us that we were of different races - we decided to ignore those who had a problem with race."

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