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My Town: Predicted weekend warm-up raises flooding concerns

My Town: Predicted weekend warm-up raises flooding concerns

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.— A predicted weekend warm-up is leading to flooding concerns in Ottawa County.

Although flooding along the Grand River is not anticipated,  The Ottawa County Emergency Management team says the melting snow and rainfall could be a challenge for some county drains, which may be clogged by leaves and other debris.  Emergency managers are  asking residents to clear driveway culverts, drains and rain gutters once the warmer temperatures melt away the ice and snow, possibly preventing clogs that can lead to damaging ice dams. 

“Being proactive now may save a lot of inconvenience next spring,” said Beth Thomas, Ottawa County Emergency Management director. “No one knows for sure what the weather will be like when spring arrives and as always, it’s best to be prepared.”

Pickup rolls off bridge, injures 4-year-old passenger


ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A four-year-old boy was taken to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Thursday afternoon after a rollover crash in Ottawa County's Allendale Township.

The boy was riding in his dad's truck just after noon, when his dad lost control of the vehicle on the icy 68th Ave. overpass above the Grand River. The pickup went across the center line, hit the far guardrail, and flipped over the guardrail, landing on an embankment next to the river.

The father, a 35-year-old Coopersville man, was not hurt in the crash and was able to get himself and his son out of the truck, carrying the boy to the roadside to wait for emergency responders.

The boy was taken to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and was listed in stable condition, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.


My Town: Coopersville students are 'In The Heights'

My Town: Coopersville students are 'In The Heights'

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- Take  a trip to New York without ever leaving Coopersville this weekend, as a Tony Award-winner plays out on stage.

Coopersville High Theatre Co. begins its performances of "In The Heights" Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.  Shows will run through Nov. 22.  

"In The Heights"  transports the audience to the Big Apple's Washington Heights neighborhood,  where the community is on the brink of change.   "In The Heights" won the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Tickets to the Coopersville High School performances are available online at Center Stage Theatre's website.  The box office will also be selling tickets now through Friday, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Coopersville kids show how they enjoyed a snow day


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- We received hundreds of notices of school closings Tuesday morning; most were inland.

Among them was one of the districts that had a number of snow days last year, too.

Coopersville Public Schools students like Cole and A.J. Baker and Gabe Van Sickle say they'll remember this snow day -- not because it's the coldest or the one with the most snow, but because it's so early.

"It is November, and I am surprised how much snow" has fallen, said Cole Baker.

Gabe Van Sickle said he was confident Tuesday would be a snow day, "because I went on the Internet."

They spent the day building a snowfort, wanting to "play as long as we can out here," A.J. Baker said.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.

It's time to get your Tires Checked for Winter Weather

It's time to get your Tires Checked for Winter Weather

I know winter is near; I keep getting wrong number calls here at WZZM13 when people are trying to call Discount Tire on Alpine. The numbers are different by one digit.

It’s that time of year again, time to either check or get your tires on your vehicle checked for the winter conditions we will soon have. It is a fact that many, many accidents that happen soon after the first few snowfalls, are the result of bad tires with very little tread on them. Below are three ways you can test your tires for tread to see if it’s time to get them replaced.

There are several popular ways to check your tire tread depth. One easy way is the penny test. Simply insert a penny into your tire's tread groove with Lincoln's head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it's time to replace your tires.

Good Samaritan describes finding, returning lost toy


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- We told you on Monday about the good Samaritan who reunited a seven-year-old with her favorite toy. The stuffed elephant had been left accidentally on the side of the highway.

The good Samaritan didn't leave his name when he dropped the toy off, but after the story aired, his family contacted us.

His name is Jerry Dennis, and he works for Suburban Propane in Coopersville. He says he was driving home when he found the backpack that held the toy.

"I had taken the bag and opened it up to see what was in it, and my little boy saw the stuffed animals and he said, 'I bet someone is going to miss those stuffed animals,'" Dennis said. "That is when I thought I would figure out where they went and to get the bag back."

It's interesting to note, too, that Dennis's little boy is seven years old -- the same age as the girl who lost the elephant.