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Get Ready for RibStock

Check out Berlin Raceway and Entertainment Complex's inaugural RibStock on Saturday, September 6th. The gates open at 12:30, event starts at 1pm and lasts till 9pm.

RibStock is a backyard BBQ grilling competition with two divisions. The Heavy Hitters competition will be competing for a $20,000 prize purse consisting of professional or semi-professional competitors, local caterers or restaurants! The Backyard Masters competition will take place at Berlin Raceway all season long with a final big BBQ blowout at RibStock where any local average Joe who thinks he's the master of his backyard can come out and prove it. They will be competing for a number of great grilling prizes including a brand new pellet grill at a market cost of $900, and MORE!

Spring Lake ousts Coopersville

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Spring Lake scored 21 points in the second quarter en route to a 29-14 win over Coopersville in Thursday night's season opener.

The Lakers led 21-6 at the half.

My Town Coopersville: St. Michael's to dedicate new playground

My Town Coopersville: St. Michael's to dedicate new playground

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Children at St. Michael's preschool have a new place to play.

The parish will cut the ribbon on its newly updated playground Monday, Sept. 8.   The ceremony will take place during a preschool open house, which runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

St. Michael's held several fundraisers to cover the $8,000 cost of installing equipment that is approved for preschool age students.  Events included a classroom supply sale and Euchre party.

Classes at St. Michael's will begin Sept. 15. A couple spots are still available for the 2014-2015 school year. Interested families should contact the parish office at (616) 384-4026 for more information.

St. Michaels is located at 17150 88th Ave, in Coopersville.

My Town Coopersville: County honors Continental Dairy for exporting feat

My Town Coopersville: County honors Continental Dairy for exporting feat

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A Coopersville company will be honored Tuesday for being Michigan’s top agricultural exporter.

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners will recognize Continental Dairy’s accomplishments with a proclamation during the regular commission meeting at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 26.  Commissioner Greg DeJong says the public meeting will give the community an opportunity to thank Continental Dairy for choosing Ottawa County and the city of Coopersville for its headquarters. 

Coopersville Mayor Lloyd and City Manager Steven Patrick are expected to attend the tribute, which will take place at the Fillmore Complex.

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In the Kitchen with Kal: Easy bake chicken and veggies

In the Kitchen with Kal: Easy bake chicken and veggies

I was on vacation in Maryland recently abd had the pleasure of having my daughter-in-law's sister, Terri, make this dinner for us. It was all part of my son Mark's recovery from hip surgery. (You know that theory- send over a dish when someone is sick.)

Anyway, the dish arrived in time for dinner as a surprise, but Donna, my daughter-in-law, had already prepared a pork dinner for the family, so she just let this cool on the counter and put it away in the fridge overnight and we had it for dinner the following evening.  It turned out to be a very versatile dish.


In a 9" x 13"  pan, cut three boneless chicken breast in three pieces, add two cans of green beans on one side, and cut up red potatoes on the other side.  Drizzle one stick of melted butter all over it. Sprinkle an envelope of zesty Italian dressing mix over everything. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. 

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

If you are considering selling your home, finding the right real estate agent is critical.

You want to find the “get it done” agent in your area – the type of agent that lives and breathes real estate and has an intimate knowledge not just of your neighborhood but also with the surrounding community.  This agent will leverage his or her knowledge and expertise to maximize the sales price and educate prospective buyers on why your home and community is the right place for them. 

Finding the "get it done" agent takes a little investment on your part,  but the payoff is huge.  You deserve a high level of service, investment and communication from the agent representing your most valuable asset – your home.  When you hire an agent they become a unique contractual extension of you, so you need to make sure the fit is right. 

Motorcyclist killed in Coopersville crash

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- An Afghanistan war veteran from Grand Rapids was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car Wednesday afternoon. The crash happened around 1:20 p.m. at 64th Avenue and W. Randall Street.

Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies say a southbound car stopped at the intersection and then pulled in front of the motorcycle, which had the right of way. The driver of the car told authorities he did not see the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist, a 26-year-old Michael VanHolstyn, was ejected from his motorcycle and died on impact; he was wearing a helmet. Several witnesses say VanHolstyn was speeding excessively in the 45 mph zone.

The driver of the car, Bradley Silvis, 61, and his wife, Peggy, 62, of Muskegon, were not seriously hurt.

The crash shut down the intersection for approximately 2.5 hours, but it has since reopened.