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My Town Coopersville: Farm selected for new waste-to-energy program

My Town Coopersville: Farm selected for new waste-to-energy program

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Consumers Energy and Michigan State University are teaming up with a Coopersville farm to transform waste into energy.

Beaver Creek Farms is one of four farms selected for the new anaerobic digester program, along with Brook View Dairy in Freeport, Green Meadow Farms Inc., in Elsie and Scenic View Dairy in Fennville.

Anaerobic digesters generate electricity from biodegradable material.

“The addition of anaerobic digestion brings more diversity to our existing renewable energy supply from wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric dams,” explains Timothy Sparks, Consumers Energy’s vice president of energy supply operations.

My Town Coopersville: 'Heaven is for Real' free showing July 22

My Town Coopersville: 'Heaven is for Real' free showing July 22

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Watch a best-selling book come to life on the big screen July 22 during free Premiere Movie Night at the Coopersville Area District Library.

Tuesday’s film is “Heaven is for Real”.  The film is based on the New York Times bestseller by Todd Burpo, which chronicles his young son’s journey to heaven and back.  Heaven is for Real is rated PG.  Tuesday’s showing will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the library, located at 333 Ottawa Street.

Premiere Movie Night series is sponsored by the Coopersville Sportsman’s Club. 

My Town Coopersville: Planning commissioner to temporarily hold onto seat

My Town Coopersville: Planning commissioner to temporarily hold onto seat

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A planning commissioner whose reappointment was not backed by the city council will hold onto his post, for now.

In a memo sent to the city council after its June 23 meeting, City Manager Steven Patrick chastises council members for not at least temporarily reappointing Justin Longstreth, who had moved out of the district.  Patrick points out there is nothing in the city charter requiring planning commissioners to be a resident of Coopersville, and the city council owes the highest level of service it can provide to the businesses and developers who pay $200 to go before the planning commission.

During its regular meeting July 14, the city council approved Patrick’s recommendation to reappoint Longstreth to the planning commission until his replacement can be found.

My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

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OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (Ottawa County Health Department)Ottawa County residents, 18 years of age and older, have an opportunity to give input about local health related needs and concerns.

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My Town: Berlin Raceway president gets back behind the wheel

MARNE, Mich.—The president and general manager of the Berlin Raceway and Entertainment Complex is returning to the race track Friday night.

Mike Bursley will get back to his racing roots and get behind the wheel during the Battle of Berlin .251.  Bursley was the 2007 Super Stocks champion of Berlin Raceway, but no longer races regularly.  He will be racing Friday in honor of his friend, Kurt Dietrich, who was diagnosed with a golf ball size brain tumor last fall.  Dietrich has had brain surgery and is doing well.  Bursley is going to donate all of his prize money Friday to brain tumor research at Spectrum Health.

“That’s what racing really is that we are one tight group, little family here. And this is just something that I want to do to help out and show that we are one big family here,” says Bursley.

My Town Coopersville: Continental Dairy "cows" help Relay For Life break fundraising goal

My Town Coopersville: Continental Dairy "cows" help Relay For Life break fundraising goal

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Organizers of Relay For Life of Allendale-Coopersville are not only celebrating hitting their goal- but more than doubling it.

This past weekend, nearly two dozen teams raised just under $64,000.  Chloe Pakalnis with Continental Dairy Facilities says the original community goal was $30,000. 

Continental Dairy was pivotal in raising funds for this year’s Relay For Life, holding a competitive cow milking fundraiser during the day of the event.  The company also put one of its supervisors in “jail”, forcing him to raise $20 to get free.  Earlier this year, Continental Dairy also raised money for Relay For Life with the help of a “herd.”   The cardboard cows moved from yard to yard, based on property owner donations.

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Driver in hospital after crash flips Bobcat in Marne


MARNE, Mich. (WZZM) -- One man is in the hospital after crashing his SUV into a construction vehicle early Tuesday morning.

It happened around 1:20 near the corner of 8th Avenue and Country Lane. That's just southeast of Marne. Police say they think the distracted driver did not notice crews doing overnight patching work and crashed into a Bobcat, which was being loaded onto a trailer at the time.

The Bobcat partially flipped, however no one was inside when it happened. No construction workers were hurt.

Police do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The driver was transported to a Grand Rapids hospital. There's no word at this point on how severe that man's injuries were.