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Marne on front page of USA Today: How will years of war change us?

MARNE, Mich (USA TODAY) - Several landmarks in Marne, Mich., are named "Berlin," including the Baptist church, the fairgrounds and the racetrack. That's because Marne, home to many German settlers in the 19th century, was named Berlin - until the United States entered World War I.

Across the nation, anti-German hysteria drove German-American culture underground. German newspapers and schools closed. Sauerkraut briefly became "liberty cabbage." And Berlin, Mich., adopted a less controversial name.

Marne is one reminder that America's foreign wars always have changed American society - from the War of 1812, which set the stage for continental expansion and Manifest Destiny, to Vietnam, which ignited a political-cultural brawl.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Kwyn, who was born in China, wore a traditional Chinese outfit to school to help celebrate the Chinese New Year.  The 2011 Chinese New Year began on February 3, and this year the Chinese celebrate  "The Year of the Rabbit".  Kwyn shared a book about the Chinese New Year's festivities with her kindergarten classmates in the Coopersville Area Public Schools Kinderclub program.

Coopersville gas station robbed overnight

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department is looking for the man who robbed a Coopersville gas station overnight. 

The robbery happened around 1:30am at the BP station on Randall Street.

The suspect came into the store, implied he had a weapon, and demanded money. He fled with an unknown amount of cash.

The suspect is described as a male in his mid 20's around five foot six inches tall, with a thin build and no facial hair. He was wearing a hoodie and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

Red Cross needs help in West Michigan

Red Cross needs help in West Michigan

The American Red Cross is asking residents help throughout West Michigan. The recent snow storms and icy traveling conditions have canceled or shut down many of the previously scheduled blood drives. Due to these cancelations the Red Cross was unable to collect an expected 28,000 pints of blood.

The Red Cross is offering from now until February 26th to all whole blood donors, a chance to win an all-expense paid trip for two to see the Division 1 Men’s Basketball playoffs, as well as a 250 dollar Meijer gift card.

Farm Museum hosts photography exhibit by Peg Alofs Becker

Farm Museum hosts photography exhibit by Peg Alofs Becker

From: http://www.coopersvillefarmmuseum.org

February 1 through April 16, 2011

Peg Alogs Becker of Jenison, Michigan specializes in nature photography and takes long walks with her husband. “God creates such incredible beauty… if we would only stop and look now and then.”  The Kent Trail, the Kal Haven Trail, the city, county, and state parks are all full of beauty and wonder.  With four incredible seasons, so strongly defined here in Michigan, it is a photographer’s paradise.

Fat Toaster Farm is owned and operated by Zach and Lindsay Oaster.  They specialize in Scottish Highland cattle, Jacob and Shetland Sheep, and mixed-breed, free-range chickens.  They also have rabbits, barn cats, and house cats.  These animals are the focus of the exhibit at the Coopersville Farm Museum.

Coopersville Farm Museum celebrates 7th anniversary of 'Jam Night'

Coopersville Farm Museum celebrates 7th anniversary of 'Jam Night'

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - The Coopersville Farm Museum will be celebrating the 7th anniversary of 'Jam Night' this evening starting at 6:00 pm. The celebration will include plenty of folk, bluegrass and old gospel music as well as refreshments and door prizes.

Visit http://www.coopersvillefarmmuseum.org for additional information.

Coopersville Schools Preschool Registration

Coopersville Schools Preschool Registration

Registration is underway for the 2011-2012 Coopersville Area Public Schools preschool program.To register, students must be four-years-old by December 1, 2011 for the four-year-old program, and three-years-old by December 1, 2011 for the three-year-old program. Please bring a non-refundable registration fee of $30.00 with you at the time of registration. Also, applications will be available for the four-year-old "Great Start Preschool Program". There are many ways to qualify for this free program. After February 21st, you may call 997-3600 to register your child for preschool. If you have any questions, please call 997-3600.