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Coopersville veterinarian encourages dog owners to buy pet harnesses for cars

Coopersville veterinarian encourages dog owners to buy pet harnesses for cars

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's not the law, but some dog owners are using pet seat belts to keep their animals safe when riding in a vehicle.

The harnesses come in a variety of sizes, are available at many stores, and attach to the seat belt installed in the car.

Coopersville veterinarian Amy Bennett says she started using a dog seat belt after seeing so many pets injured in crashes.

"In the course of a week, we had two dogs that had been in automobile accidents with their owners and one wound up breaking its neck," says Dr. Bennett. "The other one broke its back and, as a result, they were both euthanized.

"I thought I don't want that to be my dog. My dog is part of my family, so we got this little harness."

Dr. Bennett says the harness not only keeps the dog safe, but also prevents it from moving around and distracting or interfering with the driver.

Fire forces man from his home in Marne

MARNE, Mich. (WZZM)-Investigators say a fire that heavily damaged a home in Marne started in the basement, where a wood burning stove was located.

The flames were spotted just after 8:15 p.m. in the 4200 block of Leverette Street. The home was fully engulfed in flames by the time crews arrived.

The one man who lived at the home was not injured. The Red Cross is assisting him.

Coopersville wrestling team to visit Godwin Heights this Wednesday

Coopersville wrestling team to visit Godwin Heights this Wednesday

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - The Coopersville varsity wrestling team will visit Godwin Heights this Wednesday for a quad match between Coopersville, Godwin, Godfrey Lee and Kent City.

The match-up starts at 5:30 at the Godwin Heights gym. Admission to the event is $5.00.

Visit http://coopersvillebroncos.org for additional information.

Coopersville Varsity Basketball to face Allendale tonight

Coopersville Varsity Basketball to face Allendale tonight

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - Come join the Coopersville High School Varsity Basketball teams this evening as they face the Allendale Falcons at 6:00 pm. The Massey Match-Ups have the Broncos over the Falcons 57 to 48 so it should be an exciting game.

Also attending tonight's game will be Coopersville's 2001 State Runner-Up Boys Basketball Team.

Visit http://www.highschoolsports.net to see additional team schedules and Massey Match-Ups.

Comstock Park Lions travel to Muir to pick up latest member

Comstock Park Lions travel to Muir to pick up latest member

The Comstock Park Lions witnessed its latest member getting sworn in by District Governor Fran Osborne during last night's visit to the Muir Lions Club. Craig Wheeler, who is employed in the vincinity of Muir, lives in nearby Coopersville and is anxious to get involved in community service.

The Comstock Park Lions were chartered last year. They currently meet at 5:30 PM every first Tuesday of the month at the R & R. Coffeehouse and Cafe at 3922 West River Drive N.E. across from Dwight Lydell Park. The Comstock Park Lions Club is currently in the progress of conducting a fundraiser with the Alpine Ave, Applebees, which committed  to donating 20% of the bill of any party presenting a copy of the attached coupon all day Sunday, February 20th. 100% of the proceeds will be used to send visually impaired youth to Bear Lake Camp this summer.

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Outhouse 500 to be held Saturday, Feb. 26

Outhouse 500 to be held Saturday, Feb. 26

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - If you've got a case of cabin fever and need something fun to do with your fellow Coopersville residents, the Outhouse 500, taking place this Saturday, might be just the event that you're looking for.

This year's festivities feature a parade, chili cook-off, 5-K run, kids games, toilet lid decorating contest and more.

Additional event information and sign up forms can be found by clicking here. You'll also find a couple of links to videos that should get you in the mood for what's to come.

Meet the Artist reception honoring Linda Foley

Meet the Artist reception honoring Linda Foley

From: Coopersville

A Meet the Artist reception honors Linda Foley at the Coopersville United Methodist Church, 105 N. 68th Avenue, Coopersville, Michigan on Sunday, January 30, 2011, from 6pm – 7pm.

The Coopersville United Methodist Church is pleased to offer local artists the opportunity to share their work and would like to invite the public to view the latest exhibit. Foley’s watercolor paintings are located in the Fellowship Room where more than 15 pieces will remain on display for the next couple months.

Foley has studied with nationally known artists – Sal Harris, Roland Roycraft, Joe Fettingis, Nita Engle, Liam Chen and Tony Couch – to find solid ways to interpret the glow in her soul. A happy blend of talent, she now revisits music from a different angle.