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Ottawa Co. dispatches goats to eat parks' invasive weeds

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County parks department is fighting invasive plants in one of the most natural ways possible: it sent goats to eat them.

The department has released eight of them into Bur Oak Landing in Coopersville. They will spend the next month munching on plants like oriental bittersweet, honeysuckle, and buckthorn.

People are welcome to visit and watch the goats, but the parks service says the animals should not be touched. Any visitors should also be careful of the electric fence.

The goats will also be sent into Riverside Park and Eastmanville Bayou to take care of the invasive plants there.

This is the second year the county has let goats loose on invasive plants.

Coopersville prepares for annual Bike Fest on the Grand

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)- Coopersville is about to be taken over by bikers, and rockers for the annual Bike Fest on the Grand.
It's at the Conestoga Grand River Campground, kicking off June 19th. The campground is located at 9720 Oriole Dr, Coopersville, MI. Visit the Bike Fest website for more information.

Allendale man in serious condition after crash

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- An Allendale man is in serious condition, after crashing his car into another driver in Coopersville.

It happened on 68th Avenue near Leonard street around 11 p.m. Friday.

Ottawa County Deputies say 28 year old Ernest Hamstra was driving his Grand Prix southbound on 68th Avenue, when he crossed over the center line. They say he hit a 50 year old Muskegon driver coming northbound on 68th street.

Hamstra was pinned in his car for some time. Police say he was not wearing his seatbelt. Hamstra was taken to Spectrum Butterworth and was listed in serious condition. The 50 year old driver was also taken to Mercy Hospital in Muskegon, and is listed in stable condition. He was wearing his seatbelt.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department is investigating the crash.

Historical Pump House in Holland open for Tours each Month this Summer

Historical Pump House in Holland open for Tours each Month this Summer

History buffs will certainly to want to check out the Pump House in Holland, MI. located directly north of the US Coast Guard Station at 2388 Ottawa Beach Rd. The Pump House will be open to the public on the third Thursday of each month from 3 – 5pm beginning June 18. The following dates will be July 16, August 20 and September 17.

Free parking is available in both the Black Lake Boardwalk’s east and west parking lots at 2278 Black Lake Ave. and 2358 Ottawa Beach Rd.

Since the dedication of this building in May was so popular, the Historic Ottawa Beach Society (HOBS) and Ottawa County Parks decided to provide the public with more opportunities to view the interior of the historic Pump House building over the summer.

The art in the building will still be on the walls for guests to enjoy. The SOBS is working to set up a historical storyteller for the July through September dates.

2nd Annual Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Benefit Run

2nd Annual Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Benefit Run

On Saturday, July 18, 2015, the VFW Post 4249 of Newaygo will be hosting the Michigan Knights of Columbus 4th Degree District 4, 2nd Annual Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Benefit Run.

Runners are asked to meet at 3000 Monroe Ave NE in Grand Rapids, MI at 9:00am. Ride to the VFW in Newaygo, leaving at 11:30am.

A $25 donation covers food, fun and a raffle ticket. There will also be music, prizes and refreshments.

You may call David Reese at 616-446-0726 for more information.

Let's go to Bat for Kids Ballgame June 25th

Let's go to Bat for Kids Ballgame June 25th

Let’s Go to Bat for Kids!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015 is the day to be at 5/5 Ballpark at 5:30. Bring all the kids, admission is FREE. Parking is $6 per car but the evening includes children’s games and activities along the concourse, local mascots and a fun night at the ballpark.

In 2014, Catholic Charities of West Michigan welcomed over 4500 West Michigan fans for this event. Let’s see if we can break that record this year, 2015. This event benefits the family strengthening programs of CCWM that help keep families together here in our community.

This ballgame is played by clergy, religious leaders on the Padres team and media celebrities on the Media Giants team.

Come on out to the Ballpark located at 4500 W. River Dr. NE in Comstock Park, MI 49321. More info at bstowe@ccwestmi.org or phone 616-551-5663.

ChoiceOne Bank awards Scholarship Money

ChoiceOne Bank awards Scholarship Money

ChoiceOne Bank awarded scholarships to seniors from 11 different high schools again this year including Sparta, Kent City, Rockford, Cedar Springs, Kenowa Hills, Eggleston, Oakridge, Ravenna, Newaygo, Coopersville and Grant. One senior from each school won a $500 scholarship after writing a 300 word essay, “What does your community mean to you?”

“We value the youth in our communities,” said James Bosserd, President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “It is our hope that our students return to their roots to raise their families once they have completed their college studies and grow their businesses. This scholarship contest helps our youth to think about the importance of community, especially as they graduate from high school. It’s a local thing.”

Included in this article are just 5 of the 11 students who received scholarship money. Congratulations to all students who participated.