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My Town Coopersville: eReading challenge could add up to bigger library collection

My Town Coopersville: eReading challenge could add up to bigger library collection

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The more electronic books you read, the bigger the collection may get at the Coopersville Area District Library.

The library is taking part in the OverDrive Challenge.  For each patron who checks out an ebook using the OverDrive app, the library is one step closer to winning $1,500 to $2,500 to purchase more eBooks and audiobooks.  As of June 14, the library was just 240 checkouts away from earning funding.

The contest runs through June. To download the OverDrive app, visit http://omc.overdrive.com/

My Town Coopersville: Author sorts fact from fiction about Michigan's largest mass murder

My Town Coopersville: Author sorts fact from fiction about Michigan's largest mass murder

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—An author focused on finding the truth about Michigan’s largest mass murder will share his findings next week.

Author Steve Lehto will visit Coopersville Area District Library Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m.   The event is presented by Coopersville Historical Society.  In his newest book, “Death’s Door: The Truth Behind Michigan’s Largest Mass Murder”, Lehto sifts through conflicting news reports, transcripts and other documents to set the record straight about the Christmas Eve 1913 massacre in Calumet.

No registration is required for this event.  Coopersville Area District Library is located at 333 Ottawa Street in Coopersville. 

My Town Coopersville: Troop Train rides free for veterans May 26

My Town Coopersville: Troop Train rides free for veterans May 26

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville & Marne Railway Company is  honoring  this Memorial Day weekend with a deal for veterans.

The Troop Train will pull in on May 26 and veterans ride free. General admission is $9.50 and children under 2 years are free.

Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniform while taking in this  re-enactment of the famous Troop Trains of  World War II. 

Train rides will take place at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  At the end of the trip, passengers will be met with patriotic music by the Hometown Brass Band.   Visitors are encouraged to come early for the Memorial Day parade, which starts at 9:30 a.m.  For additional information, visit the Coopersville & Marne Railway page here.

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WZZM 13 News at Noon is looking for local chefs to be involved in cooking segments airing on Fridays and Wednesdays.

Wednesday’s segments will focus on healthy recipes, so please specify if you’re interested in healthy cooking.

For the segments, chefs should arrive at the station (645 3 Mile Road NW) at 11:45 a.m., and stay until the segment airs around 12:20 p.m. WZZM 13 will provide a gas stovetop, but chefs should bring all equipment/ingredients needed to make their dish.

Interested chefs should email Erin at ezacek@wzzm13.com

My Town: Lamont Spring Festival May 17

My Town: Lamont Spring Festival May 17

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Lamont Civic Association is getting ready to celebrate spring with antique cars, live music and barbecue.

The Lamont Spring Festival is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lamont Christian Reformed Church in Coopersville.  Visitors can check out antique vehicles and tractors, crafts and children activities, a bike contest and parade, carriage rides, river cruises and live music while dining on barbecue chicken and kettle corn.

Best of all, the festival is free.

My Town: Ten advance in 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition

My Town: Ten advance in 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Student filmmakers are getting ready for the final round of the 2014 Bishop Baraga Film Festival Competition.

Students in grades 8-12 submitted short videos about their Catholic faith.   The competition has been whittled down to ten finalists from four districts.  During Champions Night on May 13, their films will grace the big screen at Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids.    A panel of judges will pick the top three films, which will receive cash prizes. The grand prize is $2,000.

The ten finalists include:

My Town: Fundraising underway to save piece of Ottawa County history

My Town: Fundraising underway to save piece of Ottawa County history

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A group trying to save a piece of Ottawa County history is now collecting donations.

The South Evergreen Schoolhouse is a small one room school that sits at the corner of 88th Avenue and Leonard Road.  Preservationists say it’s one of few one room schools still standing in its original condition.

The building and property are now on sale. A small group of community members are collecting donations in hopes of purchasing the schoolhouse to preserve this piece of history. The fundraising page reads: