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My Town Coopersville: Southside Bar & Grill hosts first patron wedding

My Town Coopersville: Southside Bar & Grill hosts first patron wedding

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— A Coopersville couple who shared their first kiss at Southside Bar & Grill have now shared their vows at the very same restaurant.

Nicole Barrett and Rick Laug tied the knot at Southside Bar & Grill Thursday, March 6.  Barrett and Laug shared their first kiss on the restaurant’s porch a few years back. When the couple began talking about going to the Justice of the Peace during a recent visit to the restaurant, co-owner Scott Merveen suggested they hold the ceremony at Southside Bar & Grill. Southside Bar & Grill Co-owner Bob Sikkema says Merveen even became an ordained minister so he could officiate the wedding, which Sikkema recorded on his phone.

Sikkema says the restaurant was open to all patrons during the informal afternoon ceremony.  He says the couple left for their bowling league right after. 

My Town Coopersville: Bunny Train returns for milestone year April 5

My Town Coopersville: Bunny Train returns for milestone year April 5

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The date is set for the return of Coopersville & Marne Railway’s Bunny Train.

The holiday tradition will return to the tracks April 5-18, on Saturdays and Sundays.  This is the 10th anniversary of the Bunny Train, which takes visitors and the Easter Bunny through the springtime countryside of Coopersville and Marne, aboard a vintage train car built in the early 1900s.  Riders will be entertained by the Easter Bunny’s musical performance with BooBoo the Lamb and Quack the Duck.  The cast of characters also plans to pull playful jokes on passengers and pose for photos.  Each child will receive a special gift from the Easter Bunny.

Admission is $14.50 for adults/seniors, $13.50 for children ages 2-12, and free for children ages two and under.  For more information, visit www.MiTrain.net or call (616) 997-7000.  

Ottawa County Way Essay Challenge open two resident writers

Ottawa County Way Essay Challenge open two resident writers

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Why is Ottawa County like no other place to live?

Writers of all ages are invited to answer that question during the Ottawa County Way Essay Challenge.  Participants can share their views about living, working and playing in West Michigan through the competition. 

The winner will receive $150.  Second place will get $100, and third place will take home $50.

Jam Night returns for its tenth year Feb. 4

Jam Night returns for its tenth year Feb. 4

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Coopersville Farm Museum is getting ready to celebrate a ten year tradition.

Jam Night returns Feb. 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Everyone is invited for a night filled with friends, refreshments, traditional music and more.  Visitors are encouraged to sign up to perform a song or volunteer as back up for the nearly three dozen other musicians.

Jam Night is sponsored by River Village Apartments. Williams Family Ministries is providing door prizes for the event.

Blessing of the Throats at Saint Mary's Church this weekend

MARNE, Mich.—Cold and flu season is here, and Saint Mary’s Church is looking to a saint for help.

This weekend after masses, Rev. David Gross will lead the parish in a “Blessing of the Throats”.  Rev. Gross will be asking for Saint Blaise to protect his flock from ailments of the throat and other illnesses.

The special blessing comes as the Fest of Saint Blaise approaches.    According to catholic.org, Saint Blaise became the patron saint of throats after healing a boy who was about to die from a fishbone stuck in his throat.

Saint Mary’s Church is located at 15164 Juniper Dr. in Marne.

Careerline Tech Center opens newly renovated culinary classroom

Careerline Tech Center opens newly renovated culinary classroom

HOLLAND, Mich.—Nearly 6,000 square feet of newly renovated space is now open to a new generation of chefs.

Last summer, Careerline Tech Center began transforming the space into a teaching arena like no other high school in Michigan.  The new facility allows students to train on commercial grade equipment typically found in elite culinary colleges.  The equipment includes a steam/convection oven, new fryer and two broiler ovens.  Construction crews also added a demonstration lab with tiered seating and video monitors for optimal viewing.

“Our program is at capacity and the students are amazed at the new facilities,” says Joe Carmolli, culinary and pastry arts instructor for CTC. “Recent graduates told me they wish they could come back to experience the new lab. They are a little jealous.” 

ArtPrize organizer to address guests of Chamber dinner

ArtPrize organizer to address guests of Chamber dinner

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— The woman behind one the world’s largest art competition of its kind is coming to Coopersville.

Amelea Pegman, director of community engagement for ArtPrize, will be the keynote speaker for the Coopersville Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and dinner on Thursday, Jan. 23.  The event begins with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and introductions, awards and Pegman’s speech.

The meeting and dinner will take place at the West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters and Service Trades Building, located at 1008 O’Malley Drive in Coopersville. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple.  To purchase tickets, visit the event page here.