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Date set for Coopersville's Outhouse 500

Date set for Coopersville's Outhouse 500

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The date is set for an unusual tradition shutting down downtown Coopersville.

The Outhouse 500 will return Feb. 22, 2014.  Right now, the Coopersville Merchants Group is accepting entry registrations. 

Each outhouse entered in the race must have four walls, a roof and a doorway with a crescent moon shape on it.  No glass, motors or riders are allowed.  The team name must be displayed on each side of the outhouse.

Free showing of 'The Lone Ranger' Dec. 17

Free showing of 'The Lone Ranger' Dec. 17

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—“The Lone Ranger” is coming to Coopersville Area District Library.

The movie, starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer  and Helena Bonham Carter, will premiere Dec. 17—the same day it’s released on DVD. 

Tuesday’s Premier Movie Night is sponsored by Coopersville Sportsman’s Club.  The free showing begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Downtown Coopersville wrapped in new lights ahead of holiday

Downtown Coopersville wrapped in new lights ahead of holiday

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Downtown Coopersville is ready for Christmas.

The city recently replaced more than 1,200 bulbs on top of the buildings along Main Street.  Commercial grade lights are also wrapped around all the trees lining the street. Jan Richardson with the Downtown Development Authority said the electrical service has also been revamped so the grid can handle all lights on both sides of the street without tripping the breaker.

The lighting was completed in time for the Coopersville holiday parade, which attracted more entries and spectators than the DDA has seen in recent years.  Richardson says it took many people to pull of such a great parade, including Main Street merchants, the Department of Public Works, the Coopersville Area Chamber of Commerce and Larry Hard.

Tickets now available to 'Footloose' at Coopersville High School

Tickets now available to 'Footloose' at Coopersville High School

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Buy your tickets early and get a deal! 

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home.

Coopersville Historical Society focuses on street rail history Nov. 7

Coopersville Historical Society focuses on street rail history Nov. 7

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville Historical Society will delve into the history of Grand Haven’s street rail during a special presentation at the Coopersville Area District Library Thursday, November 7.

Paul Trap will present “Chasing Dummies: The History of Grand Haven Street Rail” starting at 7 p.m.  For more information, call the library at (616) 837-6809.

Historic train may soon have permanent home in Coopersville

Historic train may soon have permanent home in Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  A historic train engine and tender car donated to Coopersville & Marne Railway may soon have a permanent home.

During its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Coopersville Downtown Development Authority is expected to discuss whether to place the Benjamin F. Cooper in a pocket park west of the railway building at 306 Main Street.  The locomotive would be kept under a canopy with a color scheme matching the nearby clock tower.

The Benjamin F. Cooper was previously named the John Engler.  The locomotive spent several years at Union Station, along U.S. 131 in Grand Rapids before it was loaded back onto the tracks in Coopersville last month. The train was donated by Colliers International, which owns Union Station.

Permanent home for historic train delayed

Permanent home for historic train delayed

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Coopersville city officials are delaying their decision on a permanent home for the historic train engine and tender car donated to Coopersville & Marne Railway.

During its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Coopersville Downtown Development Authority tabled a decision on whether to place the Benjamin F. Cooper in a pocket park at 306 Main St.  Under the proposal, the locomotive would be kept under a canopy with a color scheme matching the nearby clock tower.  However during Tuesday's meeting, some officials voiced concerns as to whether the pocket park will be the best location, as well as the actual size of the canopy in relationship to the park.

Coopersville & Marne Railway will look at other possible locations for the locomotive; the DDA may revisit the issue during its next meeting November 12.

The Benjamin F.