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My Town Coopersville: Waste water treatment plant may soon handle larger loads

My Town Coopersville: Waste water treatment plant may soon handle larger loads

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- City council members will consider amending an ordinance next week to allow the waste water treatment plant to handle a larger load.

City Manager Steven Patrick says a recent study indicates the city's upgraded system can treat more waste water, which may be necessary for expanding businesses like Continental Dairy.  Patrick says setting a new limit may also prove worthwhile if another business invests in the city.

The city council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, July 28.

My Town Coopersville: Farm selected for new waste-to-energy program

My Town Coopersville: Farm selected for new waste-to-energy program

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Consumers Energy and Michigan State University are teaming up with a Coopersville farm to transform waste into energy.

Beaver Creek Farms is one of four farms selected for the new anaerobic digester program, along with Brook View Dairy in Freeport, Green Meadow Farms Inc., in Elsie and Scenic View Dairy in Fennville.

Anaerobic digesters generate electricity from biodegradable material.

“The addition of anaerobic digestion brings more diversity to our existing renewable energy supply from wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric dams,” explains Timothy Sparks, Consumers Energy’s vice president of energy supply operations.

My Town Coopersville: Continental Dairy "cows" help Relay For Life break fundraising goal

My Town Coopersville: Continental Dairy "cows" help Relay For Life break fundraising goal

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Organizers of Relay For Life of Allendale-Coopersville are not only celebrating hitting their goal- but more than doubling it.

This past weekend, nearly two dozen teams raised just under $64,000.  Chloe Pakalnis with Continental Dairy Facilities says the original community goal was $30,000. 

Continental Dairy was pivotal in raising funds for this year’s Relay For Life, holding a competitive cow milking fundraiser during the day of the event.  The company also put one of its supervisors in “jail”, forcing him to raise $20 to get free.  Earlier this year, Continental Dairy also raised money for Relay For Life with the help of a “herd.”   The cardboard cows moved from yard to yard, based on property owner donations.

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My Town: Coopersville home to Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year

My Town: Coopersville home to Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Coopersville is home to Michigan’s Agriculture Exporter of the Year.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will visit Continental Dairy’s West Randall Street facility Wednesday morning to honor the company.

‘“Continental Dairy's focus on quality and innovation has leveraged their expansion into new markets and significant export sales growth,” said Jamie Clover Adams, MDARD director. “We applaud Continental Dairy for their industry leadership and the key role they are playing to grow and diversify our state’s economy.”

Michigan is second in the nation for agricultural diversity and exports.  In 2012, state exports generated $3.25 billion and were responsible for more than 20,000 state jobs.

My Town Coopersville: Paulina's Mexican Restaurant celebrates grand opening

My Town Coopersville: Paulina's Mexican Restaurant celebrates grand opening

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The newest member of the Coopersville Area Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its grand opening Saturday, June 21.

Paulina’s Mexican Restaurant is located at 4 East Randall Street.  The family-owned restaurant served up fresh, authentic Mexican food to its first patrons on May 3.  

The restaurant is owned by Pauline Linscott and her twin sister Paulette, who cook up their mother’s recipes.  You can find the full menu on the business’ website here.  Paulina’s Mexican Restaurant is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 3 p.m. Saturday.

My Town Coopersville: Growing manufacturer requests tax breaks

My Town Coopersville: Growing manufacturer requests tax breaks

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—  Community members are invited to weigh in on a growing manufacturer's request for tax breaks.

The Coopersville City Council will consider the request by Keyser's Port City Racing during its regular meeting June 9.  Port City Racing is requesting a 12 year Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption on more than $787,000 worth of equipment.

City Manager Steven Patrick is recommending the approval of the tax break, given Port City's continued involvement in the community and growing workforce.  In October, owner Scott Keyser requested a tax break on new equipment, leading to eight new jobs at the facility, located at 540 Danforth St.

Approximately 75 percent of annual sales by Keyser's Port City Racing come from parts built in Coopersville.  The remaining 25 percent is from items sold out of its warehouse. 

Monday's meeting begins at 7 p.m.

My Town: Inside Coopersville's newest family-owned restaurant

My Town: Inside Coopersville's newest family-owned restaurant

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The newest member of the Coopersville Area Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its grand opening later this month.

Paulina’s Mexican Restaurant is located at 4 East Randall Street.  The family-owned restaurant served up fresh, authentic Mexican food to its first patrons on May 3. 

The restaurant is owned by Pauline Linscott and her twin sister Paulette, who cook up their mother’s recipes.  You can find the full menu on the business’ website here.  Paulina’s Mexican Restaurant is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Linscott invites all community members to celebrate the new business during a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday, June 21 at 3 p.m.