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Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development visited West Michigan earlier this month as Ottawa County  celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Eastmanville Farm Park.

As part of the event, roughly 150 people were treated to a picnic of food grown exclusively in Ottawa County.  Visitors also explored the historical park and listened to an address by MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams.   A bus tour also took visitors to four farms verified by the Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program, including Bowerman Blueberries, H&H Turkey, Sietsema Farms and Countryside Greenhouse.

The waiting game continues for changes to city eyesore

The waiting game continues for changes to city eyesore

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The wait for renovations to a city eyesore will continue.

Tuesday night, the Coopersville Downtown Development Authority was hoping for an update on plans to transform 306 Main St.

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Communities impacted by the floods in April have less than a week to file their request for federal disaster money. 

In June, President Obama declared a major disaster in 16 Michigan counties, including Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon and Newaygo. The Small Business Association also issued a disaster declaration this summer.  Both declarations freed up federal assistance for homeowners, local governments and certain non-profits who were forced to clean up.  Homeowners and businesses had until Monday, August 12 to apply for assistance; city officials have until August 17.

The flooding caused $10 million in damage in Kent County alone.  Federal funding would help pay for debris removal and repairs to public property, roads and bridges.

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan job fair in Coopersville July 18

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan job fair in Coopersville July 18

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- Goodwill Industries of West Michigan will host a job fair on Thursday, July 18 to find part-time retail workers for its newest store in Coopersville.

The job fair runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the new store, located at 1141 W. Randall St.

The new Goodwill is expected to employ ten people and should open to the public in mid-August.  

For more information about the job far, call (231) 722-7871, ext. 231 or visit www.goodwillwm.org

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

West Michigan growers are seeing high demand for berries this summer.

Many farmers have closed their fields for a couple days after visitors picked their plants clean.  The increasing demand also led to a shorter cherry season for some growers.  

Here's a list of some of the U-pick locations open in West Michigan this summer. Prices, fruit availability and hours vary daily, so it's best to call ahead before visiting any farm.

 

Ionia County

 

Bird Berry Farm

5256 Belding Rd. Belding, MI

(616) 794-5041

Blueberries $1.75 per pound

Patch picked out early Friday morning call back for update Wednesday, July 17

 

 

Kent County

 

North Ridge Berries

3555 20 Mile Rd. NW Kent City, MI

(616) 675-5919

Raspberries $3 per pound

Credit union opens fifth branch in West Michigan

Credit union opens fifth branch in West Michigan

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Business and community leaders will cut the ribbon on a new bank in Coopersville at 9 a.m. Friday, July 12.

My Personal Credit Union’s new office is located at 1147 W. Randall Street.  The facility features drive-through service as well as an outdoor ATM. 

“We’ve been serving the good people of this community for years, and it’s great to be able to give them a top notch facility,” says MPCU President Daniel Baines.

MPCU was founded in 1951.  The bank has four other locations, including: 1327 Plainfield NE in My Town Grand Rapids North, 2187 Port Sheldon St. in My Town Grandville/Jenison,   4833 Town Center SE in My Town Kentwood and 1414 Burton St. SW in My Town Wyoming. For more information, visit www.mpcu.org

Ottawa County canvassing for Unlicensed Dogs

Ottawa County canvassing for Unlicensed Dogs

If you live in the Allendale or Park township area and have a dog, you may be getting a visit from an Ottawa County official in the next few weeks. They are canvassing the areas for unlicensed dogs.

Having your dog licensed assures it will be returned to you should it ever become lost. It is very simple to obtain a license in person at many government offices, on line or at many veterinarians. Cost for a license can run from $10 to $70.

Households with unlicensed dogs will be given information on how to obtain a license that includes proof of a current rabies shot and proof of spaying or neutering. Those who do not obtain a license run the risk of being issued a ticket. Having a license that can be identified eliminates the need for your dog to end up going to the animal shelter, should they become lost.

Funds from licensing help with shelter costs provided by the Harbor Humane Society.