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My Town: Coopersville Connections
My Town: Coopersville Connections

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- Phyllis Beroza lives at The Depot apartments and celebrated her 91st birthday at the Coopersville Farm Museum on July 1st with her son, Steve, his wife, Annie, and longtime friend, Fran Wiegerink. 

It happened to be Jam Night, which she has been attending for many years.  A lot of residents from The Depot attend Jam Night twice a month, and have for more than ten years now.  It’s one of the largest, regularly scheduled social events in Coopersville, on the first and third Tuesday of the month.  

Phyllis’ son and his wife took note that many residents walk to Jam Night, and rather than walking across the grassy mound, they would walk all the way to the sidewalk to enter the parking lot on even ground.  It’s a long walk with a walker or cane.  After talking with friends Gary Gene and Annie Williams, the Beroza family offered to cover expenses if the Coopersville Farm Museum would add a walkway between the Historical Museum parking lot and the Farm Museum lot. Coopersville Farm Museum Board of Director Member, Annie Williams, presented the idea to the Board of Directors.  All were in favor and three board members volunteered to make certain the project was completed in a timely manner.  Coopersville Farm Museum executive director, Lee Ann Creager, consulted with Dr. Al Lafleur, owner of the connecting lot, and he agreed that this was an excellent idea and would not only serve The Depot but other members of the community. 

The walkway was made wide enough so that even in the winter months a plow can keep it clear.  When C.B.S. wheels their cart over on Wednesdays with their baked goods for the Farmers Market, they certainly appreciate it too.