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My Town: Prepare for disaster by making a life-saving donation

My Town: Prepare for disaster by making a life-saving donation

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LANSING, Mich.—The American Red Cross is among a coalition of organizations encouraging Americans to observe National Preparedness Month this September by doing simple things that make a difference when every second counts.

The Red Cross recommends three things most everyone can do to prepare for disasters or other emergencies: Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.

“The beauty is, those steps can be taken in advance, helping most everyone to be prepared,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.

My Town Coopersville: St. Michael's to dedicate new playground

My Town Coopersville: St. Michael's to dedicate new playground

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Children at St. Michael's preschool have a new place to play.

The parish will cut the ribbon on its newly updated playground Monday, Sept. 8.   The ceremony will take place during a preschool open house, which runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

St. Michael's held several fundraisers to cover the $8,000 cost of installing equipment that is approved for preschool age students.  Events included a classroom supply sale and Euchre party.

Classes at St. Michael's will begin Sept. 15. A couple spots are still available for the 2014-2015 school year. Interested families should contact the parish office at (616) 384-4026 for more information.

St. Michaels is located at 17150 88th Ave, in Coopersville.

My Town Coopersville: County honors Continental Dairy for exporting feat

My Town Coopersville: County honors Continental Dairy for exporting feat

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A Coopersville company will be honored Tuesday for being Michigan’s top agricultural exporter.

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners will recognize Continental Dairy’s accomplishments with a proclamation during the regular commission meeting at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 26.  Commissioner Greg DeJong says the public meeting will give the community an opportunity to thank Continental Dairy for choosing Ottawa County and the city of Coopersville for its headquarters. 

Coopersville Mayor Lloyd and City Manager Steven Patrick are expected to attend the tribute, which will take place at the Fillmore Complex.

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

My Town: Day of Caring volunteers and projects needed

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Greater Ottawa County United Way is looking for nonprofit organizations in need of help.

They United Way’s annual Day of Caring is Thursday, Sept. 18.  On that day, the United Way will connect teams of volunteers with charities in need of help. People who need help or would like to volunteer for this year’s Day of Caring must register with the United Way by Aug. 21.  For more information, visit www.ottawaunitedway.org/day-of-caring or contact Shannon Morton at smorton@ottawaunitedway.org or (616) 396-7811.

A.D. Bos Vending Services and Hillshire Foods will be providing lunch for volunteers at Grand Haven Campground during the volunteer event.  Last year, more than 800 volunteers worked on more than 65 projects across the county.  

My Town Coopersville: Used book sale benefit deemed a success

My Town Coopersville: Used book sale benefit deemed a success

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Organizers of last weekend’s book sale at Coopersville Area District Library are calling the event a success.

The Friends of the Coopersville Area District Library collected $2,000 during the sale, which ran Aug. 7-9. The group says the money will go toward purchasing special collections and funding special projects at the library.

The Friends donated children’s books that did not sell to the Rotary Reading Bus.

My Town: Coopersville Historical Society garage sale Aug. 6 and Aug. 7

My Town: Coopersville Historical Society garage sale Aug. 6 and Aug. 7

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- The Coopersville Historical Society invites the community to this sale on Wednesday, Aug. 6 and Thursday, Aug. 7 to check out vintage and collectible items for purchase.

The unique items for sale were gathered by Judy VanDonger and others.  The garage sale will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the home of Bill and Shirley Cunningham, located at 65 Mill Street in Coopersville. For more information, visit http://business.coopersville.com/events.  

My Town Coopersville: Nonprofit founder to release third book for children

My Town Coopersville: Nonprofit founder to release third book for children

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The founder of a Coopersville-based nonprofit aimed at helping children with disabilities is releasing a new children’s book.

Lori Hasting’s third book, titled “Blue Bear, the Bear with No Hair” will be available within the next week. Hasting, who was diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy as a child, writes her books using voice activated software. Proceeds from each book go to her organization, Lori’s Voice, which supports young people with disability.

“Blue Bear, the Bear with No Hair” features illustrations by Julie Baldwin.  For updates on its sale, visit Lori’s Voice’s Facebook page.