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My Town: St. Mary’s Church parishioners pledge $1.87M for new education center

My Town: St. Mary’s Church parishioners pledge $1.87M for new education center

SPRING LAKE, Mich.―During a special “Announcement Weekend” mass held recently at St. Mary’s Church in Spring Lake, Fr. Dan DePew made public for the first time the news that St. Mary’s church parishioners pledged $1,876,280 over the past month toward construction of a new St. Mary’s Catholic Education Center.

The proposed Center is expected to be built at 421 East Exchange Street in Spring Lake within the next three to four years. Plans call for it to replace the existing St. Mary’s School, which is currently located at the site. The 15,000 square foot school was built in 1954 and has been deemed to be beyond its life expectancy. It currently serves 212 students from 1,250 families who live in Coopersville, Ferrysburg, Grand Haven, Fruitport and Spring Lake. The nearby St. Mary’s Church, which sits adjacent to the school, houses a preschool and after-school extension program, as well as faith formation and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults programs.

My Town Coopersville: CAPS senior to compete in Miss Michigan paegant

My Town Coopersville: CAPS senior to compete in Miss Michigan paegant

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A Coopersville High School senior is one step closer to potentially becoming the next Miss Michigan.

Allison Adams won the Miss Lighthouse Coast 2014 scholarship competition in Muskegon this past weekend. She plans to use the $500 scholarship towards pursing a degree in math and art.  Adams currently holds a 4.026 grand point average.

Adams will compete against 33 other contestants during the Miss Michigan pageant at the Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts in June.  Her platform is “digging deeper into low self-esteem”.  The competition will take place June 12-14, with the winner being crowned June 14.

My Town Coopersville: Dig up your family history at the library March 6

My Town Coopersville: Dig up your family history at the library March 6

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Learn how to dig up your family history for free during “Seeking Michigan” at Coopersville Area District Library Thursday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m.

State of Michigan archivist Jessica Miller will discuss free genealogy resources available through www.seekingmichigan.org, which includes birth, death and marriage records.  Participants are encouraged to discover the wealth of information that lies in the 1 million online records of the Michigan Historical Center and State of Michigan Archives.

Registration is required.  To register, visit the Coopersville Library page or call the library at 837-6809.

My Town Coopersville: Bunny Train returns for milestone year April 5

My Town Coopersville: Bunny Train returns for milestone year April 5

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The date is set for the return of Coopersville & Marne Railway’s Bunny Train.

The holiday tradition will return to the tracks April 5-18, on Saturdays and Sundays.  This is the 10th anniversary of the Bunny Train, which takes visitors and the Easter Bunny through the springtime countryside of Coopersville and Marne, aboard a vintage train car built in the early 1900s.  Riders will be entertained by the Easter Bunny’s musical performance with BooBoo the Lamb and Quack the Duck.  The cast of characters also plans to pull playful jokes on passengers and pose for photos.  Each child will receive a special gift from the Easter Bunny.

Admission is $14.50 for adults/seniors, $13.50 for children ages 2-12, and free for children ages two and under.  For more information, visit www.MiTrain.net or call (616) 997-7000.  

New Health Department office too small for drug disposal

New Health Department office too small for drug disposal

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Grand Haven residents looking for a place to safely dispose of unwanted medication will have to travel a little farther.

Because of space limitations at its new office on South Beechtree Street in Grand Haven, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health no longer offers medication disposal services at that office.  Residents are encouraged to visit any of the alternative locations in Holland, Hudsonville, Zeeland, West Olive, Grand Haven Township, Coopersville, Allendale and Georgetown Township.  For exact locations, visit the Ottawa County Health Department website here.

According to the Partnership at Drugfree.org, each year, more than 71,000 children in the U.S. are taken to emergency rooms for accidental overdoses of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Saint Michael's reaches milestone in playground fund raising

Saint Michael's reaches milestone in playground fund raising

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  St. Michael's says it’s already half-way to its fundraising goal for new playground equipment.

The parish is trying to collect $8,000 to update the playground with equipment that is approved for preschool age students.  The next fundraiser will be an adults only Euchre Party on Saturday, Feb. 15.  The cost is $10 to enter and participants must be 21 or older.  No partner is required.  Adult beverages, pop and water will be available for purchase.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the games begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call the parish at  (616) 384-4026.

St. Michael’s previously held a classroom supply sale to raise funds for the playground equipment.  The parish’s loose change campaign is still going on.

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

Water main break delays classes in Coopersville

Water main break delays classes in Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. --  Classes are back in session at Coopersville Area Public Schools after a water main break forced a two-hour delay by the district.

The break in the line happened around 2:15 a.m. on East Street in Coopersville.  Crews have since repaired the break.  It's unclear what led to the problem, but the extreme winter weather has been blamed for similar problems in other communities.

The water main break also led to a two hour delay at Saint Joseph’s Catholic School in Conklin.