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Date set for Relay For Life of MAC

Date set for Relay For Life of MAC

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The date is set for this year’s Relay For Life at Coopersville High School.

Cancer survivors and others whose lives have been touched by the disease will take over the athletic field July 11-12.  For more information about 2014 Relay For Life of Marne Allendale and Coopersville, contact Kim Lothscutz at kimlothschutz@yahoo.com or visit the organization’s Facebook page here.

Date set for 2014 Berlin Fair

Date set for 2014 Berlin Fair

MARNE, Mich.—The date is set for the annual Berlin Fair.

This year’s event will run from June 16-21.  The Berlin Fair has been showcasing community agriculture and crafts since 1855. The fair also features carnival rides and live entertainment. Previous years have included dog agility competitions and horse shows.

For more information about reserving a booth or becoming a fair vendor, email info@berlinfair.org.

City water rate decrease up for discussion Jan. 27

City water rate decrease up for discussion Jan. 27

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville City Council is expected to discuss whether to pass along a slight price drop in Ottawa County water rates to customers.

The water rate dropped approximately $0.05 per 1,000 gallons beginning Jan. 1.  City Manager Steven Patrick is recommending water rates remain the same for customers so the city can set aside additional funding for future maintenance projects and upgrades as needed.  However, the city council is not expected to take action on the proposal.

Patrick is also recommending the city purchase a backup pump in case the booster pump on 64th Avenue at W. Randall Street fails.  Patrick says if the emergency arose, the $5,005 price tag of a backup pump is relatively low when compared to how long it could take to provide water to the nearby homes and businesses that need it.

The City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27.

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Tax season is almost here and Davenport University is ready to help.

Student and faculty volunteers from Davenport will begin offering free income tax preparation sessions to low- and middle-income tax filers Thursday, Jan. 23.  The service is available on a first come, first serve basis to families making less than $55,000 in total household income.  People who want to utilize the program should bring the following materials:

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross wants to thank all those who role up their sleeve to help save lives.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a difficult month to fill the need for blood and platelet donations because of winter weather and seasonal illnesses.  If you’d like to help, the following blood drives are planned through the next month:

 

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross wants to thank all those who role up their sleeve to help save lives.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a difficult month to fill the need for blood and platelet donations because of winter weather and seasonal illnesses.  If you’d like to help, the following blood drives are planned through the next month:

Free workshop for plant-based lifestyles Jan. 18

Free workshop for plant-based lifestyles Jan. 18

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Those who are vegetarian and vegan curious are invited to visit the Coopersville Area District Library for a free workshop Saturday, Jan. 18.

The event will include demonstrations on detoxing, juicing and creating satisfying and healthy smoothies.  There will also be information on how to kick off a plant-based lifestyle.

The workshop runs from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.