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Banking on Goodwill: ChoiceOne helps the hungry

Banking on Goodwill: ChoiceOne helps the hungry

SPARTA, Mich.—Employees of ChoiceOne Bank are helping to end hunger in West Michigan, one can at a time.

The Sparta-based bank began a can collecting contest at all of its branches Nov. 11.  Staff and customers at each of the bank’s dozen branches were encouraged to donate 100 cans or more to help families in need during the holidays. Overall, ChoiceOne collected 1,743 canned goods for four area pantries.

 “We value the families in our communities,” said James Bosserd, president and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “It is our hope that our families live and grow in a community supporting each other. This contest helps to truly begin to think about the importance of community. It’s a local thing.”

The branch with the most cans was also awarded extra funding to donate to their local pantry.  

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

With the winter break approaching for students across Michigan, so too approaches the end of one semester and the beginning of another.

To facilitate a smooth transition while keeping students’ minds sharp and focused during their time off, Great Lakes Cyber Academy educators recommend a series of time-tested tips for maintaining the momentum so  the second half of the school year is even better than the first.  

Date set for Coopersville's Outhouse 500

Date set for Coopersville's Outhouse 500

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The date is set for an unusual tradition shutting down downtown Coopersville.

The Outhouse 500 will return Feb. 22, 2014.  Right now, the Coopersville Merchants Group is accepting entry registrations. 

Each outhouse entered in the race must have four walls, a roof and a doorway with a crescent moon shape on it.  No glass, motors or riders are allowed.  The team name must be displayed on each side of the outhouse.

Free showing of 'The Lone Ranger' Dec. 17

Free showing of 'The Lone Ranger' Dec. 17

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—“The Lone Ranger” is coming to Coopersville Area District Library.

The movie, starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer  and Helena Bonham Carter, will premiere Dec. 17—the same day it’s released on DVD. 

Tuesday’s Premier Movie Night is sponsored by Coopersville Sportsman’s Club.  The free showing begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

With school in full swing, many students are spending lots of time outside of the classroom working on homework or studying.

Families can improve regular study habits by following are a few household tips from educators at Michigan Connections Academy, a tuition-free, K-12 public virtual online school.

1.  Reduce clutter and get organized

Tickets now available to 'Footloose' at Coopersville High School

Tickets now available to 'Footloose' at Coopersville High School

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Buy your tickets early and get a deal! 

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home.

Saint Michael's Preschool seeks donations for playground

Saint Michael's Preschool seeks donations for playground

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Saint Michael’s Preschool is looking for donations to help expand its playground.

According to the church bulletin, most of the current equipment on Saint Michael’s playground is not approved for preschool age students. 

The parish is looking for new or gently used tricycles and lumber to build a sandbox.  Saint Michael’s is also accepting loose change to go toward new playground equipment.  The parish hopes to raise $8,000 for the project.  Larger donations can be sent by check to the parish office, located at 17150 88th Ave, in Coopersville. 

For more information, call Saint Michael’s at (616) 384-4026.