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My Town Coopersville: Donate cans to help seniors celebrate

My Town Coopersville: Donate cans to help seniors celebrate

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—  Help Coopersville High School seniors celebrate their final year while clearing out your kitchen this Saturday.

According to the Facebook page for Coopersville Area Public Schools, the Senior All-Night-Party Committee is holding a pop can collection drive Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon.  Coopersville residents are encouraged to leave bags of cans on their porch labeled for the Senior All-Night Party.  People who live out of town may bring cans to the high school parking lot before noon.

My Town Coopersville: Library hosts free family movie night Jan. 20

My Town Coopersville: Library hosts free family movie night Jan. 20

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Enjoy a family-friendly night out Jan. 20 as Cooperville Area District Library hosts a free showing of “The Boxtrolls.”

The movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the library, located at 333 Ottawa.  Free popcorn will be available. 

“The Boxtrolls” centers on a young orphan boy trying to save the cave-dwelling trash collectors who raised him from an evil exterminator.  The movie is based on the children’s novel “Here Be Monsters” by Alan Snow.

The free showing is sponsored by the Coopersville Sportsman’s Club.  For more event information, call (616) 837-6809.

My Town: No school, no problem! Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

My Town: No school, no problem!  Four tips to keep your student learning over the holidays

During the winter break from school, many students will pack away their books and turn their attention away from learning. 

To help ensure your students are still learning, statewide virtual learning school, Michigan Connections Academy, is sharing activities you can do as a family to keep your young students busy and their brains active over the break.

1.       Practice math while baking holiday cookies. Students struggle with fractions and always want to know when they will “use math in real life.” The perfect time to practice fractions is while you are baking cookies. Two-thirds of a cup plus 1/3 of a cup equals one whole cup, which your child will see as you work on making those cookies, helping develop a real life connection to what they are learning in school.

My Town: New legislation to save parents time and money

My Town: New legislation to save parents time and money

WYOMING, Mich.—New legislation is now in place to save families time and money when it comes to paternity cases and child support payments.

Governor Snyder recently signed a set of 13 bills that streamlines the state system.  Legislation sponsors included Tom Hooker, who represents Wyoming; Roger Victory, who represents Coopersville, Georgetown Township and Polkton Township; Rick Outman, who represents Greenville; and Marcia Hovey-Wright, who represents Whitehall Township, Muskegon and Muskegon Heights.  The reforms include:

Establishing that a positive genetic test is a conclusive method of determining paternity, if certain conditions are met and without requiring a court determination (House Bill 5463, sponsored by Denby and HB 5464 sponsored by Hooker);

My Town Coopersville: The Christmas story comes alive Dec. 12-13

My Town Coopersville: The Christmas story comes alive Dec. 12-13

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- The public is invited to experience the re-creation of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem so many years ago.

Wander inside Little Farms Chapel  to see this live nativity scene in action. The facility at 2518 Arthur Street is heated and wheelchair accessible. Refreshments will also be available.

The live nativity will be open Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.littlefarmschapel.org or call (616) 677-6170.

My Town: A Thanksgiving hero saves two loving hearts

My Town: A Thanksgiving hero saves two loving hearts

TALMADGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- When 78-year-old Allan TenEyck came home from the hospital after suffering a heart attack and undergoing subsequent bi-pass surgery, he never imagined that his wife of 50 years, Gloria,  would also suffer a massive heart attack two weeks later on Thanksgiving.

"When she dropped to the floor, I just knew she was dead," said Allan. "I called 911 and a family member ran to the neighbor's house for help."

To their surprise, 11th grader Jaylee Russo came over and got right to work administering CPR.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids hires school recruiters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Diocese of Grand Rapids has hired two more people to ramp up enrollment for its Catholic schools.

Dan Plachta will serve as an admissions enrollment field consultant, guiding the diocese’s 29 schools in outreach and recruitment. While supporting current students, the diocese plans to focus on traditionally underserved groups who could take advantage of school tuition assistance, which is quadrupling to $1,000,000.

Plachta is an alumnus of Blessed Sacrament School (now All Saints Academy) and Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids.

“As a graduate of Catholic schools in the diocese, Dan brings a personal passion for the importance of Catholic education in West Michigan,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools.