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Meet first responders during free event August 24

Meet first responders during free event August 24

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Paramedics, firefighters and sheriff's deputies will fill Vet's Park Saturday, but not because of an emergency.

Children are invited to see how these teams save lives during Kids EMS Day in Coopersville Saturday, August 24. Coopersville Rescue, a volunteer group that serves Coopersville and Polkton Township, will walk children through demonstrations to help them understand how EMS responds to different situations.  Several other groups, including the Coopersville/Polkton Fire Department, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, Ottawa County Central Dispatch and NOCH Ambulance, will also be participating.

Kids EMS Day runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Vet’s Park on Randall Street. The event is free and snacks will be provided. 

Come hungry, leave full: Free food distribution August 23

Come hungry, leave full: Free food distribution August 23

Hundreds of struggling families will fill their cupboards with free food Friday, August 23.

The Ottawa County Community Action Agency will visit four communities to distribute food to low-income residents, including:

  • Community Action House, 345 West 14th Street, Holland (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • Love, Inc., of Southeast Ottawa County, 3300 Van Buren, Hudsonville (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 920 Fulton, Grand Haven (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • V.F.W. Post 5598, 511 North 68th Avenue, Coopersville, (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

 The food distribution is made possible through the Emergency Food Assistance Program.  Each family can take home one box containing applesauce, beef stew, carrots, canned chicken, corn, cranberry sauce, dry mixed fruit and nuts, cranberry-apple juice, mixed fruit, orange juice, pears, canned pork, potato flakes, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. 

Medical marijuana dispensaries now banned in Coopersville

Medical marijuana dispensaries now banned in Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Medical marijuana dispensaries are officially prohibited in Coopersville.

During their regular meeting Monday, city council members approved a new medical marijuana ordinance banning dispensaries within the city limits. People who violate the ordinance may be charged with a misdemeanor and face 93 days in jail and/or a fine of $500.

Coopersville has been operating under a medical marijuana moratorium since Michigan voters approved the use of medical marijuana in 2008, because stipulations to the law were not clear.

The new measure will take effect as early as August 1.

Proposed medical marijuana ordinance heads to city council

Proposed medical marijuana ordinance heads to city council

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A proposed medical marijuana ordinance for the City of Coopersville is heading to the city council for consideration.

City Manager Steven Patrick says the planning commission recommended the proposed measure during its July 15 meeting.  The city council will take up the proposed ordinance during its July 22 meeting. 

Coopersville has been operating under a medical marijuana moratorium since Michigan voters approved the use of medical marijuana in 2008, since stipulations to the law were not clear.

Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.

Proposed Marijuana ordinance on the city agenda for July 15

Proposed Marijuana ordinance on the city agenda for July 15

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville Planning Commission is expected to take up a proposed medical marijuana ordinance during its meeting Monday, July 15.

A public hearing about the issue will be held before the commission takes any action. 

Coopersville officials have been extending the city’s moratorium on Michigan’s medical marijuana law for years.  City attorney Crystal Morgan recently drafted the ordinance for the Planning Commission to review.

The Planning Commission is also expected to review a final draft of the city’s new sign ordinance.  The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Coopersville City Hall, located at 289 Danforth St. 

School is over, but the need for blood donations is not

School is over, but the need for blood donations is not

Now that school is out, the need for blood donations is even greater.

High school and college students donate about 20 percent of the blood collected through the American Red Cross, so the organization is anticipating a drop in donations this summer.

“Just because summer is here, it doesn’t mean donating blood is on vacation, too,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Program Manager for the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross. “You might find there’s a lot of fun to be had in donating blood, or even sponsoring a blood drive of your own.”

The American Red Cross’ Great Lakes Blood Service Region must collect about 650 units of blood a day to meet patient need in hospitals.