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Coopersville to consider replacing marijuana moratorium with ordinance

Coopersville to consider replacing marijuana moratorium with ordinance

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—After extending a moratorium on Michigan’s medical marijuana law for years, Coopersville city commissioners are getting ready to consider a proposed ordinance involving medical marijuana.

During their meeting May 20, city attorney Crystal Morgan updated the planning commission on changes to and lawsuits involving state and federal medical marijuana laws.  Morgan will be preparing a draft ordinance for the City and planning commission to review. 

City Clerk Kimberly Borgman says the proposed ordinance may be reviewed by planning commissioners as soon as July 15.

'Gran Fondo' in West Michigan Saturday, June 29

'Gran Fondo' in West Michigan Saturday, June 29

There will be some “Gran Fondo” in West Michigan this Saturday, June 29.

Roughly 1,500 cyclists have registered to ride in the inaugural Gran Fondo, which will benefit skin cancer research by the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Participants are coming from Canada and 15 states, including Oregon.

 Riders will choose between three courses spanning 12 miles, 40 miles and 80 miles. The 80-mile route takes cyclists through the Grand River Valley, which cuts through My Town Grand Rapids Central, My Town Walker, My Town Grandville and My Town Coopersville.  They’ll turn around near Lake Michigan at North Ottawa Beach.

Health department prepares new foodborne illness complaint system

Health department prepares new foodborne illness complaint system

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Ottawa County Health Department is working on a new system to take foodborne illness complaints.

Residents who would like to weigh in on the new online complaint form should send the health department a Facebook message with their email address.  You can find the Ottawa County Health Department’s Facebook page here.

Recycle your e-waste for free May 31

Recycle your e-waste for free May 31

If you need to get rid of some e-waste for free, now is your chance. 

On May 31, Metron Integrated Health Systems is teaming up with Advanced Technology Recycling to accept electronics at Metron’s Lamont facility, located at 13030 Commercial St.  Visitors can drop off their e-waste from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Metron will accept anything that plugs into a wall that contains a circuit board and/or batteries.  Devices that contain Freon, lighting fixtures and large household appliances will not be accepted.

Organizers say Metron wanted to coordinate this free recycling event to help clear out clutter that poses a risk of tripping and falling.  The company plans to hold additional e-waste recycling events throughout the year.

Metron has six facilities across West Michigan providing a variety of services, ranging from rehabilitation to blood pressure clinics.  Locations include:

  • 414 E.

Free food distribution May 31

Workers with the Ottawa County Community Action Agency will hand out free food to low income families Friday, May 31.

Recipients must live within Ottawa County and must be income eligible.  For a household of one, that means their income isn $21,780 or below.  The income limit increase $7,640 for  each additional household member.  Families who are recipients of the Family Independence Program (FIP) or the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) are automatically eligible.

The food is free.  Each family can only visit one location and obtain one 25 pound box of food which consists of three pounds of frozen blueberries, carrots, canned chicken, five pounds of frozen chicken leg quarters, egg noodles, three pounds of frozen ham, milk, mixed fruit, rolled oats, vegetable oil, orange joice, unsalted peanuts, four pounds of frozen pork patties and diced tomatoes.

Food will be distributed at four locations:

Senior Odyssey of the Mind Competition

Senior Odyssey of the Mind Competition

Senior Odyssey of Michigan will host teams of older adults who will compete against each other in Odyssey of the Mind, on Saturday, April 27th at the Ceglarek Fine Arts Center in Allendale from 10:00am – 12 Noon. The center is located at 10760 68th Ave. in Allendale. Julie Lake can be reached for more information at 616-233-0283.

Lunch will be available for purchase at the Center.

Some things really do get better with age, like Odyssey of the Mind.

Miss Tip Of The Mitt's Outstanding Teen to hold walk-a-thon

Miss Tip Of The Mitt's Outstanding Teen to hold walk-a-thon

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Miss Tip of the Mitt’s Outstanding Teen 2013 is holding a  walk-a-thon for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

The event organized by Allison Adams will take place at noon on April 20 at Coopersville High School’s Football Stadium, located  on 198 East St.

For more information,  email Allison at  theadamsfamily6@charter.net .