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Coopersville football stadium to get makeover

Coopersville football stadium to get makeover

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - As changes and renovations have come to Coopersville Public Schools campus, one area remained untouched. That will change this April when workers begin renovations on the football stadium's south side.

"With ADA compliance the primary goal, the project will finally complete Broncos Stadium," said Athletic Director, Steve Bennink. "The south end of the stadium is the only remaining area on campus that has not been addressed in previous renovations. This project will define the stadium and become a focal point for visitors and sports fans entering our stadium for sporting and other community events."

Final cost of the the project is budgeted at 1.6 million dollars.

"Funding from donations from the athletic booster group, individual donors and the rest from bond money," said Assistant Superintendent, Ron Veldman.

The renovations will also include concessions, team rooms, maintenance/operations work areas and storage.

Coopersville veterinarian encourages dog owners to buy pet harnesses for cars

Coopersville veterinarian encourages dog owners to buy pet harnesses for cars

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's not the law, but some dog owners are using pet seat belts to keep their animals safe when riding in a vehicle.

The harnesses come in a variety of sizes, are available at many stores, and attach to the seat belt installed in the car.

Coopersville veterinarian Amy Bennett says she started using a dog seat belt after seeing so many pets injured in crashes.

"In the course of a week, we had two dogs that had been in automobile accidents with their owners and one wound up breaking its neck," says Dr. Bennett. "The other one broke its back and, as a result, they were both euthanized.

"I thought I don't want that to be my dog. My dog is part of my family, so we got this little harness."

Dr. Bennett says the harness not only keeps the dog safe, but also prevents it from moving around and distracting or interfering with the driver.

Fire forces man from his home in Marne

MARNE, Mich. (WZZM)-Investigators say a fire that heavily damaged a home in Marne started in the basement, where a wood burning stove was located.

The flames were spotted just after 8:15 p.m. in the 4200 block of Leverette Street. The home was fully engulfed in flames by the time crews arrived.

The one man who lived at the home was not injured. The Red Cross is assisting him.

Comstock Park Lions travel to Muir to pick up latest member

Comstock Park Lions travel to Muir to pick up latest member

The Comstock Park Lions witnessed its latest member getting sworn in by District Governor Fran Osborne during last night's visit to the Muir Lions Club. Craig Wheeler, who is employed in the vincinity of Muir, lives in nearby Coopersville and is anxious to get involved in community service.

The Comstock Park Lions were chartered last year. They currently meet at 5:30 PM every first Tuesday of the month at the R & R. Coffeehouse and Cafe at 3922 West River Drive N.E. across from Dwight Lydell Park. The Comstock Park Lions Club is currently in the progress of conducting a fundraiser with the Alpine Ave, Applebees, which committed  to donating 20% of the bill of any party presenting a copy of the attached coupon all day Sunday, February 20th. 100% of the proceeds will be used to send visually impaired youth to Bear Lake Camp this summer.

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Outhouse 500 to be held Saturday, Feb. 26

Outhouse 500 to be held Saturday, Feb. 26

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - If you've got a case of cabin fever and need something fun to do with your fellow Coopersville residents, the Outhouse 500, taking place this Saturday, might be just the event that you're looking for.

This year's festivities feature a parade, chili cook-off, 5-K run, kids games, toilet lid decorating contest and more.

Additional event information and sign up forms can be found by clicking here. You'll also find a couple of links to videos that should get you in the mood for what's to come.

Hero Central: Coopersville's 10-year-old 'Citizen of the Year'

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - Every year, the mayor of Coopersville hands out a "Citizen of the Year" award to a person who has made an impact on the community.

This year's distinction was given to Shelby Lynn Meintsma -- a 10-year-old fifth-grader.

"She's an incredible young lady," said Coopersville Mayor Kenneth Bush.

And everyone in town will tell you, Shelby is no ordinary 10-year-old.

"I just try to work my hardest do get my work done, do the stuff I have to do," Meinstsma said. "And then if I have free time, that's the free time I can have."

She finds that free time, but it's often not much. On Thursday, Mayor Bush presented her with a plaque for winning the honor.

She received it in an empty media center during her scheduled recess.

Coopersville Christmas Parade also promotes breast cancer awareness

Coopersville Christmas Parade also promotes breast cancer awareness

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - It's one of the longest-running nighttime Christmas parades in Michigan, and the 30th annual parade in Coopersville Friday night was even more special for many because it was dedicated to breast cancer awareness.

Before the start of the parade, a pink Christmas tree was lit by a father who lost his daughter to breast cancer.

Everyone coming to Coopersville is encouraged to put a pink decoration on what's called "Lori's Tree."

"Holidays are hard for anyone who's lost a loved one," says David Lantz, who created the tree in memory of his daughter, Lori. "We have to continue to fight this ugly disease, but I see it as a way to park your sorrows for a while. I'd just love to see it spread."

The pink theme continued in the parade.