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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.

Michigan bill allows 16-year-olds to donate blood

Michigan bill allows 16-year-olds to donate blood

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - State lawmakers this week approved legislation to lower the age for donating blood.

The new law will allow 16-year-olds to donate with their parent's consent.

The bill was approved Wednesday by an 88-3 vote in the House and a unanimous vote in the Senate. It now goes to Gov. Jennifer Granholm who is expected to sign by April.

"It's a big deal, been working on this for a long time," said State Senator Wayne Kuipers.

Kuipers spearheaded the effort back in 2007 by introducing "Jenna's Law," a bill named after his daughter who was denied donating because she was too young.

Eventually, after a bi-partisan effort, the language was pushed through.

"As long as your healthy and you want to give, I don't see why you can't at sixteen," said Jenna Kuipers. "I was kind of upset that I wasn't able to give."

Michigan is the 40th state to lower the age to 16 and it's expected to make a big splash.

Garage fire damages Coopersville home

Garage fire damages Coopersville home

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - Firefighters say a garage fire spread into a Coopersville area home but they managed to save the family's Christmas presents.

The fire started around 9 p.m. Tuesday in a garage in the 7300 block of Leonard Road. Dispatchers called in five fire departments to contain the fire and provide water.

Everyone inside the home got out safely.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.