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Antique Tractor & Steam Engine Show

Antique Tractor & Steam Engine Show

July 18, 19 and 20 are the dates for the Antique Tractor and Steam Engine Show in Allendale, MI.  Thursday and Friday shows are from 9:00am till dusk and Saturday from 9:00am till 5:00pm. The show is sponsored by the Riverbend Steam & Gas Association.

There is a charge of $5.00 for Adults and Children under 15 years of age, free. A weekend pass is available for $9.00.

To obtain more information on this event, call Irv Boersen at 616-846-0898 or on line at www.riverbendshow.com

Directions: 1 ½ mi south of M-45 on 56th Ave.

Berlin Fair underway in Marne

MARNE, Mich. (WZZM) -- One of West Michigan's oldest fairs is underway in eastern Ottawa County.

The Berlin Fair began Monday at the Berlin Fairgrounds in Marne.

Events and attractions this week include the "Ulitmate Air Dogs," bingo, animal shows music and line dancing.  The fair also features carnival rides, a beer tent and karaoke.

The fair has been taking place since 1855.  Marne was originally known as Berlin -- hence the name of the Berlin Fair.  While World War I prompted the name change of the town, the secretary of the fair decreed "it is still the Berlin Fair, and it always will be."

You can learn more about the fair on its official website.

WZZM 13 is an official sponsor of the Berlin Fair.

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. 

Coopersville City Council considers waste water facility upgrade

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville City Council is considering a change to the dechlorination process at the city’s waste water treatment plant.

A couple years ago, the city finished a $9 million plant upgrade. Now City Manager Steven Patrick says the city is considering replacing 55 gallon storage containers used for dechlorination with a 5,000 gallon drum.  The larger container would mean the city would pay less in transportation costs to fill the drum.  The replacement would cost about $120,000, which would come out of the waste water treatment fund.

Patrick says if the council moves forward with project, it would likely happen before winter.

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.

Water main break could move up downtown renovations

Water main break could move up downtown renovations

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  The Coopersville City Council may consider moving up improvements to a downtown water main during their regular meeting Monday, July 8.

City Manager Steven Patrick says he plans to discuss a water main break at 64th and West Randall Street that happened about a week ago.

Fireworks at business may have burned down house

TALLMADGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The owners of a former fireworks business say fireworks they set off near their old location may have sparked a fire at a neighboring house.

It happened Thursday on Ironwood road in Tallmadge Township.

The owners of Ottawa Fireworks, which has been closed since last year, stopped by earlier in the day to pick up some items.

They set off some mortars and other fireworks behind a vacant house that sits on the property.  There is no electricity or natural gas connected to the house, so they suspect a spark from fireworks smoldering on the back porch grew into a fire.

We shot a few fireworks off in the back, kind of saying goodbye, because this is the first year in 30 years we haven't been open here," says Ron Barstow, the building owner.

A firefighter on the way to a different call was the first person to notice smoke coming out of the building.  He was able to alert his collegues.