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Permanent home for historic train delayed

Permanent home for historic train delayed

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Coopersville city officials are delaying their decision on a permanent home for the historic train engine and tender car donated to Coopersville & Marne Railway.

During its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Coopersville Downtown Development Authority tabled a decision on whether to place the Benjamin F. Cooper in a pocket park at 306 Main St.  Under the proposal, the locomotive would be kept under a canopy with a color scheme matching the nearby clock tower.  However during Tuesday's meeting, some officials voiced concerns as to whether the pocket park will be the best location, as well as the actual size of the canopy in relationship to the park.

Coopersville & Marne Railway will look at other possible locations for the locomotive; the DDA may revisit the issue during its next meeting November 12.

The Benjamin F.

Drivers beware: Water main project means detours

Drivers beware: Water main project means detours

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Drivers beware:  construction is underway to replace an aging water main in downtown Coopersville.

The project began Monday, October 7.  The south lane of West Randall Street will be closed until work is finished, likely on November 17.  At some point during the project, the intersection of 64th Avenue and W. Randall will be temporarily closed as well.

Around July 1, City Manager Steven Patrick said crews were upgrading a booster station to increase water pressure when the pipeline at 64th and West Randall Street burst. Patrick says the city planned to replace the entire water main while reconstructing West Randall Street next year. However, the planning commission agreed to move up the water main project to this year, in light of the recent problems.

City officials say access to local businesses will not be affected during the project.

 

Young artist is part of an ArtPrize masterpiece

Young artist is part of an ArtPrize masterpiece

MARNE, Mich.--Lauren Fuller was only 12 years old when she traveled to Prague, Czech Republic this past summer to sing with the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choir.

One of the stops was in the town of Terezin where the World War II Concentration Camp of Theresienstadt was. The choir was scheduled to perform there; unfortunately, very few people showed up for their performance.

The Concentration Camp of Theresienstadt was a labor camp during World War II.  It was open for three and a half years. Many people died at the camp- 97,297 Jews from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia.  Among those killed were 15,000 were children, who mostly died in a gas chamber.  Only 132 children survived in this camp.

The song that the youth choir sang, "I Never Saw Another Butterfly-Birdsong,"  draws from poems written by the children in Terezin.

Benefit October 5 for young mother seriously injured in crash

Benefit October 5 for young mother seriously injured in crash

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) – The community is invited to show its support for a mother of two young boys who was injured in a rollover crash last month.

Cassie Collins, 27, suffered extensive injuries when her vehicle flipped on Arthur Street near 68th Avenue early September 21.  Firefighters had to cut her out of her car.  Loved ones say Collins was kept in a medically-induced coma right after the accident.

A spaghetti dinner benefit for Collins will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 5 at VFW Post 5598 in Coopersville.  Dinner is $5 per plate; children eat free.  The event will also feature live music, raffles and a silent auction.

Donations are also being accepted at all Chase Bank branches under the name, “Our Cassie Collins Family Relief Fund.” 

Apples- from bust to boon

Apples- from bust to boon

EAST LANSING, Mich. (Michigan State University) --- This year’s Michigan apple crop runneth over.

 Last year’s crop was decimated by late frosts, and the feeble harvest yielded a mere 2.7 million bushels for growers. This year, however, is shaping up to be a record year, projected to top 30 million bushels.

“This year is a limb-busting crop; some of our branches are so full with apples that they snap with a little help from the wind,” said Adam Dietrich, Michigan State University graduate and grower at Leo Dietrich and Sons, based in Conklin, Mich. “A single tree from 2013 is producing more than an 8-acre block of trees did in 2012.”

The overabundance of apples is welcomed, but it presents its own set of challenges.

Local business prepares to move into its own space

Local business prepares to move into its own space

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A local business is getting ready to move into its own space.

Towne and Country Investment Services has been operating out of leased space at the local State Farm Insurance office, located on West Randall Street.  But that will soon change, as owner Kim Obetts moves her business to a new space about 500 feet away, at 670 W. Randall St.  

Obetts presented her plan to construct the new office to the Coopersville planning commission on September 15.  She told commissioners that all trees on the property will be preserved and her business will employ two full-time workers. 

Coopersville considers sewer ordinance amendment as company expands

Coopersville considers sewer ordinance amendment as company expands

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  The Coopersville city council will consider changes to the city’s sewer ordinance, as the parent company of Continental Dairy Facilities expands.

City officials say Fair Oaks Farms is adding a second production line at the facility to produce “Core Power,” nutritionally enhanced milk.    The increased production is expected to lead to higher levels of waste water discharge at the plant.  

Waste Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Steve Luke is expected to present a proposed amendment to the current city ordinance during the council’s regular meeting at 7 p.m.  Monday, September 23.  Any permit revision costs will be covered by Continental Dairy.