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Spring Lake 35, Coopersville 6

COOPERSVILLE (WZZM) -- The Spring Lake Lakers started the 2013 season with an impressive win in Coopersville, beating the Broncos, 35-6.

Mark Williamson, Charlie Warber and Martin Ingalis scored the first three touchdowns of the game. Williamson scored from 50 yards out, Ingalis from 43.

The Lakers scored the first 35 points of the game before Coopersville scored late.

Affordable land shortage a 'crisis' for dairy farmers

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan's dairy industry is growing and WZZM 13 is taking a closer look at the tight competition for farmland.

Dairy farmer Randy Tenbrink will eventually hand off the family farm to his daughter, Mary.  However, for now, he's passing along advice about the changing industry. 

"There is a problem with everybody trying to expand," says Tenbrink.

Tenbrink says small or middle-sized farms like his are having trouble expanding, when many times larger farms offer more money for the same land.

"Buying land is getting harder and we definitely feel the competition of larger farms being able to pay more than we can," says Tenbrink.

"We're probably going to have to get bigger in order to support two families, but having that crisis, if you will, with the land it concerns me," says Marty Costigan, Tenbrink's daughter.

Sign ordinance amendment delayed

Sign ordinance amendment delayed

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—An amendment to Coopersville’s sign ordinance is being delayed.

During its regular meeting August 26, the Coopersville city council reviewed the proposed sign ordinance amendment.  City council members identified about ten items within the ordinance that should be reconsidered or defined further, including sign sizes and what a banner consists of.

City Manager Steven Patrick says the revised ordinance amendment will likely reappear on the city council agenda again next month.

Mayor to honor rescuers who saved girl's life

Mayor to honor rescuers who saved girl's life

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—On Monday, Mayor Kenneth Bush is expected to honor an Ottawa County deputy who helped save a teenager’s life.

On July 23 around 5:40 p.m., a 14-year-old girl suffered a seizure on the soccer field of Coopersville Public Schools.  Deputy Chris Reuwer was first to arrive on scene and found the girl was not breathing.  He began administering CPR with the help of Coopersville Rescue Squad 471 members Jason Karell, Joshua Swart, Patti Eldred, Adam Sherman and Erica Acton.  When the girl did not respond, Reuwer grabbed the automated external defibrillator from his patrol vehicle and shocked her heart once.  The rescue team then continued CPR until the girl’s pulse returned.  She was breathing on her own as she was taken to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

 On July 29, the 14-year-old girl was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Local peach crop much better than last year

CONKLIN, Mich. (WZZM) -- The peach harvest in Michigan is in ful swing; it's a change from last year when farmers reported a big loss.

At Umlor Farms in Conklin, the workers were busy processing one of the late varieties of peaches.

The fruit this year is said to be much sweeter than years past. It is described as a medium sized-crop, that's great compared to last year when farmers had almost no fruit.

"There's really no comparison, because last year there was none. I think in our 20 acres, I had one bushel. This year, I'm about 75 percent. It's a good crop," said Dennis Umlor.

The only reason the crop isn't full is because of the lack of rain this summer. Business is still booming for the farms and orchards.

Umlor says people couldn't get Michigan peaches last year, so they are ordering extra this year.

Polkton Township breaks down 2014 budget expectations

Polkton Township breaks down 2014 budget expectations

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Township board members will meet Thursday, August 22 to review the future of Polkton Township’s finances.

Township officials do not expect any cuts or changes to the 2014 budget as a result of lack of funds. Thursday’s gathering is expected to be the first of a series of meetings about the budget. Township officials hope to have a plan in place by November, in time for the new fiscal year, which begins January 2014.

The 2014 budget preview meeting will take place at Polkton Charter Township Hall, located at 6900 Arthur Street, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The meeting is open to the public.

Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development visited West Michigan earlier this month as Ottawa County  celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Eastmanville Farm Park.

As part of the event, roughly 150 people were treated to a picnic of food grown exclusively in Ottawa County.  Visitors also explored the historical park and listened to an address by MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams.   A bus tour also took visitors to four farms verified by the Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program, including Bowerman Blueberries, H&H Turkey, Sietsema Farms and Countryside Greenhouse.