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My Town Coopersville: Renovations planned for Family Fare

My Town Coopersville: Renovations planned for Family Fare

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— The Family Fare in Coopersville is on track to get a facelift.

During its regular meeting Monday, March 17, the Coopersville Planning Commission approved the store’s site plan, which includes enlarging the fascade, repainting the entire exterior and switching out signs.  The  goal is to make the store more uniform with other Family Fare stores.

The Family Fare in Coopersville is located at 1181 W. Randall Street.

Conklin St. Patrick's Day parade in jeopardy

CONKLIN, Mich (WZZM) - A big St. Patrick's Day parade continues Monday in a small Ottawa County Village. But this year there's concern it could be the final green parade down the middle of Conklin.

The bar which organizes the the parade is for sale.

Terry and Mary Ann Reagan have owned Fenian's Irish Pub for over 26 years.

The pub becomes topic of conversation around West Michigan each St. Patrick's Day when it holds one of the shortest parades in the world. Thousands are expected to participate in the parade that is only 150 yards long.

But the Reagan's say times are getting more difficult, and they decided to sell their business.

"It is a blessed pub. The priest has been in here many times and blessed it so it should be fine without me," says Mary Ann.

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

LANSING, Mich.—Two community leaders from West Michigan are joining a Michigan authority focused on forging relationships between municipalities and school districts.

On Thursday, Governor Snyder announced the appointment of Al Vanderberg  and to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority and its executive committee,  as well as the appointment of Stacie Behler as chair of the executive committee and the MMSA board.  The MMSA encourages cooperation between communities in school district, overseeing services they can share.

“Increasing collaboration between local units of government and getting the most out of citizens' tax dollars remains an important focus as we continue to reinvent government,” Snyder said. “I appreciate the willingness of both Al and Stacie to serve in these important roles in that effort.” 

My Town: St. Mary’s Church parishioners pledge $1.87M for new education center

My Town: St. Mary’s Church parishioners pledge $1.87M for new education center

SPRING LAKE, Mich.―During a special “Announcement Weekend” mass held recently at St. Mary’s Church in Spring Lake, Fr. Dan DePew made public for the first time the news that St. Mary’s church parishioners pledged $1,876,280 over the past month toward construction of a new St. Mary’s Catholic Education Center.

The proposed Center is expected to be built at 421 East Exchange Street in Spring Lake within the next three to four years. Plans call for it to replace the existing St. Mary’s School, which is currently located at the site. The 15,000 square foot school was built in 1954 and has been deemed to be beyond its life expectancy. It currently serves 212 students from 1,250 families who live in Coopersville, Ferrysburg, Grand Haven, Fruitport and Spring Lake. The nearby St. Mary’s Church, which sits adjacent to the school, houses a preschool and after-school extension program, as well as faith formation and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults programs.

My Town Coopersville: Southside Bar & Grill hosts first patron wedding

My Town Coopersville: Southside Bar & Grill hosts first patron wedding

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— A Coopersville couple who shared their first kiss at Southside Bar & Grill have now shared their vows at the very same restaurant.

Nicole Barrett and Rick Laug tied the knot at Southside Bar & Grill Thursday, March 6.  Barrett and Laug shared their first kiss on the restaurant’s porch a few years back. When the couple began talking about going to the Justice of the Peace during a recent visit to the restaurant, co-owner Scott Merveen suggested they hold the ceremony at Southside Bar & Grill. Southside Bar & Grill Co-owner Bob Sikkema says Merveen even became an ordained minister so he could officiate the wedding, which Sikkema recorded on his phone.

Sikkema says the restaurant was open to all patrons during the informal afternoon ceremony.  He says the couple left for their bowling league right after. 

Fraternity members walk 160 miles for fundraiser

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A group of fraternity members from Grand Valley State University have wrapped up an eight-day, 160-mile walk to raise money to support multiple sclerosis research and education.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports the spring break walk from Grand Valley State University's campus in western Michigan to Traverse City in the northwestern Lower Peninsula raised about $30,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Michigan chapter. About 20 young men walked about 20 miles a day on trails and road shoulders. They slept in churches and arrived at the History Center of Traverse City on Thursday.

The walkers faced cold winter weather. Zack Amrein, the fraternity's philanthropy chairman, says participants had blisters, muscle strains and joint pain.

My Town Coopersville: Public hearing March 10 on proposed recreational living restrictions

My Town Coopersville: Public hearing March 10 on proposed recreational living restrictions

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— The public is invited to weigh in on a proposed ordinance amendment that would add restrictions to living in recreational vehicles within the city limits.

The proposed ordinance amendment was created after neighborhood complaints about people living in recreational vehicles and tents for months on end.  The ordinance targets people that primarily live outside a main home with no water or sewer service.

The proposed ordinance restricts living in travel trailers, pickup campers or coaches, motorized dwellings, tent trailers, boats and boat trailers, tent structures and trailers not in recreational zoning districts to no longer than five days during a 30 day period. The proposed amendment also limits the length of time recreational equipment can be connected to electricity in residential zoning districts to five days within a 30 day period. Under the amendment, recreational equipment cannot be connected to sanitary sewer facilities.