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My Town: New grandstands ready to go for Opening Night at Berlin Raceway

My Town: New grandstands ready to go for Opening Night at Berlin Raceway

MARNE, Mich.—The new grandstands gracing the all new Berlin Raceway and Entertainment Complex should be set for fans when during Opening Night this Saturday, April 26.

Construction on the grandstands began in January; crews began building approximately 11 private suites a month ago.  The suites will likely be finished in June.

Chris Danielson, announcer and vice president of sales and media says the upgrades are meant to make the venue more versatile, so it can welcome a variety of events, including the upcoming craft beer and summer music festivals.  Danielson says the goal is to use the site 150 days out of the year; he says the raceway is currently in use 25-30 days a year.

Admission to Opening Night racing is $5 for people ages 8 and over; children 7 and under are free.

My Town Coopersville: Drink bottling facility looks to expand

My Town Coopersville: Drink bottling facility looks to expand

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A sports drink manufacturer in Coopersville is getting ready to expand.

Fair Life makes a milk-based athletic drink called Core Power, which was one of the official drinks of the Winter Olympics.  City Manager Steven Patrick says Fair Life already has tens of millions of dollars invested into its bottling facility in Coopersville; the site, located at 999 West Randall Street, started production at the beginning of this year.

 The Coopersville Planning Commission approved slight changes to Fair Life’s Phase II expansion plan on Monday.  The plan involves expanding the company’s bottling lines, which will create additional jobs.  Patrick says the city council has also formally approved a $2.4 million grant request to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation connected to the expansion project. Right now, Fair Life is awaiting building permits to begin the expansion project. 

My Town Coopersville: City Hall closed Thursday for office upgrades

My Town Coopersville: City Hall closed Thursday for office upgrades

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)—Coopersville City Hall will be closed to the public Thursday, as construction crews renovate the city offices.

City Manager Steven Patrick says work on City Hall started last week.  Thursday, crews will be finishing adding a service window near the administrative offices’ main door, as well as rearranging furniture and rewiring computer servers.

Patrick says the new service window is meant to provide faster service for residents who need to pay water bills, taxes or get licenses.  Customers who need additional help will be buzzed in through the administrative offices’ door, providing an extra layer of security for city employees.

The project is expected to cost approximately $23,000, which is coming out of the city’s general fund.  Patrick says the bulk of the work should be finished late Friday.

My Town: Berlin Raceway reopens with a whole new look

My Town: Berlin Raceway reopens with a whole new look


MARNE, Mich. (WZZM) - Here's another sign spring is finally here; the Berlin Raceway has reopened with a whole new look.

Through the coldest winter days, construction crews hammered away at the latest renovations to the track and its amenities.

"We got the green flag all the way around last September, and here we are today," said Chris Danielson, announcer and vice president of sales and media.

This multi-million dollar renovation project gives racing fans more options for more comfortable seating with higher elevation, private suites, plus more spots to grab food. And, wait until you see the big screens, "We're putting a couple robotic cameras into the corners, so our actual race broadcast will be greatly enhanced this year as well."

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings


(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here! If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.



Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.

My Town: Four-legged landscapers coming to Ottawa County parks

My Town: Four-legged landscapers coming to Ottawa County parks

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Three Ottawa County parks will welcome some four-legged landscapers next month.

The Ottawa County Parks Department is bringing in goats to combat invasive plant species.  The goats will be released at Bur Oak Landing in Coopersville, Eastmanville Bayou in Allendale and Riverside Park in Grand Haven in May.  Parks officials say eating plants instead of grain is healthier for goats, and the animals like to eat graze on woody, shrub-like plants including poison ivy, which is in abundance at the parks. The Ottawa County Parks Department says repeated use of grazing goats has been shown to eliminate 90 percent of invasive, woody plants over three years.

My Town: Industrial companies looking to hire more employees

My Town: Industrial companies looking to hire more employees

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Three West Michigan industrial companies are looking for more workers.

Staffing Inc., is working with Reeves Plastics, CTC and Plascore to hold three job fairs to hire additional employees.  On-site interviews will be available for applicants. 

Reeves Plastics is looking for general labor employees, assembly workers and packing and plastic mold operators.  The Coopersville company’s job fair will take place at the Coopersville Chamber of Commerce, 198 East Street, on Wednesday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Interested applicants who cannot attend should call (616) 451-0511.