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UPDATE: Randall Street expected to reopen by Tuesday

UPDATE: Randall Street expected to reopen by Tuesday

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--It opened for the weekend, but West Randall Street is closed once again.

Coopersville City Manager Steven Patrick says crews plan to finish repaving the roadway by Tuesday, weather permitting.  The road should reopen to traffic by Wednesday. Drivers will still have access to all downtown businesses during the final stage of the project, which began October 7 with crews replacing the water main.

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,  after the pipeline burst during a planned water pressure increase earlier this year.

Be a Santa for a Senior

(WZZM) - The Christmas holidays are about a month away right now and that means holiday shopping is about to begin.

There are some senior citizens who may not get anything because they are in need or they are alone. A program in West Michigan hopes to change it.

It's called Be a Santa for a Senior and it's done by Home Instead Senior Care.

MaryBeth Barkeley, the Community Service Representative with the organization talks more about it. Click on the video link to watch the segment.

Click here to learn more about how to get involved in the program. Click here to learn more about Home Instead Senior Care.

Barnaby's Alternative 5

What: Tanglefoot 22
Where:Tanglefoot Building, GR
When:Friday 5-10p, Sunday noon-5p
Cost: Free admission
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What: Grand Valley Turkey Trot
Where: GVSU
When:Sat 10a
Cost:$22 Friday/ $27 Day of
www.gvsu.edu/events/grand-valley-turkey-trot-3/ 

What: Shipshewana on the Road
Where: DeltaPlex
When: Sat 9-6, Sun 10-5
Cost: $4
www.deltaplex.com

What: EGR Library Used Book Sale
Where: EGR Library
When: Sat 9-4, Sun 1-4
Cost: Free
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What: Cacao Roasting & Chocolate Class
Where: Downtown Market
When: Friday 6-8:30p
Cost: $45

Railway leaders narrow search for locomotive's new home

Railway leaders narrow search for locomotive's new home

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  The Coopersville & Marne Railway Board of Directors is narrowing the search for where to put a donated locomotive.

The Railway Board of Directors met Wednesday night to discuss a permanent home for the Benjamin F. Cooper.  The group originally planned to move the locomotive to a pocket park near the depot, but some community members were concerned the size of the historic train engine would overwhelm the space.

 Coopersville & Marne Railway President Jeff Du Pilka says of the six alternative sites under consideration, a space between the Farm Museum and Coopersville Historical Society seems to be the most popular one.  Du Pilka says the board is looking for a place that’s accessible for people who want to take photographs near the landmark.  The spot should also be highly visible to deter vandalism.

Planning commission green lights road commission move

Planning commission green lights road commission move

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  The Ottawa County Road Commission’s proposal to move its headquarters to Coopersville is moving forward.

The road commission wants to move its operations to 475 68th Avenue in about five to seven years.  Monday night, the Coopersville Planning Commission approved a special land use permit for the proposed project.  Only two people living near the lot attended the meeting to ask that a tree line buffering any potential noise remain intact.\

The planning commission’s approval comes with conditions; the road commission must come up with a preliminary site plan within two years.  If the planning commission approves of the plan, the special land permit will be extended for another five years.  Before that five year extension is up, the road commission will have to submit a final plan for construction.

Coopersville & Marne Railway Company temporarily halts train trips

Coopersville & Marne Railway Company temporarily halts train trips

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A holiday tradition is about to roll down the tracks in Coopersville.

The Coopersville & Marne Railway Company will begin its Santa Train next week.  The group has temporarily halted all train rides through November 23 for track and equipment repairs.  The maintenance work began November 9.

The trains will begin chugging again November 30, when the Santa Train returns.

Businesses, schools closing for Friday's firearms opener

MARNE, Mich. (WZZM) -- November 15 may not be an official holiday on the calendar, but on Friday, some area schools and businesses will close.

When firearm deer season begins, it might be more difficult to find auto care, an electrician or a landscape service, especially north of Grand Rapids.

WZZM 13 called around to find that some are closing or will have a very limited staff.

Inside Schneider Tire in Marne, Jeff Schneider and crew are working non-stop, with tires and in sales.

"This week has been incredibly busy," said Schneider, who works in sales. "The phones do not stop ringing."

They're preparing customers' vehicles for winter. But Schneider's mentally preparing for 3 a.m., Thursday.

"I've had this on my calendar since last January," he said.

That's his annual family hunting trip to the UP. About two-thirds of the 50 employees here will also be gone hunting.