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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.

MEA drops case against Coopersville teacher who left union


LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A West Michigan teacher appears to be off the hook for not paying her union dues.

The Michigan Education Association has dropped its fight against two teachers who resigned from the union under Michigan's new Right to Work law.

RELATED: Teacher sues MEA over union requirement

One of the teachers is Miriam Chanski from Coopersville. The MEA contended she did not follow procedures and missed the deadline to quit the union. The MEA then threatened to turn her over to a collection agency for not paying union dues, possibly ruining her credit.

Despite national trend, winter weather a boom for local dealership


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Automakers are blaming the cold weather for weaker sales numbers last month. Historically, January is already the weakest month of the year for car sales.

The manager at Betten Baker Chevrolet Buick in Coopersville says despite the national sales numbers, the winter weather is one of the reasons their sales have gone up.

"You'd be surprised, we've actually had a lot of customers who got in accidents, whose vehicles got totaled out these last two months. They've came in and gotten new vehicles from us," Mason Maurer explained.

He says used vehicles are selling the best right now and customers looking at SUVs and other durable vehicles for the rough road conditions.


My Town Coopersville: Council to consider new recreational living restrictions

My Town Coopersville: Council to consider new recreational living restrictions

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville City Council Monday night will consider new restrictions on 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 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 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.

Coopersville family evacuated after ice strikes gas meter


COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A family in Coopersville evacuated their home Friday morning after a chunk of ice fell from their roof, striking their gas meter.

It happened on Watson Street between Spring Street and Division Street. The family evacuated safely.

Scanner traffic indicated that the family could hear the gas line hissing after the break.

No one was injured in the incident.