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iPad Pilot Program Helps Youngsters in Need

iPad Pilot Program Helps Youngsters in Need

COOPERSVILLE MI ~   The Coopersville Area Public Schools are very fortunate to have such a caring and supportive community. An annomomous donor writes: " I am regularly reminded how blessed we are to live in such a supportive school district.

Local college students offer free tax filing assistance

Student and faculty volunteers from Davenport University are trained and ready to kick off free income tax preparation sessions, available to low- and middle- income tax-filers (less than $50,000 in total family income) at locations across West Michigan.

Volunteers are providing assistance in conjunction with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a cooperative effort of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and nonprofit groups that train volunteers to prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country. As volunteers, accounting students have been certified by the IRS to participate. In addition to students from Davenport University, students at Aquinas College, Cornerstone University and Hope College are participating in the program.

Boil water advisory lifted in Coopersville

Coopersville, Mich. (WZZM) The city of Coopersville has lifted the boil water advisory it issued over the weekend.

A drop in pressure had caused concerns about bacteria in the water.  This morning, however, city officials said the water is now safe to drink.

If you have questions or concerns you can contact Coopersville City Hall at 616-997-9731.

Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

The 2011 class of Leadership West Michigan (LWM) graduated on December 15, 2011. The class of 27 participated in 8 day sessions over the past 4 months which included a two day bus tour of the region and culminated in Regional Trustee day and graduation.

Patricia Ackerberg - Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce  
Justin Arnold - WMPS  
Charles Ash, Jr. - Warner Norcross & Judd LLP  
Douglas Bagley - Ottawa Area ISD - MTEC  
Michael Brecht - St. Mary's Health Care  
Marlene Brostrom - Michigan Works Ottawa County  
Cindy Brown - Hello West Michigan  
Frederick Bw'Ombongi - Spectrum Health  
Valerie Byrnes - Barry County Chamber of Commerce  
Kyle Dannenberg - Ottawa Area Intermediate School District  
Lori Duff - TrueNorth Community Services  
Kathy Finkler - Davenport University  
Jeffrey Hoerle - Priority Health  
Ammy Johnson - Harbor Hospice  

Coopersville residents under boil water advisory

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)-Coopersville residents are being asked to boil their water, after a pressure drop in the city's water system.

The city manager says the problem has been fixed. But as a precaution, residents should boil their water until at least Wednesday morning when test results become available.

Schedule of American Red Cross blood drives in Allegan, Kent and Ottawa Counties

Schedule of American Red Cross blood drives in Allegan, Kent and Ottawa Counties

Like the emergency room of a hospital, the American Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Through the everyday support and generosity of blood and platelet donors, the Red Cross can be prepared to do this day-in and day-out, no matter when or where these blood products are needed.

“We are so thankful to our loyal sponsors and volunteers for everything they do each and every day,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.  “It is because of them that we are able to provide services for people in our communities in their times of need.”

Teen Sew for Kids in Need

Teen Sew for Kids in Need

RAVENNA MI ~ The Ravenna Baptist Church Youth Group is used to getting together and learning about their faith or going on an outing, or just have fun. But this time it was serious work. Making 100 pillow cases for children struggling with long-term health issues. Using brightly colored fabrics, the youth teamed up with adults that were seasoned sewers to work their magic.   These handmade pillow cases are sure to brighten the little tots journey back to health.

Peggy Manzur was the mastermind behind the service project. Working with the kids on securing sponsors, purchasing fabric, and organizing numerous sewing bees. Many boys and girls participated in this fun project. "Real men do like to sew!" quipped one of the leaders! This was the first time sewing for all of these youths. Some of the children worked on notes that will accompany the pillow cases to their new owners. Over 50+ kids came to work at this event!