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My Town: Jenison teacher now a published author

My Town: Jenison teacher now a published author

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—A teacher from Jenison schools is now a published author.

Joe R. Roper’s newest book, “The Hunter Awakens” is earning top reviews on Amazon.com. The fantasy is written for children ages 10-18, and is the first book of the Morus Chronicles.  The story summary on Amazon is as follows:

My Town Coopersville: Diocese appoints new pastor to parish

My Town Coopersville: Diocese appoints new pastor to parish

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A pastor in Coopersville is taking his spiritual lessons to Spring Lake.

Bishop Walter Walkowiak  of the Diocese of Grand Rapids has announced Rev. David C. Gross of St. Mary Parish in Marne and St. Michael Parish in Coopersville will take over as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Spring Lake.  His appointment takes effect Sept. 17.

Bishop Walkowiak has appointed Rev. D. Anton Tran to take over Gross’ duties at the parishes in Marne and Coopersville, beginning Sept. 17.  Tran is the current pastor of St. Mary-St. Jerome Parish in Custer. 

My Town Coopersville: Nonprofit founder to release third book for children

My Town Coopersville: Nonprofit founder to release third book for children

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The founder of a Coopersville-based nonprofit aimed at helping children with disabilities is releasing a new children’s book.

Lori Hasting’s third book, titled “Blue Bear, the Bear with No Hair” will be available within the next week. Hasting, who was diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy as a child, writes her books using voice activated software. Proceeds from each book go to her organization, Lori’s Voice, which supports young people with disability.

“Blue Bear, the Bear with No Hair” features illustrations by Julie Baldwin.  For updates on its sale, visit Lori’s Voice’s Facebook page.

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town Coopersville: Date set for annual Benefit Sale

My Town Coopersville: Date set for annual Benefit Sale

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- Coopersville Cares, a local nonprofit organization to help those in need, will be holding its annual Benefit Sale on Friday, Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The sale location is Grace Lutheran Church, 300 E. Cleveland.  Both new and used items will be available for purchase, including toys, clothing, furniture and household items.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will be matching part of the proceeds.

My Town Coopersville: Red, White and Blue Jam Night honors veterans

My Town Coopersville: Red, White and Blue Jam Night honors veterans

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- On July 1, Roger Billings greeted guests from Grand Rapids Home for Veterans with patriotic tunes played on his bagpipes.

The veterans arrived at the Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center to be honored along with other service members during Acoustic Jam Night.  The museum is also featuring a display of art by members of the Home for Veterans through August.  

More than 175 people attended the patriotic Jam Night, most wearing red, white and blue. Some visitors dressed in uniform.

Acoustic Jam Night is held the first and third Tuesday of every month at 375 Main Street, from 6 p.m. to  9 p.m. Anyone can sign up to play a song (or two if time allows).  The show is different every time, but this was a very special one with lots of military and patriotic tunes being shared.  

My Town: Coopersville Connections

My Town: Coopersville Connections

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- Phyllis Beroza lives at The Depot apartments and celebrated her 91st birthday at the Coopersville Farm Museum on July 1st with her son, Steve, his wife, Annie, and longtime friend, Fran Wiegerink. 

It happened to be Jam Night, which she has been attending for many years.  A lot of residents from The Depot attend Jam Night twice a month, and have for more than ten years now.  It’s one of the largest, regularly scheduled social events in Coopersville, on the first and third Tuesday of the month.