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Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town Coopersville: Author sorts fact from fiction about Michigan's largest mass murder

My Town Coopersville: Author sorts fact from fiction about Michigan's largest mass murder

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—An author focused on finding the truth about Michigan’s largest mass murder will share his findings next week.

Author Steve Lehto will visit Coopersville Area District Library Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m.   The event is presented by Coopersville Historical Society.  In his newest book, “Death’s Door: The Truth Behind Michigan’s Largest Mass Murder”, Lehto sifts through conflicting news reports, transcripts and other documents to set the record straight about the Christmas Eve 1913 massacre in Calumet.

No registration is required for this event.  Coopersville Area District Library is located at 333 Ottawa Street in Coopersville. 

My Town Coopersville: Congressman Huizenga to hold roundtable April 16

My Town Coopersville: Congressman Huizenga to hold roundtable April 16

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. -- The Coopersville Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a roundtable with US Congressman Huizenga Wednesday, April 16 at 4 p.m in the Community Services Building.

All are invited to come and talk with your U.S. Congressman.

My Town Coopersville: Longtime DDA member resigning

My Town Coopersville: Longtime DDA member resigning

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville Downtown Development Authority will soon begin the search for a new board member.

Sharon Reeves is resigning from her post.  She has served on the DDA board since November 2007.  In a message to other DDA members, DDA Director Steven Patrick said she “added a valuable and unique perspective to the board’s business and her contribution will be missed.”

The board is expected to formally accept Reeves’ resignation during its regular meeting Tuesday, April 8.

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

LANSING, Mich.—Two community leaders from West Michigan are joining a Michigan authority focused on forging relationships between municipalities and school districts.

On Thursday, Governor Snyder announced the appointment of Al Vanderberg  and to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority and its executive committee,  as well as the appointment of Stacie Behler as chair of the executive committee and the MMSA board.  The MMSA encourages cooperation between communities in school district, overseeing services they can share.

“Increasing collaboration between local units of government and getting the most out of citizens' tax dollars remains an important focus as we continue to reinvent government,” Snyder said. “I appreciate the willingness of both Al and Stacie to serve in these important roles in that effort.” 

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. 

My Town Coopersville: CAPS senior to compete in Miss Michigan paegant

My Town Coopersville: CAPS senior to compete in Miss Michigan paegant

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A Coopersville High School senior is one step closer to potentially becoming the next Miss Michigan.

Allison Adams won the Miss Lighthouse Coast 2014 scholarship competition in Muskegon this past weekend. She plans to use the $500 scholarship towards pursing a degree in math and art.  Adams currently holds a 4.026 grand point average.

Adams will compete against 33 other contestants during the Miss Michigan pageant at the Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts in June.  Her platform is “digging deeper into low self-esteem”.  The competition will take place June 12-14, with the winner being crowned June 14.