Our network

People

My Town Coopersville: Volunteer of the Year nominations sought

My Town Coopersville: Volunteer of the Year nominations sought

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- The Coopersville Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for the next Volunteer of the Year.

Judges will base their diecision on length of service, volunteer duties, how the nominee has benefited their organization, as well as the other nominees other volunteer experiences.

The deadline for nominations is March 6.  For the nomination form, click here.

Blessing of the Throats at Saint Mary's Church this weekend

MARNE, Mich.—Cold and flu season is here, and Saint Mary’s Church is looking to a saint for help.

This weekend after masses, Rev. David Gross will lead the parish in a “Blessing of the Throats”.  Rev. Gross will be asking for Saint Blaise to protect his flock from ailments of the throat and other illnesses.

The special blessing comes as the Fest of Saint Blaise approaches.    According to catholic.org, Saint Blaise became the patron saint of throats after healing a boy who was about to die from a fishbone stuck in his throat.

Saint Mary’s Church is located at 15164 Juniper Dr. in Marne.

ArtPrize organizer to address guests of Chamber dinner

ArtPrize organizer to address guests of Chamber dinner

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— The woman behind one the world’s largest art competition of its kind is coming to Coopersville.

Amelea Pegman, director of community engagement for ArtPrize, will be the keynote speaker for the Coopersville Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and dinner on Thursday, Jan. 23.  The event begins with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and introductions, awards and Pegman’s speech.

The meeting and dinner will take place at the West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters and Service Trades Building, located at 1008 O’Malley Drive in Coopersville. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple.  To purchase tickets, visit the event page here.

City narrows search for new employee

City narrows search for new employee

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--   The City of Coopersville is narrowing its search to replace a longtime employee.

After 22 years of service to the city, Ken Ortquist will retire in March.  The city has received more than 20 applications for his position with the Department of Public Works and hope to begin interviewing candidates within the next two weeks.  The city hopes to have Ortquist’s replacement trained and ready to go when he leaves.

Rep. Roger Victory plans visit to Coopersville

Rep. Roger Victory plans visit to Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— State lawmaker Roger Victory will visit Coopersville later this month to hear from the people he represents.

The Hudsonville Republican will hold office hours Saturday, Dec. 21 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  at the New Beginnings Restaurant, located at 25 68th Ave. in Coopersville. He will also be available at Murphy’s Restaurant in Allendale on Friday, Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

"I greatly enjoy the opportunity to meet with residents in my district," Victory said. "It provides me the chance to bring the suggestions from residents with me to Lansing."

Those who cannot make it out are encouraged to contact Victory’s Lansing office at (517) 373-1830 or email RogerVictory@house.mi.gov.      

Irwin Seating helps to connect the dots

Irwin Seating helps to connect the dots

Earl Irwin smiles when he walks a section of the bike/walking trail west of Irwin Seating, located near Four Mile Rd NW & Fruitridge Ave NW.

Not too long ago, Irwin donated land to help with the nearly completed connection of the Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail, the Musketawa Trail in Ottawa County and the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail in Kent County. Irwin Seating has also dedicated a parking lot on the north side of Irwin Seating as a Trail Head for people using the trails and a place to park their vehicles while on the trails.

What use to be a wood chip trail for employees to walk has now become a trail for everyone to use, according to Irwin. The former trail was built to encourage Irwin Seating employees to take advantage of a walk on their breaks, lunch hour or after work.

Through the efforts and private donations such as this, all these trails are available to the public to use and enjoy.

Mayoral switch to take place Monday

Mayoral switch to take place Monday

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A changing of the guard in Coopersville is set to happen Monday night.

Outgoing Mayor Ken Bush is switching offices with new mayor, Rodney Lloyd.  Lloyd ran unopposed in the November 5 election; voters elected Bush to one of three open city council seats.

Lloyd, Bush,  and re-elected city council members Joel Meintsma and Mary Fisher will be sworn in during the 7 p.m. meeting.   Each will serve a four year term.