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Four people vying for three seats in November 5 election

Four people vying for three seats in November 5 election

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- Coopersville's city council could have a new face, if Dan Cooke gets his way.

Cooke is running against incumbents Marilyn Fisher, Kenneth Bush and Joel Meintsma for city council. Three seats are open; each member will serve a four year term.

The polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Ottawa County road crew adds new workers

Ottawa County road crew adds new workers

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Some new faces are now on the team dedicated to making sure Ottawa County’s roads are safe and drivable.

Zack Porter and Andy Szotko now work in the Ottawa County Road Commission’s Coopersville garage.  Porter previously worked in concrete construction and tree service.  He is married with two children and lives in the Coopersville area.  Szotko drove trucks and operated equipment at Dykema Excavators.  He lives in Conklin.

Two men have also joined the Road Commission’s Hudsonville garage.  Randy Stellema previously worked for Kentwood Excavating, operating a variety of equipment, installing underground pipes and building roads.  He is married with four children and lives in the Jenison Area. Brandon DeHaan previously worked for J&R Trucking for eight years.  He is married with four children and lives in the Zeeland area.

New tribute to be added to Veterans Park

New tribute to be added to Veterans Park

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—   A new tribute to fallen veterans will soon be installed at Veterans Park in Coopersville.

During their regular meeting October 10, city council members approved accepting a plaque listing six Medal of Honor recipients from Ottawa County. 

The plaque was paid for through donations raised by local VFW posts and community members.  The tribute will be installed on the opposite side of the park’s existing monument.

Young artist is part of an ArtPrize masterpiece

Young artist is part of an ArtPrize masterpiece

MARNE, Mich.--Lauren Fuller was only 12 years old when she traveled to Prague, Czech Republic this past summer to sing with the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choir.

One of the stops was in the town of Terezin where the World War II Concentration Camp of Theresienstadt was. The choir was scheduled to perform there; unfortunately, very few people showed up for their performance.

The Concentration Camp of Theresienstadt was a labor camp during World War II.  It was open for three and a half years. Many people died at the camp- 97,297 Jews from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia.  Among those killed were 15,000 were children, who mostly died in a gas chamber.  Only 132 children survived in this camp.

The song that the youth choir sang, "I Never Saw Another Butterfly-Birdsong,"  draws from poems written by the children in Terezin.

Benefit October 5 for young mother seriously injured in crash

Benefit October 5 for young mother seriously injured in crash

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) – The community is invited to show its support for a mother of two young boys who was injured in a rollover crash last month.

Cassie Collins, 27, suffered extensive injuries when her vehicle flipped on Arthur Street near 68th Avenue early September 21.  Firefighters had to cut her out of her car.  Loved ones say Collins was kept in a medically-induced coma right after the accident.

A spaghetti dinner benefit for Collins will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 5 at VFW Post 5598 in Coopersville.  Dinner is $5 per plate; children eat free.  The event will also feature live music, raffles and a silent auction.

Donations are also being accepted at all Chase Bank branches under the name, “Our Cassie Collins Family Relief Fund.” 

Coopersville DDA meeting cancelled; public still invited to share concerns

Coopersville DDA meeting cancelled; public still invited to share concerns

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The city of Coopersville is cancelling its Downtown Development Authority meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 10.

City Manager Steven Patrick says there are no significant agenda items up for discussion at this time.  Patrick says he and DDA Marketing Director Jan Richardson are working on several proposed projects, including banners along Randall and Main streets, new lights for the city Christmas wreaths and a long-term maintenance plan for the downtown area, but not enough progress has been made to share with the board at this time.

Although the DDA meeting is cancelled, Patrick says he and Richardson will be available Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. to meet with anyone who has concerns about downtown Coopersville.  For more information, contact Patrick at (616) 997-9731.

Tickets available for Barn Dance to benefit Lori's Voice

Tickets available for Barn Dance to benefit Lori's Voice

CONKLIN, Mich.--Lori's Voice, a non-profit organization that helps special needs children,  will be holding a Barn Dance for adults on Saturday September 28 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Conklin.

The event includes live music, a silent auction, raffles, light dinner and a cash bar.  Tickets are $15 per person.  To purchase yours, contact Kathie (616 837-6644), Marj (616 899-5596), Dave (616 550-5142) or Lori (616-384-4687).

Visitors are encouraged to wear country/cowboy attire.