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Historians delve into West Michigan's 'amusing' story

Historians delve into West Michigan's 'amusing' story

What is now Gaslight Village was once an amusement park.

On Thursday, April 4,  historian Gail Snow will visit the Coopersville Area District Library to discuss the legacy of Ramona Park, which was a popular destination for thousands of families between 1897 and 1955.

The Grand Rapids Street Railway Company owned and operated the amusement park, which was  bordered by Wealthy Street, Lovett Avenue, and Lakeside Drive. The park  featured a double track wooden roller coaster, ferris wheel and miniature locomotive that toured the park.  According to the city of East Grand Rapids' website,  former president and East Grand Rapids resident Gerald R. Ford once worked at one of the concession stands.

Thursday's  presentation starts at 7 p.m. at the Coopersville Area District Library.  No registration is required.

 

Researcher digs deeper into women's impact on the lakeshore

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (Coopersville Area Historical Society Museum)-- At the 7 p.m., April 7, 2011 meeting, Wally Ewing, a well-known history researcher and author from Grand Haven, will give a presentation on some of the women who were prominent in the area's development.

He begins with Lasette Constant who lived from 1812-1907. Her father, Pierre Constant was a fur trader. Lasette then was also involved in the fur business.

The presentation highlights other eras and ends with the contributions of Marjorie Boon, a recent mayor of Grand Haven. Marjorie served during a very pivotal time of new development.

Wally's program deals with women's history but the lives of his interesting subjects had impact upon the course of area history as a whole.

 

Law Enforcement Memorial to be built in Ottawa County

Law Enforcement Memorial to be built in Ottawa County

Ottawa County Sheriff, Gary Rosema, is heading up a drive to build a commemorative wall to honor law enforcement officers who serve and have served Ottawa County. The wall would also serve as a memorial to any and all officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Sheriff Rosema, who may be serving his last term in office, has been dwelling on this idea for more than a decade but funds for a project like this are just not available. Finally, this spring, he launched a fundraising campaign to erect this memorial wall and garden near the entrance of the Ottawa County Filmore Complex, located at 12220 Filmore St in West Olive. No public money will be used for this project expected to cost $80,000.00. Ottawa Co. Sgt. Val Weiss is the coordinator for the fund raising project and said $5000 has already been donated by Northwestern University.

Last Night of Line Dancing Tonight

Last Night of Line Dancing Tonight

Tonight is the last night of Line Dancing with Helen Walters at the Coopersville Farm Museum until the Fall. The farm is also looking for another instructor to fill in while Helen travels with her horses. Anyone interested can call 616-997-8555 and talk to Museum Director Lee Ann Creager, Museum Director.

Coopersville Poetry Contest

Coopersville Area District Library is Calling All Poets! for its current contest.

Who: There are four age groups: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Adult

What: Create an original poem & submit it for a chance to win a prize! Prizes donated by Friends of the Library.

When: Registration forms available now at CADL. Submission accepted April 1-30

Where: Coopersville Library, 333 Ottawa St., Coopersville, MI

Guidelines: Each poem must be typed or written neatly on a 8.5" x 11" paper. Illegible entries will not be considered. Each poem can have a maximum length of 20 lines. Limit 2 entries per person.

Recent Outhouse 500 and Chili Cookoff Lots of Fun!

Recent Outhouse 500 and Chili Cookoff Lots of Fun!

The recent Outhouse 500 and Chili Cookoff in Coopersville brought excitement through the downtown streets! Once again, the Coopersville Downtown Merchants Association hosted the annual event.

The Chili Cook-off winners were Mike's Processing (of Allendale) 1st place and Miss Coopersville's Royalty Award, Northern Physical Therapy Service took 2nd place, and Ottawa County 911 came in 3rd.    For more pictures, visit the Coopersville Farm Museum Facebook page

 

Coopersville Soccer Club

Coopersville Soccer Club

 

Home of Coopersville Recreational Soccer Program
 

2013 Spring Outdoor Soccer Season

Hello Soccer Families. We are gearing up for Spring 2013 Outdoor Soccer Season. Hard to believe since we have not even experienced winter as of yet. Sign-ups for the spring outdoor season have begun! Below are the times and locations.

January 24th - 6:30 - 8:30 PM City Hall

January 31st - 6:30 - 8:30 PM City Hall