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My Town Coopersville: 'Heaven is for Real' free showing July 22

My Town Coopersville: 'Heaven is for Real' free showing July 22

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Watch a best-selling book come to life on the big screen July 22 during free Premiere Movie Night at the Coopersville Area District Library.

Tuesday’s film is “Heaven is for Real”.  The film is based on the New York Times bestseller by Todd Burpo, which chronicles his young son’s journey to heaven and back.  Heaven is for Real is rated PG.  Tuesday’s showing will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the library, located at 333 Ottawa Street.

Premiere Movie Night series is sponsored by the Coopersville Sportsman’s Club. 

My Town Coopersville: Planning commissioner to temporarily hold onto seat

My Town Coopersville: Planning commissioner to temporarily hold onto seat

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A planning commissioner whose reappointment was not backed by the city council will hold onto his post, for now.

In a memo sent to the city council after its June 23 meeting, City Manager Steven Patrick chastises council members for not at least temporarily reappointing Justin Longstreth, who had moved out of the district.  Patrick points out there is nothing in the city charter requiring planning commissioners to be a resident of Coopersville, and the city council owes the highest level of service it can provide to the businesses and developers who pay $200 to go before the planning commission.

During its regular meeting July 14, the city council approved Patrick’s recommendation to reappoint Longstreth to the planning commission until his replacement can be found.

My Town Coopersville: DDA to consider property purchase

My Town Coopersville: DDA to consider property purchase

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The City of Coopersville may soon have a new piece of property to carry out city programs.

In a memo sent to Downtown Development Authority members,  DDA Director Steven Patrick says the undisclosed property would “enhance a variety of services and events the City and the DDA have supported over the years.”  Patrick hopes to enlist the help of two or three DDA members to develop a proposal for the property within the next six to eight weeks.

The DDA’s regular meeting begins at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 inside Coopersville City Hall.

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: eReading challenge could add up to bigger library collection

My Town Coopersville: eReading challenge could add up to bigger library collection

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The more electronic books you read, the bigger the collection may get at the Coopersville Area District Library.

The library is taking part in the OverDrive Challenge.  For each patron who checks out an ebook using the OverDrive app, the library is one step closer to winning $1,500 to $2,500 to purchase more eBooks and audiobooks.  As of June 14, the library was just 240 checkouts away from earning funding.

The contest runs through June. To download the OverDrive app, visit http://omc.overdrive.com/

My Town: Goats on the loose at Eastmanville Bayou

My Town: Goats on the loose at Eastmanville Bayou

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich—Visitors to Eastmanville Bayou will encounter the county’s new set of four-legged landscapers.

The Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Department says a herd of grazing goats has been released at the bayou to begin its work reducing invasive species.  Visitors are welcome to watch the goats at work, but should remain clear of the electric fence surrounding them and not pet the goats.  Plant oils from the poison ivy and other invasive plants the goats are munching on could be on the goats’ coats, making them transferrable to humans.

The goats are also being used at Bur Oak Landing in Coopersville and Riverside Park in Grand Haven. 

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.