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My Town: Fundraising underway to save piece of Ottawa County history

My Town: Fundraising underway to save piece of Ottawa County history

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A group trying to save a piece of Ottawa County history is now collecting donations.

The South Evergreen Schoolhouse is a small one room school that sits at the corner of 88th Avenue and Leonard Road.  Preservationists say it’s one of few one room schools still standing in its original condition.

The building and property are now on sale. A small group of community members are collecting donations in hopes of purchasing the schoolhouse to preserve this piece of history. The fundraising page reads:

My Town Coopersville: Students win national award to change the world

My Town Coopersville: Students win national award to change the world

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— A group of Lamont Christian School students are being honored for their lunchroom invention.

Team Recycling Quads is a finalist in this year’s Siemens “We Can Change the World Challenge.”  The middle school students redesigned Lunchables trays in the shape of a plastic bottle so that it could be easily recycled for money.

The team was among three in Michigan selected by a panel of judges comprised of environmental, science and educational leaders.  Each member of the team receives a certificate and green prize pack.  The school also gets a congratulatory banner to display.

“Now, more than ever, environmental issues are at the forefront of our national discussion.  These students bring fresh perspectives with new and exciting solutions that affect change,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. “The Siemens Foundation and Siemens’ 53,000 employees are inspired by the innovation of these students.”

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich.—A rock and roll nutrition show has arrived in West Michigan.

“Jump with Jill” kicked off a series of performances at five area schools Monday, with a live show at Thomas Jefferson School in Holland.  It’s one of five schools that won a statewide contest, thanks to the generosity of Michigan’s dairy farmers and milk processors and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan as part of their Fuel Up to Play 60 program. 

“Dairy is one of easiest and richest ways that kids can get the calcium they need for strong bones,” says Amy Viselli with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “Jump with Jill has serious fun with a serious message. They even dress up a milk jug as a rapper named Calcium.”

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

My Town Coopersville: Registration open for Capes and Crowns 5k

My Town Coopersville: Registration open for Capes and Crowns 5k

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—  Registration is open for the Capes and Crowns 5K, which will wind through Coopersville Sunday, May 18.

The event supports the North East Ottawa Forum and Miss Coopersville Scholarship Program.  The race kicks off at Coopersville Schools at 2:30 p.m. with a one mile fun run that’s free to children.  The 5k starts at 3 p.m.  Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each age group, as well as the participant in the best hero or princess costume.

Registration is $25 and includes a race t-shirt for those who register before May 1.  To register, click here.

My Town Coopersville: Buffalo Wild Wings sales to benefit Coopersville softball team

My Town Coopersville: Buffalo Wild Wings sales to benefit Coopersville softball team

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—It’s Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers, and what better way to celebrate than by dining in front of the big screen while helping other sluggers.

Throughout Monday, March 31, the Buffalo Wild Wings on Alpine Avenue is donating 20% of food and drink sales to the Coopersville High School softball team. Patrons must print out the above flyer and show it when ordering their meal for their bill to count toward the total donation.   The deal is only good at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant located at 3050 Alpine Ave. in Walker.

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.”