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My Town: St. Mary’s Church parishioners pledge $1.87M for new education center

My Town: St. Mary’s Church parishioners pledge $1.87M for new education center

SPRING LAKE, Mich.―During a special “Announcement Weekend” mass held recently at St. Mary’s Church in Spring Lake, Fr. Dan DePew made public for the first time the news that St. Mary’s church parishioners pledged $1,876,280 over the past month toward construction of a new St. Mary’s Catholic Education Center.

The proposed Center is expected to be built at 421 East Exchange Street in Spring Lake within the next three to four years. Plans call for it to replace the existing St. Mary’s School, which is currently located at the site. The 15,000 square foot school was built in 1954 and has been deemed to be beyond its life expectancy. It currently serves 212 students from 1,250 families who live in Coopersville, Ferrysburg, Grand Haven, Fruitport and Spring Lake. The nearby St. Mary’s Church, which sits adjacent to the school, houses a preschool and after-school extension program, as well as faith formation and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults programs.

My Town Coopersville: CAPS senior to compete in Miss Michigan paegant

My Town Coopersville: CAPS senior to compete in Miss Michigan paegant

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A Coopersville High School senior is one step closer to potentially becoming the next Miss Michigan.

Allison Adams won the Miss Lighthouse Coast 2014 scholarship competition in Muskegon this past weekend. She plans to use the $500 scholarship towards pursing a degree in math and art.  Adams currently holds a 4.026 grand point average.

Adams will compete against 33 other contestants during the Miss Michigan pageant at the Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts in June.  Her platform is “digging deeper into low self-esteem”.  The competition will take place June 12-14, with the winner being crowned June 14.

UPDATE: GVSU fraternity to hike 160 miles in battle against MS

UPDATE: GVSU fraternity to hike 160 miles in battle against MS

ALLENDALE, Mich.—A group of 20 fraternity members from Grand Valley State University are spending theirspring break hiking 160 miles across frigid Michigan terrain to help people with Multiple Sclerosis.

This is the second year for ATO Walks Hard: Many Steps for MS.  Members of Alpha Tau Omega began their walk on Thursday,  from Grand Valley State University in Allendale.  The group of 20 is expected to reach Sand Lake Friday night, where they will stay at Ensley Baptist Church for the night.  They expect to reach Traverse City on March 6.

ATO is raising money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society along the way. Last year, the fraternity raised more than $15,000 during the spring break mission.  This year, the group has already exceeded its goal of raising $25,000.

GVSU fraternity to hike 160 miles in battle against MS

GVSU fraternity to hike 160 miles in battle against MS

ALLENDALE, Mich.—A fraternity from Grand Valley State University will be spending its spring break hiking 160 miles across Michigan to help people with Multiple Sclerosis.

This is the second year for ATO Walks Hard: Many Steps for MS.  On Thursday, Feb. 27, members of Alpha Tau Omega will walk from Grand Valley State University in Allendale to Traverse City, raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society along the way.  The group will have a support team and sleep in churches along the way.   ATO expects to reach Traverse City on March 6.

Last year, ATO raised more than $15,000 for the MS Society during the spring break.  This year, the group hopes to raise $25,000.

Water main break delays classes in Coopersville

Water main break delays classes in Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. --  Classes are back in session at Coopersville Area Public Schools after a water main break forced a two-hour delay by the district.

The break in the line happened around 2:15 a.m. on East Street in Coopersville.  Crews have since repaired the break.  It's unclear what led to the problem, but the extreme winter weather has been blamed for similar problems in other communities.

The water main break also led to a two hour delay at Saint Joseph’s Catholic School in Conklin.

Date set for Relay For Life of MAC

Date set for Relay For Life of MAC

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The date is set for this year’s Relay For Life at Coopersville High School.

Cancer survivors and others whose lives have been touched by the disease will take over the athletic field July 11-12.  For more information about 2014 Relay For Life of Marne Allendale and Coopersville, contact Kim Lothscutz at kimlothschutz@yahoo.com or visit the organization’s Facebook page here.

MAISD Superintendent David Sipka to Retire June 30

MAISD Superintendent David Sipka to Retire June 30

MAISD Superintendent David Sipka to Retire June 30

On January 29, 2014, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Superintendent David Sipka announced his retirement effective June 30. Sipka said, “This is my forty-first year in education. While my time at the ISD has been both enjoyable and challenging, this feels like the right time to step away and turn my focus to my wife Wendy and our family.”

 According to MAISD Board President Dwight Vines, Sipka’s leadership of the countywide educational service agency is exceptional. “Dave is doing a fine job at the MAISD and is a fierce advocate for the children served through our public schools. The entire Board of Education is extremely pleased with the progress he has made. We especially recognize the positive legislative impact he has had in the three years he has served in this position,” said Vines.