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My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Consumers in West Michigan are more optimistic about what 2015 will bring.

In fact, consumers in this market are the most optimistic in the region, according to a new study released by Huntington Bank.  The financial firm found local residents say they are much more likely to buy a new vehicle this year; 17 percent said they plan to purchase a new car, compared to just four percent in 2014.

Home improvement stores may also be busy; 47-percent of West Michiganders surveyed for the Huntington Bank Midwest Economic Index said they were planning some home renovations for 2015, compared to 32 percent in 2014.

My Town Coopersville: Mother's Day Flower Sale and rectory estate sale May 3

My Town Coopersville: Mother's Day Flower Sale and rectory estate sale May 3

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—  If you’re still looking for a Mother’s Day gift, Saint Michael’s and Saint Mary’s  may have the answer.

The Coopersville churches will be holding their Mother’s Day Flower Sale May 3 and May 4.  Proceeds from the event will benefit their high school mission trip.

Saint Michael’s will also be hosting a rectory estate sale Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 17151 88th Ave. in Coopersville.  Cash and checks will be accepted.  For more information, visit Saint Michael’s Church’s Facebook page or call the parish office at (616) 384-4026.

My Town Coopersville: Groupon offers train ride deal

My Town Coopersville: Groupon offers train ride deal

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- A local attraction is getting a boost in business, thanks to a deal on Groupon.

The deal site is offering a 50 percent discount on rides aboard the Coopersville & Marne Railway, for a limited time.  Visitors to the site have purchased the Groupon more than 670 times.

My Town: Ottawa County millage renewal up for discussion

My Town: Ottawa County millage renewal up for discussion

FERRYSBURG, Mich.—Voters may soon decide whether to renew a millage for the North Ottawa Council on Aging.

During its regular meeting Monday night, the Ferrysburg City Council will discuss and possibly vote on whether to add the proposed renewal to the August 5 ballot.  The proposal is for .2500 mills from 2015 through 2024.

The North Ottawa Council on Aging provides resources and support to seniors living in North Ottawa County.  Service areas include Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, Allendale, Coopersville and Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Polk, Chester, Wright and Crockery townships.    

Monday’s meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Ferrysburg City Hall, located at 17290 Roosevelt Road.

My Town Coopersville: Amended vehicle sales ordinance to take effect April 2

My Town Coopersville: Amended vehicle sales ordinance to take effect April 2

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  A new set of restrictions on personal vehicle sales will take effect next week.

During its regular meeting last week, the Coopersville City Council approved Ordinance 457, which restricts vehicle sales to 30 days unless a special land use permit is obtained. The ordinance also restricts vehicles from being sold along the side of streets or highways, and requires the vehicle be displayed on the vehicle owner’s property.

City Clerk Kim Borgman says the amended ordinance will take effect April 2.

My Town Coopersville: Summertime farmers market saved

My Town Coopersville: Summertime farmers market saved

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville Farm Museum is saving a summertime tradition.

On Jan. 14, the Downtown Development Authority voted to skip organizing the farmers market this year.  The DDA said it didn’t get enough response when it moved the weekly event  to the Veteran's Park area. 

Around the time of the vote, the DDA also approached the Coopersville Farm Museum to see if it would like to take on the farmers market.  Within the last month, the Farm Museum decided to move forward with organizing the market.

Kate Landon with the Coopersville Farm Museum says the farmers market will be every Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting May 7 and running through October.  Landon says the Farm Museum will also hold a farmers market on the last Saturday of each month.  The event will take place in the Farm Museum’s parking lot, at 375 Main Street.

My Town Coopersville: Renovations planned for Family Fare

My Town Coopersville: Renovations planned for Family Fare

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— The Family Fare in Coopersville is on track to get a facelift.

During its regular meeting Monday, March 17, the Coopersville Planning Commission approved the store’s site plan, which includes enlarging the fascade, repainting the entire exterior and switching out signs.  The  goal is to make the store more uniform with other Family Fare stores.

The Family Fare in Coopersville is located at 1181 W. Randall Street.