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Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Tax season is almost here and Davenport University is ready to help.

Student and faculty volunteers from Davenport will begin offering free income tax preparation sessions to low- and middle-income tax filers Thursday, Jan. 23.  The service is available on a first come, first serve basis to families making less than $55,000 in total household income.  People who want to utilize the program should bring the following materials:

St. Michael's holds Second School Sale Jan. 18

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- St. Michael's is cleaning out its classrooms for a Second School Sale Saturday, Jan. 18.

Classroom items not needed by the church will be on sale from 9 a.m. until noon.  Proceeds from the sale will go toward purchasing new playground equipment for the preschool.

St. Michael's wants to raise $8,000 for the playground project.  Collection buckets are located in the church.  Checks for larger donations can be sent to the parish office.  St. Michael's is located at 17150 88th Avenue in Coopersville.

Apples- from bust to boon

Apples- from bust to boon

EAST LANSING, Mich. (Michigan State University) --- This year’s Michigan apple crop runneth over.

 Last year’s crop was decimated by late frosts, and the feeble harvest yielded a mere 2.7 million bushels for growers. This year, however, is shaping up to be a record year, projected to top 30 million bushels.

“This year is a limb-busting crop; some of our branches are so full with apples that they snap with a little help from the wind,” said Adam Dietrich, Michigan State University graduate and grower at Leo Dietrich and Sons, based in Conklin, Mich. “A single tree from 2013 is producing more than an 8-acre block of trees did in 2012.”

The overabundance of apples is welcomed, but it presents its own set of challenges.

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

Goodwill opens Coopersville store

Goodwill opens Coopersville store

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Goodwill store in Coopersville is now open to the public.

Goodwill Stores celebrated the opening of its 16th retail store and donation center on Friday, August 16.  The new 6,500 square foot facility employs 15 people.

“We’ve been wanting to open a store in the Coopersville community for some time now,” said Goodwill Retail Director James Cherney. “We think we finally found the perfect location. The chamber, neighboring businesses and the Coopersville community have been very supportive and welcoming.”

The Coopersville Goodwill is located at 1141 West Randal St.

Coopersville Cares looking for benefit volunteers

Coopersville Cares looking for benefit volunteers

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Coopersville Cares, a non-profit organization that helps those in need,  is in need of volunteers to help with its annual Benefit Sale August 16 and 17 at Grace Lutheran Church, located at 300 Cleveland St.

People interested in helping should sign up by August 4.  Sign-up sheets are posted in the lobby of Coopersville Reformed Church, located at 423 W. Randall St.   You can also drop off clothing, toy, furniture, household items and other donations for the sale from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on August 13 and 14 at Grace Lutheran Church.

The Benefit Sale will take place 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. August 16 and 9 a.m. to noon August 17.

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan job fair in Coopersville July 18

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan job fair in Coopersville July 18

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- Goodwill Industries of West Michigan will host a job fair on Thursday, July 18 to find part-time retail workers for its newest store in Coopersville.

The job fair runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the new store, located at 1141 W. Randall St.

The new Goodwill is expected to employ ten people and should open to the public in mid-August.  

For more information about the job far, call (231) 722-7871, ext. 231 or visit www.goodwillwm.org