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My Town Coopersville: Growing manufacturer requests tax breaks

My Town Coopersville: Growing manufacturer requests tax breaks

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—  Community members are invited to weigh in on a growing manufacturer's request for tax breaks.

The Coopersville City Council will consider the request by Keyser's Port City Racing during its regular meeting June 9.  Port City Racing is requesting a 12 year Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption on more than $787,000 worth of equipment.

City Manager Steven Patrick is recommending the approval of the tax break, given Port City's continued involvement in the community and growing workforce.  In October, owner Scott Keyser requested a tax break on new equipment, leading to eight new jobs at the facility, located at 540 Danforth St.

Approximately 75 percent of annual sales by Keyser's Port City Racing come from parts built in Coopersville.  The remaining 25 percent is from items sold out of its warehouse. 

Monday's meeting begins at 7 p.m.

My Town Coopersville: Berlin Raceway celebrates 80's Night May 31

My Town Coopersville: Berlin Raceway celebrates 80's Night May 31

MARNE, Mich.-- If you loved the 80’s, this race at Berlin Raceway is for you!

From 4 p.m. to  6 p.m. and after the race,  80's DJ Keller will be cranking out the tunes. The next race includes the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS Late Models, The Enterprise Iron & Metal Sportsman, along with The Model Coverall Modified and the Kalamazoo Vapor 4-Cyl Divisions.

The gates will open at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31 for the race. Teams and spectators are invited at 3:30 p.m. Pre-Race activities start at 6 p.m. and the first race takes off at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15. Get your tickets today at www.berlinraceway.com.

My Town: Berlin Raceway mascot makes his debut

My Town: Berlin Raceway mascot makes his debut

MARNE, Mich.—The Berlin Raceway and Entertainment Complex has a new mascot.

“HORSEPOWER” plans to attend all of the races and events this year, as well as visit places throughout West Michigan this spring and summer.  HORSEPOWER made his debut last Saturday.  He’s one of the new additions to Berlin Raceway, along with new grandstands and 11 private suites, which are still under construction.  The suites will likely be finished in June.

Chris Danielson, announcer and vice president of sales and media says the upgrades are meant to make the venue more versatile, so it can welcome a variety of events, including the upcoming craft beer and summer music festivals.  Danielson says the goal is to use the site 150 days out of the year; he says the raceway is currently in use 25-30 days a year.

The Berlin Raceway as located at 2060 Berlin Fair Drive in Marne.

My Town: New grandstands ready to go for Opening Night at Berlin Raceway

My Town: New grandstands ready to go for Opening Night at Berlin Raceway

MARNE, Mich.—The new grandstands gracing the all new Berlin Raceway and Entertainment Complex should be set for fans when during Opening Night this Saturday, April 26.

Construction on the grandstands began in January; crews began building approximately 11 private suites a month ago.  The suites will likely be finished in June.

Chris Danielson, announcer and vice president of sales and media says the upgrades are meant to make the venue more versatile, so it can welcome a variety of events, including the upcoming craft beer and summer music festivals.  Danielson says the goal is to use the site 150 days out of the year; he says the raceway is currently in use 25-30 days a year.

Admission to Opening Night racing is $5 for people ages 8 and over; children 7 and under are free.

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: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

My Town: Friends of the North Bank Trail to pursue trail building grant

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A group supporting a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville is moving forward with its grant request.

On Tuesday, Friends of the North Bank Trail released this map on Facebook, showing where the proposed 18-mile pathway would be created. The North Bank Trail would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail. 

Crockery Township recently sought support from Coopersville, Walker and other nearby communities to apply for a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for Phase 2 of the trail.