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My Town: City leaders to weigh in on North Bank Trail funding

My Town: City leaders to weigh in on North Bank Trail funding

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Monday night, the Coopersville City Council is expected to weigh in on a plan to fund a new trail connecting Spring Lake to Coopersville.

The North Bank Trail would be an 18-mile pathway that would connect the Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail.  Crockery Township is asking for the City of Coopersville’s support in seeking project funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.  Coopersville City Manager Steven Patrick is recommending the city council approve a resolution supporting the trust fund application, saying the trail would offer economic benefits.

My Town Coopersville: Public hearing March 10 on proposed recreational living restrictions

My Town Coopersville: Public hearing March 10 on proposed recreational living restrictions

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— The public is invited to weigh in on a proposed ordinance amendment that would add restrictions to living in recreational vehicles within the city limits.

The proposed ordinance amendment was created after neighborhood complaints about people living in recreational vehicles and tents for months on end.  The ordinance targets people that primarily live outside a main home with no water or sewer service.

The proposed ordinance restricts living in travel trailers, pickup campers or coaches, motorized dwellings, tent trailers, boats and boat trailers, tent structures and trailers not in recreational zoning districts to no longer than five days during a 30 day period. The proposed amendment also limits the length of time recreational equipment can be connected to electricity in residential zoning districts to five days within a 30 day period. Under the amendment, recreational equipment cannot be connected to sanitary sewer facilities.

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.

My Town Coopersville: Council to consider new recreational living restrictions

My Town Coopersville: Council to consider new recreational living restrictions

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville City Council Monday night will consider new restrictions on living in recreational vehicles within the city limits.

The proposed ordinance amendment was created after neighborhood complaints about people living in recreational vehicles and tents for months on end.  The ordinance targets people that primarily live outside a main home with no water or sewer service.

The ordinance restricts living in travel trailers, pickup campers or coaches, motorized dwellings, tent trailers, boats and boat trailers, tent structures and trailers not in recreational zoning districts to no longer than five days during a 30 day period. The amendment also limits the length of time recreational equipment can be connected to electricity in residential zoning districts to five days within a 30 day period. Under the amendment, recreational equipment cannot be connected to sanitary sewer facilities.

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.

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.

Berlin Raceway to change photography policy

Berlin Raceway to change photography policy

MARNE, Mich. (Berlin Raceway) – Berlin Raceway is pleased to announce “Open Photography” for the 2014 season and beyond.

While Berlin Raceway has had an official track photographer in the past, efforts must be made to expand exposure of the track. Therefore, the decision was made to expand the opportunity to photograph to any parties interested, instead of designating and limiting to a single photographer. 

“Limiting the photography rights to one entity really limits the track and the amount of publicity and exposure that it gets,” commented Mike Bursley, Berlin Raceway General Manager.  “Allowing more photographers to take pictures and be at our events is going help the track’s media coverage while reaching out to a variety of different people.”