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Coopersville's Johnny VanDoorn wins Battle at Berlin 251

Coopersville's Johnny VanDoorn wins Battle at Berlin 251

MARNE, Mich.— A Coopersville native is the newest champion of the Battle at Berlin 251.

Johnny VanDoorn led the race from the start, even during the first caution flag on turn two.  At lap 25, VanDoorn added to his lead over Kyle Jones, when Jones got stuck behind lapped cars.  At lap 50, VanDoorn’s lead grew to just over three seconds.  VanDoorn lost the lead when he hit pit road, pulling back onto the track in sixth place.  By lap 121, VanDoorn had moved up the ranks to second place, behind Derek Griffin, who fell behind shortly after a four-car crash.

After another pit stop, VanDoorn returned to the track, quickly taking back the lead from T.J Reaid.  Despite a caution flag for debris, VanDoorn held onto his lead until the end.  Chad Finley, Bubba Pollard,  Reaid, Trey Mitchell, Austin Theriault, Ross Kenseth, Brandon Hermiller, Phil Bozell and Griffin rounded out the top ten.

Bikers Against Breast Cancer looking for riders for Headlight Run

Bikers Against Breast Cancer looking for riders for Headlight Run

A group of West Michigan bikers are helping in the battle against breast cancer.

This is the third year for the Bikers Against Breast Cancer Headlight Run.  Proceeds from the June 8th event will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure West Michigan.  The ride starts at Teazers Bar and Grille on Ottawa Avenue NW Grand Rapids.  Bikers will make stops at Pete’s Grill & Tavern in Byron Center, as well as Champs in Coopersville.  The fundraiser includes food, auctions and a raffle.

Hunter safety classes offered in Marne

Hunter safety classes offered in Marne

The Marne Conservation Club is offering hunter safety classes for anyone who is interested.

Classes will be held May 16 and 17  from 5 p.m.  to 9 p.m. and again on May 18  from 8 a.m.  to noon.

Certification requires that participants attend all three sessions.  Classes are held at Marne Conservation Club, located at 1719 Johnson St. in Marne. Registration can be made by calling Bill Walters at (616) 583-1968.

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

Win a makeover for your school from the Detroit Pistons

(Detroit Pistons) – Does your library or gym need a new look?

Here’s your chance to win a makeover in the School Makeover contest from the Detroit Pistons and NBA Live, Learn or Play, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The School Makeover, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance and the Detroit Pistons, is accepting submissions from elementary and middle schools in the state of Michigan, through June 1. Submissions at www.nba.com/pistons/farm-bureau-school-makeover should include at least four images of the school’s library or gymnasium to be considered in the selection process.

“Farm Bureau Insurance agents are involved in their local communities all across the state. Michigan isn’t just a market for us, it is our home,” said Vic Verchereau, Farm Bureau Insurance vice president of Marketing. “We firmly believe in supporting safe and clean learning environments for our youth.

Miss Tip Of The Mitt's Outstanding Teen to hold walk-a-thon

Miss Tip Of The Mitt's Outstanding Teen to hold walk-a-thon

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Miss Tip of the Mitt’s Outstanding Teen 2013 is holding a  walk-a-thon for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

The event organized by Allison Adams will take place at noon on April 20 at Coopersville High School’s Football Stadium, located  on 198 East St.

For more information,  email Allison at  theadamsfamily6@charter.net .

Historians delve into West Michigan's 'amusing' story

Historians delve into West Michigan's 'amusing' story

What is now Gaslight Village was once an amusement park.

On Thursday, April 4,  historian Gail Snow will visit the Coopersville Area District Library to discuss the legacy of Ramona Park, which was a popular destination for thousands of families between 1897 and 1955.

The Grand Rapids Street Railway Company owned and operated the amusement park, which was  bordered by Wealthy Street, Lovett Avenue, and Lakeside Drive. The park  featured a double track wooden roller coaster, ferris wheel and miniature locomotive that toured the park.  According to the city of East Grand Rapids' website,  former president and East Grand Rapids resident Gerald R. Ford once worked at one of the concession stands.

Thursday's  presentation starts at 7 p.m. at the Coopersville Area District Library.  No registration is required.

 

A Fun Silly Dance Party with Mo Williams Tonight!

A Fun Silly Dance Party with Mo Williams Tonight!

March 25th at 6:30pm - Let's Celebrate Mo Williams. Follow this link to register