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My Town Coopersville: Santa chugging through town Dec. 6-21

My Town Coopersville: Santa chugging through town Dec. 6-21

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A holiday tradition is chugging through Coopersville again.

The Coopersville and Marne Railway’s Santa train runs every weekend through Dec. 21.  Families who board the train will be greeted by elves, who will escort children to sit with Santa.  Riders can also listen to a reading of “The Polar Express,” written by Grand Rapids native Chris Van Allsburg.  Every children on board will also receive a gift.

Each vintage passenger car on the Santa train is heated.  The Santa train’s departure schedule is as follows:

My Town Coopersville: The roads you may want to avoid this summer

My Town Coopersville: The roads you may want to avoid this summer

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Drivers beware: the Coopersville city manager says improvements to five area streets should be complete by Oct. 31.

City Manager Steven Patrick says the road projects include Ann Street from Cleveland to Henry streets; Henry Street from East to Center streets; Center Street from Main to Spring streets; Ironwood Drive from East Randall Street to 48th  Avenue and Park Street. 

Patrick says each roadway will be milled and repaved with 1.5 inches of asphalt.  It’s unclear what roads will be repaired first.  The city previously set aside money in its budget for the road projects.

My Town: Traffic light added to deadly intersection

My Town: Traffic light added to deadly intersection

MECOSTA COUNTY, Mich.—A new traffic light now hangs over the intersection where two men lost their lives earlier this summer.

Don and Annette Watters this week spotted crews installing the signal over 8 Mile Road and Northland Drive in Stanwood. It’s the same intersection where an SUV collided with a pickup truck May 3, killing 18-year-old Roman Aguilar-Emmons and 22-year-old Michael Jonathan Aguilar.  The wreckage is long gone, but a makeshift memorial for the men still stands nearby.

Aetna Township Clerk Delores Berringer says the light was installed  on a temporary basis because of a nearby highway overpass construction project.  MDOT spokesman John Richard says crews are working on the first bridge slide project in the state at U.S. 131 and 3 Mile, so traffic needed to be rerouted onto 8 Mile Road and Northland Drive.  MDOT crews began installing a  second temporary light at Jefferson Road near the U.S. 131 exit to downtown Morley Friday.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

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: Interstate 96 construction leads to lane closures

My Town: Interstate 96 construction leads to lane closures

MARNE, Mich.—The construction cones should soon disappear from a portion of Interstate 96.

Crews with the Michigan Department of Transportation have been working this week on repairing a portion if eastbound I-96 from 16th Avenue in Marne to Alpine Avenue (M-37) in Walker.  The project has led to nightly lane closures, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.  That project is expected to be complete by Friday, June 6, weather permitting.

For more project information, visit www.michigan.gov/drive

My Town Coopersville: Troop Train rides free for veterans May 26

My Town Coopersville: Troop Train rides free for veterans May 26

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville & Marne Railway Company is  honoring  this Memorial Day weekend with a deal for veterans.

The Troop Train will pull in on May 26 and veterans ride free. General admission is $9.50 and children under 2 years are free.

Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniform while taking in this  re-enactment of the famous Troop Trains of  World War II. 

Train rides will take place at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  At the end of the trip, passengers will be met with patriotic music by the Hometown Brass Band.   Visitors are encouraged to come early for the Memorial Day parade, which starts at 9:30 a.m.  For additional information, visit the Coopersville & Marne Railway page here.