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My Town Coopersville: Groupon offers train ride deal

My Town Coopersville: Groupon offers train ride deal

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.-- A local attraction is getting a boost in business, thanks to a deal on Groupon.

The deal site is offering a 50 percent discount on rides aboard the Coopersville & Marne Railway, for a limited time.  Visitors to the site have purchased the Groupon more than 670 times.

My Town Coopersville: Date set for West Randall Street resconstruction

My Town Coopersville: Date set for West Randall Street resconstruction

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A plan to renovate a Coopersville thoroughfare is one step closer to reality.

The Downtown Development Authority is working with the Michigan Department of Transportation to iron out the details of the West Randall Street Reconstruction Project.    The project will include adding sidewalks and irrigation and power outlets so landscaping is adequately watered and lighted.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin the week after Del Shannon Days.  If all goes well, the project should be complete by mid-October.

My Town: Ottawa County millage renewal up for discussion

My Town: Ottawa County millage renewal up for discussion

FERRYSBURG, Mich.—Voters may soon decide whether to renew a millage for the North Ottawa Council on Aging.

During its regular meeting Monday night, the Ferrysburg City Council will discuss and possibly vote on whether to add the proposed renewal to the August 5 ballot.  The proposal is for .2500 mills from 2015 through 2024.

The North Ottawa Council on Aging provides resources and support to seniors living in North Ottawa County.  Service areas include Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, Allendale, Coopersville and Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Polk, Chester, Wright and Crockery townships.    

Monday’s meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Ferrysburg City Hall, located at 17290 Roosevelt Road.

My Town Coopersville: Bunny Train makes its first run April 5

My Town Coopersville: Bunny Train makes its first run April 5

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Coopersville & Marne Railway’s Bunny Train is back on the tracks.

The holiday tradition runs Saturdays and Sundays,  April 5-18.  This is the 10th anniversary of the Bunny Train, which takes visitors and the Easter Bunny through the springtime countryside of Coopersville and Marne, aboard a vintage train car built in the early 1900s.  Riders will be entertained by the Easter Bunny’s musical performance with BooBoo the Lamb and Quack the Duck.  The cast of characters also plans to pull playful jokes on passengers and pose for photos.  Each child will also receive a special gift from the Easter Bunny.

Admission is $14.50 for adults/seniors, $13.50 for children ages 2-12, and free for children ages two and under.  For more information, visit www.MiTrain.net or call (616) 997-7000.  

My Town Coopersville: Bunny Train returns for milestone year April 5

My Town Coopersville: Bunny Train returns for milestone year April 5

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The date is set for the return of Coopersville & Marne Railway’s Bunny Train.

The holiday tradition will return to the tracks April 5-18, on Saturdays and Sundays.  This is the 10th anniversary of the Bunny Train, which takes visitors and the Easter Bunny through the springtime countryside of Coopersville and Marne, aboard a vintage train car built in the early 1900s.  Riders will be entertained by the Easter Bunny’s musical performance with BooBoo the Lamb and Quack the Duck.  The cast of characters also plans to pull playful jokes on passengers and pose for photos.  Each child will receive a special gift from the Easter Bunny.

Admission is $14.50 for adults/seniors, $13.50 for children ages 2-12, and free for children ages two and under.  For more information, visit www.MiTrain.net or call (616) 997-7000.  

Road budgets broken by long, harsh West Michigan winter

Road budgets broken by long, harsh West Michigan winter

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—The West Michigan winter is carrying on, even though the Ottawa County Road Commission budget has dried up.

The road commission says $2.6 million was budgeted for winter-related work on roads, but more than $3.4 million has already been spent this year. The Michigan Department of Transportation has also had its budget blown by the extreme winter conditions.  MDOT had budgeted $1.3 million for winter maintenance of state highways in Ottawa County; so far it’s already spent more than $1.7 million.

The Ottawa County Road Commission will review its budget plan in April and likely cut back some planned road improvement projects and other maintenance activities to balanace the budget.

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.”