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Military Wall Of Honor at Coopersville High School

Military Wall Of Honor at Coopersville High School

Warren Warber, a recently retired teacher from Coopersville High School, has started a project of remembrance. Warren was the industrial arts teacher for many, many years at the school. Although he was never able to enter any of the military branches because of a broken back, he  wants to have members of the military who graduated from Coopersville,  remembered on a wall near the high school’s west entrance where students getting on and off the buses each day are made aware of the sacrifices of war.

The Coopersville Rotary along with several other veterans groups are working with Mr. Warber on this project. The wall has been erected and now it is just a matter of people submitting their photo and military records to be posted on the wall. Several veterans from World War II have already sent their information along. Information and photos should be sent to: Wall of Honor, Coopersville Area Public Schools, 198 East St., Coopersville, MI. 49404

2 adults, 1 child hurt in Kent Co. crash


ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two adults and a child were hurt in a crash Friday afternoon in Kent County's Alpine Township.

Deputies were dispatched around 5 p.m. to Fruit Ridge Ave. and 6 Mile Rd. NW on a report of a two-car crash.

They found a 61-year-old Kentwood man had been westbound on 6 Mile and ran the stop sign at Fruit Ridge. His vehicle collided with a minivan driven by a 40-year-old Grandville man who had two passengers, a 7-year-old boy and a 4-year-old boy.

Both drivers had non-life-threatening injuries. The Kentwood man was hospitalized at Mercy Health Saint Mary's, while the Grandville man was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth. The 4-year-old was hospitalized with serious injuries. The 7-year-old was not hurt.

Deputies said alcohol is not believed to be a factor, and the crash is still under investigation.


Whitecaps and 5/3 Bank host Stand Up To Cancer event


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Chances are you know someone who has gone through the fight against cancer.

Thursday night, you will have the chance to honor them during a special West Michigan Whitecaps game.

Fifth Third Bank has partnered with the team to host a Stand Up To Cancer night at the ballpark.

John Zimmerman, Senior Vice President at Fifth Third Bank, sat down with WZZM 13's Juliet Dragos to talk about the event.


Plumb's store changing hands


ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids-area grocery store will shut down Tuesday night and return later this week under a new name.

The Plumb's on Four Mile, just west of Alpine, will remain closed Wednesday so crews can change signs.

The business will reopen later this week as part of the Duthler's Family Foods company.


Local businesses form Alpine Township Business Association


On March 26, 2015, over forty Alpine Township Businesses met at the Alpine Township Hall. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss crime prevention and the development of a Business Association. As a result of that meeting the Alpine Township Business Association (ATBA) was established.

ATBA is a business organization comprised of area businesses who are looking to promote their business, receive valuable education on topics such as social media and small business regulation, collectively contribute to the community as well a serve as a voice for the business community to the Alpine Township Board.

G.R. area's second-biggest brewer adds canning line


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) - A Colorado company has bought the second-largest brewer in West Michigan, Perrin Brewing in Comstock Park. Now, the new owners have announced a big change: the brewery will for the first time can its beer.

Keith Klopcic is the new president of Perrin Brewing Co. and says adding cans to the Perrin lineup is good for business.

"Well, it is really significant when the majority of the beer is sold in stores," explained Klopcic. "A lot of people think that the majority of it is sold in bars."

Having canned beers will mean Perrin will expand the reach of its product. Perrin cans will go into stores in the greater Grand Rapids area September 14th.

Klopcic says taste won't be impacted by the aluminum cans, "Today's technology, with the linings they have, is actually a better vessel for beers," said Klopcic. "It protects the beer from light from and oxidation."

Celtic Festival in Sparta on Saturday, August 8th

Celtic Festival in Sparta on Saturday, August 8th

Whether you are Irish or not, Sparta, MI is the place to be on Saturday, August 8th for their Celtic Festival. The party begins at 10:45am at Rogers Park with the blessing of the Bagpipes!

The Festival will feature 5 Irish Bands, one of them being Pet in the Creel with Toby Bresnahan, five Dance Troupes, Celtic Food & Craft Vendors and a children’s area from noon until 5pm. At 9pm, Paddy’s Road takes the stage to close the festival.

Rogers Park is located at 75 N. Union St. Events will also take place at Balyeat Park, located at 208 Olmstead St.