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Lowell PD offers safe meeting place for online deals

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- People worried about whether they'll be safe doing business through Craigslist and other websites can ease those worries with help from the Lowell Police Department.

The police have invited buyers and sellers to arrange their meetings in the police department lobby.

Police say they hope it keeps scammers and other dangerous people from taking advantage of the Lowell community.

The Lowell Police Department is at 111 N. Monroe, and the lobby is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– BISSELL Homecare, Inc. knows that life with pets can be messy, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. BISSELL is setting out to embrace pet messes, creating a lighthearted campaign around the dirtier side of being a pet parent—like fur balls and garbage raids. To educate consumers on helpful ways to eliminate the messes (and support pet causes), BISSELL launched the #PetHappens campaign.

Through the campaign, BISSELL invites pet lovers to share their stories and photos of pet messes with #PetHappens on Twitter and Instagram from now until February 15, 2015. Each post tagged with #PetHappens will trigger a $1 donation to the BISSELL Pet Foundation®, up to $50,000*.

Bicyclist in serious condition after crash near Lowell

VERGENNES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A bicyclist was not conscious when he was taken to the hospital following a Tuesday afternoon traffic crash, according to authorities on the scene shortly after that accident.

The crash happened around 4 p.m. on Burroughs St. SE east of Lincoln Lake Ave.

Burroughs east of Lincoln Lake was closed for some time for the initial investigation.

The bicyclist, 58-year-old Michael Cyrocki of Lowell, was westbound on Burroughs when he was hit from behind by a 17-year-old Lowell boy who was driving a Chevrolet Impala.

The Sheriff Department says Cyrocki is in serious but stable condition. The teen was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

911 calls about Lowell plane crash released

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- There were so many people who saw the January 19 plane crash at the Lowell City Airport that 911 dispatch was bombarded with emergency calls for help.

On Monday, the Kent County Sheriff's Department released some of the recordings of those calls.

The crash involved a student pilot attempting a solo landing. He realized he was coming in too fast to safely land at the airport, but when he tried to gain altitude to come back around for another approach, his small Cessna stalled, clipped some trees, and dropped straight down onto the driveway of a home on Lincoln Lake Ave., prompting the string of 911 calls.

"I would like to report a plane crash in Lowell; it happened about 10 seconds ago," one caller is heard reporting.

"I am in Lowell -- actually, right across from the Lowell airport -- and I just saw a small plane crash right before my eyes," another caller said.

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

LOWELL, Mich.-- The community is invited to this hilarious comedy production written by Linda Daugherty.

Daugherty combines three classic fairy tales, “The Three Little Pigs”, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and the “Three Billy Goats Gruff" and includes some surprising twists. A cast of 16 local students and adults from Lowell, Saranac, Grand Rapids and Belding brings this fun production to life.

This comedy takes place Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lowell High School Performing Arts Center, located at 11700 Vergennes.

Admission is $5.00 and tickets are available at the door. The Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at https://threelittlepigsjan24.eventbrite.com.

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.