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My Town Lowell: Volunteers needed to pull off community feast

My Town Lowell: Volunteers needed to pull off community feast

LOWELL, Mich.— First Congregational United Church of Christ is looking for  volunteers to help pull off the Lowell Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

The feast is free to all and will take place 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at First Congregational UCC, located at 865 Lincoln Lake Ave. SE.  Last year, a team of nearly 85 volunteers cooked up the massive meal, which included more than 100 pounds of turkey, 25 pounds of roast beef, 75 pounds of potatoes and 15 pies.  Afterward, all of the table scraps and turkey carcasses were served up to the animals at a nearby wildlife reserve.

The Lowell Community Thanksgiving Dinner is sponsored by Lowell area churches.  Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to take part in the event.  For more information or to sign up, call (616) 897-5906.

My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The snow piling up outside has kept Kent County Road Commission crews busy this past week, and with a warm up expected this weekend, their work is far from over.

During the week, 90 drivers worked each day and 30 drivers worked each night, clearing the snow from state highways, county roads and local streets and drives.  The Kent County Road Commission says all roads were cleared at least once between Tuesday and Thursday, but additional snowfall and drifting snow may give some roads the appearance of being neglected.  In Comstock Park and Grandville alone, Kent County crews spread 10,700 tons of salt and sand.  In Byron Center, crews used 58,000 gallons of liquid chloride to clear the road.  In all, the Road Commission estimates this first brush with winter cost it more than $1 million.

My Town Lowell: Feeding the need during winter break

My Town Lowell:  Feeding the need during winter break

LOWELL, Mich.-- Unlike schools, hunger doesn't take a break during the holiday season; but Flat River Outreach Ministries is here to help.

The charity is offering winter break lunches to students in the Lowell school district. All area students are eligible. To sign up for meals, visit the food pantry anytime between now and Dec. 19.

Flat River Outreach Ministries is located at 11535 Fulton Street E. in Lowell.

My Town Lowell: "Cookin' With Gus" casting call Jan. 8-10

My Town Lowell: "Cookin' With Gus" casting call Jan. 8-10

LOWELL, Mich.-- LowellArts is searching for several actors to help pull off its latest performance.

The organization is looking for two men and two women to  cast for its dinner theater production, "Cookin' With Gus."  The show centers around Gussie, a famous food columnist and cookbook author who gets a chance to star in her own television show.  Performances will take place Feb. 20 through March 7.

Auditions for "Cookin' With Gus" will take place Thursday, Jan. 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at LowellArts, located at 149 S. Hudson Street.  Beginning in December, audition scripts will be available at LowellArts Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

My Town: Hunting for the hungry

My Town: Hunting for the hungry

LOWELL, Mich.—Deer firearm season is here and Flat River Outreach Ministries is ready to take your meat donations.

The pantry is accepting venison that’s been processed at a USDA certified facility. The closest location to FROM is Jones’ Farm Market LLC, located at 7965 Potters Road in Saranac. 

Donating venison to families in need is not a new concept. Over the past several years, Sportsmen Against Hunger has provided more than 100,000 meals annually.  Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger has compiled a list of its participating processors, which includes Blue Star Meats in Holland, Sage’s Meat Processing in Greenville, Barb’s Deer Processing in Comstock Park.  

My Town: Senator from Lowell picked to help balance Mich. budget

My Town: Senator from Lowell picked to help balance Mich. budget

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LANSING, Mich.—Senate Majority Leader-elect Arlan Meekhof announced Wednesday that Sen. Dave Hildenbrand is his pick to serve as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee for the legislative session that will begin Jan. 1, 2015.

“I’m very proud that my first committee chair announcement is the appointment of Senator Dave Hildenbrand to lead the Appropriations Committee,” said Meekhof, R-West Olive. “Dave has the experience, leadership and common sense we need to build on the great work of current Chairman Kahn, and to work closely with the governor and the House to balance the budget, control spending and protect Michigan’s hard-working taxpayers.”

Lowell couple honored for helping respond to ultralight plane crash


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kent County Sheriff's Department on Thursday honored people who helped respond to a summertime tragedy and, along the way, formed an unexpected connection.

In August, New Mexico residents Bryan and Delia Bowker drove across the country to buy an ultralight aircraft in Lowell.

Bryan was test-flying the plane, when it crashed and he was killed.

After the accident, victim advocates and a Lowell couple went above and beyond to help Bowker's widow.

"For myself, I don't need recognition," said Kent County Sheriff's Department victim advocate Jay Groendyke. "I'm doing this because it's the right thing to do."