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GRAAA Offers Public Observing Saturday Night

GRAAA Offers Public Observing Saturday Night

The Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association invite the public to experience the amazing night sky the 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month through October 24. This is the opportunity to view a close-up of craters on the moon, the rings around Saturn and other night sky objects through several large & fully equipped telescopes.

The current public observing night is Saturday, October 10 from 7:30pm – 10:00pm with the opportunity to see Uranus, Neptune, Cluster’s & Galaxies. The 2015 Schedule is pictured below showing there is one remaining Public Observing Night left after this Saturday for the year.

Public Observing Night takes place at the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Township brought to you by the Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association.

Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

Kent Harvest Trails through the Month of October

October is upon us and it’s that favorite time of year to experience the incredible flavors of fall. There are 20 farms throughout Kent County participating and it’s a great family opportunity to visit these farms & farm markets.

At The Barn - 8183 Herrington Avenue NE, Belmont, MI

Blok Orchard - 6365 4 Mile Road NE, Ada, MI

Bos Greenhouse & Farm- 1674 Spaulding Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm - 3025 6 Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, MI

Harvest Celebration Returns

Harvest Celebration Returns

October is a fun time to start & end your day in Lowell!

For the 11th year, this celebration is an exciting opportunity to take part in the Harvest Hustle 5K with registration beginning at 8am, the outdoor Chili Madness Cook-off at Larkins Restaurant or visit the fairgrounds to participate in a Pet Expo, Flea & Farmers Market, Scarecrow-building hoedown along with the chance to enjoy live entertainment from 11am to 4pm & much more.

Two suspects sought after purse theft at Meijer

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Deputies in Ionia County are asking for your help to identify two people they believe stole a purse from a car parked at the Meijer in Lowell.

Within an hour of the theft, the suspects tried to use a credit card from the purse at different stores in Saranac. The suspects were unsuccessful, as the victim froze her account before the card could be used.

If you have any information, please call the Ionia County Sheriff's Office at 616-527-5737 or Silent Observer at 616-527-0107.

MSP found no evidence of remains of missing Saranac man

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police said Friday afternoon that they have found no evidence of the remains of Donald Dietz, a Saranac man who has been missing since 2007, but will conduct tests on metal grating dug up behind a Lowell garage after a cadaver dog indicated the presence of human remains at the excavation site.

The metal grating was dug up last Saturday at the Lowell home previously owned by Rami Saba, who was linked to Dietz' disappearance early on. Vic Weeks, a private investigator from Lowell, brought in a cadaver dog after unearthing the grates.

“We could see charred remains of what we weren’t sure, so we called the cadaver dog in,’’ Weeks said. “He did one dig, one sniff and sat down. And boy, was that good to see.’’

Michigan State Police are less convinced. Its cadaver dog did not indicate the presence of human remains behind Bowes Street garage, said state police Detective Rob Davis.

Cars for Kids Toy Drive/Car Show in Greenville

Cars for Kids Toy Drive/Car Show in Greenville

The Greenville Corvette Club and the Greenville Lions Club are sponsoring a day of fun for everyone. It is their Annual Cars for Kids Day, held at 9481 Jordan Rd. just south of Greenville at the Grattan Academy, on Sunday, September 13th from 10am to 2pm.

Entry fee is $10 or a new unwrapped toy of equal value. This show is open to all Show Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles.

Music will be provided by Gilbert Jewell of Midnights Music Machine and there will be food available through the Greenville Lions Club. 50/50 drawings will take place during this event along with Trivia Quiz and a Fan Belt Toss.

Trophies to the top 25 entries and Dash Plaques to the first 100 entries.

Any questions: Call Judy 989-287-2420

Woman, 24, killed in Lowell area crash

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman is dead following a crash in Lowell Wednesday morning.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department says Kristina Garza, 24, was a passenger in a 1999 Ford Taurus  when it crashed into a tree.

The driver of the vehicle, Brian Welch, 22, was taken by ambulance to Butterworth Hospital where he is listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.

Around 7 a.m., an off-duty Grand Rapids police officer saw the wrecked vehicle and called it in. The car struck a tree near the intersection of Vergennes Street and Alden Nash Avenue. That is just east of the high school.

The car was going west on Vergennes when it went off the road and hit a tree.

The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.