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My Town Lowell: Help create a new trail in Fallasburg Park

My Town Lowell: Help create a new trail in Fallasburg Park

LOWELL, Mich.—Leave your mark on Lowell while camping under the stars with the Fortune Bay Expedition Team’s Pathway of Pioneers Expedition.

The group is teaming up with the National Park Service and volunteers to build a new trail loop in Fallasburg Park.  Participants are needed to help clear the way. At night, volunteers can set up camp and enjoy an evening of food, music and stories around the campfire, as well as a moonlit hike at midnight.

The trail building will take place May 17 and May 18.  Registration is $25.  For more information, visit the Fortune Bay  Expedition Team’s website here.

My Town Lowell: Experience Poverty FROM the heart April 22

My Town Lowell: Experience Poverty FROM the heart April 22

LOWELL, Mich.—One in seven Americans does not have the resources to provide for themselves or their family.

That’s according to Flat River Outreach Ministries, which is encouraging community members to experience Poverty FROM the heart on Tuesday April 22.  Participants will learn what poverty feels like during the simulation, which runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gymnasium at Lowell High School.

The cost is $10 for adults; the event is free to high school students. To register, call (616) 897-8260 ext. 26 or email tamelas@fromlowell.org.

My Town Lowell: Scammer to police chief: 'You owe $3,000'

My Town Lowell: Scammer to police chief: 'You owe $3,000'

LOWELL, Mich.—When Lowell Police Chief Steve Bukala heard about a new potential scam making its way around town, he picked up the phone and called the culprit.

Bukala says on Monday, a business got a call from a person posing as Peter Johnson from Lowell Electric.  The suspect told the business it was $500 behind on its utility bill.  Bukala says the call raised red flags- the utility company for Lowell is Lowell Light and Power and no Peter Johnson works at that company.  The phone number also did not match.

My Town Lowell: Riverwalk Master Plan forum April 17

My Town Lowell: Riverwalk Master Plan forum April 17

LOWELL, Mich.—The community is invited to weigh in on the future of the City of Lowell.

City officials are teaming up with the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce to develop a master plan and conceptual design for the Lowell Riverwalk area.  The goal is to create a multi-functional venue that fits the community’s long-term vision for the Showboat area.

Community members are encouraged to share their ideas and concerns about the preliminary plans during an open house on Thursday, April 17 at Lowell City Hall.  Design consultants will be on hand to explain the early blueprints, which will also be on display from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The consultants will be available from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Blood Donations Accepted on April 14

Blood Donations Accepted on April 14

Michigan Blood welcomes blood donations, no appointments necessary, every 2nd Monday of the Month (April 14) from noon to 7pm at the Kent County Fairgrounds in Lowell, located at 225 S Hudson in the Lowell Community Donor Center King Memorial Youth Center. Bring your photo ID or 2 pieces of non-photo ID & help make a difference for those in need!

Any healthy 17 or older person, weighing 110 pounds or more may be eligible to donate blood every 56 days.

Call: (616)774-2300 or 1-866-MIBLOOD or on-line at www.miblood.org

My Town Lowell: Flat River Outreach Ministries volunteer orientations

My Town Lowell: Flat River Outreach Ministries volunteer orientations

LOWELL, Mich.-- It takes 2,000 hours of volunteer work every month for the Flat River Outreach Ministries in Lowell to operate their programs and Treasure Thrift Shop.

If Lowell residents are interested in making a difference in the community through Flat River Outreach Ministries, volunteer orientations take place the first Wednesday of each month, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. or the third Thursday of the month, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

FROM is located at 11535 Fulton Street E. in Lowell.  For more information, call (616) 897-8260, Ex. 28 or visit www.fromlowell.org.

Citizens group wants Lowell Light and Power investigated


Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) A citizens group in Lowell is calling for an investigation of city government.

The group is questioning what it calls unexplained rate increases, alleges the misuse of a city vehicle, tax evasion, and violations of the open meetings act. The allegations center around Lowell Light and Power, the city owned utility.

Members of VOICE, Voters Organized in Civic Excellence, say even using the Freedom of Information Act, they can't get answers from the utility.

Ralph Brecken is part of the group and spoke at Monday night's meeting. "It has been difficult in the past to get any information out of them.... We have various FOIA requests that were denied." Citizens who attended the meeting also complained about utility bills quadrupling without explanation