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Goodbye Detour: M-21 is now open in both directions

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) After months of construction Main Street (M-21) is finally open in both directions.  MDOT had to replace the aging bridge over the Flat River.  Traffic opened late last week.

During construction some businesses moved from Main Street, but others stayed to tough things out.  The Lowell Chamber of Commerce created a Troll Campaign to encourage people to shop at the downtown stores.  As part of the campaign people could fill out contest slips in hopes of winning 'bridge bucks' good at any of the local businesses.

The chamber is planning one last event to celebrate the end of construction.

Lowell cleaning up following a week of storms

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) Clean up crews remain busy following heavy storms Tuesday night.  Heavy rain and winds blasted through eastern Kent County knocking down trees and power lines.  In the city of Lowell there were few outages but people living north of the city did lose power. 

Murray Lake Elementary was forced to cancel school Wednesday morning after the storm knocked out electricity. Other schools in the Lowell District did have classes.

Thursday morning clean-up crews focused efforts on Richard's Park on Hudson Street, cleaning up downed trees. There were no reports of injuries from the storm.

Ghost Stories - October 9th

Lowell, MI - The Lowell Area Arts Council will host ghost story readings at the Lowell Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 9th at 2:00 pm. This free event is part of Lowell's Harvest Celebration. Please check out www.discoverlowell.org for a complete listing of all events. For more information specific to this event call (616)897-8545 or visit the Lowell Area Arts Council at 149 S. Hudson.

Flat River Outreach Ministries Foodmobile

From: http://www.lowellchamber.org

Sep 25, Oct 16, Nov 13

Lowell Fairgrounds on designated Saturdays until all food has been distributed. Bring your own bag or box. Available free to residents of the greater Lowell area who need to stretch their food budgets. These distributions have been made possible thanks to the generous gifts of time, talent, and treasure from First Baptist Church of Lowell (Sept) Impact Church (Oct) and Calvary Christian Reformed Church (Nov). Sep 25 (beginning at 1 PM), Oct 16 (beginning at 11 AM), Nov 13 (beginning at 11 AM).

For more information, call Flat River Outreach Ministries, 897-8260, ext. 0.

New Exhibit Opens

“Fabulous Furniture”  

Featuring a Fantastic Victorian Bedroom

October 2, 2010

The Museum is in full swing, gearing up for our next special exhibit entitled “Fabulous Furniture”. This wonderful exhibit will showcase a beautiful Victorian bedroom suite manufactured by Berkey & Gay of Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids Public Museum has agreed to lend this beautiful suite to our Museum for two years. This Victorian bedroom  will make  an magnificent accompaniment to our Victorian dining room and parlor. This exhibit  will  educate you on how furniture manufacturing played a significant role in the early development of our community and the Grand Rapids area. It will also show us how the Victorians lived in their private quarters, the bedroom.

Lowell Schools - Superintendent’s News

From: http://www.lowellschools.com

I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer and took the time to rest, relax, and recharge the batteries. Whether your time was spent with family at the beach, sitting around campfires at a state park, or vacationing in some far away destination, or in my case getting dunked in a Riverwalk dunk tank, you may have given thought to the previous year, remembering a special event. You may also have contemplated the days ahead and the excitement of a new school year.

In celebrating the 4th of July Holiday, I had an opportunity to enjoy a campfire with my family late one evening. After the traditional word games, the flaming burnt marshmallow, and putting my boys to bed, my wife Liz and I reminisced about our blessings, which led to reflection about the community and school district that we are so fortunate to live in and raise our family.

Cherry Creek Elementary receives $3,000 literacy grant

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) $3,000 can go a long way during this tough economic times. Jackie Krygier, the reading specialist at Cherry Creek Elementary, just received a check from Dollar General.

Krygier wrote a grant request over the summer break. Dollar General supports reading programs across the country and picked
Cherry Creek as one of the 2010 winners.

The money will be used for books and other reading supplies.