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More than 5,000 Consumers Energy customers in Grand Rapids area without power

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Strong winds are not only blamed for putting thousands of people in West Michigan in the dark -- they are also blamed for keeping them there.

Consumers Energy is reporting almost 28,000 customers in Michigan were without power as of 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Here is the county-by-county breakdown: Kent - 4,986; Allegan - 1,597; Ionia - 969; Newaygo - 914; Mecosta - 821; Montcalm - 448; Ottawa - 273; Muskegon - 175; Oceana - 136.

Consumers says continuing windy conditions are making it difficult for work crews to make repairs and restore service.  A company spokeswoman says there is not estimate on when most customers will have electrical service restored.

Many of the outages are due to downed trees and branches.  The whind broke branches off a tree in the 1000 block of Park St. SW, requiring a cleanup. WZZM 13 viewer Anita Miller also sent photos of a tree downed by the wind tuesday night in Lowell.

Lowell students will all gather to form a big pink arrow

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) Friday September 10th is a big day in Lowell.  The Red Arrows will take on the Kenowa Hills Knights during Friday Night Football. Friday is also the big push for the Third Annual Pink Arrow Campaign. The project raises money for cancer victims, their families and the Lowell Gilda's Club.

Friday morning students from across the district will gather to take a huge picture shaped like a 'pink arrow.'  Lowell Superintendent Greg Pratt says in addition to being fun, the picture is typically used to motivate students to get behind the effort. Lowell has a student body of a little less than 3,900 said Pratt.

The picture will be taken between 9am-10am at the Red Arrow Memorial Stadium at the High School on Vergennes Road.

Exploring Inspirations

From: http://www.lowellartscouncil.org

Featuring Mid-Michigan artists Mark Mehaffey, Karen Kierstead Miller and Sally Martin Stewart

September 14 – October 23 at the Lowell Area Arts Council Gallery, 149 S. Hudson St

Public Reception to meet the artists: Sunday, September 19 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Three top artists from the mid Michigan area have been producing and marketing dynamic, thought provoking and INSPIRING art throughout their careers. Lowell Area Arts Council is proud to host a show that explores and celebrates the “Inspirations” that move Mark Mehaffey, Karen Kierstead Miller and Sally Martin Stewart to create art. Visitors and collectors will be treated to a visually deep and rich show full of color, texture, and personal revelation sure to inspire them to fully engage with ART as appreciators and creators.

Lowell Students head back to school

Lowell, Mich.

Lowell schools turn to Michigan made fundraiser

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM)- For Jarrod Napierkowski, carving wood started out as a hobby. Five years later, it's turned into a small business.

"Someone said those would make good earrings. So, I gave it a shot and started doing it."

Jarrod now makes all kinds of jewelry out of wood or seeds he finds on his journeys. His products are sold through his dad's fundraising business called "Great Lakes Promotions".

Rich Napierkowski says, "We have 20 people that own businesses who have products in our brochure. specifically designed for Michigan."

Most of the products go to school fundraisers. They range from hand-made soaps from Muskegon, to hand-knitted bottle "cozies" from Grand Rapids. Rich's wife has also developed a coloring book. "What we've tried to do with this coloring book, is create over 100 pictures from the Upper/Lower Peninsulas of unique areas."

Kaleidoscope of Flavors

From: http://www.discoverlowell.org/

The purpose of this new event “Kaleidoscope of Flavors” is to help the community learn about our non-profit organizations.  There are 23 non-profits participating at 14 different locations.  Our goal is to have fun activities, food, displays and information at organization locations.  Community members will visit the sites and see first hand what each participating organization is all about.  This event is geared toward persons of all ages!  Community Members will use a punch card as they visit each location to have a chance to win a Grand Prize Basket filled with goodies and gift certificates.  Please CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO or contact the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce at 897-9161.

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Driver killed after car crashes, ignites near Lowell

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- The driver involved in a single-car accident at the corner of Bennett and Cumberland SE near Lowell was killed Sunday morning, after their car burst into flames.

Police responded to the accident shortly before 9:30 Sunday morning. When they arrived, they say the car was fully engulfed in flames.

Investigators with the Kent County Sheriff's Department say the car, a Chrysler PT Cruiser, was traveling East on Bennett when the driver ran a stop sign at the corner of Cumberland sometime shortly before 9:00.

The car struck an embankment and flew several feet into a line of cable wiring before it came to rest in the woods behind the intersection.

Neighbors say they heard a series of nearly ten "loud popping noises" coming from the accident's direction before seeing smoke.