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My Town: In Library Derby, Every Horse Wins

My Town: In Library Derby, Every Horse Wins
-----NEWS RELEASE----KENT COUNTY, Mich. –Kent District Library is kicking off its second annual Genre Derby, an online crowdfunding effort aimed at reducing wait times for print and digital books by growing the library system’s collection of its most popular items. And every horse in this race wins; all money collected for a specific genre will be spent on materials in that genre only.

My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

LOWELL, Mich.-- The community is invited to this hilarious comedy production written by Linda Daugherty.

Daugherty combines three classic fairy tales, “The Three Little Pigs”, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and the “Three Billy Goats Gruff" and includes some surprising twists. A cast of 16 local students and adults from Lowell, Saranac, Grand Rapids and Belding brings this fun production to life.

This comedy takes place Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lowell High School Performing Arts Center, located at 11700 Vergennes.

Admission is $5.00 and tickets are available at the door. The Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at https://threelittlepigsjan24.eventbrite.com.

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: Changes coming to Lowell Area Farmers' Market

My Town: Changes coming to Lowell Area Farmers' Market

LOWELL, Mich.—While many people are focused on the winter storm hitting West Michigan, The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce is already looking ahead to warmer times, when the Lowell Area Farmers’ Market will return.

Organizers say changes are coming to the farmers’ market.  The market is moving to a new mid-town location, in the shaded public parking lot at the corner of Monroe and Avery streets, behind Lowell City Hall.  The new site will offer shoppers a chance to check out the Riverwalk, Englehardt Public Library and the nearby playground, as well as downtown stores and restaurants.  Parking and restrooms are also close by.

The Lowell Area Farmers’ Market will also have new hours, on Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., so more people can visit after work.   The 2015 market season will run from June 11 through Sept. 24, with a bonus market day on Saturday, Oct. 10.

My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

My Town: What 2015 will hold for West Michigan's economy

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Consumers in West Michigan are more optimistic about what 2015 will bring.

In fact, consumers in this market are the most optimistic in the region, according to a new study released by Huntington Bank.  The financial firm found local residents say they are much more likely to buy a new vehicle this year; 17 percent said they plan to purchase a new car, compared to just four percent in 2014.

Home improvement stores may also be busy; 47-percent of West Michiganders surveyed for the Huntington Bank Midwest Economic Index said they were planning some home renovations for 2015, compared to 32 percent in 2014.

My Town Lowell: Fallasburg schoolhouse decked out for Dec. 13 celebration

My Town Lowell: Fallasburg schoolhouse decked out for Dec. 13 celebration

LOWELL, Mich.—Christmas is coming early to the Lowell community.

The schoolhouse in Fallasburg is all decked out for this year’s celebration, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Community members are encouraged to visit the schoolhouse for live holiday music by Hawks & Owls, refreshments, and food from Dottie’s famous Christmas buffet.  The evening will wrap up with a roaring bonfire in Fallas Field.

The event is free but the Fallasburg Historical Society is requesting a $20 donation from adults.

My Town Lowell: Chamber considers trimming down holiday tradition

My Town Lowell: Chamber considers trimming down holiday tradition

LOWELL, Mich.—The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce is considering trimming down a holiday tradition.

In an online survey sent out to patrons, the Chamber asks if Christmas Through Lowell should be scaled down to a two-day event.  The annual celebration is currently a three-day event featuring a night-time parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus. To share your insights about the festivities, visit the Chamber’s survey here.