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My Town Lowell: Community icon named 2014 Barn of the Year

My Town Lowell: Community icon named 2014 Barn of the Year

LOWELL, Mich.-  A historical farmhouse in Lowell is one step closer to being preserved.

The Fallasburg Historical Society has been working to preserve the Orlin Douglass/Tower Farmhouse and adjacent tower barns since 2010.  Time had taken a toll on the iconic farm, causing deterioration and decay to the buildings. 

The Fallasburg Historical Society has been collaborating with the community and Lowell Foundation  on the project, which is already seeing success.  The Tower Barn, which was the project’s first focus, has been named the 2014 Barn of the Year by the Michigan Barn Preservation Network.  Volunteers are now focused on the second phase of the project- the Tower Farmhouse, which has undergone foundation work, asphalt siding removal and re-roofing.  

My Town Lowell: Library reopens after heater breakdown

My Town Lowell: Library reopens after heater breakdown

LOWELL, Mich.—  Lowell’s library is back open for business, after running into heating problems.

Heidi Nagel, the communications manager for Kent District Library, says a problem with the Englehardt Branch’s heating system arose this weekend, after the library closed for business Saturday.  When staff arrived Monday morning, the heat was off.

Under KDL policy, libraries cannot open of the indoor temperature is below 55 degrees, so the Lowell library was forced to shut down Monday, as repair people searched for a replacement part for the heating system.  Only one business in West Michigan had the part in stock.  Unfortunately, that replacement piece was also defective, so the library had to wait for the part to be shipped in.

My Town Lowell: Laugh It Up @ The Library

My Town Lowell: Laugh It Up @ The Library

LOWELL, Mich.—Patrons can Laugh It Up @ The Library this Friday, in honor of Gilda’s Club LaughFest.

Visitors are encouraged to check out the library’s collection of jokes, cartoon books and humorous writing, or create a funny limerick to be posted in the library.

Laugh It Up @ the Library runs all month in long at the Englehardt-Lowell Branch.

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

My Town Lowell: LaughFest spreads to Lowell

My Town Lowell: LaughFest spreads to Lowell

LOWELL, Mich.—LaughFest is just around the corner, bringing hundreds of shows to Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland.

The 10-day festival will feature more than 60 artists at more than 40 venues.  Festival ticket packages range from $60 to $175, while individual ticket prices are $7-$60.   For more information, visit the LaughFest website or call (616) 735-HAHA.

Proceeds from LaughFest will go to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids to support people with cancer and their families.

My Town Lowell: New artist featured at Flat River Gallery & Framing

My Town Lowell: New artist featured at Flat River Gallery & Framing

LOWELL, Mich.—The work of a former Grand Rapids Community College faculty member will be on display at Flat River Gallery & Framing beginning Thursday, Feb. 20.

Since retiring from GRCC in 1999, Nancy Clouse has been providing tours through the Grand Rapids Art Museum while continuing her passion for painting, reading, writing and theatre.  Clouse’s artwork has appeared in juried shows including the Muskegon Regional show, the Michigan Watercolor Society show, the Celebration of the Arts show, the Grand Rapids Festival show and the West Michigan Regional Art Competition in Lowell.  Clouse’s work is also featured in private collections.

An opening reception for Clouse will take place Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Flat River Gallery & Framing is located at 2914 W. Main Street.

Introduction to Astronomy Feb. 15

Introduction to Astronomy Feb. 15

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- The public is invited to the annual "Introduction to Astronomy – Sorting it Out", taking place on Feb. 15 at Schuler Books at 2660 28th St. SE.

At 1:00 p.m., Jim Foersh and Bill Grinstead will give participants information on recommended telescopes, guide books, star charts and outline resources, along with stargazing tips.  A "Telescope Tune-Up Clinic" will run from  2:15 p.m.  to 3 p.m. At this clinic, experienced amateur astronomers will be on hand to provide proper telescope use advice, along with personal telescope adjustments.   

The presentation is in connection to the Grand Rapids  Amateur Astronomical Association, based in Lowell, and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

For more information, call (616) 897-7065 or visit http://www.graaa.org/.