Our network

Business

Lowell could be the first in the country to use new energy creating process

Lowell could be the first in the country to use new energy creating process

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) The City of Lowell could become the first community in the country to use a new kind of technology to generate electricity.

Lowell Light and Power has proposed installing a bio-digester at it's location at 635 Chatham Street near St. Mary's Church. The bio-digester uses animal waste and food  production byproducts to generate methane gas.  The gas can then be converted into electricity.  Greg Pierce, General Manager of Lowell Light and Power, says the process has been used in Europe for years but nowhere else in the United States.  Pierce says the bio-digester is completely enclosed and the waste is brought in by trucks and transferred in such a way it should not create an odor.

The bio-digester is being provided by Sustainable Partners of Grand Rapids.  Pierce says installing the bio-digester will help Lowell companies like Litehouse Foods.

Christmas Parade in Lowell

Christmas Parade in Lowell

Come to Historic Lowell for the Annual Lowell Christmas Festivities and Nighttime Santa Parade. During the day, enjoy a wide range of activities the including the Flat River Freeze Ice Sculpture, Santa Visits and Pictures, Rudolph's Craft Workshop and more.

Go to www.discoverlowell.org for more information.

Christmas through Lowell

Christmas through Lowell

Kick off your holiday shopping season in Historic Lowell at the 19th Annual Christmas through Lowell. The Chamber of Commerce presents over 40 homes and businesses that are unique and magical.

Visit the website at www.christmasthroughlowell.org

Girls Night Out in Lowell

Girls Night Out in Lowell

Lowell's Girls Night Out is set for October 20 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. There are giveaways, freebies, activities and great deals.

Site plan approved for Jice Pharmaceuticals

Site plan approved for Jice Pharmaceuticals

The Lowell planning commission has approved a site plan for Jice Pharmaceuticals proposed expansion. Jice will invest $215,000 into additions to the existing office and manufacturing areas on Washington Street and a metal building to facilitate more storage. The expansion may add new jobs to the area. The facility is also eligible for tax abatements under the industrial exemption.

The proposed 60 foot by 100 foot building will have two truck docks facing Kent Street. In order for large semi-trucks to access the loading docks, they will reverse into the site from Kent Street.

What's happening to the trees on Main Street?

What's happening to the trees on Main Street?

LOWELL, MICH. (WZZM) Have you noticed a lot of trees missing along Main Street?  The Department of Public Works tells WZZM 13 News the city is installing raised flower boxes along the street in an effort to add some color to the downtown.

Public Works Director Dan DesJarden admits there has been some difficulty getting new trees to grow with all of the cement and asphalt surrounding them. DesJarden says the current trees will not be removed, but the flower boxes will be added on both sides of Main Street.

 

 

Fire and Water ART! celebrates six years in Lowell

Fire and Water ART! celebrates six years in Lowell

Six years ago, artist Kathleen Mooney moved her studio into 219 West Main Street from an upstairs loft. She invited artist friends to join her in a cooperative venture. The gallery is staffed by many of the artists and each artist has their own area to display their work on dramatically colored walls. There are brightly colored paintings in many styles, jewelry, ceramics and fabric art. There is even an artist framer, Deidre Wingelaar, who is at the gallery on Fridays. The hours of Fire and Water ART! are Wednesday- Saturday, 11-4 and Fridays 11-7. Other times are available by appointment. The phone is (616) 890-1879.

Kathleen Mooney is also a gifted teacher and offers classes. When the work area isn't being used for a class, artists create their own art while they staff the store.