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East metro dog park celebrates

East metro dog park celebrates

CASCADE, MI - Shaggy Pines dog park celebrated its 10th anniversary on Saturday.  Dogs of all sizes were invited to try the agility course, play games with their human companions and enjoy the live band.  Shaggy Pines is a 20-acre privately owned park where dogs can run without a leash.

 

New gas station proposed for downtown Lowell

New gas station proposed for downtown Lowell

LOWELL, Mich.—The City of Lowell will hold a public hearing next month as it considers a proposal for a new gas station on West Main Street.

Dalane VandenBerg wants to build a BP gas station at 403 West Main Street. The development would include a convenience store and attached car wash with two driveways leading onto West Main Street and one driveway leading onto Hudson Street. The lot is smaller than the city’s zoning ordinance normally allows, so the project will be reviewed by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

A public hearing on the proposal will take place Monday, August 5 at 7 p.m. inside the City Council Chambers, located on the second floor of 301 E. Main St.

Riverwalk Festival FROM the Heart Parade deadline July 2

Riverwalk Festival FROM the Heart Parade deadline July 2

LOWELL, Mich.—Time is running out to enter the Riverwalk Festival FROM the Heart Parade.

The deadline for parade entries is Tuesday, July 2.  The entry fee is five items of non-perishable food, which will go to the Flat River Outreach Ministries (FROM) Food Pantry.

The Riverwalk Festival FROM the Heart Parade kicks off at noon on Saturday, July 13.  This year’s theme is “food.”  FROM clowns will also take part in the parade, collecting non-perishable foods from the public.

To register for the parade, contact Liz at (616) 897-9161.

Man sentenced for selling counterfeit razorblades at Meijer Stores

A Florida man will spend 30 months in prison for trying to sell counterfeit razorblades at Meijer Stores.

As part of his punishment, 56-year-old Jeffrey Steven Telsey also faces three years of probation and must pay $400,506.17 in restitution, as well as a $25,000 fine.  

In January 2008, Homeland Security Investigations was notified that counterfeit Gillette Mach3 razor refills were being distributed through Meijer Stores.  Homeland Security began buying up the counterfeit razorblades from Telsey, who operated JCA Enterprises.  At the same time, Meijer Stores issued a company-wide recall for the counterfeit blades.

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Murray Lake Elementary awarded $250 for student health programs

Murray Lake Elementary awarded $250 for student health programs

LOWELL, Mich.— Murray Lake Elementary’s health and wellness programs are getting a boost.

On Tuesday, May 21, Mike Curtis presented a $250 check from Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan to the school.  The money will be used for health and wellness purchased for the school.

Curtis was also the school’s sponsor for ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) Day, which is meant to teach children the important role physical activity and proper nutrition play in healthy living.  ACES Day activities include dancing, aerobics, walking and running.  An estimated 1,000 Michigan schools took part in the nationwide initiative this year.

ACES in Michigan is coordinated by the Michigan Fitness Foundation and sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. 

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Grand Rapids is getting another tribute to the men behind Meijer Stores.

On May 8, the Michigan Historical Commission approved a marker to honor Hendrik and Fred Meijer, who in 1962 became the first grocers to combine two popular retail models—discount department stores and supermarkets—into a single store on 28th Street, called “Thrifty Acres.”  The Meijers then took their model to Holland and Muskegon. 

Meijer now has nearly 200 stores across the Midwest, including Kalamazoo, Walker, Wyoming, Jenison, Rockford, Plainfield Township, Forest Hills, Lowell, Grandville, Kentwood, Grand Haven and Greenville, where Hendrik Meijer opened his very first store in the 1930s.

The new historical marker will be added to more than 1,700 green and gold signs found across the state, that chronicle the people, places and events that make Michigan’s heritage unique and unforgettable.  The historical markers are nominated by spons

Last Day Friday for Giggles & Gumdrops

Last Day Friday for Giggles & Gumdrops

This is the last week for Giggles & Gumdrops in downtown Lowell. After three years in business, the consignment shop for toys, children's and pre-teen clothing and shoes, and baby gear is closing its doors for good on Friday.

Owner Melissa Freeman says while the business has always generated a profit, and continues to grow, she is closing the store at 217 W. Main Street to focus more on her family. She is also shifting her business endeavors to e-commerce. But you will still see her around town, as she plans at least one on-site event each month. More details will come on that new business in April through the store's email newsletter and Facebook page.