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Art Display Coming to a Close on April 15

Art Display Coming to a Close on April 15

Over 300 pieces of art were submitted by talented artists in the 29th Annual West Michigan Art Competition. 103 of those remarkable creations are on display for the community to enjoy.

Jon McDonald, a Professor at Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University & an accomplished painter, juried this Competition & also selected award winners.

Visit the King Gallery, Tuesday-Friday from 10am-6pm or Saturday from 1-4pm in Lowell Arts Gallery, located at 149 South Hudson Street by April 15, 2015.

For a list of winners & their works, visit: www.lowellartsmi.org

Peace while paddling: Flat River kayak trip May 9

Peace while paddling: Flat River kayak trip May 9

LOWELL, Mich.— Lowell Community Wellness is teaming up with the Fortune Bay Expedition Team to help you find peace by paddling.

On Saturday, May 9, community members are invited to jump in a kayak and explore the Flat River as it weaves across the Kent-Ionia county line.  Participants will meet at the covered bridge in Fallasburg Park at 10 a.m.  A shuttle will take them to the launch site at White’s Bridge Road. Take in the flora and fauna on the trip back.

Admission is $25, which includes $15 for kayak rental.  To register for the trip, visit the event website here.

My Town Lowell: Feast for fire equipment March 28

My Town Lowell: Feast for fire equipment March 28

LOWELL, Mich.— The fire department will be flipping pancakes for new equipment this weekend.

Community members are invited to feast on a pancake breakfast at Look Memorial Fire Station beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 28.  The fire department will also be serving up eggs, sausage, coffee and milk. Proceeds from donations made at the door will go toward purchasing new fire equipment.

The breakfast benefit runs until 11 a.m. at the fire station, located at 315 S. Hudson.

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.

HBA of Greater Grand Rapids announces winner of $10k giveaway for home renovations

HBA of Greater Grand Rapids announces winner of $10k giveaway for home renovations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– A homeowner in Eastown is getting $10,000 to renovate her place.

Cami Estep won the giveaway contest by the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids and Option 1 Credit Union.  The two groups launched the contest in February, during the Grand Rapids Remodeling and New Home Show. 

“Our home is more than 100 years old, so the possibilities for projects are endless,” said Estep. “We were already planning on redoing an upstairs bathroom, but our furnace has been making some interesting noises lately, so we may choose to replace our aging heating and cooling system instead!”

Although she may not know exactly how to invest the money yet, one thing is for certain-- Estep and her family are very grateful for the HBA of Greater Grand Rapids.

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17

---NEWS RELEASE---

Comstock Park Rotary is hosting the annual Interclub dinner, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Pepsi Stadium Club at Fifth-Third Ball Park.  The event will feature a sneak preview of a new documentary which tells stories from the all-American girls’ professional baseball team. 

Dr. Jim Smither, Grand Valley State University, Veterans History Project, tells how the league was part of the home front during World War II and how this led to the documentary on baseball. The collaborators participated in two reunions of the whole girls’ professional baseball league and did 48 interviews with former players including the Grand Rapids Chicks. 

This documentary is a collaboration of Professor Jim Smither, GVSU, Professor Frank Boring, GVSU Film & Video program, producer working with the editors, Professor Janet Coryell, Western Michigan University History Dept. who wrote the script, and a student editor.

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

---NEWS RELEASE—

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to: