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OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town Lowell: Observatory welcomes star-gazing visitors May 31

My Town Lowell: Observatory welcomes star-gazing visitors May 31

LOWELL, Mich.-- The public is invited for a night under the stars at the James C. Veen Observatory in Lowell on Saturday, May 31.

From 9:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., visitors can tour the facility,  enjoy an audio-visual presentation and check out several large and fully equipped telescopes.  Members' telescopes will also be available to see Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, Mars, galaxies and clusters, weather permitting.

James C. Veen Observatory is located at 3308 Kissing Rock Avenue SE in Lowell Twp., Mi 49331. Parking is at the bottom of a 1/4 mile uphill walk to the observatory, which may be difficult for some guests. Please ask attendant about available assistance.

Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children 17 years and younger. The event is free for children under 5 years and Grand Rapids Public Museum Members.  For more information, visit  www.graaa.org.

My Town Lowell: Perennial Plant Sale returns this weekend

My Town Lowell: Perennial Plant Sale returns this weekend

LOWELL, Mich.—Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of the gardening season for many greenthumbs, making it a perfect time for Lowell’s annual Perennial Plant Sale Fundraiser.

Hundreds of perennials donated by residents, businesses and the City of Lowell will be on sale at 520 North Monroe Street, from Saturday through Monday.  The plants will range in price from $0.50 to $3, with proceeds going to Exit 52 & Almost Home- Lowell Winter Guards. 

The plant sale hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and before and after the Memorial Day parade on Monday.  Plant donations will be accepted before and during the sale.  For more information, call (616) 897-7808.

My Town: Kent County forms Agri-Business Community Work Group

My Town: Kent County forms Agri-Business Community Work Group

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent County Board of Commissioners has formed a new group to help support, expand and attract agri-business to the county.

The Agri-Business Community Work Group is comprised of people from a range of agricultural, business and legislative backgrounds, located across the county.  Members include:

My Town Lowell: Tree planting ceremony delayed

My Town Lowell: Tree planting ceremony delayed

LOWELL, Mich.—Plans to plant four new trees near the newly constructed BP gas station in Lowell have been delayed.

The tree planting had been previously scheduled for Arbor Day, then delayed until May 9. City officials say the owners of BP are not ready for landscaping just yet. 

 The newly built gas station is located at 403 West Main Street and includes a conveience store and attached car wash.

My Town: Community trailway meeting May 14

My Town: Community trailway meeting May 14

LOWELL, Mich.—  Lowell’s trail system is growing and now is your chance to play a key role in that development.

The Lowell Area Trailway Recreation Authority is inviting all community members interested in becoming involved in the trail system to their next meeting on Wednesday, May 14 at Lowell City Hall.  The meeting will take place upstairs at 5 p.m.  All visitors are welcome to stay for the regular LARA meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m.

For additional information, contact Mari Stone at clerk@vergennestwp.org

My Town: Lowell earns national award for tree program

My Town: Lowell earns national award for tree program

LOWELL, Mich.—  Lowell is celebrating another green honor this Earth Week.

The Arbor Day Foundation has awarded the Tree City USA with its Growth Award.  Lowell was named a 2013 Tree City USA for its commitment to urban forests, by establishing a tree board or department, enacting a tree care ordinance, maintaining an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and observing Arbor Day.  The Growth Award is in recognition for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters.