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Fallasburg Park expansion approved

Fallasburg Park expansion approved

LOWELL, Mich.- A natural treasure in Lowell  is about to grow.

Last week, the Kent County Board of Commissioners approved buying 20 acres to expand Fallasburg Park.  The Keystone Parcel in Vergennes Township will bring the park’s total size to 287 acres.

Nearly $200,000 in gifts and grants will go toward the property’s $208,000 price tag. The Lowell Area Community fund provided a lead grant of $100,000.

“The opportunity to preserve valuable parkland for current and future generations to enjoy was a compelling reason for the Lowell Area Community Fund to make the grant. This particular parcel fills in the ‘hole in the donut’ and makes a critical connection to the North Country National Scenic Trail,” said Marcia Rapp, Vice President, programming, for the Grand Rapids Community Foundation which manages the Lowell Area Community Fund.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, October 26.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, October 12.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford. The county will also accept drop-off items on October 26 at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.

Join the Colorburst 2013 Bicycle Charity Tour October 12

Join the Colorburst 2013 Bicycle Charity Tour October 12

LOWELL, Mich.-- Bicycling enthusiasts are invited to take part in this 209 mile bike tour presented by the Rapids Wheelmen Bicycle Club on Saturday, October 12.

Proceeds from the tour will go to  Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other local charities.  The Bicycle Charity Tour is not a race but a leisure tour to experience the vibrant colors of fall and  the fun of going the distance. Register online at www.BikeReg.com .  

Check–in and a pancake breakfast are scheduled from 8 a.m. through 9:30 a.m. at Fallasburg County Park, located at 1124 Fallasburg Road in Lowell. Helmets are required and riders under age 16 must ride with an adult.

Trails emptied by federal government shutdown

Trails emptied by federal government shutdown

LOWELL, Mich.—Organized activities on the North Country National Scenic Trail in Lowell are being suspended, as the government shutdown continues.

On Tuesday, October 1, employees with the NCTA were ordered to stop all activities tied to the National Park Service, which was also shut down with the federal government.  Until further notice, volunteers will not be allowed to sponsor or lead hikes.  Building, maintaining and working on the North Country National Scenic Trail will also be suspended. 

NCTA employees are asking volunteers and groups to email Jill at jdecator@northcountrytrail.org about any and all activities affected by the shutdown, so she can forward that information to The Partnership for the National Trails System, which will send it onto Congress.

Volunteers needed to help clear new portion of North County Trail

Volunteers needed to help clear new portion of North County Trail

LOWELL, Mich.—  The National Park Service is looking for volunteers to help clear a new section of the North County Trail Saturday, September 28.

Teams will be rerouting a short section of the trail along the Flat River and covering up the old trail.  Volunteers are needed to rake, prune, dig, plant and landscape the area.   

Volunteers will meet at the Boy Scout cabin at the north end of Washington Street in Lowell.  The work will take place about a quarter-mile away and is expected to take about three hours.

Those interested in helping should wear work clothes and work boots and bring their own water.  The National Park Service will provide tools, work gloves and snacks.  Volunteers under age 18 must have a volunteer agreement form signed by a parent/guardian.  For more information, contact trail manager Jeff McCusker at (616) 340-2004 or jeff_b_mccusker@nps.gov .

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, September 21.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 2350 Ivanrest SW in Grandville. The county will also accept drop-off items at the following times and locations:

  • October 12: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • October 26: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.