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Space still available in community garden

Space still available in community garden

LOWELL, Mich.—If you want to garden this year but don’t have the space, you’re in luck.

First Congregational Church of Lowell, UCC still has space available in its community garden.  At least a dozen of the church’s 42 garden plots remain open.  The plots are 10 feet by 12 feet and filled with rich black soil.  Water hoses are also available for use on site.

A $10 donation is requested for each plot used.  For more information, call Jim at (616) 540-2702.

Energy usage monitors now available for checkout at local library

If you have a card to the Kent District Library, you can now check your energy usage for free.

Visitors to the library can check out an energy usage monitor to gauge their home appliance electricity use.  Kent District Library launched the pilot program in February at its Englehardt branch in Lowell, through a partnership with Lowell Light & Power.  Consumers Energy is also backing the program.

Kent District Library has nearly 250,000 cardholders at 18 branches representing 26 Kent County communities.

Utility company offering some rebates for e-waste

Utility company offering some rebates for e-waste

LOWELL, Mich.-- It's spring cleaning time, and Lowell Light & Power is helping residents clear out the electronic clutter.

Now through May 30, Lowell Light & Power is holding its Recycle Rewards Electronics & Appliance Recycling Event.  The utility group says it'll recycling anything with a plug or battery for free.  Eligible items include refrigerators, freezers, widow air conditioners, dehumidifiers and electronics.  Certain appliances that still operate may also be eligible for a rebate. 

Recycle Rewards is open to Lowell Light & Power and Consumers Energy customers.  Items can be dropped off Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Lowell Light & Power, located at 127 N. Broadway St.  For more information, call Sharon Morris at (616) 897-8402. 


FLOOD WARNING, Locals ready for the worst.

FLOOD WARNING, Locals ready for the worst.

LOWELL, MI - Rain, more rain, and then theres to much rain. This April the West Michigan area has seen record setting rain fail for the month. Already here in Lowell, we have had 9"+ of rain. That's so far. The national weather service has warned local residents of Lowell for the potenial threat of flood waters entering the city sunday when the river is expected to crest.


Here is the latest from the City of Lowell:

Free program helps home and business owners deal with mercury

(ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COMPANY)– The Environmental Quality Company is proud to partner with The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Project.

This is an on-going effort to collect and properly recycle mercury.  Small and large business operations have traditionally been overlooked during mercury collection events.  The project’s objective is to address this issue and promote a long-term solution for easily collecting and recycling of mercury.  The program is free to anyone located in Michigan – residents included. 

The program is easy.

Rivers will stay high this week in West Michigan

Rivers will stay high this week in West Michigan

Heavy rain last week over West Michigan has pushed most rivers in the area to Warning or Advisory levels. Additional rain is likely this week with heavy rain and thunderstorms possible. Computer models are indicating the possibility of another 1-3 inches of rain this week which may push rivers even higher.


Flooding expected in low lying areas

Flooding expected in low lying areas

The calendar may say it is spring, but mother nature is delivering a different season.  Kent County residents woke up to snow showers this morning as temperatures hovered in the low to mid 30’s. 

Rain is in the forecast virtually every day in the next week, according to the 13 On Target Weather team.

Rivers and streams in West Michigan will remain high with localized flooding of low lying areas, according to meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids.

Here are the current river conditions in Kent County.  All readings are from Saturday, April 13:

The Thornapple River in Hastings is close to flood stage.  As of 12:15pm today, the river was at 6.71 feet.  Flood stage is 7 feet.

The Thornapple River in Caledonia was at 8.18 feet at 11:30am today.  Flood stage is 10 feet. 

Downstream in Cascade, the river spilled over its banks just below the Cascade Dam at Tassel Park.