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My Town Lowell: Beyblade Tournament May 28

My Town Lowell: Beyblade Tournament May 28

LOWELL, Mich.—Tops will be spinning at the Englehardt Library Wednesday, as the Kent District Library hosts a Beyblade Tournament for children ages 6 and up.

Beyblades are spinning tops that are typically launched into a space, called an arena.  The goal is to keep your beyblade spinning, as other competitors try to knock it out of play.

Participants can bring in their own Beyblades and arenas or use the library’s equipment.  Registration will take place at the door.  Players can warm up from 6:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.; the tournament runs from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the library at (616) 784-2007.

My Town Lowell: City to re-dedicate renovated Civil War Memorial May 26

My Town Lowell: City to re-dedicate renovated Civil War Memorial May 26

LOWELL, Mich.—The community will honor veterans this Memorial Day on land and water.

The commemoration begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26 with a parade from the Kent County Youth Fairgrounds.  The procession will move down historic Main Street, stopping at the Veteran’s Memorial to launch a wreath into the river for veterans who lost their lives at sea.  The parade will resume on Monroe Street, heading north to Oakwood Cemetery, where the city will re-dedicate its Civil War Memorial Site, which was recently renovated for the first time in 114 years.  The site now includes a new 45-foot flag pole and flag, as well as an 1853 Civil War union naval cannon, which has been restored.

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will take part in the re-dedication, which is expected to draw more than 1,000 people.  Student musicians from Lowell Schools will provide music for the event, which marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—From toxin-free to maintenance free, dozens of West Michigan homes will be open to the public this Memorial Day Weekend as part of the Spring Parade of Homes.

Even more houses and condominiums will be on display this year- 78 homes from West Olive to Ada.  The homes will be on display through June 7.  They range in price from $100,000 to more than $1 million. This year’s listings include homes in Ada, Alpine Township, Allendale, Alto, Belmont, Byron Center, Caledonia, Cascade, Coopersville, East Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison, Kentwood, Lowell, Plainfield, Rockford, Walker, West Olive and Wyoming.  For a complete list of homes, click here.

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—As Memorial Day approaches, Kent County Commissioners are getting ready to hear a proposal to create a millage to support county veterans.

The proposed Dedicated Veterans Millage would be for .050 mill, generating slightly more than $1 million for veteran outreach and emergency services.  The measure would also more than double available federal claims assistance hours. 

On May 8, the Kent County Board of Commissioners Millage Subcommittee unanimously supported forwarding the millage request onto the Finance and Physical Resources Committee for consideration. The proposal will be discussed at the Kent County Commission’s finance meeting Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.  Supporters hope to get the millage on the November ballot.

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Approximately 90 businesses will be looking for employees during the Muskegon Veterans Job Fair this Friday, May 16.

The hiring event will take place on the U.S.S. LST 393 Veterans Museum Ship, docked at 560 Mart Street in Muskegon.  This is the third year for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Job openings range from engineering to grocery store cashiers.  Participating businesses include:

My Town Lowell: Three-school Food Fight enters final round

My Town Lowell: Three-school Food Fight enters final round

LOWELL, Mich.--   The Food Fight between Murray Lake, Cherry Creek and Alto elementary schools is entering its final round.

The principal of Murray Lake is rallying students to collect non-perishable food donations for the competition, which runs through May 16.  As of May 9, principal Brent Noskey says Cherry Creek had collected 521 items  for the Flat River Outreach Ministries’ Food Fight.  Alto had 429 items, followed by Murray Lake with 138 items.

All of the non-perishables will be sent to FROM to stock the pantry, which commonly sees donations drop during the summer.  The Lowell community Food Fight will kick off June 1. 

My Town Lowell: Water treatment plant repair means hard water for residents

My Town Lowell: Water treatment plant repair means hard water for residents

LOWELL, Mich.—Lowell residents who rely on city water service may want to watch their white laundry starting next week.

The city has sent out an alert that the water plant will not be softening water from May 5 through May 26, because of a major repair.  Hard water can lead to iron deposits, which can stain white clothing going through the wash, as well as toilet bowls, sinks and bathtubs. 

Anyone with questions about the repair project is encouraged to contact the water treatment plant at 897-5234.