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My Town: May Day marks opening day for Lowell business

My Town: May Day marks opening day for Lowell business

LOWELL, Mich.— May Day is also opening day for a family-owned business in Lowell.

Bakers have been busy at Heidi’s Farmstand & Bakery, as they prepare a fresh set of treats for visitors.  While it’s too early for vegetables and fruits, the business is selling flowers by the basketful.

Heidi’s Farmstand & Bakery is located at 11999 Cascade.  For more information, visit the business’ website here.

My Town: Lowell Boy's hockey surprise YouTube gold

LOWELL, Mich.-- A Lowell boy, captured on camera after getting a surprise gift from Detroit Red Wing Jordin TooToo, has also captured the hearts of a nation.

Video of the pint-sized fan's reaction has garnered more than 1.7 million hits on YouTube since it was posted April 23.  TooToo, who also plays with the Grand Rapids Griffins, handed the stick to the boy during a pregame warmup.

My Town: Weekend happenings in Lowell

My Town: Weekend happenings in Lowell

From the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter:

April 26

BABYSITTING TRAINING

This class will provide all participants the knowledge and skills needed to provide safe and responsible care for infants and children.  We focus on five key areas:  Leadership.  Safety and safe play.  Basic first aid.  Critical emergency action skills.  Professionalism.  An American Red Cross Certificate is issued upon completion.  Ages 11-15 years. Bring a snack lunch.  Rockford Ambulance.  Runciman Building.  Saturday.  9:00am-4:00pm.  $65 includes handbook and certificate.  Lowell Community Education 987-2550 or tstranger@lowellschools.com

 

April 26

Veen Observatory Visitors Night

My Town Lowell: City Manager releases 2014-2015 budget recommendations

My Town Lowell: City Manager releases 2014-2015 budget recommendations

LOWELL, Mich.—A slight hike in water and wastewater rates is among the recommendations Lowell City Manager Mark Howe is making for the 2014-2015 city budget.

Howe says the rate increase would cost the average customer about $0.69 more per month and represent less than a one percent increase.

In a statement on the city’s website, Howe says declining property tax revenue over the past three years has led to a loss of more than $250,000 per year to the General Fund.  However property values are expected to level off this year. The city still faces the challenge of replacing nearly $500,000 in public works equipment over the next five years.

To see Howe’s entire 134 page budget recommendation report, click here.

My Town Lowell: Lowell High School hosts Food Fight scrimmage

My Town Lowell: Lowell High School hosts Food Fight scrimmage
 

LOWELL, Mich.— Lowell High School will kick off  the annual community Food Fight with a pre-game scrimmage this Monday, April 21.

This is the sixth year for the friendly competition by Flat River Outreach Ministries. Each year, community members choose to join the North Team or the South Team to collect financial donations non-perishable foods to fill the shelves at FROM’s pantry. The food is distributed to local families facing hardship.

The community challenge officially begins June 1.  Donations begin at $1 for team sponsorships, all the way up to $600 or more for team manager.  For more information about how to sign up and donate, call FROM at (616) 897-8260.

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town Lowell: Flat River Outreach Ministries prepares for Food Fight 2014

My Town Lowell: Flat River Outreach Ministries prepares for Food Fight 2014
LOWELL, Mich.—Now is the time to pick your team for the 6th annual Food Fight by Flat River Outreach Ministries. Each year, community members choose to join the North Team or the South Team to collect financial donations non-perishable foods to fill the shelves at FROM’s pantry. The food is distributed to local families facing hardship. The community challenge begins June 1.  Donations begin at $1 for team sponsorships, all the way up to $600 or more for team manager.  For more information about how to sign up and donate, call FROM at (616) 897-8260.