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My Town: Meijer shoppers receive checkout surprise

WALKER, Mich.—Christmas came early to 213 Meijer shoppers, who received a checkout surprise.


On Dec. 13, the Walker-based retailer paid for all of the gifts and groceries filling each shopper’s cart, ranging from $350 to $1,200 each.  The company posted video of the event on YouTube, which you can find here.


“The holidays are a time for kindness and joy, and the Very Merry Meijer event was a perfect opportunity for us to share the spirit of the season with those we hold dear: our customers,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “Our family has always believed that our customers don’t need us, but that we need them. That philosophy still guides us today. We are very thankful for our customers, and wanted to find a special way to wish them a very Merry Christmas.”


My Town: Protect your child - free car seat safety checks

My Town: Protect your child -  free car seat safety checks

LOWELL, Mich.—Two out of three child car seats are being used incorrectly, and with holiday travel ramping up in the coming weeks, now is the time to make sure your little one is protected on the road.

The Lowell Fire Department will be hosting a free car seat safety check this Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Officers and community volunteers will check each infant car seat and child booster seat to make sure they are correctly installed in your vehicle.  Qualified families can also purchase a discounted replacement seat, while supplies last.

The car seat safety check is part of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Injury Prevention program. Similar events are planned for 2015 at the following times and locations:

My Town Lowell: Senior community marks start of Christmas season

My Town Lowell: Senior community marks start of Christmas season

LOWELL, Mich.--  Fountain View of Lowell is teaming up with Baruch Senior Ministries to mark the beginning of the Christmas season this week with a ceremonial lighting of the memorial Christmas tree.

The lighting will take place Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m.  The lights are paid for by donations from families contributing in memory of a loved one.

Fountain View of Lowell is located at 11537 Fulton St. E. in Lowell.

My Town Lowell: Volunteers needed to pull off community feast

My Town Lowell: Volunteers needed to pull off community feast

LOWELL, Mich.— First Congregational United Church of Christ is looking for  volunteers to help pull off the Lowell Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

The feast is free to all and will take place 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at First Congregational UCC, located at 865 Lincoln Lake Ave. SE.  Last year, a team of nearly 85 volunteers cooked up the massive meal, which included more than 100 pounds of turkey, 25 pounds of roast beef, 75 pounds of potatoes and 15 pies.  Afterward, all of the table scraps and turkey carcasses were served up to the animals at a nearby wildlife reserve.

The Lowell Community Thanksgiving Dinner is sponsored by Lowell area churches.  Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to take part in the event.  For more information or to sign up, call (616) 897-5906.

My Town Lowell: Feeding the need during winter break

My Town Lowell:  Feeding the need during winter break

LOWELL, Mich.-- Unlike schools, hunger doesn't take a break during the holiday season; but Flat River Outreach Ministries is here to help.

The charity is offering winter break lunches to students in the Lowell school district. All area students are eligible. To sign up for meals, visit the food pantry anytime between now and Dec. 19.

Flat River Outreach Ministries is located at 11535 Fulton Street E. in Lowell.

My Town: Hunting for the hungry

My Town: Hunting for the hungry

LOWELL, Mich.—Deer firearm season is here and Flat River Outreach Ministries is ready to take your meat donations.

The pantry is accepting venison that’s been processed at a USDA certified facility. The closest location to FROM is Jones’ Farm Market LLC, located at 7965 Potters Road in Saranac. 

Donating venison to families in need is not a new concept. Over the past several years, Sportsmen Against Hunger has provided more than 100,000 meals annually.  Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger has compiled a list of its participating processors, which includes Blue Star Meats in Holland, Sage’s Meat Processing in Greenville, Barb’s Deer Processing in Comstock Park.  

Volunteer help needed at Fallasburg Park

­Kent County Parks Department staff along with North Country Trail Association members and National Park Service staff are working together to complete a new North Country Trail section at Fallasburg Park this week! 

We are calling for volunteers to help with some finish raking work to create a more natural edge along the new trail.  This is a great opportunity to bundle up and get outdoors while discovering a new area of Fallasburg Park! 

Help is needed on either Friday or Saturday, November 14th or 15th.