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My Town: Save lives and help fight cancer during Pink Arrow blood drive July 29

My Town: Save lives and help fight cancer during Pink Arrow blood drive July 29

LOWELL, Mich.— Donate blood and help support those battling cancer when a special Pink Arrow drive returns next week.

Michigan Blood is once again committed to donating $10 to the Gilda’s Club of Lowell Pink Arrow Project for each person who signs up to give blood during the July 29 event.  The blood drive will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Gilda’s Club in Lowell, located at 314 S. Hudson Street.

This is the fourth year for the drive, which has generated $5,000 for Gilda’s Club in Lowell. Michigan Blood also says one-third of all blood and platelet donations it collects go to cancer patients.

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

GRAND RAPIDS – Starting this week, people in Kent County will be receiving letters and phone calls asking families to take part in the 2014 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

This health survey is the largest-conducted telephone survey in the world. The survey will help the KCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track critical health issues, as well as creating and evaluating public health programs in Kent County. Issues and Answers, a phone marketing research firm, will be conducting the survey on behalf of the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).

My Town: City lifts boil water advisory for downtown Lowell

My Town: City lifts boil water advisory for downtown Lowell

UPDATE (July 18)-- The city has lifted the boil water advisory.

LOWELL, Mich.--  A boil water advisory is in effect for a portion of downtown Lowell.

The advisory took effect Wednesday morning, as city employees repaired a water main break in the 200 block of East Main Street.  All businesses and apartments on the north side of that block, including the Chamber of Commerce and Englehardt Library, are asked to boil their water before use.

The city will be collecting water samples to determine when water is safe to drink again.    The city anticipates receiving the results with a couple of days.  If the tests come back clear and the boil water advisory is lifted, residents will be notified.  For more information, contact the City of Lowell Water Department at (616) 897-5929 or (616) 813-8603.

My Town Lowell: Pink Arrow Community Day to return July 29

My Town Lowell: Pink Arrow Community Day to return July 29

LOWELL, Mich.—The date is set for the return of Pink Arrow Community Day.

The celebration hosted by Gilda’s Club of Lowell will take place July 29.  Pink Arrow Community Day gives community members their first chance to purchase Pink Arrow t-shirts for 2014.  Visitors can also take part in a health fair and blood drive and enjoy kids’ activites and food.

The Quiver 5K Run and Family Walk will kick off at 7 p.m.  For additional information, visit the event page here.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

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: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria: