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West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving Luncheon to Pay Tribute to United Sates Military Members

Students from across West Michigan are joining area business leaders to celebrate local members of the Armed Forces – past, present and future – during the 2nd Annual West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving Appreciation Luncheon at the JW Marriott in Downtown Grand Rapids on Friday, May 5th. Military members will be in attendance for this event aimed at strengthening awareness and dialogue on the contributions our military personnel have made and continue to make on behalf of their families, their friends and their country.

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Often listed among the top 10 fears people have, public speaking is a skill that can help anyone regardless of their age or background. Whether it’s at school, work or among friends and family, the ability to speak in front of an audience – even if it’s an audience of one – can be the key to future success. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the oldest Toastmasters International organization in Michigan – located here in Grand Rapids – continues to thrive as it celebrates its 70th birthday.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. With more than 345,000 members around the world, Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders by providing a safe, supportive and structured setting for its members to acquire and practice meaningful communications and leadership skills on a regular basis to promote and enhance career and personal growth.

Lowell Arts: West Michigan Regional Art Competition Returns

Lowell Arts: West Michigan Regional Art Competition Returns

For the 30th year, this Regional Art Competition showcases incredible artwork by artists of Lower West Michigan.

Selected pieces in all art media, created by artists 18 years & older that reside in the 15 county region will be the focus of this competition. Cash awards in 5 categories will be presented.

The upcoming exhibition takes place from March 4 through April 16 at LowellArts! King Gallery located at 149 South Hudson.   

Call: (616)897-8545 or visit www.lowellartsmi.org for more information.

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

City council fires Lowell city manager


LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Lowell City Council voted to fire City Manager Mark Howe.

Council members voted 4 to 1 on Tuesday in favor of firing Howe. According to the Lowell city clerk, no specific reason was given.

Jim Hodges was the only council member to vote no.

Lowell schools launch app to keep parents informed


LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Lowell Area Schools district says it's the first in Kent County to launch a free app providing important information to parents.

District leaders qoute a statistic saying there will be more than 2 billion smartphone users worldwide in 2016, and people expect to have information at their fingertips.

The app will include a staff list, school calendars, and a link to Infinite Campus, where parents can find students' grades and missing assignments.

Best of all, they say: it's a free download for your mobile device.

Learn more about the app at this link.

Caledonia man killed in crash on slippery road in Lowell


LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM)-- Slippery road conditions may have caused the crash that killed a 23 year old Caledonia man.

Kent County Deputies responded to the accident in the 3100 block of Alden Nash just before 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

They say Tyler Kroll was driving southbound in a Pontiac Grand Prix and 67 year old Carol Ingrim from Greenville was driving northbound in a Chevy Impala, when the two collided.

Kroll was pronounced dead at the scene, and Ingrim was taken to Spectrum with minor injuries.

There were no other passengers, and alcohol is not a factor in the crash.

The accident is still under investigation.