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Keller Ford Kia MVP Candidates - Week 3

Grand Rapids, MI. (WZZM)  Highschoolsports.net presents "13 On Your Sidelines" is pleased to nominate three impressive football players for the week 3 Keller Ford Kia Most Valuable Player award.

Lowell's Gabe Dean rushed for 180 yards and four touchdowns in the Red Arrows' win over Kenowa Hills.

Zeeland West's Joe Gaiser rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns in the Dux' win over Byron Center.

Zeeland East's Brad Horling rushed for 170 yards and four touchdowns in the Chix' win over Hamilton.

Voting for this week's award will end at noon on Thursday and we will announce the winner Friday night on the show. Congratulations to all three players!

Creative writers wanted for the annual Ghost Stories Contest

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) If you are an aspiring author, the annual 'Write A Ghost Story" event is fast approaching.

The contest is open to writers 5th to 12th graders as well as adults.

If selected, the author's may choose whether to read the story aloud at the public meeting.  Winners will be selected October 6th.

For more information click on the link to Write a Ghost Story.

Fallasburg Fall Festival Less than 2 weeks away

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) Nothing signals the change of seasons like the Fallasburg Fall Festival near Lowell.

The event is presented by the Lowell Area Arts Council.  Hundreds of vendors sell their artworks at Fallasburg Park about 4 miles north of Lowell off of Lincoln Lake Road.

In addition to the art, there is food and music. Organizers say there is also pumpkin painting, and face painting for the kids.

There is no charge for the festival, which takes place September 25th and 26th. For more information call the Lowell Area Arts Council at 616-897-8545.

The Kent District Library Welcomes New Branch Manager

Kristin Meyer has been hired as the new Branch Manager of the Englehardt branch in Lowell and began her new role on September 7, 2010. She will be responsible for day-to-day operations, programs and services, supervision of support staff, selection and maintenance of the collection, and implementation of policy and procedural changes.

 Meyer received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.  She has worked for KDL for the past eight years, most recently as a youth librarian at the Wyoming Branch.  She is passionate about programming and library outreach and has presented on these topics at a variety of professional conferences.

Lowell vs. Kenowa Hills

(WZZM)- Billboards across West Michigan made Friday's matchup between Lowell and Kenowa Hills hard to miss.

It was the annual Pink Arrow Pride game. The Lowell community is raising money for their Gilda's Club chapter and cancer awareness.  Kenowa Hills sported purple unifroms in an effort to raise money and support for the group "We Do Care".

This game of unbeatens was all Lowell.

In the first quarter, Lowell's Gabe Dean called his own number and raced over the left side untouched for a 42 yard touchdown.

Lowell's second touchdown came on a handoff to Samuel Young.

It was all Lowell, as the Pink Arrows downed Kenowa Hills 47 to 0.

State champion Lowell Red Arrows football team going pink


LOWELL, Mich. (AP) -- The state champion Lowell High football team again is instituting a one-day color-scheme switch for its first home game of the season.

The Red Arrows will become the Pink Arrows for Friday night's contest against Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills.

It's the third year the southwestern Michigan football powerhouse is hosting a Pink Arrow Pride game. Proceeds go to cancer support, education and awareness programs.

Pink will be everywhere, from the players' jerseys and the arrows that adorn their helmets to parts of the stadium and playing surface.

Coach Noel Dean says he expects to have raised three-quarters of a million dollars over the three years when all is said and done.

He calls it the "most enlightening thing I've ever been involved in."


More than 5,000 Consumers Energy customers in Grand Rapids area without power

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Strong winds are not only blamed for putting thousands of people in West Michigan in the dark -- they are also blamed for keeping them there.

Consumers Energy is reporting almost 28,000 customers in Michigan were without power as of 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Here is the county-by-county breakdown: Kent - 4,986; Allegan - 1,597; Ionia - 969; Newaygo - 914; Mecosta - 821; Montcalm - 448; Ottawa - 273; Muskegon - 175; Oceana - 136.

Consumers says continuing windy conditions are making it difficult for work crews to make repairs and restore service.  A company spokeswoman says there is not estimate on when most customers will have electrical service restored.

Many of the outages are due to downed trees and branches.  The whind broke branches off a tree in the 1000 block of Park St. SW, requiring a cleanup. WZZM 13 viewer Anita Miller also sent photos of a tree downed by the wind tuesday night in Lowell.