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My Town Lowell: Chamber considers trimming down holiday tradition

My Town Lowell: Chamber considers trimming down holiday tradition

LOWELL, Mich.—The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce is considering trimming down a holiday tradition.

In an online survey sent out to patrons, the Chamber asks if Christmas Through Lowell should be scaled down to a two-day event.  The annual celebration is currently a three-day event featuring a night-time parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus. To share your insights about the festivities, visit the Chamber’s survey here.

Santa in Lowell for weekend holiday celebration

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM)—The city of Lowell is in full Christmas mode and gearing up for a big celebration this weekend.

Saturday, Lowell High School will host a sale featuring more than 100 vendor booths. The Lowell Arts Holiday market is also open through Dec. 23. Items on sale include head sculptures made out of recycled items, handmade scarves, locally made honey and beeswax candles. Families may also visit Santa at the Lowell Showboat. Saturday's festivities wrap up at 6 p.m. with the Santa Parade.

The festivities continue Sunday, with a 3 p.m. performance by ArtPrize award winning jazz musician Roger Mac Naughton. His concert will take place at First Congregational Church in Lowell. For more event information, visit Lowell Arts' website.

Lowell couple honored for helping respond to ultralight plane crash

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kent County Sheriff's Department on Thursday honored people who helped respond to a summertime tragedy and, along the way, formed an unexpected connection.

In August, New Mexico residents Bryan and Delia Bowker drove across the country to buy an ultralight aircraft in Lowell.

Bryan was test-flying the plane, when it crashed and he was killed.

After the accident, victim advocates and a Lowell couple went above and beyond to help Bowker's widow.

"For myself, I don't need recognition," said Kent County Sheriff's Department victim advocate Jay Groendyke. "I'm doing this because it's the right thing to do."

Wake Up West Michigan: Lowell student section

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)-- This weekend's wake up West Michigan comes from Lowell's student section at Friday night's district title game against Grand Rapids christian.

Lowell extends season with convincing win over Eagles

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Lowell exploded for 35 first-half points en route to a 49-31 win over Grand Rapids Christian in a Division 3 district final.

Red Arrows' quarterback Ryan Stevens threw for 208 yards and three touchdowns.

Lowell plays Zeeland West in next week's regional final.

Lowell rallies past EGR in district opener

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Lowell rallied from a six-point deficit in the final 3 minutes to defeat rival East Grand Rapids 28-27 Friday night, Oct. 31, in a Division 3 district opener.

The Pioneers took a 27-21 lead in the fourth quarter, but Lowell quarterback Ryan Stevens hooked up with Gabe Steed on a 73-yard touchdown pass to give the Red Arrows the narrow win.

Lowell led 21-13 entering the fourth quarter, but EGR scored twice to reclaim the advantage.

Two dead, two hurt in Alto crash

ALTO, Mich. (WZZM) – Two people were killed and two others hurt in a crash Saturday afternoon in eastern Kent County.

The accident happened around 4:45 p.m. at Pratt Lake Avenue and 64th Street, south of Lowell.

Kent County Sheriff's deputies say 78-year old Hazel Scobey of Middleville, rolled a Chrysler Town & Country minivan through a stop sign at the intersection and in front of a pick-up truck, which had the right-of-way. The force of the collision caused both vehicles to rollover.

Scobey and her passenger, 63-year old Lois Peterson, also of Middleville, were killed.

The pickup driver and his passenger were hospitalized but are expected to recover. Officials say neither speed, nor alcohol appear to have been a factor.