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Rail to Trail Project GO under way

Rail to Trail Project GO under way

The Frederick Meijer rail to trail $12.5 million project will connect communities from Greenville to Owosso. The development of the trail will be funded with a combination of Michigan Department of Transportation enhancement grants, natural resources trust fund and from the recreation and trails program.

Once completed, the trail network will span 125 miles between Greenville, Edmore, Alma, Owosso, Ionia and Lowell.

Blough Family Gives Chamber Foundation Gift

Blough Family Gives Chamber Foundation Gift

Article written by Casey Cheney, The Lowell Ledger

Mike Blough announced that his family would be donating $25,000 to the Ivan K Blough Scholarship. The announcement came at the end of the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce's tenth annual golf scramble at the Deer Run Golf Club.

The day recalled memories of Ivan Blough and with memories come emotions. Chamber of Commerce executive director Liz Baker said, “I have a lot of things I could say, but I won't because I get too emotional.”

The family recalled fondly his relationship with baseball and golf.

“Ivan looked at golf a little bit, but not a lot, like he looked at baseball,” his wife Carolyn Jane Blough said. “When we would go out golfing, his words to me were, 'Now let's see how far I can hit this sucker!”

More than 100 golfers were met with mild weather, a warm sun tucked behind the clouds and a gentle breeze ruffling through the fairway.

Lowell Township discusses digital signs

Lowell Township discusses digital signs

The Lowell Township Planning Commission met to discuss several ordinances in the works last Monday. One of the proposed ordinances will regulate digital signs in the township located along the I-96 highway.

Each sign is limited to 300 square feet visible from once side. In case of double faced back to back billboards, each side has 300 feet. The height of all signs cannot be  more than 25 feet from the grade, while the distance between signs is set at 1,000 feet.

The proposed digital sign ordinance will be up for a public hearing in October.

Call for Artists - Applications due August 31

Call for Artists - Applications due August 31

One of the mainstays of area holiday shoppers, the LowellArts Sleigh Bells and Holly: A Gallery of Fine Art and Gifts brings together beautiful hand-crafted fine arts and crafts from local artists.

Open November 10 - December 23. Opening reception Thursday, November 10, from 6-8 pm.

Lowell Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concerts winding down!

Lowell Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concerts winding down!

Thursday, August 18, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Riverwalk Plaza

The Trace is two-thirds Natchez Trace with a new face!  Steve Damstra, Robin Spring and now Mark Lamm are teaming up bring new energy to all your acoustic classic rock favorites.  You'll hear hits from the Beatles, Crosby Stills Nash, Fleetwood Mac, The Monkees, and so much more, even some originals.  With over 100 years of collective musicianship, The Trace acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards and other instruments will provide the canvas on which vocal harmonies will be painted.

The concert venue is wheelchair accessible and handicap/senior parking is available. Bleacher seating is also available along with room for your own comfy folding chair. The Flat River Grill offers a cash bar and food on the Lowell Showboat along with the Lowell Lions Club, Lowell Area Historical Museum and B.C. Pizza who are set up on the Riverwalk Plaza.

Longtime artists present a strong show together

Longtime artists present a strong show together

Artists Sylvia Kissoff and Loretta Sailors have stunning show now on display at the Lowell Arts gallery through September 2. This is the first time showing together since the gallery and the arts council were established in the early 1980's. So the title of the show "Then and Now" is very fitting. Krissoff and Sailors were part of the first show "Harry and Friends" at the arts council.

The two friends met while painting under professor of art Harry Hefner 40 years ago.