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Grattan Twilight Cancer Walk races forward

Grattan Twilight Cancer Walk races forward

Grattan Raceway will turn out a big crowd on August 4 to raise funds for the fight against cancer for the third annual Grattan Twilight Cancer Walk. Typically during the events, the raceway is filled with the roar of engines, but this time it will be replaced with hum of conversation, laughter and the pad of walking feet.

Those interest in registering can do so online at grattantlcwalk.com or between 5 and 7 pm on August 4. With the $10 registration fee, walkers get a t-shirt and beverages.

Warm Welcome for the Michigander Bike Tour in Lowell

Warm Welcome for the Michigander Bike Tour in Lowell

The Michigander bike tour arrived at the Lowell fairgrounds last week in the middle of the scorching heat. They have been training for the 340 mile race since spring. More than 400 bicyclists camped out and enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow cyclists at the fairgrounds, historical displays and food.

The goals of the Michigander include seeing the sights off the beaten path, challenging riding skills and stirring the imagination about transforming 1,400 miles of Michigan's abandoned rails corridors into an inter-connected system.

Meijer Remodel Set for October Completion

Meijer Remodel Set for October Completion

The first major remodel of the Meijer store in Lowell is set for October completion. The midsize store was built in 2001, in Lowell Township on the western part of town. The retailer uses an entire set of criteria when choosing which store to remodel. These include the age of the store, individual needs of the store and energy efficiencies.

So far, the jewelry, books and magazine sections have been updated. This will be followed by the upgrade of freezers, automotive and sporting sections. The retailer owns 196 stores in the Midwest: Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Apart from having its own brand, the retailer keeps adding new vendors.

Ada-Lowell Theater Digitally Remastered

Ada-Lowell Theater Digitally Remastered

The Goodrich Quality Theater in Lowell, which switched from reels of film to digital within the last month, sold out their first 3-D showing, a midnight premier of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2.

Now, the unwieldy reels several feet in diameter have been replaced by portable hard drives containing every possible version of a film, including 3-D.

North edges South in dramatic food fight finish

North edges South in dramatic food fight finish

The North Lowell team made a exciting comeback to win the Flat River Outreach Ministries 2011 Food Fight. It was a friendly competition among all those working and living south of Main Street against all those north of Main Street. The object was to collect the most non-perishable food items.

The play-by-play action and event history can be reviewed anytime at the www.fromfoodfight.org website.

Lowell FFA attends leadership training

Lowell FFA attends leadership training

After being elected in April, the 2011-2012 the Lowell FAA Chapter team has been busy attending several leadership conferences. Of the six FFA regions in Michigan, Region V covers the area from the lakeshore to Ionia and from Caledonia north to Beal City.

As the summer winds down, the FFA is busy preparing for contests and the Kent County Youth Fair. The Lowell chapter will have members competing in upcoming state livestock judging, tractor driving and dairy showmanship. The Lowell FFA is one of the largest chapters in Michigan with over 100 members.

Covered Bridge Bike Tour ready to roll July 10

Covered Bridge Bike Tour ready to roll July 10

The 17th annual Covered Bridge Bike Tour will pedal through the area on Sunday, July 10. It starts on the Covered Bridge Road in Fallasburg pioneer village with registration at the one-room schoolhouse.

There are several tour options ranging from 12 miles to 100 miles. The most traveled route is the 28 mile route to Ada and back. The second most popular route is the South 50, which travels along rivers and streams through beautiful farmland.

The Covered Bridge Bike Tour has grown from just a handful of registrants to 253 registrants last year.