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LaughFest holds final volunteer informational meeting Dec. 17

LaughFest holds final volunteer informational meeting Dec. 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—LaughFest returns to Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland in March, but now is the time to learn about how you can help.

Volunteer registration opened  on the LaughFest website earlier this month. Opportunities during the 10-day festival of laughter include event promotion, logistics, ushering, selling merchandise and office support.  Organizers will hold a final volunteer informational meetings at the following time:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

              Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

              1896 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids

 

LaughFest holds first volunteer informational meeting Dec. 14

LaughFest holds first volunteer informational meeting Dec. 14

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—LaughFest returns to Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland in March, but now is the time to learn about how you can help.

Volunteer registration opened last week on the LaughFest website.   Opportunities during the 10-day festival of laughter include event promotion, logistics, ushering, selling merchandise and office support.  Organizers will hold two volunteer informational meetings at the following times:

 

  • Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m.

             Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

             1896 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids

 

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

              Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

              1896 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids

 

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council welcomes new members

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council welcomes new members

WALKER, Mich.—The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council has some new faces at its helm.

During the Dec. 5 meeting, Grandville Mayor Steve Maas, Kentwood Mayor Steve Keply and Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga officially joined the GVMC Board of Directors.  All three men were elected in November and selected by city members to serve on the panel.

Ada Township Supervisor George Haga and Sand Lake Village Trustee Roger Towsley also took the oath of office.  They represent the first two communities to join GVMC since 2007. The Board of Directors also recently approved accepting Lowell Township as a member. 

The GVMC is in charge of coordinating development and governmental affairs across municipalities.

LaughFest begins the search for volunteers

LaughFest begins the search for volunteers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—LaughFest returns to Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland in March, but now is the time to sign up to help.

Volunteer registration opened this week on the LaughFest website.   Opportunities during the 10-day festival of laughter include event promotion, logistics, ushering, selling merchandise and office support.  Organizers will hold two volunteer informational meetings at the following times:

 

  • Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m.

             Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

             1896 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids

 

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

              Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

              1896 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids

 

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  Republican Senator Mark Jansen says he will not join the race for Congressman Justin Amash’s seat next year.

“I have decided at this time my focus will continue to help Michigan find the road to recovery, from Grand Rapids to Detroit to the Upper Peninsula to our lake shores,” Jansen said. ”Right now I really feel the call to continue helping Michigan’s recovery as my Senate term ends in 13 short months.”

Jansen says he has been “strongly encouraged” to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat for the past two years.  He believes people want the same level of reform achieved in Michigan to happen in Washington.

Jansen represents the northern portion of Kent County.  The U.S. 3rd Congressional District includes Belding, Rockford, Lowell, East Grand Rapids, Walker, Ada and Cascade, Alpine Township, Sparta, Plainfield Township and all of Grand Rapids.

Family of fallen soldier offers opportunity to Lowell children

Family of fallen soldier offers opportunity to Lowell children

LOWELL, Mich.—He died for our country, but the legacy of an Army sniper from Lowell is living on.

Sgt. Lucas T. Beachnaw died from his injuries after a gunfight in Afghanistan in January 2010.  He was just 23 years old.

The Lucas Beachnaw Memorial Scholarship was created by his family to help Lowell children experience the joy of snowboarding, just as Beachnaw did.  The scholarship is open to Lowell Area Schools students who would like to take snowboarding lessons at Cannonsburg Ski Lodge, but cannot afford it.

The deadline to apply for the Lucas Beachnaw Memorial Scholarship is November 22.  You can find the application here.

Voters approve tax increase for Lowell Area Schools

Voters approve tax increase for Lowell Area Schools

LOWELL, Mich.—Lowell Area Schools will get funding to help build and repair its schools.

Tuesday night, voters approved a seven year millage increase to create a sinking fund for the district.  The property tax increase will not exceed 1 mill ($1 per $1,000 taxable value.)  The millage is expected to generate $740,920 in annual tax revenue for the district when it takes effect in 2014.

In the City of Lowell, it was a narrow vote for two proposals.  Proposal I passed by 25 votes, designating that elected city officials will remain in office until the first regular meeting of the city council in January.   Proposal II, which would set the same term rules for people appointed to fill an elected position, failed by just nine votes.