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Lowell names new police chief

Lowell names new police chief

LOWELL, Mich.—Lowell has a new chief of police.

Officer Steve Bukala will take over the post this week, as Police Chief Barry Getzen retires.  According to the Lowell Ledger, Bukala served as acting police chief after James Hinton stepped down and before Getzen could take office in May 2011.

Bukala has been a part of the police force and an active member of the community for nearly 20 years.

Lowell says goodbye to police chief, council member

Lowell says goodbye to police chief, council member

LOWELL, Mich.— The community is invited to say goodbye to a man who has protected Michigan for more than three decades.

Police Chief Barry Getzen is retiring.  Getzen took over as city police chief in May 2011, after 31 years of service with the Michigan State Police.  Getzen and his family have lived in the Lowell area since 1995.

The community will also say goodbye Andrew Schrauben, whose term as a city council member is ending.

The farewell event will take place Monday November 4, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Grand River Room at City Hall.  Cookies and punch will be available. For more information, call (616) 897-8457.

New class of Michigan State Troopers reports for duty

New class of Michigan State Troopers reports for duty

LANSING, Mich.--  A new class of Michigan State Police troopers is beginning work in West Michigan.

Graduates of the 125th Trooper Recruit School began reporting to their posts Monday.   The class graduated Friday.  Governor Rick Snyder delivered the keynote address during the ceremony.

“We’re so proud of the men and women devoting their careers to public safety,” Snyder said. “Today’s graduates will play a critical role in making our communities and neighborhoods safer for our families. Our Michigan State Police are an elite force. We thank our newest troopers for their commitment, dedication and professionalism in service to all Michiganders.”

Lowell Harvest Celebration

Lowell Harvest Celebration

Saturday, October 12th

 

We have a host of activities for you and the family to enjoy. Put on your walking shoes and enjoy the autumn air while visiting all the events throughout Historic Lowell! Enjoy the Harvest Hustle Family Fun Run/Walk, Outdoor Chili Cook-off, Farmers Market and Flea Market (9am to 3pm), Pet Expo and more! Check our website for a complete schedule of events.

 

Visit www.lowellharvestcelebration.org for more information or 616-897-9161

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns
A competition that attracted nearly 600 Michigan writers in its inaugural year last year is underway.

The second annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest kicked off September 3.  Organizers have added a third age category to the contest, for writers 11 years and under.  The two other age groups are 12-17 and 18 and up.

Stories must be 3,000 words or less.   The entry deadline is November 20, 2013.   The entry fee is $10 for adults; children 17 and under are free.  The contest is open to Michigan residents only and all entries must be submitted online.  A public vote will decide the winner of the Readers’ Choice award; a panel of judges will pick the Judges’ Choice award recipient.   A public and panel vote will whittle down the contest to the top ten semi-finalists.  The winner in each age category will take home a $250 cash prize.

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

The winner of ArtPrize 2010 will be among the more than 95 artists taking part in Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.

LowellArts!  recently released the list of festival vendors, which includes ArtPrize grand prize winner Chris LaPorte. LaPorte’s 28-foot wide pencil drawing “Cavalry, American Officers 1921” earned him $250,000.

 Artists from as far away as Florida will be showcasing their skills during the festival, which runs September 14 and 15.  Visitors can enjoy live music while shopping for new art.

This is the 45th year for Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.  For more information about the event, visit the LowellArts! website here.

Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concerts enter the '13th Hour'

Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concerts enter the '13th Hour'

LOWELL, Mich.-- Thursday, August 22 is the last Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concert of the season, so it seems fitting that '13th Hour' is performing.

The classic rock group will take the Riverwalk Plaza stage at 7 p.m., serenading visitors with old gems as well as some original tunes.  

13th Hour brings experience to the stage, with more than a century's worth  of performances between all four members.  Ken Bierschbach is responsible for acoustic guitar and vocals, Mark Swanson is lead guitar and vocals, Jay Round is bass and vocals for the band,  and Tom Davis provides drums. 

The Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concerts take place in front of the Lowell Showboat in historic downtown Lowell. The performances are free and open to the public.  Grandstand seating is available; visitors can also bring their own chair or blanket and lounge on the green.