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Motorcycle benefit ride honors officer killed on the road

Motorcycle benefit ride honors officer killed on the road

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Motorcyclists are invited to honor one of their own while helping U.S. service members Saturday, July 27.

Mike Winchester was a five-year veteran of the East Grand Rapids Department of Public Safety. He died on August 8, 2007 when his motorcycle collided with a semi after rounding a curve on Alden Nash near 36th Street in Lowell Township.

In keeping with Winchester’s legacy of helping others, the Grand Rapids Warthogs Motorcycle Club is holding the Mike Winchester Memorial Ride Saturday.  The ride and dinner is $25 per person or $40 per couple.  Dinner only is $10 per person.   The proceeds will go to Hope for the Warriors, which is a non-profit organization supporting services members and families affected by injuries or death in the line of duty.

Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concert: Rusty Wright Band July 18

Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concert: Rusty Wright Band July 18

LOWELL, Mich.—The “Rusty Wright Band” will take the stage Thursday, July 18 as part of the “Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series.” 

Since their start in 2004, the Rusty Wright Band has gained international recognition, performing blues and southern rock on four continents.  The band also earned a standing ovation when it opened for “Lynyrd Skynyrd.”

The Rusty Wright Band will begin performing at 7 p.m. on the Riverwalk Plaza, directly in front of the Lowell Showboat in historic downtown Lowell.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chair or blanket.  Admission and parking is free.

Lowell High School students finish downtown mural

Lowell High School students finish downtown mural

LOWELL, Mich.—A team of Lowell High School students is finished with a new mural that will soon grace downtown.

The Lowell Education Foundation is reporting on its Facebook page that student artists Isobel Alberts, Jordan Basinger, Connor Bergin, Santana Boulton, Mikayala Burke, Brigitte Casalina, Madeleine La Vean, Anna Peterson, Emily Peterson, Alex Tremblay, and Paige Wilson put the finishing touches on the mural this past weekend, with the help of Grand Rapids artist Erwin Erkfitz.

The three-paneled artwork will be installed on the outside of the North County Trail Association’s building on East Main Street.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place July 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Mural created by Lowell High School students to be unveiled July 11

Mural created by Lowell High School students to be unveiled July 11

LOWELL, Mich.—A mural created by 11 Lowell High School students will be introduced to the public next month.

The North County Trail Mural Project began May 21, when the students teamed up with Grand Rapids artist Erwin Erkfitz to design, build and paint three large outdoor murals reflecting the mission of the North County Trail Association.  The murals will be installed on the outer walls of the NCTA’s national headquarters, located at 229 East Main St. in downtown Lowell. 

The mural project ribbon cutting will take place Thursday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m.  As part of the ceremony, the City of Lowell will be officially named a NCTA Trail Town.  Michigan is currently home to four Trail Towns, including Middleville, Kalkaska, St. Ignace and Petosky.

Lowell student artists to transform downtown building

LOWELL, Mich.—A group of high school art students will team up with artist Erwin Erkfitz this summer to transform the side of a downtown building.

The students will create a mural on the side of the North Country Trail Association building.  The project is in partnership with the Lowell High School art and CAD teachers and the Lowell Area Arts Council.  A grant from the Lowell Education Foundation will help pay for the project. 

Interested artists must submit an application.  Selected students will spend a few months learning from Erkfitz and the Lowell Area Arts Council before starting on the mural.

School is just starting for local MSP trooper recruits

School is just starting for local MSP trooper recruits

The school year is wrapping up for many people, but it’s just beginning for dozens prospective Michigan State Police troopers.

Sunday, May 12, 80 men and women from across the state began the 125th Trooper Recruit School.  For the next 21 weeks, MSP members and academy staff will train the recruits in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.  Recruits who successfully complete the training will graduate October 4.

Michigan State Police selected recruits from more than 3,000 potential candidates.

MI House Representative Takes A Flying Leap

MI House Representative Takes A Flying Leap

It was a cold February day when MI House Representative Lisa Poshumus Lyons took a flying leap into a freezing pool for charity. It was the Legislative Polar Plunge at the Capitol Building in Lansing for Special Olympics Michigan Athletes. About 20 Michigan Legislators, plus Lt. Governor Brian Calley lined up to show their support for Special Olympics Michigan. The second annual Legislative Polar Plunge raised more than $30,000 to benefit children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This Polar Plunge was one of 28 Polar Plunges throughout Michigan from January through this month to benefit Special Olympics Michigan.