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My Town Lowell: Jukejoint Handmedowns take the stage June 19 for Sizzlin' Summer Concert

My Town Lowell: Jukejoint Handmedowns take the stage June 19 for Sizzlin' Summer Concert

LOWELL, Mich.—Expect an eclectic mix of music Thursday, June 19 as the second act of the Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert series takes the stage.

Jukejoint Handmedowns started with Nathan James and Tim Foley in 2010 and has since doubled in size, with Paul Harris on steel guitar and Craig Van Otteren on mandolin.  The American roots group’s collection of songs mixes old country and western with 70s AM pop radio hits, jazz, rock and roll and contemporary music.

The performance starts at 7 p.m. at Riverwalk Plaza in downtown Lowell.  Admission and parking is free.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or take a seat on the public bleachers.

The summer concert series is brought to the community by LowellArts and the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce.

My Town: Book Buddy volunteers needed for June 21

My Town: Book Buddy volunteers needed for June 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Help a kid discover their passon for reading by becoming a “Book Buddy” this weekend.

The United Way, Kent District Library and Grand Rapids Public Library are looking for volunteers to read to children this Saturday, June 21. Volunteers are especially needed in Lowell and Sand Lake.  Volunteer roles include:

Book Buddy- Dress up as a character and listen to kids read. Wear costumes of your profession (police officer, doctor, etc.) or simply put on your best listening ears and be a buddy. Give your attention to a child as they read for 10 minutes.

My Town Lowell: Pick the film for Sizzlin' Summer Concerts celebration

My Town Lowell: Pick the film for Sizzlin' Summer Concerts celebration

LOWELL, Mich.— What movie should grace the big screen during this year’s Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts?

That’s the question LowellArts and the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce are asking community members.  Now through June 26, residents are encouraged to nominate their favorite film, which may be shown Aug. 22 on the Riverwalk Plaza.  The public will be asked to whittle down the nominees by voting during each concert this summer.  On July 10, the top ten films will be announced.  The public will then have another chance to vote for their favorite before the winning film is announced July 31.

My Town Lowell: Beyblade Tournament May 28

My Town Lowell: Beyblade Tournament May 28

LOWELL, Mich.—Tops will be spinning at the Englehardt Library Wednesday, as the Kent District Library hosts a Beyblade Tournament for children ages 6 and up.

Beyblades are spinning tops that are typically launched into a space, called an arena.  The goal is to keep your beyblade spinning, as other competitors try to knock it out of play.

Participants can bring in their own Beyblades and arenas or use the library’s equipment.  Registration will take place at the door.  Players can warm up from 6:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.; the tournament runs from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the library at (616) 784-2007.

My Town Lowell: City to re-dedicate renovated Civil War Memorial May 26

My Town Lowell: City to re-dedicate renovated Civil War Memorial May 26

LOWELL, Mich.—The community will honor veterans this Memorial Day on land and water.

The commemoration begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26 with a parade from the Kent County Youth Fairgrounds.  The procession will move down historic Main Street, stopping at the Veteran’s Memorial to launch a wreath into the river for veterans who lost their lives at sea.  The parade will resume on Monroe Street, heading north to Oakwood Cemetery, where the city will re-dedicate its Civil War Memorial Site, which was recently renovated for the first time in 114 years.  The site now includes a new 45-foot flag pole and flag, as well as an 1853 Civil War union naval cannon, which has been restored.

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will take part in the re-dedication, which is expected to draw more than 1,000 people.  Student musicians from Lowell Schools will provide music for the event, which marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—As Memorial Day approaches, Kent County Commissioners are getting ready to hear a proposal to create a millage to support county veterans.

The proposed Dedicated Veterans Millage would be for .050 mill, generating slightly more than $1 million for veteran outreach and emergency services.  The measure would also more than double available federal claims assistance hours. 

On May 8, the Kent County Board of Commissioners Millage Subcommittee unanimously supported forwarding the millage request onto the Finance and Physical Resources Committee for consideration. The proposal will be discussed at the Kent County Commission’s finance meeting Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.  Supporters hope to get the millage on the November ballot.

My Town: Whites Bridge cleanup postponed

My Town: Whites Bridge cleanup postponed

KEENE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Plans to clean up debris from a West Michigan landmark destroyed by fire have been postponed.

The Whites Bridge Historical Society planned to have volunteers pull bridge debris that’s floated downriver from the Flat River this Saturday, May 17, but decided to delay the volunteer effort because the river is higher and faster than normal, due to recent rains.

The group now plans to hold the cleanup on Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Volunteers should meet at the north side of the bridge site.  Canoes and kayaks will be provided by the Main Street Inn for those who do not have their own boat.  Heffron Farms, Bilbo Bakeries and other businesses will provide lunch for those helping in the effort.  The Bert Jones Band will provide music during the break.