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From ashes to art: Whites Bridge creation being auctioned off for rebuild

From ashes to art:  Whites Bridge creation being auctioned off for rebuild
A supporter of Rebuild Whites Bridge has transformed pieces of the historic landmark into art, in hopes of generating more funding to rebuild the bridge.

 

Howard Larsen’s latest work features an old photo of Whites Bridge, framed with pieces of charred oak from the bridge, which were salvaged shortly after an intentionally set fire destroyed the landmark on July 7. This is the second of three pieces that will feature the photo; after that, the group intends to use the photo solely for t-shirts. 

 

The first framed photo by Larsen sold for $425.  Proceeds from the sale went to the Whites Bridge rebuild project. The second framed photo is being auctioned off on the Rebuild Whites Covered Bridge Facebook page.  The auction runs until 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 13. 

 

Community garage sale September 7 to benefit Whites Bridge rebuild

Community garage sale September 7 to benefit Whites Bridge rebuild

Saturday marks your chance to shop a massive yard sale while helping to rebuild a historical landmark.

“Friends Rebuilding Whites Bridge” will hold a community yard sale September 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fallasburg Historic Village, just north of Lowell.

Proceeds from the event will go toward rebuilding Whites Bridge, which was destroyed by an intentionally set fire on July 7.  Investigators are still looking for the person or people responsible for that crime.

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

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.

Longtime Burger King to be replaced by new store

Longtime Burger King to be replaced by new store

LOWELL, Mich.—The former home of Lowell’s Burger King is being transformed into a new storefront.

Mark Muller with Ben Muller Realty Company says the lot located on 1120 West Main Street will soon contain a Dollar Tree.  Muller says Dollar Tree is one of three dollar store chains that have posted significant growth since the recession. 

Burger King had occupied the lot for decades, but Muller believes the franchisee chose not to renew their agreement with the restaurant chain.

Construction on the Dollar Tree began July 15.  The one-story, 8,500 square foot facility, which will also feature approximately 60 on-site parking spots, is expected to be complete by October 1.

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Grand Rapids Community College and Kent ISD are combining printing services to save taxpayer money and streamline service to school districts and non-profit organizations.

The newly consolidated printing service is located on GRCC’s campus.  The partnership will save money by increasing the efficiency of the college print shop and eliminating the expense of staffing copy services at Kent ISD. 

“In recent years, we’ve continued to hear from our constituents and their elected representatives that we in the public sector should do more to collaborate and, where we can, operate like a business,” said Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender. “I’d like to think this is the type of collaboration they have in mind. This reduces costs for both institutions and increases efficiency at the same time.”

Lowell Area Farmers' Market closed July 4

Lowell Area Farmers' Market closed July 4

LOWELL, Mich.--The Lowell Area Farmers’ Market will be closed July 4 for the holiday.

However the market is extending its hours to 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays for the rest of the season.

The Lowell Area Farmers’ Market runs through September 12.  The market will also be open Saturday, October 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.as part of the Harvest Celebration at the Lowell Fairgrounds.