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My Town Lowell: Pink Arrow pride on display during Quiver run and walk July 29

My Town Lowell: Pink Arrow pride on display during Quiver run and walk July 29

LOWELL, Mich.-- Pink Arrow pride will be on display July 29 as athletes take on the Pink Arrow 5k Run & Family Walk through historic downtown Lowell.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at Lowell Gilda's Club.  Proceeds from the event will go to the Pink Arrow Project, which supports Gilda's Club's efforts to help people battling cancer and their families.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

My Town Comstock Park: Donations needed for inner city youth sports programs

My Town Comstock Park: Donations needed for inner city youth sports programs

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--  Give your unwanted sports equipment new life by donating it to the Inner City Youth Baseball and Softball programs.

This is the final week for the equipment drive, which ends Friday, June 6.   The program is in need of kid size bats, cleats, catcher’s gear and other baseball or softball equipment. Donations can be dropped off at Fifth Third Ballpark, any Fifth Third Bank, the David D. Hunting YMCA, Spartan Stores YMCA, Wolverine World Wide YMCA, Visser YMCA, Southeast YMCA or Lowell YMCA.

Donors will receive four lawn seat tickets to a 2014 Whitecaps home game, a Wendy’s small combo meal and a YMCA family day pass.

My Town: Community trailway meeting May 14

My Town: Community trailway meeting May 14

LOWELL, Mich.—  Lowell’s trail system is growing and now is your chance to play a key role in that development.

The Lowell Area Trailway Recreation Authority is inviting all community members interested in becoming involved in the trail system to their next meeting on Wednesday, May 14 at Lowell City Hall.  The meeting will take place upstairs at 5 p.m.  All visitors are welcome to stay for the regular LARA meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m.

For additional information, contact Mari Stone at clerk@vergennestwp.org

My Town Lowell: Capsized boat leads to tense moments on the Grand River

My Town Lowell: Capsized boat leads to tense moments on the Grand River

LOWELL, Mich.— A boating mishap led to some tense moments on the Grand River this weekend.

Sunday morning, Kent County deputies were called to the river west of Lowell for a capsized fishing boat.  Lowell Fire/Rescue, Grand Rapids Fire/Rescue and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources helped deputies recover the watercraft and search the water for potential victims, but they found no one.

Hours later, the owner of the boat contacted the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.  He says he was with a friend when the boat capsized Saturday night.  Both passengers swam to shore and walked to shelter.

My Town: Lowell Boy's hockey surprise YouTube gold

LOWELL, Mich.-- A Lowell boy, captured on camera after getting a surprise gift from Detroit Red Wing Jordin TooToo, has also captured the hearts of a nation.

Video of the pint-sized fan's reaction has garnered more than 1.7 million hits on YouTube since it was posted April 23.  TooToo, who also plays with the Grand Rapids Griffins, handed the stick to the boy during a pregame warmup.