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My Town Lowell: Help create a new trail in Fallasburg Park

My Town Lowell: Help create a new trail in Fallasburg Park

LOWELL, Mich.—Leave your mark on Lowell while camping under the stars with the Fortune Bay Expedition Team’s Pathway of Pioneers Expedition.

The group is teaming up with the National Park Service and volunteers to build a new trail loop in Fallasburg Park.  Participants are needed to help clear the way. At night, volunteers can set up camp and enjoy an evening of food, music and stories around the campfire, as well as a moonlit hike at midnight.

The trail building will take place May 17 and May 18.  Registration is $25.  For more information, visit the Fortune Bay  Expedition Team’s website here.

Local Tae Kwon Do students participate in tournament

Local Tae Kwon Do students participate in tournament

LOWELL, Mich.-- The World Class Tae Park Tae Kwon Do Tournament welcomed 366 competitors to Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse in Grand Rapids on Saturday, November 9.

While participants came from several states as far away as Tennessee and Kentucky,  all are part of the same Tae Park TKD family.

Participants competed in forms (a pattern of kicking and punching),  point style sparring and board breaking.

Representing Ionia Parks and Recreation, Iron Mikes of Saranac and Lowell YMCA, under the direction of fourth degree Master Instructor Patricia Ramos are the following students,  pictured left to right starting with the back row:

Family of fallen soldier offers opportunity to Lowell children

Family of fallen soldier offers opportunity to Lowell children

LOWELL, Mich.—He died for our country, but the legacy of an Army sniper from Lowell is living on.

Sgt. Lucas T. Beachnaw died from his injuries after a gunfight in Afghanistan in January 2010.  He was just 23 years old.

The Lucas Beachnaw Memorial Scholarship was created by his family to help Lowell children experience the joy of snowboarding, just as Beachnaw did.  The scholarship is open to Lowell Area Schools students who would like to take snowboarding lessons at Cannonsburg Ski Lodge, but cannot afford it.

The deadline to apply for the Lucas Beachnaw Memorial Scholarship is November 22.  You can find the application here.

Join the Colorburst 2013 Bicycle Charity Tour October 12

Join the Colorburst 2013 Bicycle Charity Tour October 12

LOWELL, Mich.-- Bicycling enthusiasts are invited to take part in this 209 mile bike tour presented by the Rapids Wheelmen Bicycle Club on Saturday, October 12.

Proceeds from the tour will go to  Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other local charities.  The Bicycle Charity Tour is not a race but a leisure tour to experience the vibrant colors of fall and  the fun of going the distance. Register online at www.BikeReg.com .  

Check–in and a pancake breakfast are scheduled from 8 a.m. through 9:30 a.m. at Fallasburg County Park, located at 1124 Fallasburg Road in Lowell. Helmets are required and riders under age 16 must ride with an adult.

Trails emptied by federal government shutdown

Trails emptied by federal government shutdown

LOWELL, Mich.—Organized activities on the North Country National Scenic Trail in Lowell are being suspended, as the government shutdown continues.

On Tuesday, October 1, employees with the NCTA were ordered to stop all activities tied to the National Park Service, which was also shut down with the federal government.  Until further notice, volunteers will not be allowed to sponsor or lead hikes.  Building, maintaining and working on the North Country National Scenic Trail will also be suspended. 

NCTA employees are asking volunteers and groups to email Jill at jdecator@northcountrytrail.org about any and all activities affected by the shutdown, so she can forward that information to The Partnership for the National Trails System, which will send it onto Congress.

Volunteers needed to help clear new portion of North County Trail

Volunteers needed to help clear new portion of North County Trail

LOWELL, Mich.—  The National Park Service is looking for volunteers to help clear a new section of the North County Trail Saturday, September 28.

Teams will be rerouting a short section of the trail along the Flat River and covering up the old trail.  Volunteers are needed to rake, prune, dig, plant and landscape the area.   

Volunteers will meet at the Boy Scout cabin at the north end of Washington Street in Lowell.  The work will take place about a quarter-mile away and is expected to take about three hours.

Those interested in helping should wear work clothes and work boots and bring their own water.  The National Park Service will provide tools, work gloves and snacks.  Volunteers under age 18 must have a volunteer agreement form signed by a parent/guardian.  For more information, contact trail manager Jeff McCusker at (616) 340-2004 or jeff_b_mccusker@nps.gov .

Completion date set for Riverwalk extension project

Completion date set for Riverwalk extension project

LOWELL, Mich.—Work on extending Lowell’s popular Riverwalk is entering another phase.

City Manager Mark Howe says grating is almost complete.  He says concrete should be poured in the next week or so. 

The Riverwalk project includes a new dock, canoe/kayak launch and a fishing pier.  Once complete, the Riverwalk will slope all the way up to King and Lafayette, and be lined with benches and picnic tables.

The entire $450,000 project should be finished by October 11.