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Project to create longest trail in the state backed by Belding organizations

Project to create longest trail in the state backed by Belding organizations

BELDING, Mich.— Work on the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail is on track to start next spring, according to Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore.

Mullendore says organizations and businesses have offered approximately $70,000 in donations for the project, but many of them cannot commit the money until their new fiscal year begins. On Tuesday, August 20, the Belding City Council voted on whether to commit and advance the funding, as required by the state.

Mullendore says the trail would run through Belding, connecting in Lowell and Greenville to create the longest trail of its kind in the state.  The $1.8 million trail would be mostly paved and include three covered bridges.

Mullendore says if all goes well, the trail would be finished by the summer of 2014.

Enjoy 'Bands, Bikes & Cars' during benefit August 17

Enjoy 'Bands, Bikes & Cars' during benefit August 17

LOWELL, Mich.-- The First Congregational Church in Lowell will hold its "Bands, Bikes & Cars" benefit show August 17.

The celebration begins at noon, with a bike rally, car show,  kids games and free live music.  Riders can also take part in a blessing of the bikes at 3:45 p.m.  Food will be available for purchase, and a beer tent is planned. 

Proceeds from the event will go back to First Congregational Church to cover its mortgage, freeing up more offering money for community events. For more information, call (616) 292-7642 after 6 p.m.

 

 

Lowell Fairgrounds bounce back from flooding to host fair August 5-10

Lowell Fairgrounds bounce back from flooding to host fair August 5-10

LOWELL, Mich.—Despite extensive damage caused by flooding in April, the Lowell Fairgrounds are ready for the Kent County Youth Fair, which starts August 5.

This year’s fair runs through August 10 and will include carnival rides, animals, sand sculpting, swing dancing, blue gross music, tractor pulls, auctions and a youth talent show.  You can find the full schedule of events here. The Kent District Library is also partnering with fair organizers to offer a free day of carnival rides for children under age 12 when they present a completed book log on August 6.

The Kent County Youth Fair will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Admission is free.

Vietnam Legacy Ride returns to Lowell August 3

Vietnam Legacy Ride returns to Lowell August 3

LOWELL, Mich.-- The streets of Lowell will rumble with the sound of hundreds of motorcycle riders from all over Michigan as they band together to pay tribute to our Vietnam veterans August 3.

 

Vietnam Legacy Ride returns to Lowell August 3

Vietnam Legacy Ride returns to Lowell August 3

LOWELL, Mich.-- The streets of Lowell will rumble with the sound of hundreds of motorcycle riders from all over Michigan as they band together to pay tribute to our Vietnam veterans August 3.

 

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.

Despite flood damage, the fair will go on in Lowell

Despite flood damage, the fair will go on in Lowell

LOWELL, Mich.—Despite extensive damage caused by flooding in April, the Lowell Fairgrounds will be ready in time for the Kent County Youth Fair.

Flood damage to horse barns and administrative offices has been largely repaired, thanks to community volunteers and successful fundraising over the past several weeks. “Over the past year we have faced some obstacles. However, thanks to the tremendous generosity of many companies and the hard work of so many people, we look forward to one of the best fairs on record,” says Kent County Youth Fair president Jon Bieneman.