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Life before email: The Railway Mail Service

Life before email: The Railway Mail Service

LOWELL, Mich.— Before email, there was the Railway Post Office.

On April 16, the Lowell Area Historical Museum will take a deeper look at the early Railway Mail Service, which delivered mail to stagecoaches and the pony express.  D. White will share his entertaining tales about the history of mail delivery during the 7 p.m. presentation at Lowell Township Hall.

Light refreshments will be available following the program.

Easy one-hour color tours are nearby

Easy one-hour color tours are nearby

West Michigan is exploding with fall colors and you don’t have to go far from Forest Hills to enjoy nature’s color show.

Start your fall color tour at the Fredrick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids Township.  The gardens give us a unique combination of colorful leaves mixed with many beautiful chrysanthemums.

When you leave Meijer Gardens turn right onto East Beltline to Grand River Drive NE and turn right and follow it to Ada.  You’ll find the trees are bursting with color along the river.  Make a quick stop at the Ada Covered Bridge before getting onto Thornapple River Drive for the beautiful drive to downtown Cascade.

If you want to bring some of the fall color to your home, turn left on Cascade Road and follow it out to Lowell Township, where you’ll find folks selling pumpkins, squash and corn stocks at roadside stands and farms.

Finally, take Alden Nash Ave SE into Lowell.  From downtown Lowell, you have two options:  take N

A fall color tour takes you back in time

A fall color tour takes you back in time

The leaves are beginning to change color in West Michigan, and you don’t have to go far to catch the fall colors.  One beautiful route starts in Ada and ends in Lowell.  This tour takes leaf lookers back in time because the route includes three covered bridges:  the Ada, Fallasburg and Whites.

Color Tour Directions Starting from Ada:

Ada:  Take M-21 east, south on Ada Dr, east on Bronson to view Ada Covered Bridge.  Left on Thornapple River Dr, right on Ada Dr to M-21 east. North on Hudson (becomes Lincoln Lake Ave). East on Fallasburg County Park Rd, follow signs to cross Fallasburg Covered Bridge.  Right on McPherson (becomes Potters Rd), north on Whites Bridge Rd (becomes gravel) across Whites Covered Bridge.  East on Belding Rd (also M-44), north on M-91, east on M-46.

Transportation Website Expands to Four County Area in West Michigan

Transportation Website Expands to Four County Area in West Michigan

West Michigan residents in a four county area can now visit one website to find a variety of public and private transportation options if they need a ride for work, school, medical or social service visits, or intercity travel.

The Ottawa County Transit Coalition recently expanded its website, www.lakeshoreridelink.org, to include the counties of Allegan, Ottawa, Kent and Muskegon.  The website, which was first launched in 2010 with transportation providers for Ottawa County only, now includes more than 50 transportation providers with detailed information on their services and costs to help residents find a ride.

M 21 Bridge in Ada nearing completion

M 21 Bridge in Ada nearing completion

ADA, MI -  The M-21 Bridge, spanning the Grand River in Ada, is nearly finished.  The fourth traffic lane on the bridge should be finished the last week of September, according to the current MDOT construction schedule.

Workers are in the process of removing the temporary bridge across the river.  MDOT says the removal of traffic barriers and restoration of the eastbound turn lane onto M-21 from Pettis Avenue is anticipated by mid-October, and all equipment should be removed from the site by Tuesday, October.  There may be temporary lane closures while the work is completed.

Ada Township is planning to place fill and establish finish grades for the non-motorized trail connections to the pedestrian/bicycle path on the new bridge in coordination with the completion of the bridge this fall.

Lowell Schools Transportation Department News

Lowell Schools Transportation Department News

12695 Foreman Road, Phone 987-2540, Fax 987-2544

Detailed bus route information for the 2012-13 school year will be published on the district website’s transportation page on August 24. If you have any questions about busing or changes in your student’s busing information (change of address, phone, baby-sitter, riding status) please contact the Transportation Office at 987-2540.

Many road projects planned for Ada this summer

Many  road projects planned for Ada this summer

ADA, MI - The summer of 2012 will see a number of road repair and improvement projects in Ada Township, in addition to the ongoing work on the new M-21 bridge over the Grand River. Following is a list of planned projects and their targeted dates, as well as an update on M-21 bridge work:

• M-21 Bridge Replacement Update.  As those who use the bridge are aware, the Contractor resumed work in mid-March, and significant progress has been made since. Pouring of the concrete deck should be completed by early-June. Once the bridge deck is complete, concrete median barriers will be poured. When the median barrier and approach work is complete, the bridge will be opened to traffic – likely by the end of June.  At least one eastbound M-21 lane will probably remain closed after the bridge is open, to facilitate removal of the temporary bridge.