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My Town Lowell: What not to do when hauling appliances

My Town Lowell: What not to do when hauling appliances

LOWELL, Mich.—Lowell police say a local scrapper has provided the perfect example of what not to do with appliances.

An officer pulled over the scrapper early Thursday morning after spotting him driving with a stove sitting on top of his car.  Police say the stove was not strapped down, and the man could be ticketed for driving with an unsecured load, which comes with a hefty fine.

With many students leaving college for the summer, now is a popular time for drivers to be hauling large appliances and furniture. Police say when these types of items, drivers should always use a pickup truck or trailer with tie-down straps that can hold more weight than whatever is being towed.

Recycling Rain

Recycling Rain

By Meggan Johnson
From http://www.lowellschools.com


You might think my title is crazy - how do you recycle rain? It's easy to do - just install a rain barrel!

Last year, I received an email from the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) about a train the trainer workshop they were hosting on how to make rain barrels. The idea was to teach members of the Grand Rapids community how to make rain barrels so they could host a rain barrel workshop and teach their neighbors. If everyone installed rain barrels in their neighborhood to collect the rain running off their roofs, they could reduce the amount of stormwater pollution occurring in their neighborhood. The best part about it was that WMEAC partnered with Coca-Cola and the City of Grand Rapids to offer these workshops for free! Anyone that has looked into purchasing a rain barrel knows they aren't cheap so I didn't want to miss this opportunity. I signed up right away!

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Part 2 – Meet “Baldy”

I think one of the most beautiful birds is the male Northern Cardinal.  Red is my favorite color, which is one reason why I can’t take my eyes off of cardinals.  They also have those beautiful crests on top of their heads.  Cardinals don’t migrate and keep their color all year round because they don’t molt into a dull plumage like the Gold Finch.  This means the cardinals are still breathtaking in my snowy backyard all winter long.  Don’t get me wrong, the females are also very pretty, but the males are stunning.

The other thing about male cardinals is they all look alike.   The color of their feathers is the same.  They all have the black masks around the eyes.  They all have those distinctive crests.

Then one day my husband and I saw “Baldy”.  He was unlike any cardinal we had ever seen.   My husband first spotted him in early April.  There was something seriously wrong w

Rescue on the Flat

Rescue on the Flat

It was supposed to be a fun day at the Flat River trying out the new remote control boat Cole Weston got for his birthday.  Instead it turned out to be another river rescue several days after a pontoon overturned on the same river.  Cole and his dad Case just put the toy in the water when 30-seconds out into the river the boat stopped working.  "It just quit" said Case, "then the wind kicked up and took it and started blowing it up river!"  Luckily, I happened to be out in our pontoon with my wife and son when Case flagged me down.  Case and Cole jumped on board and we were able to weave in between the shallows and rescue the wayward jet ski before it reached Belding.

Pontoon boat removed from Flat River after capsizing Friday night

Pontoon boat removed from Flat River after capsizing Friday night

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) A wrecker removed a pontoon boat that capsized near the dam on Main Street Friday night.

The boat remained chain to the bridge over the weekened.  The owner of the pontoon reported engine problems just before the boat hit the dam and capsized around 7:30p.m. People walking along Main Street helped remove the boat occupants and bring them on land.  No one was hurt.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department tells WZZM 13 News the boat was removed today and given to the owner.