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Flower swags create discussion at Lowell Historic District Commission meeting

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) Lowell Historic District Commission members held their monthly meeting Tuesday, September 28th at City Hall.

Two issues dominated the agenda.  First commissioners discussed the 9 vinyl flower swags placed on the exterior of three store fronts on the south side of Main Street. Owner of Daisy Floral, Jennifer Lopez presented the artwork at the August Historic District meeting. At that time commissioners reviewed the signage and agreed that 9 flowered swags would be too much for the three storefronts.  Instead, Chairman Stephen Doyle recommended three flower swags be placed on the center unit or spread across the three storefronts. In a unanimous decision, commissioners approved the 3 decorative swags.  It was also suggested the vinyl signs be attached to the windows from the inside.  

Since the August meeting Lopez has installed 9 swags which contradicts the commission's decision.

Lowell's new Main Street Inn scheduled to open in mid-November

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) After 15 months and about $400,000 Lowell's newest downtown business is nearing completion. Greg Canfield, the owner of the "Main Street Inn," says he expects his newest business venture to open in mid-November. The Main Street Inn is located between Springrove and the Flat River on the north side of the street.

Canfield says the inn has 7 luxury suites which will rent for under $100 a night to start. Each room includes granite countertops and double showers.  The a honeymoon suite has a jacuzzi tub and will cost $125 a night.  The second story also includes a 'common area' which a kitchen and laundry facilities.

Canfield says crews have been working on the project for 15 months.  It will open for business just in time for the holidays.

Lowell High School graduate, NYC firefighter and calendar model to be featured GMA

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) 1992 Lowell High School Graduate Michael Tuma will be featured Thursday September 30th on ABC's Good Morning America. Tuma, who received a degree in psychology from Michigan State University in 1997, moved to New York City just before September 11th, 2001.

Tuma's mom, Nancy Tuma, says her son went to the Big Apple to pursue a modeling career.  He landed many jobs but Tuma says Mike decided to follow his heart and join the NYC fire department.  Tuma, who is now 36 years old, is being featured on GMA as Mr. September on the 2011 calendar. It's now on sale at stores across the United States. Money from the calendar is used to help support the families of firefighters killed on September 11th.

In addition to the GMA appearance, Nancy Tuma says her son also received the Thomas A.

Annual fundraiser for Franciscan Center features fall family friendly event on October 10th

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) The Franciscan Center will host a 'Country Sampler; a family friendly fall celebration Sunday October 10th.

The afternoon begins with the Celebration of Mass at 11:00 a.m., with food, games, music and the Country Store opening at noon.  This year, there will be no entrance fee although guests may purchase coupons for lunch and selected activities. A lunch of hot dogs or “Walking Tacos”, corn-on-the-cob and apple pie is planned. Guests are also welcome to bring their own picnic lunches.  

Families can enjoy team games, horse-drawn wagon rides, miniature horse cart rides, pumpkin painting, puppet making, live music, apple roasting and more.

Old Fashioned Barn Dance with Caller Bonnie L. Grooters - October 9th

From: http://www.lowellartscouncil.org/

During Harvest Celebration
October 9 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Reath Barn, Lowell Fairgrounds
Ages 12 – Adult, $6 per person
Yeeee Haw! Get your friends together and come on down for an Old Fashioned Barn Dance with Caller – Bonnie L. Grooters. This Fun Night will take place during Harvest Celebration on Saturday, October 9 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Reath Barn at Lowell Fairgrounds. Relax, let your hair down and enjoy a variety of music.  Ages 12 – adult. $6 per person at the door.

For more information call or visit the Lowell Area Arts Council at 149 S. Hudson,Lowell at (616) 897-8545; www.lowellartscouncil.org .

2010 Lowell Harvest Celebration - Saturday, October 9th

Lowell. MI - The 2010 Lowell Harvest Celebration will take place on October 9th. Events include the 5th Annual Family Fun Harvest Hustle Costume 5K Run/Walk, Pet Expo, Harvest Arts & Craft Show, Flat River Antique Show, Chili Madness Chili Cook-off and much more! Visit www.lowellharvestcelebration.org or call 616-897-9161 for more information.

Lowell will celebrate Halloween on Sunday, October 31st

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) With October right around the corner, the city has announced trick-or-treating times in Lowell.

Halloween will be observed on Sunday, Oct 31 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Residents are encouraged to turn their porch lights on if they are giving out candy. 

Children are encouraged to wear some reflective material on their costumes or carry a flashlight to make sure motorists can see them easily.