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h Volume 15, Issue 20 Serving Lowell Area Readers Since 1893 Wednesday, March 27, 1991 Negotiations fail; condemnation hearing set to begin Two days after receiving a The letter, delivered on tomey for Grand Rapids, has hired Huffas its attorney, continues to contest and call ship, i also believe it's safe tter of denial on its bonafide Wednesday (March 20), also John Huff, has 21 days to re- The way Qua-Ke-Zik looks the school on, is why it hasn't to assume that if the City is ffer for the Qua-Ke-Zik included a notice of taking, spond as to whether the club at things has become much looked further into the possi- providing services, that it's property, Lowell Schools a statement of estimated com- will contest the statement of more focused and cohesive, bility of putting the school on certainly going to want to hand delivered a complaint pensation, and an order of neccessity," Lowell Superin- This was made evident at the Vergennes Twonship prop- annex the property and lake and demand letter to the Kent hearing on the complaint. tendent Fritz Esch said. "I special Board of Education erty. The club contends that the tax base away from Ver- County Circuit Court for a 44 My understanding is the was told by the Michigan meeting last Monday night Vergennes Township Super- gennes Township," she said, jury trial. Club's attorney, the City At- United Conservation Clubs when the Club's President, visor, Jim Cook, said water City Council member. Along Mam Street FIREMEN SERVING UP PANCAKES MARCH 30 The Lowell Area Fire Department will host an Open House and Pancake Breakfast/Supper on Saturday, March 30. The breakfast will be held from 7 to II a.m. the supper will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Look Memorial Fire Station, 315 S. Hudson, Lowell. Register for door prizes courtesy of Lowell area merchants. TURKEY & DRESSING DINNER - APRIL 10 Snow United Methodist Church, 3189 Snow SE, Lowell, will have a turkey and dressing dinner on Wednesday, April 10. Serving begins at 5:30 p.m. Public is invited. LOVE FESTIVAL PARADE ENTRIES APPLY NOW Entries for the Children's Love Festival Parade to be held on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m., are being taken now. Contact Shela Thomson at 897-5638. CRAFTS SHOW APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE ) The Third Annual Showboat Main Street Arts and Crafts show will take place on Saturday, June 22. Applications are available at Lambert's Variety. The show is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. FIRST AID CLASSES OFFERED The Lowell Area Fire Department will be sponsoring an American Red Cross First Aid class on April 22 and 23 from 6 to 10 p.m. each night. The class is limited to 18 and the cost is $25 per person. Please call 897-9679 to register. Class will be held at Look Memorial Fire Station. SHOWBOAT CHOIR MEETING - APRIL 9 Past, present and future Lowell Showboat choir members are encouraged to attend an April 9 meeting at the Lowell High School at 7 p.m. If unable to attend, but interested in Joining the Showboat Choir, you are asked to call the Showboat Office, 897-8280. NOTED SURGEON WILL SPEAK AT GARDEN CLUB Dr. Alfred B. Swanson M.D., noted surgeon in Grand Rapids will be the speaker for Lowell Showboat Garden Club on April 8 at 7:30 p.m. The topic will be 'Trees". The meeting will be held at Schneider Manor. The public is invited. PALM SUNDAY SERVICES SHOWN ON LCTV The United Methodist Church's Palm Sunday Service will be televised on Lowell Cable TV, Channel 9. The service will be televised Wednesday, March 27 at 12 p.m., Thursday, March 28 at 8 p.m., Friday March 29 at 5 p.m. and Saturday, March 30 at 7 p.m. Main St., cont'd., pg. 7 staff attorney, Carol Bam- Bruce Bobo stated the Quabery, that the club would not Ke-Zik members would not contest the statement of con- lie down and die and would test and was only interested fight the school tooth and in getting the maximum value nail. Thus, contesting the for the land." statement is a real possibility. Since then though, the club One area in which the club % - •2- - lr V and sewer could be run into Charlie Doyle supported the Vergennes Township. Ver- Council's past track record gennes Township Board and Nauta's statement, member, Carol Nauta added 'That's probably true. If our it was news to her that Cook services are going to be used knows water and sewer can come into Vergennes Town- Worthington discovers treasure Family Fare Store Director, Larry Coleman presents Tracy Worthington with a check for $1,000. Worthington was the store's first u big prize" winner in the Treasure Chest Game. the City would want the lax base." One important note not brought out at the meeting was that any land between from the point of water/sewer line extension to the school would also be annexed. Answering the request about why the school isn't pursueing the property at the comer of Alden Nash (Roth farm), Esch said the lines would have to be run threefour miles into Vergennes Township which would have meant increasing the bond issue from $29 million to $40 million. "The School Board said it could not do that." he said. Esch also said some of the Vergennes Township land was locked up under P.A. 116. The act pays the owner not to produce crops on it. "To break through that would have cost the school lots of money." Esch explained. The potential of lead contamination was brought before Esch and the Lowell School Board. Jim Lamp, of Murray Lake, wondered Hearing, cont'd'., Pg 20 With help from the Community Development Fund, Lowell Township will help Seniors The Lowell Township Board agreed to give $3,000 to the Lowell Senior Neighbors Center provided the funds could be obtained through the Community Development Fund. "The project meets the requiremnts," Lowell Township Supervisor John Timpson said. The money would be used to enclose the porches at the former George Hale house on 314 S. Hudson St. The work is being completed so that the center can utilize the space in case of bad weather. The Township received money from the Community Development Fund to help the Center remodel ihe bathrooms. Hellen Kwant, Lowell Senior Neighbor aide, was pleased to hear the Center would receive help from Lowell Township provided a grant could be obtained through the Community Development Fund.