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New donation room for FROM

New donation room for FROM

Flat River Outreach Ministries broke ground on December 16 for an addition to the building on Fulton Street East. The new donation room will minimize travel and provide a larger drop off area and sorting room.

Donations of gently used and new items are sold to help fund the ministry. Flat River Outreach Ministries is a nonprofit organization whose mission is serving the people of Lowell in their time of hardship.

You can find more information at www.fromlowell.org.

 

Zoning board grants variances to King Milling

Zoning board grants variances to King Milling

Two variances were granted to King Milling by the city council for the construction of new buildings.

The addition consists of a new facility including two storage bins similar to the numerous silos located on the adjoining site to the north. The variances were required to accommodate the construction of a millfeed storage and load structure due to the irregularly shaped parcel.

Rediscover our past by visiting historic landmarks

Rediscover our past by visiting historic landmarks

ADA, MI - Walking across the Ada Covered Bridge is like stepping back in time.  It is one of four remaining historic covered bridges in West Michigan and the only one in Ada.

In the 1800’s and early 1900’s, bridges became the lifeblood of a community.  Ada’s development and prosperity were tied to its bridges.  The Ada Covered Bridge is the last remaining bridge from that era. 

Formerly known as the Bradfield Bridge, it was built by William Holmes in 1867.  He used a truss system patented by Josiah Brown of Buffalo.  The Michigan legislature authorized Ada to borrow up to $3,000 to build and maintain the bridge.

By 1904, Ada was a bustling township with a railroad station, post office, public school, two churches, hotel, several blacksmith shops, two general stores, sawmill and a couple dozen houses.

Ada set to kickoff holidays with its "Tinsel, Treats and Trolly" event

Ada set to kickoff holidays with its "Tinsel, Treats and Trolly" event

ADA, Mich. (WZZM) - It's going to begin to look a lot like Christmas in Ada very soon.

The traditional "Tinsel, Treats and Trolly" event is set to onfold Friday, December 2nd, and organizers are predicting it to be bigger and better than ever.

The event will start at 6 p.m., with a bridge lighting ceremony at the Ada Covered Bridge.

During the evening, as you ride the trolly, you will be treated to strolling singing groups, other local entertainment and many other unique treats.

Santa Claus is even scheduled to make a cameo appearance.

Hot chocolate, cider, doughnuts, s'mores and other holiday treats will be offered by participating village retail businesses and orgainzations.

The trollys will stop running at 9 p.m.

Other attractions of the evening will include a miniature farmers market, free pony rides, a live nativity, a puppet show, holiday crafts, free pictures with Santa, and an art contest.

 

 

Highest Girl Scout award given to Forest Hills Eastern seniors

Highest Girl Scout award given to Forest Hills Eastern seniors

ADA, Mich. (WZZM) - Four Girl Scouts from Troop 2699 have completed their quest for the Gold Award, which is the higest award attainable for Girl Scouts.

All four of the girls are seniors at Forest Hills Eastern High School.

Kyra Hull, Morgan King, Stacie Mead and Nicole Verheek make up the award-winning foursome.

The main objective was to provide Forest Hills Eastern High School with an outdoor classroom that was easily accessible to the faculty and students.

The project was called the "Classroom Getaway."

The girls put in 65-plus hours each on the project and were able to generate community support from sponsors in the community.

 

P.F. Chang's opening in November; hiring underway

P.F. Chang's opening in November; hiring underway

Hiring is underway for an upscale restaurant opening in Grand Rapids.

Construction crews are working around the clock to finish the new P.F. Chang’s ahead of its November 14 opening date. 

The Chinese bistro is also hiring 160 workers, from bartenders to cooks. About half of those jobs are already filled, but the restaurant is still accepting applications. Those interested can drop off their resumes across the street, at 2090 Celebration Drive, Suite 214.

P.F. Chang’s is scheduled to open at 5 p.m. November 14.  A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for 4 p.m. that same day.

A fall color tour that takes you back in time

A fall color tour that takes you back in time

The leaves are nearing their peak color in West Michigan.  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.

There are 25 other color tour routes detailed at the West Michigan Tourism Association web site:

http://www.wmta.org/autumn-color-tours-19/

Color Tour Directions Starting from Ada:

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.