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From ashes to art: Whites Bridge creation being auctioned off for rebuild

From ashes to art:  Whites Bridge creation being auctioned off for rebuild
A supporter of Rebuild Whites Bridge has transformed pieces of the historic landmark into art, in hopes of generating more funding to rebuild the bridge.

 

Howard Larsen’s latest work features an old photo of Whites Bridge, framed with pieces of charred oak from the bridge, which were salvaged shortly after an intentionally set fire destroyed the landmark on July 7. This is the second of three pieces that will feature the photo; after that, the group intends to use the photo solely for t-shirts. 

 

The first framed photo by Larsen sold for $425.  Proceeds from the sale went to the Whites Bridge rebuild project. The second framed photo is being auctioned off on the Rebuild Whites Covered Bridge Facebook page.  The auction runs until 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 13. 

 

Community garage sale September 7 to benefit Whites Bridge rebuild

Community garage sale September 7 to benefit Whites Bridge rebuild

Saturday marks your chance to shop a massive yard sale while helping to rebuild a historical landmark.

“Friends Rebuilding Whites Bridge” will hold a community yard sale September 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fallasburg Historic Village, just north of Lowell.

Proceeds from the event will go toward rebuilding Whites Bridge, which was destroyed by an intentionally set fire on July 7.  Investigators are still looking for the person or people responsible for that crime.

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

ArtPrize winner among participants in Fallasburg Fall Festival 2013

The winner of ArtPrize 2010 will be among the more than 95 artists taking part in Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.

LowellArts!  recently released the list of festival vendors, which includes ArtPrize grand prize winner Chris LaPorte. LaPorte’s 28-foot wide pencil drawing “Cavalry, American Officers 1921” earned him $250,000.

 Artists from as far away as Florida will be showcasing their skills during the festival, which runs September 14 and 15.  Visitors can enjoy live music while shopping for new art.

This is the 45th year for Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts.  For more information about the event, visit the LowellArts! website here.

Greenville properties up for bid August 16

Greenville properties up for bid August 16

GREENVILLE, Mich.—At least four properties will be up for bid during the Montcalm County Public Land Auction Friday, August 16.

A total of 65 land parcels formally owned by the State of Michigan will be up for auction.  They include:

  • Two-story home at 312 W. Washington St., Greenville
  • Small home at 904 N. Edgewood St., Greenville
  • Small home at 112 W. Gibson Dr., Greenville
  • Two-story home at 408 State St., Greenville
  • Vacant lot at 600 Fairplains St., Greenville
  • Small home at 806 E. Coffren Ave., Greenville
  • Vacant lot on Bracy Avenue, Greenville

Registration for the auction will open 11:30 a.m. Friday.  The auction begins at noon at Sheridan Community Center, located at 205 St. Clair St.

Belding employees switching to four-day work week

Belding employees switching to four-day work week

BELDING, Mich.—Some Belding city officials are going to a four-day work week.

City Manager Meg Mullendore says the city council unanimously approved the schedule change during their meeting July 16.  Mullendore says administrative staff, department of public works employees and front-line office workers will switch to four ten-hour days, starting August 19. After a six-month trial, the City will decide if the new schedule should become permanent.

Mullendore says the four-day work week will improve customer service, giving residents more time to visit city offices with their concerns.  The new office hours will be 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Mullendore says so far she’s only heard praise from employees and residents about the altered hours, which will affect approximately a dozen city employees.

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

West Michigan growers are seeing high demand for berries this summer.

Many farmers have closed their fields for a couple days after visitors picked their plants clean.  The increasing demand also led to a shorter cherry season for some growers.  

Here's a list of some of the U-pick locations open in West Michigan this summer. Prices, fruit availability and hours vary daily, so it's best to call ahead before visiting any farm.

 

Ionia County

 

Bird Berry Farm

5256 Belding Rd. Belding, MI

(616) 794-5041

Blueberries $1.75 per pound

Patch picked out early Friday morning call back for update Wednesday, July 17

 

 

Kent County

 

North Ridge Berries

3555 20 Mile Rd. NW Kent City, MI

(616) 675-5919

Raspberries $3 per pound

Stock up on book favorites during book fair July 8-9

Stock up on book favorites during book fair July 8-9

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Summer is the perfect time for children to catch up on reading, and now the Flat River Community Library is offering a deal to help you stock up on your favorite titles.

The Scholastic Buy One, Get One Book Fair runs from Monday July 8 at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9.  Flat River Community Library is located at 200 W. Judd St. in Greenville.  For more information, call (616) 754-6359.