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Grand Valley Ledger Weekly Coverage of Ada, Alto, Cascade, Forest Hills, Lowell and Saranac THURSDAY. iUNE 10. 1976


Man Saves Boy From River


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The heroics of an Ada man Sunday afternoon, June 6, around 3 p.m. saved a ten-yearold Lowell boy from drowning in the fast waters of the Flat River. The Lowell Police Department reported that Raymond Martinez of 1525 Sibley Street, was fishing from the pier, below the dam, near the King Milling Company on West Main Street, when he lost his balance and fell into the turbulent waters.

The Kent County mobile X-Ray Unit will be in Lowell this Thursdtoy and Friday, June 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. The bus will be at Lippert's Pharmacy at 403 East Main Street, both days. Don't miss this excellent chance to get a skin test and chest x-ray. The bus closes for lunch between 1 and 1:45 p.m.

Joseph Czajkowski, 30, of 460 Pineland Drive. N.E.. Ada. also fishing nearby, who saw the boy slip from the pier dove in after him, and fought the bellowing waters to keep him afloat after locating him in t h e undertowing waters.

Abaentec v o t e n ballots for the June 14 Lowell Area School District Election are available in the Superintendent's office at 700 Elizabeth Street, in Bushnell School. The office will b e opened until 2 p.m. on Saturday, J u n e 12. AppUcationi are being taken for the position of conservation officers until Monday, June 14, by the Department of Natural Resources at 4056 Plainfield Avenue in Grand Rapids.

While fighting the fast waters and trying to keep Martinez afloat, Czajkowski was to the point of exhaustion, when three Lowell boys. Ken Vos, 403 Hunt

Stop by the R n n d m a n Elementary School's playground on North Washington Street, if you want to see what a bit of paint and the Saturday work of six people accomplished, to brighten up the area. The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce office at 215 West Main Street, has red, white and blue plastic bunting suitable for store window or building decorations, complimentary to the 1976 Chamber members. Stop in at the Chamber office and pick it up. Let's get spruced u p for the giant July 4th birthday party. There is still time to Faint A Plug in the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce's fire hydrant painting contest. The deadline is Tuesday, J u n e 15. The list of prizes is growing. Call 897-8545 to reserve yours now. A Bicycle Safety Check, co-sponsored by the Lowell Moose Civic Affairs committee and the Lowell Police Department will be held this Saturday, J u n e 12, at t h e Bushnell Elementary School at 10 a . m . All persons owning bikes are invited to participate. After the check, the famous Moose Chuck Wagon filled with edibles will be


An intereatlng election to watch in the August 3 Primary will be the Supervisor's race in Lowell Township, which will be decided by write-in votes. No petitions for the open position were filed by the J u n e 1 deadline, forcing the position to be filled by a write-in vote. The only petitions meeting the deadline were filed by Irene Squires and Doris Boyd (incumbent) for the treasurer's job. The current supervisor, Robert Leasure is not seeking re-election. Monday, J a n e 14, Flag Day . . . let this be your day to salute our grand old. Flag. Through times of stress, we have stood united because we always hold onto one important common bond—freedom. Let's proudly raise Old Glory as the most treasured symbol of our free spirit; showing pride for our country, respect for one another. V Plan AheadI The Grand Valley Ledger staff will take their annual summer vacation between July 5 and July 11. All news and ad copy for the July 7th edition, which will go to press early is Monday, June 28. All photographs, etc., must be in at this time also.

The summer of *76 promises to be the busiest and most > exciting in the history of the Lowell Showboat. Besides t h e traditional Showboat Week, there will be two additional one night shows. Starting off the s u m m e r schedule on Friday, J u n e 25, will be the sensational Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass. Then on Saturday, July 10, returning to the Showboat stage for a record third time will b e Boots Randolph and his 'Yakety Sax'. Capping off the fun-filled summer will be . the traditional week-long Showboat presentation, July 26-31, starring comedian Frankie Fontaine, "Crazy Googenheim" on the 'Jackie Gleason Show. Two years ago, the Lowell Showboat Corporation introduced the concept of 'one night shows'. So popular have the shows been received, that it was decided to continue in this manner with two such shows this year.

Two property damage accidents, both within ten minutes of each other at Pleasant and Main Streets, Sunday evening, involved the vehicles of Daniel Tcho and Marvin Smit and Michael Grutter and a juvenile driver. Dne to anmmer vacation, the Lowell High School Ecology G u b will suspend the recycling pick-up station at Eberhard's on West Main Street. The club wishes to thank Eberhar i's and Jackson Motors for their help in maintaining the pick-up station. The Ecology Club will resume their recycling activity in the fall.

Wepman's Closes After 25 Yrs.

Grammy Award winner, television star and one of the most popular fair attractions in the country, Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass will bring to the Showboat stage some of that good ole Nahville sound. Sharing the stage with Davis and the Brass, will be country western comedian Harry Jarkey. 'Mr. Sax', Boots Randolph has never failed to pack the house at the Showboat Amphitheatre. His style and fluid musical ability, along with just plain good entertainment, seems to agree with the relaxed atmosphere under the stars. Never before has an entertainer been In such demand at the Showboat. For the 43rd year, the Robert E. Lee will round 'cattail bend' on the Flat River in Lowell to the delight of thousands of Western Michigan enthusiasts, July 26-31.

Lowell hm*tm W M U K , Mf«. M d y Wapman, lapt Saturday d a o e d the doora of her cfcthing and ahoe atora on Eoat Main Street, which t h e haa owned and operated for over 25 y e a n . Looking forward to her retirement, Molly aaya ahe'U miss Che • a n y friends s h e ' s made down through the yoara, and ezpreaaed her thanks to t h e pahllc for their paat patronage.

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Lowell Police Sgt. J a m e s Hutson commented that there w a s no doubt that the quick actions of Czajkowski, at the risk of his own iife, had saved the Martinez boy. Based upon this action and comments of herosim made by witnesses, Hutson has recommended Czajkowski receive some type of an award for his heroic efforts.

Millage Ballot May Be Confusing In voting on any issue it is Important to know just what the k s u e is and the upcoming Lowell Area Schools' millage election is somewhat confusing as it appears on the ballot.

To begin with, there are two proposals and. according to local members of the school board, it is vital that each one pass. It is definitely not a choice of one over the other.

Plans are really taking shape for Lowell's Second Annual July 4th weekend celebration according to the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Activities will start with a parade Saturday, July 3, at 10 a . m . , followed by a one day sidewalk sale in front of all participating merchants and an Arts, Crafts, and Games Fair at Richard's Park.

Sharing the stagt with the talented Mr. Fontaine will be the dazzling "Singing Dolls;" a comedy trampoline act called "Huntzicker and Harlan;" and the amazing and mystical "Kramer and Company," who are nationally known illusionists.

Fri., June 11 thru Mon., June 14

Featured will be the Jaycee's dunking machine, the Firem e n s ' s refreshment booth, and many craft booths with items for sale.

Tickets for the Nashville Brass and Randolph shows are now on sale and can be purchased at the Lowell Showboat Ticket office 897-9237 at Grinnell's in Grand Rapids < Battle Creek or H e r o ' i i Rapids. The will be $6, S5 and $4.

Softball Game At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Chamber members have challenged the City employees to a play-off of test year's softbail g a m e at Recreation Park.

Prizes for Are plug painting win be awarded daring the celebration. There are still many plugs available to paint, contact t h e Chamber of C o M w r c e offlce ta raaerve yoara, pbooe 897-8545.

To Discuss A public hearing will b e held by the Village of Saranac. Wednesday, J u n e 16, 1976, on the proposed replacement of the North Bridge Street bridges and their approaches over the Grand River and its overflow.

Also the replacement of the existing one-lane bridge over the overflow with a culvert and 24-foot wide vehicular roadway fill section, and reconstruction of the bridge approaches. Ail persons are invited to submit data, views, comments or arguments for the Village's consideration and to attend the meeting. Written statements must be addressed to the Village of Saranac. and received no later than J u n e 26, 1976. Plans and statements of the proposed bridge and approach replacements may b e viewed at the Village offices Monday thru Friday between 8 a . m . and 3:30 p.m.

H A H CUTS - Designed for yoa. Consaitatlotia avoUahie. Vanity Hair Faahkma, 203 E. Main, Lowell, 897-7506.

The committee urges everyone to join in the hometown activities. Join us July 3 and 4 in saying, "Happy Birthday. America."

Cascade Fire

Local Teachers Show


Appreciation To Community

Cascade Township found itself without a full-time fire chief when John Kwekel submitted his unexpected resignation to the Township Board, to be effective June 1.

As an interim solution to the immediate problem, the Cascade Township Board appointed Deputy Chief Lee Norten as acting chief.

VOTE FOR — Wayne Dowllng, School Board Member, Monday J a n e 14.

I T S THE COMING SUMMER LOOK—The "Dorothy Ham ill" or Wedge hair cut. For appointment at M a n ' s World Hairstyiing phone 897-8102.


" I ' m sure that everyone realizes that t h e way prices have gone up on everything you c a n ' t operate on less money—you've got to fiave the s a m e plus a little bit more. W e ' v e got a good school system now and 1 know we all want to keep it. If voters just understand that voting " y e s " on both proposals will only increase t h d r tax bill by one mill, I'm sure they'll come through." "Don't forget, h o w e v e r , " Metternick added, " t h a t b o t h , proposals must pass or we a r e in real trouble. It worries m e t h a t some people may think that they are being given a choice between two and one-half mills or one mill and will naturally choose the smaller one. That ia not the case. Both issues most pass and if they do |t will only mean an increase of just o n e mill or a p p r o z i m a t a i y t l + p f r year for the average taxpayer with a 520.000 h o m e . " The election, set for next Monday. J u n e 14, will also include the naming of two n e w school board members to replace retiring Dr. Richard Siegle and Blanche Mullen. T h r e e candidates, Judy Jansma, Wsyne Dowling and Raymond Zsndstra a r e tunning for t h e vacancies.

Antique A u t o Tour To Go Thru Lowell The Horseless Carriage Club of America, Grand Rapida Chapter, Antique Autos. a & planning their 22nd annual Bicentennial Spring Antique A u t o Tour this Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13. Formerly known as the Woodland Tour, the vehicles will depart from the North-Kent Mall in Grand Rapids and b e a d for their destination, Lansing. Starting at 9 a.m. t h e procession will head down t h e E a s t Beltline to Knapp Road, t o Grand River Drive in Ada, o n t ? Lowell on M-21 then stop in Ionia for a rest stop. From there, they will go t o Lyons and on to St. J o h n s , where they will stop for lunch. After their arrival in Lansing, they will take a tour of tike Capitol building and attend a banquet at the Olds Plaza Hotel.

In his letter of resignation, Kwekel said he was returning to work as a designer with TerHorst and Rinzema, general contractors; a job he held prior to becoming Cascade's full time chief two years ago.




Prizes for the Fire Plug Painting Contest will be awarded just before the fireworks. " T h e r e has been so much interest in this that second, third and fourth place prizes are being o f f e r e d , " stated Howard West, Chairman.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in th«? Village Offices, 8 Bridge Street, for the purpose of considering t h e economic, social and environmental cffects of the bridge replacement. The proposed project includes easement acquisition, replacement of t h e existing one-lane bridge over the Grand River with a 450-foot long structure with two 12-foot wide vehicular traffic lanes and two 5-foot wide pedestrian walks.

After church on Sunday, July 4, the booths will be open in Richard's Park, plus the Lions will be cooking their famous chicken in t h e afternoon.

A pageant of Lowell's early days will b e put on by the Historical Society at the Showboat Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

B r i i f i Replacement

The second proposal is for one sdditionsl mill which, in view of the rising cost of supplies, utilities, etc., is necessary to balance the budget. Board President Harold Mettemick said today, " w e arc doing all that we can to keep costs down. W e are all taxpayers, too, and we know that just as things cost more today to run the school, we have similar increases at home and we d o n ' t want to ask the m e m b e r s of our community to spend any more than is absolutely necessary.

Lowell's Fourth Of July Weekend Celehration

Martinez, the son of M r s . Nora Martinez of Lowell and Czajkowski, who wered treated at the scene by the Lowell Rescue Unit, the Lowell Police Department and the K e n t County E-Unit, were both taken to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Reservations for Showboat week can be made at this time, but tickets will officially go on sale July 1. Tickets for the week-long event will be $5. $4 and $3.

The first proposal is to renew 2.5 mills that have now expired. A " y e s " vote on this will not increase property taxes at all—it will merely continue them as they are right now.

Happy Birthday, America!

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Involved in A minor property damage accident Saturday morning were cars driven by Brian DeLoof and Robert Angliss of Mt. Morris. The mishap occurred when DeLoof attempting to turn right struck the Angliss cat as it was passing on the right.

Street. Doug Barnes, 3266 Segwun Avenue, and Roger Waters, 332 North Washington, went to the aid of both victims.


Ta show their appreciation la t h e paapla of tha Lawal their s a p p o r t , local teachers have donated 72 books ta school libraries aroand the district. It is expected that the books wfll be available to some 1,000 children ta t h e district. Theae books are a series of popular, d a a a k a l , bat contemporary storiea that are interesting to yoang people ta grades 4 through 8. Through this donation, local teachers wish to thank the people of the Lowell a r e a for their kindness and sapport. Accepting the donation for the school system Is Mrs. Faye Haaktas, Elementary librarian; Dirk Venema, Ran d m an Principal; M r s . Eileen McLanghUn, Library Asalstant; and Mark Weber, Pahllc Affairs Council, North Kent Teachers Assoc.

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Sunday, J u n e 13, they will head back on M-43 to Odessa for a rest stop, t h e n down Cascade Road to t h e E a s t Beltline and return to t h e NorthKent Mall where trophies a n d awards will be given to t h e winners.

THIS W E E K S SPECIAL — At l o o l e Drive Inn, AM W. M a t e , Lowell—Pizza B a r g t r a , 4 9 c . Taeaday, Burger Nlte; We day, Oblcfcen Nlte; Steak NHe. New Howsi Man.-Sat., Si30 a u n . - l O p.m. Sunday, 7 a . m . . 9 m i .

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great paper, and as a newcomer (five years) have learned much about the city, t h e people, commmunity activities, plus a variety of different kinds of information.

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Lowell School Board AfORda Lowell Area Schools' Board of Education will meet Monday, June 14. at 7:30 p.m. in the Middle School Choir Room.

On the evening's agenda will be: Athletic Director's Report; Text Book adoptions; employment of Special Education teacher; and teacher resignation.

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During t h e past several years. It has b e e n our privilege to know M r . Raymond Zandstra. W e respect his integrity, sincerity, and care for his fellows. We highly regard his judgment and decision making ability. Committed interest in the yoQng people of this community has been exhibited by his participation with the youth groups of the United Methodist Church of Lowell. W e are pleased that Mr. Zandstra is a candidate in the upcoming school board election. His decision to seek a position on the Lowell Board of Education is a reflection of his concern for t h e total, well-rounded education of the students in the Lowell School System and responsibility to the citizens of the community.

vote for responsible leadership Respectfully, Kurt G. Yost Karl W. Yost I've just come back from a meeting at the school bus garage about the millage. Mr. Don Kelly handed out sheets of information and asked for questions. For myself t h e tax will be about $10 a year, less than SI a month increase. 1 was very surprised that so many people complained about such a small amount of money going towards t h e school for upkeeping present standards. A good school system Is a high priority with me, and H also reflects a community that cares about the youth.

Farm Burtu lift • CwwwnlJy S«nfK# lnwrwei A vote for Mr. Zandstra is a


People find the money for things most important to them. This may be a new car, going out to eat, new clothes, or the many things we spend money on for recreation. How high on the priority list are the youth of this community going to rate? Mrs. Herb Vander Bilt

1978 MONARCH OHIA Factory OfftoM Car. V8, automatic Irwwwilnlin, powar •tearing, air conditioning, powar t u n roof, plus much mora.

Aa we reach end of oar 1975-1976 season for the Lowell W o m e n ' s Club, we grasp the opportunity to record oor gratit u d e from our president. Mrs. Richmond, and all t h e members f o t the fine job of publicity your paper has offered. All copy has been faithfully reproduced, articles published promptly, and well located, and as a result, our m e m b e r s knew what our program was and we have had a good attendance.

1975 MERCURY COMET Factory OHWal. This car haa 600 mllaa. 302 V8, standard shift, trunk luggaga rack. 1975 J E E P CJ-5. 4-whaal drlva, soft top. This ear must gol 1976 FORD MAVERICK 4-doof, Vinyl roof, radioing bucket M a t s , automatic transmission, powar ataarlng, disc brakaa. Much mora. 1975 PINTO STATION WAGON. 4-spaad, steal radial tlraa, radio, tinted glass. 1974 BLAZER. 4.whaal drlva, automatic transmlaalon, powar ataarlng and brakaa, new snow tlraa, radio. 1973 FORD LTD Powar ataarlng and brakaa. automatic transmlaalon, air conditioning, clock. A beautiful car.

Further, and equally Important. on several occasions our students and their teachers have contributed of their skills and time. Each article reporting such e v e n t s has informed them again of our appreciation as well as informed our community of their accomplishments and willingness.

1972 MERCURY COMET. 6 cylinder, standard ahlft. radio. Vinyl top. 1974 NOVA HATCHBACK. 6cylinder, standard ahlft, rally whaala.

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ON BOTH PROPOSALS Renew 2 1/2 Mills

Thanks again to t h e Ledger and keep up the good work. Cordially, Mrs. George Noteware Press Reporter for the Lowell W o m e n ' s Club. G e t out and vote I All elections are decided because of small voter turn out. The Lowell School System g e t s 86 percent of our taxes. Whoever heard of such a large percentage going to o n e group? At the same time, t h e Township. which has the responsibility of running the Township, g e t s a lousy 2Vi percent. It takes q u i t e a lot of the 2 , /i percent just to administrate t h e Lowell School System. Out of what little is left, the Township tries to maintain a modest Township Hall, pays low w a g e s to its members; supervisor. Board of Appeals and Tax Appeal members. Presently our Township officials are working for 47 percent of t h e recommended salary schedule. Our development and planning commission is saving the Township thousands of dollars by doing all of their own work, r a t h e r than relying upon consulting firms. Road programs have been curtailed, playgrounds and parks cannot be built and an industrial park is out of the question. Besides this, they are supposed to build a n d maintain roads and furnish fire protection for you. Right now. we need roads and a fire truck we cannot afford. Wouldn ' t you rather see a fire truck at y our house and a better road running by your house, than to go to the Lowell Schools and see teacher's lounges, carpet on the floors, air conditioning and mayb e a swimming pool?

system. We want a good education with less frills! The School System says t h e millage stays the same, which it does, but every year they get more cash money because our taxes keep going up. What becomes of the extra cash? Let the School system understand . . . No more millage increases! We must live within our income! Save your money! VOTE NOMIIII Group of Concerned Township Citizens' There is something about t h e American public, myself included, that makes them perversely interested in o t h e r people's troubles. If thert is something wrong they want to hear about it. In a small town most of this information is gathered at the gas station, over t h e bridge table, on the telephone. or in the "Letters to t h e E d i t o r " column of the local newspaper. Since I don't hand around g a s stations, don't have that much time for afternoon bridge, and I can't get the telephone away from my teenagers, my best bet is the newspaper. Most of you a r e familiar with the school publication culled " T h e Measuring Stick." T h e last issue has a terrbly glaring error that needs to be corrected — and fast. In an attempt to explain just how badly t h e millage is needed in the upcoming school election and how little it will cost the average taxpayer, the Measuring Stick ran a question and ansv/er article covering the issue. Unfortunately, due to one of m a n y typographical errors that all papers are famous for. t h e school publication states loud and clear that the increase will cost the average taxpayer SIO.OOO per year. What it should have said, and actually is. is oniy ten dollars per year.

That's quite a difference. At $10,000 per year I couldn't get to the polls fast enought to vote it down but at SI0 per year, I'm smart enough to know that the children of Lowell need it more than I do. Lowell schools have vastly improved over the past few years (while national student test score averages have been dropping all over the country. Lowell's have shown a steady rise) and in this day and age our children need all the knowledge available to make their way in the world. It Is a good school system and they do need a little more money to keep up with rising costs. A yes vote on the ballot's first proposal will merely renew the tax the way it has been for the past three years and won't cost the voters anything more and a yes vote on proposal two will add the necessary one mill increase. WhUe I'm at it. I have intended to write a letter to the Ledger for the past five years to commend the Volunteer Fire Department for the fine job they do and I'm thankful that they don't put off answering fires the way I put off saying thanks. Also, we're all fortunate to have the officers we have on our police department (I've seldom lost a bike that Sg». Hutson hasn't found) and I. for one, feel pretty secure knowing that they are on duty round-the-clock. As I sit here early in the morning looking out on our wide streets, lined with the white curbs that I didn't want to pay for but am glad are there, even the tall green trees look proud as they stand over our community—a beautiful place to rkise a family and run by dedicated people. Sincerely. Gail Doran

In addition to t h e low salary schedule our Township is running without the proper number of employees. We a r e entitled to one more full time employee or two half-time employees. if we play our cards right, we can get down to saving 18 percent. Besides wanting more millage. we are forever having people at our door to collect for a school drive. I c a n ' t remember everything, but they sell cookies, candy and whatever to buy band uniforms, a bus trip t o ' some place and lots of times students halfway block the entrance to the bank with something to sell. W h e n I go to the bank. I go there for business, and if I want to buy something, I go !o the store. > Besides this enormous property tax, we have income tax, state tax. sales tax. a car to buy and maintain, insurance on our house and property, life and medical insurance. Name it and we have to pay for itl On top of this, we have campaigns for donations to T.B., Heart, Cancer. Polio. Multiple Sclerosis and on and on. With the highest employment in the nation, where does t h e school system think all the money is coming from? W e are thinking of putting in a printing press in t h e barn! The School System gets three shots of free propaganda in the Ledger, where we tax payers never use it. They also spend our tax dollars to send out the "Measuring Stick." We have no funds to combat their propaganda. The School is always appealing to t h e non property owners to vote—so 1 say this is "Representation without Taxation!"

To Speak Here A training session on "Flowering Arranging" will be held Monday. June 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Education Building of the First United Methodist Church of Lowell at 621 East Main Street. The Lowell Showboat Garden Club has invited Mrs. Clarence Blakeslee of Rockford, a qualified Flower Show Judge, to speak on the art of flower Arranging, including tlje selection and conditioning of materials. The Garden Club would like to see a good turn-out for this meeting, which is open to the public. If you are interested in flowers and are thinking of having entries in the forthcoming flower show "Heritage 7 6 . " to be presented July 29 and 30. plan to attend on J u n e d 14. A complete schedule of classes. etc.. for the July flower show has been printed and will soon b e available to those wishing to enter the show.

Girl's Varsity Elects Officers The Girl's Varsity G u b af Lowell High School elected its | new officers for the 1976-77 school year. They are: Nancy Bieri, president; Patty Prins. vice-president; Laurie McMahon. secretary; and Mary J o Marble, treasurer. Miss Meisner. the Girl's Varsity Club advisor, would like to extend her congratulations to these four young ladies and to thank the former officers, Karen Gehringer, Barb Phillips, Maureen Doyle and Sue Yost for helping her this past year.

[ 3 Add 1 Mill Only with both proposals passing can we provide an adequate education for our children LOWELL AREA SCHOOL ELECTION - JUNE 14 Paid for by Concerned a U z e n t of Lowei Area Schools.

Perhaps our School System could come u p with a tax decrease, while maintaining a sound educational system. The list of people mentioned in the " M e a s u r i n g Stick" on millage information is top heavy in favor of millage increase. We are paying the School for special training for certain individuals and in certain cases, we also pay t h e State for these same services. The School always shows a comparison with other systems. They d o n ' t mention the difference between the Lowell Township tax b a s e and the tax base of the other Townships they compare to Lowell. The Township Board d o e s n ' t think our tax base can support t h e present Lowell

SUN., JUNE 13i South Boston Bible Church will present a Bicentennial Cantata on SunCall the Grand Valley Ledger, day, June 13. at 4 p.m. EveryW7-9261, or send to Box 126, one is welcome. L^refl, Michigan 49331. MON., JUNE 14> The Golden Space In thlo coiumn availahle Swingers, Lowell's Senior CitiFree for the a t e of civic organi- zen's Club, will meet next zations, churches, etc, to an- Monday evening, June 14.- at ooonce their coming events. Fallasburg Park for a potluck supper at 6 p.m. Bring own beverage and a dish to pass. FRI., JUNE H i The Christian We've got a good program. All W o m e n ' s Club of Grand Rapids welcome. cordially invite you to their B r u n c h (9:30-11:30 a.m.) or L u n c h e o n (1 to 3 p.m.) at B y l s m a ' s Restaurant, East. For reservations call 531-0157 or 361-8664. Special feature. Panopoulos Figure and Health S a l o n on "Shaping Into Summer."

TUES., JUNE 15» The American Society of Women Accountants will hold their monthly membership meeting at Duck's Restaurant. Social Hour is at 6:00 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m. and meeting at 7:30 p.m.

FRI., JUNE l i t The Perry Group of tlw Congregational Church will meet on Friday. June I I . at 1:30 p.m. at Schneider Manor.

SAT., JUNE 19i A special "Chalice Dinner" will be held June 19, Saturday, at the Lowell Masonic Temple at 6:30 p.m., by Hooker Chapter No. 73, RAM. For reservations, to be


SAT., JUNE 19i The Welcome Home for the Blind Guild, 1953 Monroe Avenue, Grand Rapids, will have their Annual Strawberry Festival Saturday, J u n e 19. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at t h e Home.

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Is Installed As Trustee

1976-77 o f f k e r a , truateea and committee chairperaona of the Anxlllary to the 700 ra.mher Michigan Optometric Aaaodatkm, installed daring (he a s a o d a t W s 80th Annnal Convention at Mackinac k l a n d . May 25, were, from left, Mr*. T.B. Walton of Rocbeater, trustee; Mr*. Stephen E. Schock of Menominee, ways and means chalrpereon; Mr*. Herbert R. Muefler of Lowell, trustee; Mr*. Michael L. Wilson of Manlrtlqae, trustee; M r s . Dale W . Van Dyke of Wyoming, secretary; Mrs. Jack A. Bergstrom of Midland, president; Mrs. Terry K. Johnson of Midland, president-elect; Mrs. Donald A. Hoople of North Moakegon, treasurer; Mrs. WID E. Phillip* of Sonthfleld, trortee; and M r s . Fred L. Anderson of Mt. Pleaaant, legislative key woman.

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various categories of exhibits, to be turned in to be compared and evaulated with ilie selection of J u d g e Danner. Prizes will be awarded for those with the highest score.

The Annual Cbarolais Breeders of Michigan Field Day will be held J u n e 12. at the Rozeboom Cbarolais Farm at Ada. Michigan. The-popular event will feature the live and carcass jujdging of beef animals. The key speaker will b e Dr. Robert A; Merkel of the Michigan State Meat Laboratory at East Lansing. Dr. Merkel emphasizes the point. . . . we must stop looking at our beef cattle as pounds of animal . . . instead we must look on them as pounds o l meat on the ralir*

Morning activities will include a visit to the Nearby Ada Packing Plant . . . another opportunity for guests to learn further about carcass handling and evaluation. At noon lunch (potluck) will be served on the Banks of the Thornapple River. Lunch will be followed by the Dr. Merkel's Beef Carcass Evaluation . . . including a review of the Impact of the new grading system.

The official judge of cattle for the day will be Myron Danner of Mucatine, Iowa. A cattle breeder and experienced cattleman, he not only will judge the cattle but will exchange ideas on each animal with the public. Guests at the Field Day will have their chance to put their value on four carcasses and a like number of steers, heifers, brood cows and a group of selected bulls that will make up the Bull-E-Vard of Bulls. The Field Day will begin at 9 a . m . with registration of guests. Each registrant will receive a " j u d g i n g c a r d " and will be asked to put their value on the

Mr. Danner will then give his values and reasons for his selections of the cattle in the various categories including the carcasses on the rail . . . the meeting will then be open for the exchange of ideas with the guests of the CBM Field Day. Other activities are scheduled to make the 1976 CBM Field Day both informative and enjoyable.

Salt of East Lansing are cochairman of the event. Mr. Rozeboom is of Ada and owns the " h o s t " farm.



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SAT., JUNE 19: Grand Valley Artists, a local group of 125 artists, will present their annual Reeds Lake Clothesline Art Fair, in the John Collins Park on the shore of Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids.


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made prior to J u n e 15. call 897-8315. 897-7835 or 897-8497.

SAT., JUNE Ylx Ox-roast and Old-tyme Bazaar Saturday, J u n e 12. at the Vergennes United Methodist Church, 4 to 8 p.m.

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Receives Award T h e District Award of M e r i t w a s p r e s e n t e d to M r s . D e a n BaUey of Lowell C u b Pack 3188 a t a recent d i n n e r in H a s t i n g s h o n o r i n g t h e adult l e a d e r s of s c o u t s in t h e Sunrise District. W e s t Michigan S h o r e s council. BSA. M r s . BaUey has s e r v e d aa a D e n Leader since t h e inception of t h e pack in 1970 and h a s also h e l d the position of Den L e a d e r Coach for t h e p u t f e w y e a r s . T h e A w a r d of M e r i t is pres e n t e d to t w o or t h r e e s c o u t e r s e a c h year in recognition of their o u t s t a n d i n g c o n t r i b u t i o n s to t h e lives of b o y s .

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U v e a of t h e thhty-alx reaidenta at tha C h a f f y C r a a k N a n t e g H e m e , 350 N. C a a t o r S t r e e t , LowtB, have received certiflcataa af i for p a r t i d p a t l n f la tha Health a a d E x e r d a a P i a g r a m by t h a N a r a l a g H e m e a n d t h e Lowell A r e a Schaala* C e m n a n l t y Edaeatloa Program. T h e t h r e e r a d p l a a t a of t h e certMlcatoa ware, a a a t a d , b a m l a f t , d s n C a U a a , Dora Nelaaa a a d Laara Dawaoa. S t a n d i n g la Red S m i t h , C a m m a a H y Edncatloa Director a a d F r a a M e a d e s ,


Nancy Coons Becomes Mrs. George E. Sparks

M r . ft M r a . G e e f g e S p a r t a At an a f t e r n o o n c e r e m o n y -n t h e First United Methodist Church of Lowell, S a t u r d a y . M a y 29. Nancy Ellen Coons and George E d Sparks w e r e united in m a r r i a g e by t h e R e v e r e n d Dean 1. BaUey.

t h e crown. H e r colonial b o u q u e t w a s c o m p o s e d of yellow r o s e s , lavender d a i a i e s , and w h i t e s t a r s of B e t h l e h e m . T h e w e d d i n g music w a s provided b y ' M e t a M . Orear, flutist, a n d Rondald K r e b s , organist.

P a r e n t s of t h e couple a r e M r . and M r s . David F. Coons of LoweU and M r . and M r s . George W . S p a r k s of Little Rock. A r k a n s a s .

Miss O r e a r . of Troy, was t h e b r i d e ' s a t t e n d a n t . Robert L. B a u m a n of S t . Louis, Missoui, served a s b e s t m a n .

T h e b r i d e chose a gown of white tricot, f a s h i o n e d with a s w e e t h e a r t bodice and d o u b l e capelet sleeves, and wore a short veU with f r e s h P.owers at

FoUowing a reception held in t h e C o o n s ' h o m e , Mr. and M r s . S p a r k s left o n a northern w e d ding trip. T h e y wUl make t h e i r h o m e in C o n w a y , Arkansas.



t h e finished p r o d u c t s , amid a class p a i n t e d back-drop, have b e e n u s e d by t h e s t u d e n t s t o p r e s e n t a variety of p r o g r a m s t o t h e s t u d e n t s in t h e e l e m e n t a r y grades. A f t e r t h e bodies a r e carved out of wood, t h e s t u d e n t t h e n m o u l d e d t h e h e a d s f r o m Elm e r ' s g l u e and saw d u s t . T h e m a r i o n e t t e ' s c o s t u m e s were all h a n d s e w n and perfected by their craftsmen.

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$1,406Mess than Riviera! Now after seeing that Cordoba is priced that much less than Riviera, wouldn't you really rather have a Cordoba?

52,398'less than Thunderbird! And even though it w o u l d cost $926 to comparably equip Cordoba to Thunderbird, therd would still be a difference of $1,472!

si,499*less than OldsToronado! Yes, Cordoba is even priced less than OldsToronado. So If you're looking for a luxury car, come in and see the beautiful Cordoba.

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This year, see the Men who say "Yes"!

Marionette Making Is An Experience T h e Creative W o o d class at LoweU Senior H i g h School, und e r t h e direction of Art T e a c h e r , D e b o r a h Tomeck. h a s spent m a n y d a s s h o u r s hand-carving m a r i o n e t t e s from pine and redwood.







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L e a r n i n g to manipulate t h e p u p p e t s was t h e next class, as a special voice a n d personality had to b e incorporated for each puppet.

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