5 Most Popular Articles on Lowell’s First Look for October 2023

A pair of press releases, Lowell Red Arrows news and a singing sensation all made the top five articles last month on Lowell’s First Look. There was also an older article that saw a recent surge of attention but for a heart-wrenching reason.

The following articles were most popular on Lowell’s First Look in October 2023, based on website views.

5. Lowell Township Home to One-of-a-Kind Tractor Collection

Photo courtesy of Steve VanderZiel

It appeared a business profile of Moravian Sons would be taking the No. 5 spot this month until this article from 2020 began getting hundreds of hits via search engines. At first, we thought perhaps there had been some big news in the vintage tractor world, but it soon became apparent that people weren’t searching for these tractors but rather for their owner.

Steve Vander Ziel passed away unexpectedly over the weekend and, apparently, while searching for his obituary, people are finding this article. Steve had a tremendous impact on our community in more ways than one, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

4. Rep. Johnsen, Sen. Lindsey Legislation Would Make Michigan a Second Amendment Sanctuary State

The fourth most-read article of the month was a press release sent to us on behalf of State Representative Gina Johnsen, who represents Lowell. The release outlines legislation that Johnsen introduced to make Michigan a Second Amendment sanctuary state and which “prohibits the enforcement of gun control measures that violate the Second Amendment rights of its citizens.”

3. New Boys Lacrosse Coach Hired at Lowell High School

Another press release landed in the No. 3 spot among the top articles for October. This one came from the Lowell Area Schools Athletic Department and shared the news that Eric Bredin is returning as coach of the boys varsity lacrosse team. Bredin was previously the team’s coach until 2016, and many in the community are thrilled to have him back with the high school program.

2. LAS Joins New Athletic Alliance in Spite of Pushback from OK Conference

Speaking of Lowell Area Schools athletics, the second most-read article of the month highlighted a major change coming to the Lowell Red Arrows. After being shuffled off to the OK Conference Black Division during a realignment, LAS decided nope, not going to have our kids traveling for hours after school for competitions along the lakeshore. Instead, Lowell is withdrawing from the OK Conference and joining with six other districts to form a new River Cities Alliance for athletic, academic and fine arts competitions.

1. Lowell Resident Competes on The Voice

Photo courtesy of LVNDR

Far and away, the most popular article of the month was this one about Lindsey Garcia, aka LVNDR, who is competing on this season of The Voice. During the blind audition portion of the singing competition, LVNDR got the attention of both John Legend and Niall Horan and ultimately choose to be on Team Niall. She then gave an amazing performance in the Battle Rounds (see it here) but was slightly edged out by her competition. While LVNDR’s time on The Voice is over, we feel like this is probably just the start of an incredible journey for this Lowell resident.

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