News doesn’t happen only once a week, and neither does Lowell’s First Look.
As the community’s online news source, Lowell’s First Look was founded in 2016 by Tina Dickerman, Maryalene LaPonsie and Amanda Schruauben to provide an alternate to the traditional way of reporting and delivering the news. Each month, it attracts thousands of readers who are looking for accurate and comprehensive coverage of all things Lowell.
One of the three original founders of Lowell’s First Look, Maryalene is focused on maintaining the site’s reputation for excellent and accurate news coverage.
In addition to running Lowell’s First Look, Maryalene is a full-time freelance writer who specializes in personal finance topics. Her work has been featured on Forbes Advisor, U.S. News & World Report, Money Talks News, MSN and elsewhere on the web. She previously served as a member of Lowell City Council, chair of the Lowell Planning Commission, member of the Lowell Light & Power Board and member of the Lowell Area Fire and Emergency Services Authority Board. She is a current member of the Schneider Manor Board of Directors.
A resident of Lowell since 1998, Maryalene and her late husband have five children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and exploring area parks and trails.
Beat: LAS Board of Education Meetings
Erin Foltz is a Naturalist at the Wittenbach Wege Center and enjoys teaching area children about science and nature. She has proudly served as the Volunteer Coordinator on the board for Lowell Pride since 2021 and helps to oversee Support LAS, a group that formed in 2021 to support and highlight the immense good in our school district.
Erin and her husband live in Lowell and have two children who currently attend Lowell Area Schools.
Beat: Township Board Meetings
Beat: Community and school activities
Michelle and her husband live in Lowell where they have been homeschooling for many years. They are currently educating two sons with four graduate daughters. When not freelance writing and editing, Michelle enjoys live theater both being in the audience and working backstage.
Beat: Lowell Area Fire Department News
Images of Vision
Chuck and Martha Hayden
The Restless Viking
Chuck and Martha Hayden — otherwise known as “Da Viking” and “Poppins” — take a peek behind the curtain of life on their adventures.
They highlight history and cultures as they meet locals from the areas they explore. You can follow along on their journeys by following their blog and YouTube channel.
Health Living with Jilisa Ghareeb
Jilisa Ghareeb has been a Beachbody coach for 6 years. Her favorite part of being involved with fitness and nutrition is watching her clients change and open up a whole new world. As a coach, she is able to help others by introducing them to a change that is often scary, intimidating, and full of “what ifs” to an encouraging and inspirational lifestyle full of “I cans”. She uses her own story to show others that everything is possible with hard work and determination. If you’re interested in reaching out to Jilisa for more information you can contact her via email, on Instagram, or Facebook.
Real Estate Corner with Rick Seese
Rick Seese works with buyers and sellers of residential, commercial, and industrial real estate. He is an Associate Broker with Greenridge Realty, Inc. and has been licensed full-time for over 40 years. If you’re interested in reaching out to Rick for more information, or have a question for the monthly article, you can contact him via email ([email protected]), visit his website at www.rickseese.com or Facebook page, or call/text him at 616-437-2576.
More About Living
Emmanuel Hospice is an interfaith provider of compassionate, person-centered hospice care to patients and their loved ones in West Michigan. Serving the community since 2013, the nonprofit draws on a team approach that focuses holistically on mind, body and spirit, working to enhance each patient’s life with a combination of expert medical care, spiritual counseling and complementary therapies – because hospice is more about living than dying. Emmanuel Hospice has expanded to serve all of Kent and Ottawa counties and portions of Allegan, Barry, Newaygo, Ionia, Montcalm and Muskegon counties.
For more information, visit EmmanuelHospice.org. You can also find us on Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
Thoughts from the Therapy Chair with Joe Martino
Joe Martino is a counselor with Joe Martino Counseling Network. He has locations in Lowell, Grand Rapids, Greenville, and Grandville. For more information about Joe and his business, check their website or Facebook page. He and the rest of the counselors and staff are eager to help those in need.
In the Garden with Nicole
Nicole Crocker is a specialty cut flower farmer and owner of Buddy and Bean Flower Farm in Lowell. You can find her flower arrangements on her roadside stand when they’re in season. Connect with her on Facebook or Instagram, or at www.buddyandbeanflowers.com.
Rogers Neighborhood Realty
Home Tips and Tricks
Amanda Rogers is the Broker/Owner of Rogers Neighborhood Realty. Amanda and the rest of the agents in the office are professional, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about buying and selling houses and property in the Lowell community. For more information, visit their website, Facebook page, or Instagram page.