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Many Construction Improvements in the Ada/Cascade Area

Many Construction Improvements in the Ada/Cascade Area

There is a lot happening in the Ada/Cascade area with construction that started on July 27th and will run through October 31st.

In Cascade, near the original Town Hall, changes will be made to the Museum Gardens, redesigning it to encourage more interaction. There will be new trees planted along with new plants, a sculpture pad, musical interaction pieces, soft lighting and new seating.

Old 28th Street will be realigned to reduce speeds when approaching and entering Cascade Rd from the east. This intersection will continue to be a right turn only but closer to a 90 degree angle. New sidewalk will be included in this project also.

Free Day at the Kalamazoo County Parks on June 17, 2015

Free Day at the Kalamazoo County Parks on June 17, 2015

The regular county park fees are only $5 per vehicle or $25 for an annual pass but on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at all the Kalamazoo County Parks, it’s a free day for everyone. The county is trying to encourage people to get outdoors and explore nature. You can even enter for a chance to win a 2015 Annual Vehicle Entrance Pass.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will also be held at River Oaks County Park on this special day at 11am to celebrate the grand Opening of the new splash pad and dog park.

“Many people don’t realize all the opportunities for recreation at the parks in Kalamazoo and this is a great way to kick off summer and see what all the parks have to offer,” said David Rachowicz, Parks Director.

For additional information, including park locations and maps, go online at www.kalamazoocountyparks.com

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.

My Town: Astronomy as a Hobby Part 3 – “What’s Next from My New Hobby?”

My Town: Astronomy as a Hobby Part 3 – “What’s Next from My New Hobby?”

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- The Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association presents Greg Comegys, who will share part three of his talk about astronomy as a hobby.

Astronomy enthusiasts are welcome to Schuler Books, located at 2660 28th Street SE for this discussion on Saturday, March 14, from 1 p.m.  2 p.m. A telescope tune-up clinic will follow the lecture, from 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Helpful advice about upgrading equipment will be discussed; amateur astronomers may also get a glimpse at astro-imaging. Guests are invited to bring their telescope instruments for minor repair, assessment and alignment.

For more information, visit www.graaa.org.

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

---NEWS RELEASE—

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

My Town: TV recycling no longer free in Kent County beginning Feb. 16

My Town: TV recycling no longer free in Kent County beginning Feb. 16

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GRAND RAPIDS – It seems most households now have flat-screen televisions these days, but many people may still have an older Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) television in their home. Kent County Department of Public Works (DPW) has collected 5.6 million pounds of electronics, including televisions, since 2001, without charging residents a fee. These items are processed by a third-party recycler. CRT televisions contains approximately 5-10 pounds of lead, a toxic component for our environment that can cause a variety of health issues. Due to the increasing cost of recycling televisions, Kent County DPW will begin charging a recycling fee starting February 16.

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.