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Last Minute Leave Pickup

A reminder if you haven't raked up that final leaf from your yard yet, the City of Kentwood is offering help. You can dump off your leaves at the city's public works facilities located at 5068 Breton Avenue.  The leaf dump is in an enclosed area and will be manned Monday through Saturday 10am to 8pm.  On Sunday, the hours of operation are from 12 noon until 6pm.  It will close on December 3rd.The leaf disposal service is available to Kentwood residents only. You will be asked for proff of residency.  No commercial haulers are allowed. The city also wants residents to know that the city  has state approval only for leaf disposal, so other yard waste such as grass clippings, tree branches and dead plants cannot be accepted. 

Safe way to get rid of unwanted medication

Safe way to get rid of unwanted medication

What’s in your medicine cabinet?  Do you have bottles of old medication?  Flushing the pills down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.  There is another way to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs in Kent County.

On October 28, 2011, from  8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Kent County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to Kent County Sheriff’s Office at 701 Ball Ave NE.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

This effort is part of the Nationwide Prescription Drug "Take-Back” Day.

2011 Leaf Dump Operations

2011 Leaf Dump Operations

From: http://www.ci.kentwood.mi.us

The City of Kentwood is, once again, able to utilize our Public Works facilities for the leaf dump operations this year. The leaf dump shares a location with the Recycling Center located at 5068 Breton Avenue, east off of Breton, north of 52nd Street and south of City Hall. The leaf dump is in an enclosed area and will be manned with set hours of operation, subject to change as we proceed through the fall. The hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday, 10 AM until 8 PM.  On Sundays, the hours of operation are from 12 noon until 6 PM. The leaf dump will open Saturday, October 15, 2011 and close on Saturday December 3, 2011.

Single Stream Recycling Now Available at Drop-Off Stations

Single Stream Recycling Now Available at Drop-Off Stations

News Release:  (Grand Rapids, MI) – Kent County now offers single stream recycling at all three county-operated recycling drop-off stations. Previously single stream recycling was available only to those with curbside recycling service.

Single stream recycling allows users to mix paper, plastic bottles, metal cans and glass jars together in one drop-off bin with a separate bin for flattened corrugated cardboard.

The three recycling stations, in Rockford, Grand Rapids and Kentwood, are for residents who do not have access to curbside recycling, missed their recycling day or have too much recycling to put at the curb. Residents of surrounding areas who work or travel in Kent County are also invited to use the stations.

“By converting all these containers to single stream recycling, we hope that more people will be encouraged to recycle.

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

Meet Bella, Bucky and Barry:

We leave the urban wildlife in Forest Hills and head to our cabin in Wisconsin.  In Michigan, you would call our cabin a cottage.  In Wisconsin, they are known as cabins.  Anyway I digress - our cabin is on 10 hilly acres of grassland in the bluff country of southern Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin is known as the dairy state, but the “state animal” is not a cow.  It’s the badger.  Yes, Wisconsinites have seen Bucky the Badger, the University of Wisconsin’s mascot.  But very few of them have ever seen a real badger.  Our property in Wisconsin was invaded by three badgers last year!!!!

The first sign of a badger invasion:

The first sign of the badger invasion was the yard, which was dug up.  Badgers prefer to live in open grasslands, fields and pastures.  My husband mows about four acres of our property and lets the rest of the grasses grow wild.

A break from urban wildlife for a day at the beach

A break from urban wildlife for a day at the beach

LAKE MICHIGAN -  Even a dog has to take a break from all the excitement of his backyard kingdom.  On this sunny summer day, George, my husband, and I head to the beach.  Our friends, Nancy and Don, own a cottage on Lake Michigan, and they have invited the three of us to spend the day at the beach.

This is George’s first visit to Lake Michigan.  The waves were a little intimidating at first.  He would sniff the water, but he would not allow himself to get wet.  He wouldn’t even dip his paw into the water to check it out.  Then something caught his eye.  George noticed the beautiful white birds walking along the water’s edge.  He tried to get close to these interesting critters, but they would simply fly off.

Silly me, I thought seagulls only lived by the ocean, and then I moved to Michigan and discovered the Big Lake is home to a thriving population of seagulls.  I have since learned that seagulls or gulls will live al