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Register for Fat Bike Races - Jan 20 and Feb 3

Register for Fat Bike Races - Jan 20 and Feb 3
Fat Bike Series FatbikeGRR

Registration:


Single Race - $20
Duo - $40


T-shirt (online) - $10
T-shirt (onsite) - $15

* Each r

Signup is underway for the Kentwood Community Garden

Signup is underway for the Kentwood Community Garden

From the City of Kentwood:

If you enjoy gardening as a leisure activity but do not have the space to plant, we invite you to rent a garden plot at the Kentwood Community Garden!

Plots are located just East of the Kentwood Activities Center (355-48th St SE).

Click here for more information!

East Beltline construction causing traffic backups

East Beltline construction causing traffic backups

Lane closures on East Beltline Avenue are causing traffic backups in both directions.  Four miles of the road between I-96 and Lake Eastbrook Boulevard have been under construction since late May.  Crews are repairing concrete joints and upgrading sidewalks with American Disability Act compliant ramps.

The photograph in this article shows the traffic backup today (Saturday) in the southbound lanes.  Construction work is also forcing traffic into one lane in the other direction.  Lanes are closed 9 am to 3 pm and 8 pm to 6 am on weekdays. During the weekends, expect lanes to be closed from 8 pm on Fridays until 6 am on Mondays.

The project is expected to be completed in mid-August.

Beat the Heat at the Kentwood Public Library

Beat the Heat at the Kentwood Public Library

The library is a great place to get books, attend free programs, use computers…. and stay cool. With temperatures soaring into the 90s this week, health professionals are encouraging those without air conditioning in their homes to seek out public places that are air-conditioned. Sounds like a great opportunity to visit your local KDL branch! All 18 of our branches are air-conditioned and a wonderful place to work, relax or enjoy time with your children.

If your home is too hot, the library is a cool place to be!

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