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My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The annual Mayor’s Grand River Cleanup takes place Sept. 21.

Volunteers are encouraged to make a difference in their community by taking part in this clean-up effort focusing on sites in Grand Rapids, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Walker and Wyoming.

Registration takes place on Sept. 21 at Sixth Street Park located at 647 Monroe Ave. on the corner of Monroe Avenue and Newberry in downtown Grand Rapids. Arrivals after 9:15 a.m. may not be guaranteed a place on the bus. Buses leave at 9:35 a.m. sharp from the Sixth Street Park.

Call Becky Brown at (616) 451-3051, e-mail her at bbrown@wmeac.org or visit www.grandrivercleanup.com for more information.

My Town: Two state construction projects recognized nationally

My Town: Two state construction projects recognized nationally

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (MDOT)-- The Michigan Department of Transportation's M-231 bridge over Little Robinson Creek in Ottawa County, and the city of Grand Rapids' Plainfield Avenue reconstruction project have been selected by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) as winners in the 2014 America's Transportation Awards competition.

The awards were presented today at the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) regional conference in Indianapolis. The competition was created in 2008 with the support of AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to acknowledge the performance of state departments of transportation that are leading the way in bringing high value for the public's investment. Projects nominated in this competition are making communities stronger, our economy more efficient and our quality of life better.  

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town: Park patch to help fight hunger in West Michigan

My Town: Park patch to help fight hunger in West Michigan

WYOMING, Mich.—United Church Outreach Ministry is getting down and dirty to help fight hunger in West Michigan.

As part of their newest project, Growing Green Neighbors, ministry members teamed up with community members, Metro Health employees and other volunteers Tuesday to turn a patch of Wyoming’s Marquette Park into a thriving garden.

The food will be donated to Feeding America West Michigan, increasing the amount of healthy fresh vegetables available to pantry visitors.

My Town Plainfield: Public hearing over sewer system upgrades June 12

My Town Plainfield: Public hearing over sewer system upgrades June 12

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The public is encouraged to attend a hearing June 12 to weigh in on proposed upgrades to the township’s sewer system.

The $6 million project would include:

  • Constructing approximately 6,000 feet of 12‐inch sanitary sewer and installing new manholes from Ten Mile Road to the Childsdale Avenue area.
  • Removing and replacing six northerly trunk sewer inverted siphons located under the Rogue River with river crossing pipe.
  • Improve flood protection at the Forest Ridge Lift Station.
  • Improve the collection system at the Comstock Park Area Trunk Sewer.

The project would lead to higher operation and maintenance costs for the fiscal year, costing each resident an additional $2.40 per month.

My Town Plainfield: Township to enforce irrigation checks for residents

My Town Plainfield: Township to enforce irrigation checks for residents

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The township is enforcing an ordinance requiring all township water customers with an irrigation system get an inspection every three years.

The township says the testing is necessary to prevent water contamination caused by a backflow from irrigation piping.  This is the first time township residents are coming under scrutiny for cross connection contamination.

“Yes, it’s for the good of the township, but ultimately it’s for the good of the resident.  If your backflow device is not working correctly, it’s the drinking water in your home that’s going to get contaminated first.  And then all your neighbors’ water will get contaminated,” said Rick Solle, director of public services.

Affected residents must get an inspection by a qualified plumber.  The plumber should complete a test form, which must be filed with the township. 

My Town Rockford: Rogue River Expedition registration deadline nears

My Town Rockford: Rogue River Expedition registration deadline nears

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ROCKFORD, Mich. (Trout Unlimited)-- This is your last chance to sign up for this 3-day public journey of discovery to experience conditions and opportunities of Michigan’s Rogue River and its watershed.

 It will be held June 19 through the 21st.  The Expedition team will travel by land, canoes, and kayaks, and provide demonstrations, interactive displays, and exhibits in communities along the Rogue River.