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Volunteers brave the rain to help clean up the Rogue River

Volunteers brave the rain to help clean up the Rogue River

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Organizers of this year’s Rogue River cleanup say the effort was a success.

Despite the rain, more than 65 volunteers helped clear litter from a six mile stretch of the river.  Some team members canoed and kayaked on the river, screening for waste.  Others walked along the riverbank, picking up litter.

Organizers say some of the most interesting items volunteers dredged up included an old pipe and a deck that had been washed downstream.  They also found lots of fishing line, cigarette butts and plastic wrappers.

The cleanup was organized by the Kent Conservation District and Trout Unlimited, as part of the Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative.  The Department of Environmental Quality funded the effort.   The City of Rockford, AAA Canoe Rental, Family Fare, Rockford Brewing Company and Rogue River rentals all donated items or services toward the event.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, September 7.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at  5068 Breton Rd. SE in Kentwood. The county will also accept drop-off items at the following times and locations:

  • September 21: 2350 Ivanrest SW, Grandville
  • October 12: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • October 26: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, August 24.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW. The county will also accept drop-off items at the following times and locations:

  • September 7: 5068 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwood
  • September 21: 2350 Ivanrest SW, Grandville
  • October 12: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • October 26: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, August 10. 

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford. The county will also accept drop-off items at the following times and locations:

  • August 24: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • September 7: 5068 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwood
  • September 21: 2350 Ivanrest SW, Grandville
  • October 12: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • October 26: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

Free recycle drop-off at Highland Middle School August 1

Free recycle drop-off at Highland Middle School August 1

NORTHVIEW, Mich.-- A team of volunteers from Highland Middle School welcomes your recyclables Thursday, August 1.

Mrs. Krueger and her Green Team will be accepting recyclable materials 9 a.m. to noon.  Visitors should enter through the gym doors and follow the signs to the drop-off area.  All items must be clean and free of food.  For a list of accepted materials, click here.

The Green Team will hold another recycle drop-off event August 14. For more information, contact Mrs. Krueger at dkrueger@nvps.net.