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My Town Lowell: Peters cosponsors bill to complete North Country National Scenic Trail

My Town Lowell: Peters cosponsors bill to complete North Country National Scenic Trail

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U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) has announced that he is cosponsoring the North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act which would revise the North Country National Scenic Trail Route (NCNST) to protect environmentally sensitive areas of the trail and extend it into Vermont to connect with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

“Thousands of people come to the North Country Trail each year to enjoy the natural beauty of Michigan and our Great Lakes,” said Senator Peters. “Completing the Michigan portions of the North Country Trail will help provide new opportunities for conservation and outdoor recreation, increasing tourism to our state and the Great Lakes, and supporting local communities and businesses.”

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.

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town: Time to trash the tree! Free Christmas tree recycling locations

My Town: Time to trash the tree!  Free Christmas tree recycling locations

Christmas is over, which means it’s time to trash the tree.

Many municipalities are offering free tree recycling services to residents with a natural tree.  Some communities are planning to put the trees through a chipper and use the remnants to cover park trails and other green spaces.  Here is the schedule for live tree drop-offs:

Ada Township (Through Jan. 12)

  • Ada Township Park, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Alpine Township (Through Jan. 31)

  • Behind Township Hall, 5255 Alpine Ave. NW

 

Cannon Township (Through Jan. 10)

  • West side of the township building; RHS Honor Society will help unload trees Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (donations encouraged)

 

Courtland Township (Through Jan. 31)

  • Fire Station #1 on 14 Mile Road

 

My Town: Farm to turn cow patties into power

My Town: Farm to turn cow patties into power

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A Coopersville farm will soon be powered by animal waste.

Sustainable Partners LLC (Spart) plans to develop an anaerobic digester for Consumers Energy and Beaver Creek Farms, located at 18080 80th Ave. The biogas plant will transform cow manure from the farm, as well as fats, oils and restaurant grease into methane using natural bacteria in an oxygen-free environment.  That methane is then used to fuel a heater and power engine that produces electricity and thermal energy.

Beaver Creek Farm owner Bill Henke says the bio digester will provide additional benefits for his farm- the manure will retain important nutrients for field spreading, but lose the odor and reduce the general hassles of managing manure.

Volunteer help needed at Fallasburg Park

­Kent County Parks Department staff along with North Country Trail Association members and National Park Service staff are working together to complete a new North Country Trail section at Fallasburg Park this week! 

We are calling for volunteers to help with some finish raking work to create a more natural edge along the new trail.  This is a great opportunity to bundle up and get outdoors while discovering a new area of Fallasburg Park! 

Help is needed on either Friday or Saturday, November 14th or 15th.

Community Clean Up Day in Lowell

Community Clean Up Day in Lowell

The Greater Lowell Community Alliance is sponsoring a clean up day from 9:00am - 12:00 Noon at the Kent County Youth Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 11th.

Community ID is required to dump your wares; driver's license, tax bill or a voter's registration will do. People are allowed 1 truck load per household.

You can bring metal, CFL bulbs, household batteries, appliiances, tires,  and electonics. Check www.thelowellharvestcelebration.org for a complete list of acceptable items.