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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.

Send off monarchs to Mexico during 'Monarch Magic' September 15

Send off monarchs to Mexico during 'Monarch Magic' September 15
LOWELL, Mich.-- The Wittenbach/Wege Center will host "Monarch Magic" Sunday, September 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fall is a busy time for monarch butterflies, as many begin their migration to Mexico. Join "Michigan Butterflies" for a chance to learn about these amazing insects and the incredible journey that awaits them. Visitors will also have the opportunity to tag and release their very own monarch.  How fun would it be to see if your monarch makes it all the way to Mexico!  Cost is $10 per family and includes two butterfly tags. Additional tags can be purchased for $1 each. Call (616) 987-2565 to register.  Tags cannot be guaranteed for families that do not register.

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

Public night at the Veen Observatory August 31

Public night at the Veen Observatory August 31

LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- The public is invited out to the James C. Veen Observatory on Saturday, August 31 to scan the night sky for Neptune, along with deep sky objects.

Admission to the event is $3 for Adults, $2 for  children17 years and younger and free for children under five years of age.  The viewing party will run from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

James C. Veen Observatory is located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE.  For more event information, visit www.graaa.org.   If weather conditions are questionable, contact Starwatch at (616) 897-7065 to find out if the event is still on.

Completion date set for Riverwalk extension project

Completion date set for Riverwalk extension project

LOWELL, Mich.—Work on extending Lowell’s popular Riverwalk is entering another phase.

City Manager Mark Howe says grating is almost complete.  He says concrete should be poured in the next week or so. 

The Riverwalk project includes a new dock, canoe/kayak launch and a fishing pier.  Once complete, the Riverwalk will slope all the way up to King and Lafayette, and be lined with benches and picnic tables.

The entire $450,000 project should be finished by October 11.

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.

Project to create longest trail in the state backed by Belding organizations

Project to create longest trail in the state backed by Belding organizations

BELDING, Mich.— Work on the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail is on track to start next spring, according to Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore.

Mullendore says organizations and businesses have offered approximately $70,000 in donations for the project, but many of them cannot commit the money until their new fiscal year begins. On Tuesday, August 20, the Belding City Council voted on whether to commit and advance the funding, as required by the state.

Mullendore says the trail would run through Belding, connecting in Lowell and Greenville to create the longest trail of its kind in the state.  The $1.8 million trail would be mostly paved and include three covered bridges.

Mullendore says if all goes well, the trail would be finished by the summer of 2014.