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Aquinas College sorts through 'Mount Trashmore'

Aquinas College sorts through 'Mount Trashmore'

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Mount Trashmore will soon take shape on the campus of Aquinas College.

On Thursday, October 10, all campus garbage from the previous day will be gathered and dumped in the Wege Plaza.  Students and volunteers will sort through the waste, picking out items that could have been composted or recycled.  The demonstration is meant to raise awareness about environmentally conscious living.  Aquinas has set a goal of becoming waste free by 2014.

The trash sorting demonstration will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Visitors are encouraged to sign a sustainability pledge.

Leaf pickup services begin October 7

Leaf pickup services begin October 7

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Fall is here, and so is the time to start thinking about where to put all those dead leaves.

East Grand Rapids city workers will begin leaf pickup Monday, October 7.  Residents are encouraged to move their loose leaf piles to the edge of their street for cleanup.  The city plans to hold regular leaf pickups each week as long as possible, but as more leaves fall, pickup days may be delayed.  For more information, visit the city website here.

Leaf collection coming soon

Leaf collection coming soon

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Fall leaf pickup begins October 7.

Beginning Monday, October 7, City crews will start pickup of loose leaf piles along the edge of the roadway. Residents may rake leaves onto the edge of the street for pickup. The regular weekly collection route will be maintained as long as possible, but as the volume of leaves increases, your pick up day may be delayed. 

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, September 21.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 2350 Ivanrest SW in Grandville. The county will also accept drop-off items at the following times and locations:

  • 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.

'Little Prairie in the Big City' September 23

'Little Prairie in the Big City' September 23

“We are looking forward to showcasing the amazing benefits of the 'Little Prairie in the Big City,'” said Sister Lucille Janowiak, coordinator of the Prairie Committee on the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids campus. “This little prairie offers a much needed habitat where diverse plants and wildlife can flourish. It offers a contemplative space for connecting with, and discovering, Michigan’s treasures,” she said.

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.

Plant Understanding ~ Harvest Peace

Plant Understanding ~ Harvest Peace

Dominican Center at Marywood is offering you four outstanding programs that are all based on the theme of peace through listening, speaking with others and with God and understanding without judging.

Consider attending one or more of the below programs. Dominican Center welcomes people of all beliefs and cultures to unite, share, listen and understand. Let us work together to grow peace!

Each program's title is a link to the program's online registration page. To register by phone, call the Dominican Center front desk at (616) 514-3325. (See map below to free parking at Dominican Center.)