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My Town: Girl Scout cookie munchers will have to wait

My Town: Girl Scout cookie munchers will have to wait

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The start of spring usually signals the return of the Girl Scouts’ traditional boxed treats, but cookie connoisseurs will have to wait even longer this year.

The Girls Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore says local cookie deliveries will be delayed by four weeks.  Little Brownie Bakers, which churns out the treats, blames unexpectedly high demand for cookies.

"[Our forecast] has resulted in a tightness in cookie inventory and an inability to meet cookie orders at the dates originally requested," explains sales director Brenda Smith. "The situation was made worse by winter weather that resulted in a plant shutdown for two days in February and an ingredient delivery delay in late February."

Little Brownie Bakers is working around the clock to fill all orders.  All requested boxes should arrive in West Michigan the week of April 13. 

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 EGR: City to consider replacing snow clearing equipment

My Town EGR: City to consider replacing snow clearing equipment

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—East Grand Rapids may soon have a new tool to help clear snow from city streets and parking lots.

Monday night, the head of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department will ask city commissioners to adjust the budget, allowing the city to purchase a John Deere Gator with a snow blade for $21,883.  The city’s budget currently only covers $21,000 of the cost.

The Gator will be used to clear snow from school grounds, as well as city streets and parks.  The equipment would replace the city’s current Gator, which has “outlived its useful life” but is still needed for daily operations.

The commission will weigh in on the request during its regular meeting, starting at 6 p.m.

My Town EGR: City reminds residents of snow clearing rules

My Town EGR: City reminds residents of snow clearing rules

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EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (City of East Grand Rapids)-- The City is prepped and ready to handle the snow removal needs of the community for the upcoming winter season.

The priority routes are considered our major streets. These routes are plowed and salted as necessary to minimize slippery road surface conditions. Local road routes include all remaining residential streets. These routes will be plowed after all priority routes have been cleaned. Local road routes are lightly salted, as needed, to control slippery conditions.

In the event of significant snow accumulation on one-way and other narrow streets, the city posts temporary ‘no parking’ signs in advance of efforts to remove excess snow. Residents are asked to make every effort to remove vehicles from streets where these signs appear so personnel can plow, haul snow and keep the streets passable and accessible.

My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The snow piling up outside has kept Kent County Road Commission crews busy this past week, and with a warm up expected this weekend, their work is far from over.

During the week, 90 drivers worked each day and 30 drivers worked each night, clearing the snow from state highways, county roads and local streets and drives.  The Kent County Road Commission says all roads were cleared at least once between Tuesday and Thursday, but additional snowfall and drifting snow may give some roads the appearance of being neglected.  In Comstock Park and Grandville alone, Kent County crews spread 10,700 tons of salt and sand.  In Byron Center, crews used 58,000 gallons of liquid chloride to clear the road.  In all, the Road Commission estimates this first brush with winter cost it more than $1 million.

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 EGR: City to invest in new weather alert system

My Town EGR: City to invest in new weather alert system

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The City of East Grand Rapids is upgrading its weather sirens.

During its regular meeting Monday, the city commission unanimously approved purchasing a two-way weather system that would also detect any malfunctions.  As part of the new system, the city would have a repair service available around the clock to respond to any problems. 

East Grand Rapids officials began discussing upgrading the alert system after the current one failed to activate during the first siren test of the year, in April.  Neighboring communities have already employed the two-way weather system. 

The City of Grand Rapids has agreed to monitor and activate the siren when necessary at no cost to East Grand Rapids.  The system’s $7,620  price tag was already planned for in the city budget.