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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


The Aquinas College Foundation Announces $2.5 Million Gift From Wege Foundation


Gift to establish the nation’s first collegiate economicology program as envisioned by Peter Wege

Aquinas College and the Aquinas College Foundation today announced a $2.5 million gift from the Wege Foundation to establish the nation’s first-ever economicology program at the collegiate level; which the late Peter Wege envisioned for Aquinas. Peter Wege coined the term economicology to define the balance necessary between economy and ecology. He believed in the importance of educating the public about how a prosperous economy depends on maintaining a healthy environment.

“The Wege Foundation has long been a generous friend and supporter of Aquinas College,” said Juan Olivarez, Aquinas president.

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: Hodenpyl Woods Community Cleanup May 17

My Town EGR: Hodenpyl Woods Community Cleanup May 17

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Community members are invited to roll up their sleeves and help clean up the Hodenpyl Woods this Saturday, May 17.

The community work day will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Volunteers are encouraged to meet at Remington Baseball Field at 9 a.m. before heading into the woods north of Waterfront Park to pull out invasive plants.  All participants should wear work clothing.

My Town EGR: Aquinas College hosts Earth Day event for students

My Town EGR: Aquinas College hosts Earth Day event for students

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- On April 22, 2014 Aquinas College celebrated Earth Day with a series of student activities.

Themed "Love Your Mother", the event included activities such as decorating TOMS shoes, a showing of the movie "Wall-E" and musical performances by Rhett Price and Joey Hyde. The event also featured a series of educational and fun activities sponsored by student clubs and school departments. These included a toxic cosmetic dump, recycling and compost games, do-it-yourself green cleaners, henna tattoos and beekeeping demonstrations.

Aquinas College is working to become the first zero waste college in the nation. The student Earth Day event was designed to entertain, educate and engage students on the importance of sustainability and the benefits of working towards a greener tomorrow. 

My Town: The Princeton Review names the nation's greenest colleges

My Town: The Princeton Review names the nation's greenest colleges

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- While many people are participating in eco-friendly activities this Earth Day,  seven Michigan colleges and universities are doing their part to help the environment on a more regular basis.

Grand Valley State University has made the cut as one of The Princeton Review’s Green Colleges.   This is the fifth consecutive year GVSU has made the list.  Nationwide, 332 schools were deemed Green Colleges, including:

My Town: Seed Library now open to greenthumbs

My Town: Seed Library now open to greenthumbs

LOWELL, Mich.—Spring is here, which means the Kent District Library has officially opened its Seed Library at 13 branches.

Patrons can visit the library to “borrow” up to three packets of heirloom seeds for their garden.  People who take seed packets are asked to save seeds from the plants they grow and return them in late summer or fall for someone else to use next year.

The library is also accepting any heirloom variety seeds gardeners want to add to the library.  For more information, visit the library’s website.

Participating branches include those in Alpine Township, East Grand Rapids, Lowell, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Rockford and Wyoming.