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City begins enforcing yard waste rules

City begins enforcing yard waste rules

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The City of East Grand Rapids is enforcing restrictions on yard waste to help ensure the safety of employees who must routinely lift and empty the containers.

Residents are limited to a 32 gallon container holding up to 40 pounds of yard waste.  Larger and heavier containers will not be picked up. Large items, such as tree limbs, are not allowed in containers and will typically be picked up on Friday only.

Although these regulations have been in place for several years, the city only recently began enforcing them.  For more information on the rules, call the Public Works Department at (616) 940-4870.

Training and fundraising will add up to a bike for one young runner

Training and fundraising will add up to a bike for one young runner

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The organizers of the Reeds Lake Trail Blazer are introducing another way for children to stay fit, raise funds for the trail and win a new bicycle.

For every $25 a child raises in pledges during race training, their name will be entered into a drawing for a new Scott bike from the Grand Rapids Bicycle Company.  The drawing also features other great prizes.

For more information, pick up a booklet at Grand Rapids Bicycle Company at 644 Lovett or download it here.

Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit

"Come Walk With Me" spiritual walk June 8

"Come Walk With Me" spiritual walk June 8


Dominican Center at Marywood is offering you a day away.

On Saturday, June 8, we will have an all-day session entitled  “Come Walk with Me.” The day begins at 9 a.m., includes a hearty lunch, and ends at 5 p.m. If you're not available for the entire day, you might like to register for the 9 a.m.-12 p.m. session, “Prayer Walking in Nature”  or the 2-5 p.m. session, “Walking and Praying the Labyrinth.” Whatever your schedule allows, we think this program will be a fun and inspirational event for all.

Wildflower meadow regrows after fire at Meijer Gardens

Wildflower meadow regrows after fire at Meijer Gardens

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is on fire!

Well it was on April 26.

A four person crew from David Borneman LLC intentionally set the fire to burn off dead vegetations and weeds in the park’s wildflower meadow.  Meijer Gardens put together a time lapse of the controlled burn, which you can find here.

 Outdoor horticulture director Ed McKee says the burn reinvigorates the wildflower meadow, as charred, dead vegetation releases important nutrients into the soil where wildflower seeds were previously planted by nature.  The blackened ground also heats up quicker, stimulating seed germination and growth, and extending growing season by as much as four weeks.  The bare ground also absorbs more rain, as no vegetation is there to block it. 

Meijer Gardens performs a controlled burn on the wildflower meadow every three years.&nbs

Energy usage monitors now available for checkout at local library

If you have a card to the Kent District Library, you can now check your energy usage for free.

Visitors to the library can check out an energy usage monitor to gauge their home appliance electricity use.  Kent District Library launched the pilot program in February at its Englehardt branch in Lowell, through a partnership with Lowell Light & Power.  Consumers Energy is also backing the program.

Kent District Library has nearly 250,000 cardholders at 18 branches representing 26 Kent County communities.

Spring Clean-up Day in Ada/Cascade Townships

Spring Clean-up Day in Ada/Cascade Townships

The Ada/Cascade Townships are once again offering a spring clean up day for residents on Saturday, May 5th from 8:00am to 2:30pm at the Kent County Road Commission building at the end of Fase St. in Ada Township.

A driver’s license, proof of residence, is required to drop off your household items, yard waste and trash. Freon must be removed from any appliances that are to be dropped off.

Additional information is available at Sandra@cascadetwp.com or by calling 616-949-1500.