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Eco Stewardship Work Day on Saturday

Eco Stewardship Work Day on Saturday

The community has the opportunity to volunteer to spruce up Blandford Nature Center this coming Saturday.

Volunteers will be involved in working on Saturday, May 21 from 9:00am – 12:30pm on several sections of the 143-acres site through trail maintenance, habitat restoration, removal of invasive species and stream clean up. This also gives volunteers the chance to become educated with plants on their own property.

Blandford Nature Center is located at 1715 Hillburn Avenue in Grand Rapids, 49504.

This program is FREE but wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes to work off the trails.

Call: (616)735-6240 or visit www.blandfordnaturecenter.org for more information.

Polkton Township Annual Clean-up Day on May 2

Polkton Township Annual Clean-up Day on May 2

Residents are invited to bring their clean-up trash to the Ottawa County Farms Landfill located at 15550 – 68th Avenue in Coopersville on Saturday, May 2 from 7:30am – 11:30am only. Proof of residency may be requested.

No refrigerators or refrigerants in freezers, No tires, and No yard waste is allowed.

The Resource Recovery Service Center next to the Landfill will be closed, but your oil based paints, batteries, hazardous wastes, oil, etc. can be disposed of on Monday’s from 12-5pm and Wednesday from 8am-1pm and the third Saturday of the month.

Visit: www.polktontownship.com or call the Polkton Twp. Office at (616)837-6876

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

---NEWS RELEASE—

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

My Town: Michigan fruit growers encouraged to complete USDA Fruit Acreage Inventory

My Town: Michigan fruit growers encouraged to complete USDA Fruit Acreage Inventory

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams encouraged the state's fruit growers to complete the 2014 Fruit Acreage Inventory being conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

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: