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Irwin Seating helps to connect the dots

Irwin Seating helps to connect the dots

Earl Irwin smiles when he walks a section of the bike/walking trail west of Irwin Seating, located near Four Mile Rd NW & Fruitridge Ave NW.

Not too long ago, Irwin donated land to help with the nearly completed connection of the Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail, the Musketawa Trail in Ottawa County and the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail in Kent County. Irwin Seating has also dedicated a parking lot on the north side of Irwin Seating as a Trail Head for people using the trails and a place to park their vehicles while on the trails.

What use to be a wood chip trail for employees to walk has now become a trail for everyone to use, according to Irwin. The former trail was built to encourage Irwin Seating employees to take advantage of a walk on their breaks, lunch hour or after work.

Through the efforts and private donations such as this, all these trails are available to the public to use and enjoy.

Ottawa County looking for leaders to help protect local natural resources

Ottawa County looking for leaders to help protect local natural resources

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.--  An Ottawa County group in charge of protecting and enhancing the area’s resources is looking for residents interested in joining its board of directors.

The Ottawa County Conservation District is led by a five person panel.  Each member must be nominated then elected.   Candidates must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Ottawa County.  Those wishing to run for the March 4, 2014 election must submit a completed nominating petition by January 3, 2014.  Petitions can be picked up from the district office at 16731 Ferris St. in Grand Haven or by contacting Betty Huttenga at becky.huttenga@macd.org or (616) 846-8770 extension 5.

Fall Clean-Up Day October 4

Fall Clean-Up Day October 4

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Homeowners looking to clear out some space this fall will get some help from Allied Waste-Republic Services this week.

The waste disposal company will be picking up unwanted items outside the homes of city residents on Friday, October 4.  The Fall Clean-Up Day offer is only available to city residents; businesses and residents of Timberline Estates and Meadow Green condominiums are not eligible.

Allied Waste-Republic Services will not pick up the following items:

  • Vehicle parts
  • Tires
  • Hazardous chemicals/liquids
  • Building materials
  • Paint
  • Railroad ties
  • Concrete
  • Yard waste

For more information, call Allied Waste-Republic Services at 1 (877) 698-7274.

Apples- from bust to boon

Apples- from bust to boon

EAST LANSING, Mich. (Michigan State University) --- This year’s Michigan apple crop runneth over.

 Last year’s crop was decimated by late frosts, and the feeble harvest yielded a mere 2.7 million bushels for growers. This year, however, is shaping up to be a record year, projected to top 30 million bushels.

“This year is a limb-busting crop; some of our branches are so full with apples that they snap with a little help from the wind,” said Adam Dietrich, Michigan State University graduate and grower at Leo Dietrich and Sons, based in Conklin, Mich. “A single tree from 2013 is producing more than an 8-acre block of trees did in 2012.”

The overabundance of apples is welcomed, but it presents its own set of challenges.

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

Top state official helps Ottawa County mark milestone

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development visited West Michigan earlier this month as Ottawa County  celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Eastmanville Farm Park.

As part of the event, roughly 150 people were treated to a picnic of food grown exclusively in Ottawa County.  Visitors also explored the historical park and listened to an address by MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams.   A bus tour also took visitors to four farms verified by the Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program, including Bowerman Blueberries, H&H Turkey, Sietsema Farms and Countryside Greenhouse.

Ottawa Conservation District throws public picnic August 8

Ottawa Conservation District throws public picnic August 8

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Ottawa Conservation District will celebrate its 75th anniversary this week with a public picnic in Coopersville Thursday, August 8.

The community is invited to Eastmanville Farm Park, located at 7851 Leonard Rd. for a pig roast, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The picnic will also feature side dishes created from locally grown foods prepared in Ottawa County.  The event will also include presentations about Michigan’s feral hogs, as well as how highly-trained dogs are keeping the water clean all over the country.  Visitors can also bid in a silent auction and tour Eastmanville Farm Park.

The picnic celebration runs through 9 p.m. Thursday.