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West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

Tammy Cunningham snapped this photo on Muskegon's Pere Marquette Park beach July 26.

Send  your West Michigan Summer 2013 photos to mytown@wzzm13.com  and we'll add them to our photo gallery!

 

Waste water treatment facility upgrade gets the green light

Waste water treatment facility upgrade gets the green light

COOPERSVILE, Mich.—A $120,000 upgrade to Coopersville’s waste water treatment facility is moving forward.

On July 15, city officials approved plans to automate the city’s dechlorination process by replacing the city’s current 55 gallon storage containers with a 5,000 gallon drum. The project will be paid for using the city’s waste water treatment fund.

City officials have already met with engineers to finalize plans for the project.  The City is expected to begin the project bidding process within the next couple weeks.

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

West Michigan growers are seeing high demand for berries this summer.

Many farmers have closed their fields for a couple days after visitors picked their plants clean.  The increasing demand also led to a shorter cherry season for some growers.  

Here's a list of some of the U-pick locations open in West Michigan this summer. Prices, fruit availability and hours vary daily, so it's best to call ahead before visiting any farm.

 

Ionia County

 

Bird Berry Farm

5256 Belding Rd. Belding, MI

(616) 794-5041

Blueberries $1.75 per pound

Patch picked out early Friday morning call back for update Wednesday, July 17

 

 

Kent County

 

North Ridge Berries

3555 20 Mile Rd. NW Kent City, MI

(616) 675-5919

Raspberries $3 per pound

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

Recycle your e-waste for free May 31

Recycle your e-waste for free May 31

If you need to get rid of some e-waste for free, now is your chance. 

On May 31, Metron Integrated Health Systems is teaming up with Advanced Technology Recycling to accept electronics at Metron’s Lamont facility, located at 13030 Commercial St.  Visitors can drop off their e-waste from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Metron will accept anything that plugs into a wall that contains a circuit board and/or batteries.  Devices that contain Freon, lighting fixtures and large household appliances will not be accepted.

Organizers say Metron wanted to coordinate this free recycling event to help clear out clutter that poses a risk of tripping and falling.  The company plans to hold additional e-waste recycling events throughout the year.

Metron has six facilities across West Michigan providing a variety of services, ranging from rehabilitation to blood pressure clinics.  Locations include:

  • 414 E.

Researchers present groundwater findings June 3

Researchers present groundwater findings June 3

Groundwater levels in some areas of Ottawa County are dropping, while sodium chloride levels in groundwater are increasing.

That’s according to findings released by the Michigan State University Institute of Water Research last fall. 

On Monday, June 3 researchers will present the final report of Phase I of their study at the Ottawa County Planning Commission’s meeting.  Dr. Jon Bartholic, Dr. Shu-Guang Li and Dr. David Lusch of IWR will present an in-depth hour-long overview of the report.  Their presentation will include new detailed maps, 3D models and video simulations.   The Planning Commission meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the board room of the Ottawa County Fillmore Street Complex, located at 12220 Fillmore St. in West Olive.  The public is invited to attend.

Two Coopersville organizations competing for $1,000

Two Coopersville organizations competing for $1,000

 

 

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Two local non-profit organizations are in the running for a $1,000 donation from the photo sharing site, slickpic.com. 

The #MakeaDifference Photo Contest runs now through June 2. Among the entries is the Del Shannon Car Show, which supports a drug, alcohol and violence prevention program for youth, as well as the Del Shannon Scholarship Fund.  The Coopersville Farm Museum—which features volunteers dedicated to honoring farming and agriculture-- is also in the running