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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.

My Town: Ottawa County seedling sale deadline April 4

My Town: Ottawa County seedling sale deadline April 4

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Time is running out to get in your order during the Ottawa Conservation District’s annual tree seedling sale fundraiser.

This year the OCD is offering seven types of conifers, six types of deciduous trees, eight types of shrubs and other plants.  Community members can also order books, bird and bat houses, plant products and wildlife repellents. You can find the order form here.

The goal of the Ottawa Conservation District is distribute native plants to help with reforestation, windbreaks, wildlife habitats and to prevent erosion.

All orders must be placed by April 4.  Seedlings will be distributed Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Reender’s Blueberry Farm in West Olive.  For additional information, contact Becky Huttenga at becky.huttenga@macd.org or (616) 846-8770 ext. 5.

My Town: ReStore opening celebration March 22

My Town: ReStore opening celebration March 22

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.-- Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is celebrating the opening of its third area ReStore this Saturday, March 22.

The 9,500 square foot Hudsonville ReStore is located in the former home of Family Dollar, at 2460 Chicago Drive.  ReStore stores sell home improvement items donated to Habitat for Humanity, including appliances, building supplies and furniture.  Proceeds from the discounted sales go toward Habitat Kent’s mission to build, rehabilitate and renovate affordable homes for local families.

Since the first store opened in 2004, the Kent County ReStore franchise has earned $7.4 million and kept an estimated 4,800 tons of material out of landfills.  The newest ReStore also provides a slight boost to the local economy, adding three jobs.

My Town: Clean Water Plant expansion complete

My Town: Clean Water Plant expansion complete

 GRANDVILLE, Mich.—The expansion of Grandville’s Clean Water Plant is complete.

Ottawa County’s Public Utilities Department says more than $27 million dollars was invested to renovate and expand the plant, which services Grandville, Georgetown Township, Hudsonville, and portions of Jamestown and Blendon townships.  The plant is one of Michigan’s first egg-shaped anaerobic digesters, with gas cleaning, cogeneration and hot water recovery systems. The plant can now treat an average of 10 million gallons of waste water a day, with a peak flow capacity of 20 million gallons a day.

Road budgets broken by long, harsh West Michigan winter

Road budgets broken by long, harsh West Michigan winter

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—The West Michigan winter is carrying on, even though the Ottawa County Road Commission budget has dried up.

The road commission says $2.6 million was budgeted for winter-related work on roads, but more than $3.4 million has already been spent this year. The Michigan Department of Transportation has also had its budget blown by the extreme winter conditions.  MDOT had budgeted $1.3 million for winter maintenance of state highways in Ottawa County; so far it’s already spent more than $1.7 million.

The Ottawa County Road Commission will review its budget plan in April and likely cut back some planned road improvement projects and other maintenance activities to balanace the budget.

My Town Hudsonville: Share your ideas for Hudsonville's parks

My Town Hudsonville: Share your ideas for Hudsonville's parks

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—What does Hudsonville’s parks system need?

That’s the question the Parks and Recreation Committee hopes to answer, with the help of the community.   The committee has released a public survey to help determine the city’s recreation plan for the next five years. The director of planning and zoning says the findings will be used to prioritize projects within the park system.

People who take the survey do not need to be a resident of Hudsonville. The first 50 people to supply their email address on the survey will receive a gift. You can find the survey here.

 

The dangers of Christmas trees on display in Grandville

The dangers of Christmas trees on display in Grandville

GRANDVILLE, Mich.--  How you care for your Christmas tree could mean the difference between life and death.

Grandville Fire Marshal Lynnae White demonstrated why on Tuesday, Dec. 17.  The tree standing outside the box had been watered daily and was freshly cut; the tree in the cubicle was not watered and did not have a fresh cut to its bottom.  Firefighters placed wrapped boxes under both trees then lit the boxes with a flare.  White says the tree that was watered and taken care of burned, but once the fire went out on the boxes, the tree went out too.  White says the tree that was not watered kept burning even after the boxes were extinguished.

White has these tips for owners of living Christmas trees: