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My Town: Volunteers remove dozens of bags of debris from Buck Creek

My Town: Volunteers remove dozens of bags of debris from Buck Creek

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)—  A threatened cold water trout stream is much cleaner, thanks to two teams of volunteers in Grandville and Wyoming.

On Aug. 12, volunteers pulled on waders to help clean up Buck Creek.  The morning cleanup effort was organized by Peter Miller with Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited.  Volunteers filled approximately 25 bags with trash that had built up along the creek's banks.   The debris included basketballs, sandals, three or four vehicle tires, the spindle of an old washing machine and countless empty alcohol bottles.  

A second cleanup scheduled for that evening had to be cancelled because of inclement weather.  Miller says he'll likely try to reschedule the event in the near future.

My Town: Volunteers clean up Buck Creek Aug. 12

My Town: Volunteers clean up Buck Creek Aug. 12

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)—A team of volunteers will pull on waders Tuesday night to help clean up Buck Creek in Grandville and Wyoming.

The cleanup effort is being organized by Pete Miller with Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited. Volunteers will be removing garbage and debris that’s built up along the banks.  Conservationists say the work is important, as Buck Creek is a threatened cold water trout stream.

A group of volunteers began clearing the creek early Tuesday morning.  A second team of volunteers will meet at Lemery Park off Byron Center Avenue north of 44th Street at 5 p.m.  Each volunteer shift is three hours.

For additional information, contact Miller at (517) 420-4003.

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town: Ottawa County park adds bugs to its workforce

My Town: Ottawa County park adds bugs to its workforce

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.—While many Michiganders are trying to repel bugs this summertime, the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Department is welcoming thousands of weevils to the waters of Grand River Park.

The weevils are being used to attack the invasive Eurasian watermilfoil, which has spread across the park’s small lake.  Biological experts from Michigan State University say the aquatic plant can impact fish habitats and deter recreational activities on the water.  Ottawa County Parks says weevils are safer and more effective than chemicals in attacking milfoil, and park visitors will likely never realize their presence.

The parks and recreation department recently began using goats to curb invasive plants at Bur Oak Landing in Coopersville and Riverside Park in Grand Haven.

My Town: Jenison company's energy-saving glass on display in Muskegon

My Town: Jenison company's energy-saving glass on display in Muskegon

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (Grand Valley State University) — An emerging, energy-saving glass technology created by a Jenison-based company is being showcased at Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center.

The thermochromic technology, made by Pleotint, LLC, provides commercial and residential properties the opportunity to save money in energy costs. The glass gradually darkens in response to rising temperatures caused by direct sunlight, then cools as the sun moves across the sky, returning to a clear, neutral state in cloudy or dark conditions. It is North America’s first commercially available thermochromic interlayer for laminated glass.

“Showcasing and supporting emerging technologies is consistent with the mission of MAREC,” said Arn Boezaart, director of MAREC. “The Suntuitive interlayer represents break-through technology that can be used in a variety of insulated glass applications.”

My Town Grandville: Free community recycling event April 25

My Town Grandville: Free community recycling event April 25

GRANDVILLE, Mich.— In honor of Earth Week, Macatawa Bank is teaming up with local businesses for one final free community recycling event this Friday, April 25.

Recycling Days runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Macatawa Bank at 3191 44th Street SW in Grandville.  Rapid Shred and Comprenew will be on hand to help visitors securely destroy documents and electronics. Macatawa Bank’s Mac Snack Wagon will be serving snacks and handing out water from Grand Rapids-based Boxed Water is Better.  The first 25 visitors will receive a recycle tote.

Macatawa Bank Hosts Recycling Days April 21-25

 

HOLLAND, Mich., April 8, 2014 –Macatawa Bank is partnering with local West Michigan businesses, Rapid Shred & Comprenew to host a free event for the public to securely destroy documents and electronics. The event will take place during earth week, April 21-25.

Recycling Days will be held:

Monday, April 21: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 41 North State St., Zeeland Tuesday, April 22: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 1575 68th St., Grand Rapids Wednesday, April 23: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 3177 Knapp St. NE, Grand Rapids Thursday, April 24: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 12415 Riley St., Holland Friday, April 25: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 3191 44th St., SW, Grandville

Along with the Rapid Shred Truck and Comprenew, Macatawa Bank’s famous Mac Snack Wagon will be at each location serving snacks and handing out water from another local partner, Boxed Water is Better. Recycle totes will go to the first 25 people at each location.