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Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, July 20. 

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 5068 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwood.  The county will also accept drop-off items at the following times and locations:

  • August 10: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • August 24: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • September 7: 5068 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwood
  • September 21: 2350 Ivanrest SW, Grandville
  • October 12: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • October 26: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

Brewers Grove to take shape October 17

Brewers Grove to take shape October 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  "Friends of Grand Rapids Parks" is getting reading to plant a new green space for Grand Rapids, made possible by 17 area breweries.

The ceremonial planting of Brewers Grove will take place October 17 at Riverside Park.  The event will also include a beer-inspired movie showing inside the park at dusk.  Visitors will be allowed to bring growlers.

Brewers Grove is being funded by tree beer sales.  Each participating brewery created their own version of tree beer.  The fundraiser began August 5, with many breweries donating $1 from each pint sold to the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks' Urban Forest Project.  Other participating breweries created events and promotions for the fundraising campaign.

Participating breweries include:

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

Hudsonville author finds inspiration in flowers in newly released book

Hudsonville author finds inspiration in flowers in newly released book

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—A Hudsonville woman is sharing how she found spiritual inspiration in flowers.

In “What’s in a Name,” author Dena Baker explains how she found God while working on her knees in her flower garden for many years.  As the flowers bloom, fulfilling the purpose for which they were created, Baker challenges readers to do the same.

Baker has contributed stories to two anthologies while taking writing classes at Calvin College.  As a pastor’s wife for nearly 50 years, she’s written many Bible study lessons and Christmas dramas.

Baker’s new book is available through bookstores nationwide or online at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

Jenison Performing Arts Center will include recycled phone books

Jenison Performing Arts Center will include recycled phone books

JENISON, Mich.—The new Jenison Performing Arts Center will feature some eco-friendly insulation, thanks to Pinewood Elementary Students and Jenison based Nu-Wool Co.

For the past five years, students at Pinewood have been collecting used phone books to learn about recycling and the positive impact it can have on the environment.  This year, classes collected more than 9,000 pounds of phone books.

The recycled phone books were previously used by Nu-Wool to create eco-friendly cellulose insulation used in Habitat for Humanity homes.  However this year, Nu-Wool and its sister company are making cellulose batts from the phone books, which will be installed in the Performing Arts Center’s sound absorbing “clouds”, which will be suspended from the ceiling.  The cellulose batts will also be used in the facility’s office walls.

City waste drop-off May 10 and May 11

City waste drop-off May 10 and May 11

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—The city of Grandville is helping residents with their spring cleaning this weekend.

May 10 and May 11, residents may bring yard waste, brush, scrap metal, appliances (without Freon), electronics and concrete to the Department of Public Works for disposal.  Only one load per a household will be accepted, and proof of residency will be required.

The Department of Public Works is located at 4095 White Street. Drop-off hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 10, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11. 

Items that will not be accepted include furniture, residential construction waste, shingles, treated wood, garbage, household trash and fencing.  If you have hazardous waste, call Kent County DPW Resource Recovery at (616) 336-2570 for proper disposal instructions.  For more information, visit the city of Grandville’s website or call (616) 538-1990.