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Urban Wildlife - Meet Tommy and Henrietta

Urban Wildlife - Meet Tommy and Henrietta

George and his Backyard Critters – Meet “Tommy” and “Henrietta”:

“Tommy” and “Henrietta” are the wild turkeys who live in the neighborhood and visit our bird feeder once in a while. We don’t see the turkeys very often, maybe it’s because they can go 14 to 20 days without food.

Michigan turkeys disappeared in the late 1800’s. In the 1950’s, wildlife biologists reintroduced turkeys in southwestern Michigan and later in the northern part of the state.  Today, there are about 200,000 wild turkeys roaming around Michigan.

Two of those turkeys live in our Forest Hills neighborhood. They are the Eastern Wild Turkey variety.

Meijer adding ice rink to store?

Meijer adding ice rink to store?

GRANDVILLE - Anything seems possible these days, especially during the renovation of the RiverTown Meijer store.

Shoppers have been trying to find the cheese, chips and pop during the recent weeks of the renovation, and now, for all the extra crowded aisles, there is a huge empty space in the frozen food section.  (as of Friday night).

Freezers are also being replaced and moved in this renovation.  Not everything is in their final places yet either.

And it is still recommended to bring your own cart inside.

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Part 2 – Meet “Baldy”

I think one of the most beautiful birds is the male Northern Cardinal.  Red is my favorite color, which is one reason why I can’t take my eyes off of cardinals.  They also have those beautiful crests on top of their heads.  Cardinals don’t migrate and keep their color all year round because they don’t molt into a dull plumage like the Gold Finch.  This means the cardinals are still breathtaking in my snowy backyard all winter long.  Don’t get me wrong, the females are also very pretty, but the males are stunning.

The other thing about male cardinals is they all look alike.   The color of their feathers is the same.  They all have the black masks around the eyes.  They all have those distinctive crests.

Then one day my husband and I saw “Baldy”.  He was unlike any cardinal we had ever seen.   My husband first spotted him in early April.  There was something seriously wrong w

City Taking Applications for Parade

City Taking Applications for Parade

The temperatures of the past few days have me thinking about summer. Of course a summer staple in the city of Grandville is the 4th of July parade. If you wish to have a float in the parade there are some new restrictions you should be aware of. The city has announced that they will only be accepting the first 100 qualifying applications, so get your applications in early. Also, the entry fee must be submitted with the entry form; if paid before June 1st the fee is $100, after June 1st the fee is $125; entry deadline is 5 pm on June 17. Applications can be picked up at the Grandville City Hall, 3195 Wilson Ave SW.

The parade route runs down Wilson, starting at 44th and ending at Praire St SW, and starts at 11 am.

"Fiddler on the Roof" at Jenison High School

"Fiddler on the Roof" at Jenison High School

From Jenison Public Schools:

Jenison High School Thespians and Music Department proudly present Fiddler on the Roof March 23 - 26 at the high school auditorum. For tickets and times call 457-6110.

The Foremost Insurance 28th Street Metro Cruise® Planning Begins

The Foremost Insurance 28th Street Metro Cruise® Planning Begins

News Release:

The Foremost Insurance 28 th Street Metro Cruise® Planning Begins

Chamber prepares for the annual end of summer event

Wyoming-Kentwood, MI (January 12, 2011) – The annual event has grown through the years to over 300,000 visitors and over 15,000 vehicles. Last year, with beautiful weather, the event hosted record breaking numbers. Organizers are looking for an even larger turnout this year. There has been momentum within the 28th Street merchants’ community to increase event participation. Many of the businesses are reaching out to the visitors and welcoming them with specials, activities and event oriented activities. The Metro Cruise® was started as a method of helping businesses along the 28th Street corridor when highway M-6 opened.

This year’s venues are currently under development.