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My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The annual Mayor’s Grand River Cleanup takes place Sept. 21.

Volunteers are encouraged to make a difference in their community by taking part in this clean-up effort focusing on sites in Grand Rapids, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Walker and Wyoming.

Registration takes place on Sept. 21 at Sixth Street Park located at 647 Monroe Ave. on the corner of Monroe Avenue and Newberry in downtown Grand Rapids. Arrivals after 9:15 a.m. may not be guaranteed a place on the bus. Buses leave at 9:35 a.m. sharp from the Sixth Street Park.

Call Becky Brown at (616) 451-3051, e-mail her at bbrown@wmeac.org or visit www.grandrivercleanup.com for more information.

My Town: Meet Blandford Nature Center's new president and CEO Sept. 13

My Town: Meet Blandford Nature Center's new president and CEO Sept. 13

WALKER, Mich.—Community members are encouraged to meet Blandford Nature Center's new president and CEO this Saturday, Sept. 13.

Jason Meyer recently took over the post for the nonprofit group.  Meyer previously worked at Fenner Nature Center in Lansing.

The meet and greet event will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the nature center, located at 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW.  The event is free with regular admission.  Visitors can also enjoy a fall scavenger hunt as well as refreshments.

My Town: Blandford Nature Center names new president and CEO

My Town: Blandford Nature Center names new president and CEO

WALKER, Mich.—A new person is at the helm of Blandford Nature Center. 

Jason Meyer recently took over as president and CEO of the nonprofit group.  Meyer previously worked at Fenner Nature Center in Lansing.

Community members are encouraged to meet Meyer during a welcome event Sept. 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

My Town: Reuse retailer opens in Walker

My Town: Reuse retailer opens in Walker

WALKER, Mich.— A new store giving old building materials a second chance at life is now open in Walker.

Odom Reusable Building Materials announced the opening of its newest storefront Tuesday.  The 8,200-square-foot store is located at 1029 4 Mile Road NW, just west of Alpine Avenue. 

Odom RE-USE offers store credit for building materials including doors, windows, cabinets, sinks, vanities, flooring, trim, lighting and shelving.    The store then sells the reclaimed materials at a discount.

In celebration of its new store, Odom RE-USE is offering up to 20 percent off its prices to customers through Aug. 31.  The business is also offering several free workshops on creating flower boxes and bookshelves throughout the month.

My Town Walker: How volunteers are improving Blandford Nature Center

My Town Walker: How volunteers are improving Blandford Nature Center

WALKER, Mich.—Blandford Nature Center is thanking an army of volunteers from GE Aviation for improving its grounds.

On Aug. 8, more than 100 volunteers from the company split into six teams to tackle a variety of projects, from planting apple trees and native shrubs to installing control rocks and interpretive signs and updating the playscape. The work was also paid for through a grant by the GE Volunteers Foundation.

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 Walker: Blandford Nature Center member appreciation day July 26

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center member appreciation day July 26

WALKER, Mich.—Blandford Nature Center is celebrating its supporters this weekend with  freebies during Member Appreciation Day.

Members are invited to come out to the preserve on July 26 and enjoy a free wildlife program, wagon rides and homemade ice cream.  The program runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blandford Nature Center Visitor Center. 

Member Appreciation Day is free for members and people who purchase a membership, however registration is required.  To sign up, call (616) 735-6240.