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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

Developer of former GM site wants more time for construction

Developer of former GM site wants more time for construction

WALKER, Mich.—The Walker City Commission will consider giving a developer more time to begin construction on a former GM disposal site on West River Drive.

In January of 2004, Walker city leaders agreed to a Brownfield development with West River Drive Investments, LLC for building an industrial facility on the property located on 2640 West River Drive.  As part of the agreement, the business would have to start construction by December 31, 2008 and finish the project in two years.

Explore Millennium Park, Saturday, May 18th

Explore Millennium Park, Saturday, May 18th

 Millennium Park is offering trolley rides to explore the park on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is a free discovery program sponsored by the Kent County Parks Dept along with the Kent/MSU Extension Master Naturalist Program. Docents along the way will explain and talk about the park.

The trolley, funded by Meijer will leave John Ball Zoo at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., returning at 9:50 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:50 p.m. and 1:50 p.m.

Park volunteer, Martha McCleery said, “this a day we are making available to people in the city who may not be able to drive or come to Millennium Park otherwise.”

Walker Clean Up Days return May 2

Walker Clean Up Days return May 2


WALKER, Mich. – It’s almost time to clean up!

May 2 through May 4 is Walker Clean Up Days.  Residents are encouraged to drop off their junk at a site behind City Hall, located at 4243 Remembrance Rd. NW on Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. All drivers must show a proof of residency.   Accepted appliances include refrigerators without coolant (certificate from appliance store that removes the coolant is required), computers, all electronics, wood, brush, leaves, grass clippings, and metals.  Garbage and hazardous wastes will not be accepted.

Disposal fees are $5 for a single car or minivan, $10 for a single car with a trailer, $10 for a single pickup truck, or $20 for a single pickup truck with a trailer.  Tire disposal is $5 each, or $10 per tire with a rim. 

Energy usage monitors now available for checkout at local library

If you have a card to the Kent District Library, you can now check your energy usage for free.

Visitors to the library can check out an energy usage monitor to gauge their home appliance electricity use.  Kent District Library launched the pilot program in February at its Englehardt branch in Lowell, through a partnership with Lowell Light & Power.  Consumers Energy is also backing the program.

Kent District Library has nearly 250,000 cardholders at 18 branches representing 26 Kent County communities.

Free program helps home and business owners deal with mercury

(ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COMPANY)– The Environmental Quality Company is proud to partner with The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Project.

This is an on-going effort to collect and properly recycle mercury.  Small and large business operations have traditionally been overlooked during mercury collection events.  The project’s objective is to address this issue and promote a long-term solution for easily collecting and recycling of mercury.  The program is free to anyone located in Michigan – residents included. 

The program is easy.

Cast Your Monday Vote and Win Made In Michigan Products!

Cast Your Monday Vote and Win Made In Michigan Products!

Join us in celebrating Michigan products with the Made in Michigan Bracket Challenge. Click HERE to download the bracket.

Each day we'll have four matchups, one from each bracket, as we go through some of our great Made in Michigan products.