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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.

My Town: Seed Library now open to greenthumbs

My Town: Seed Library now open to greenthumbs

LOWELL, Mich.—Spring is here, which means the Kent District Library has officially opened its Seed Library at 13 branches.

Patrons can visit the library to “borrow” up to three packets of heirloom seeds for their garden.  People who take seed packets are asked to save seeds from the plants they grow and return them in late summer or fall for someone else to use next year.

The library is also accepting any heirloom variety seeds gardeners want to add to the library.  For more information, visit the library’s website.

Participating branches include those in Alpine Township, East Grand Rapids, Lowell, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Rockford and Wyoming.

My Town: Waterfest returns to Townsend Park April 26

My Town: Waterfest returns to Townsend Park April 26

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The date is set for Cannon Township's annual Waterfest.

Waterfest 2014 will take place at Townsend Park Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to noon. Proceeds from the event's pancake breakfast and bake sale will go to the Cannonsburg Crhistmas Light Committee.  Pancake meal prices are $5 per adult, $3 for children 12 years and under and $15 per family.

Waterfest 2014 will also include owl presentations, sessions about recycling with worms and raptor presentations.  Children who take part in all three presentations will win a prize.  Visitors can also sign up for door prizes and learn more about the Bear Creek Watershed and Blandford Nature Center.  There will also be live music, a frog hunt and the annual duck race.

For more information, visit the Cannon Township website.

My Town Rockford: Camp Roger to mark a milestone

My Town Rockford: Camp Roger to mark a milestone

ROCKFORD, Mich.--   Camp Roger’s Outdoor Education program is getting ready to mark a milestone.

This spring, the program will welcome its 100,000th participant.  Camp Roger Program Assistant Deb Medendorp expects to hit that number during a field trip by Rockford Christian School.

Camp Roger’s outdoor education program started in July 2000 as a way to provide interactive lessons to children during the school year.  The nonprofit organization also hosts summer camp, serving many children from the Grand Rapids area and West Michigan.

My Town Plainfield Township: Board expected to fund dam clean up

My Town Plainfield Township: Board expected to fund dam clean up

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The Plainfield Township Board is poised to financially back an environmental group's plan to clean up the remnants of an old dam.

In September 1986, storms dumped up to 13 inches of rain on West Michigan, leading to rising floodwaters that destroyed three dams, including the Childsdale dam.  The dam south of Rockford gave way at 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 12, sending flood waters and chunks of concrete down the Rogue River toward the village of Belmont. The dam was never rebuilt, but some of the debris remains in the river.

Now, nearly 28 years later, the Schrems West Michigan chapter of Trout Unlimited wants to clean up remaining dam debris in the Rogue River and improve the habitat for fish and wildlife.  Josh Zuiderveen of Streamworks, LLC presented the proposed project to the Board last month, as part of a county coldwater habitat project.

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The Kent County Parks Department is looking for volunteers to help clean up parks this spring.

The 2014 Kent County spring clean event has not been scheduled for a specific day,  because of lingering snow cover.  However, volunteers are encouraged to sign up with he Kent County Parks Department and let them know what projects they'd like to work on, when the time comes.

People interested in pitching in to improve any of the county's 34 parks should contact Volunteer Services at (616) 632-7842 or email park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov .  Volunteers can explain what work they'd like to do, and the Parks Department will then organize the clean-up effort.  The spring clean event provides an opportunity to meet new community members and make a difference throughout Kent County.

My Town Rockford: Volunteers needed for insect identification project

My Town Rockford: Volunteers needed for insect identification project

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  Cannon Township is looking for volunteers of all ages to collect and identify insects that have made their home in the local water system.

The samples will be collected April 12 from sites throughout the Bear Creek and the Rogue River watersheds.  No experience is necessary.

Volunteers will meet at Rockford Community Cabin, 220 North Monroe Street in Rockford.  The shift is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with lunch provided.  Volunteers should bring waders if they have them and dress for the weather conditions.  Volunteers should also RSVP by contacting Nichol De Mol at ndemol@tu.org or (231) 557-6362.