Our network

Environment

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of fifth grade students from Harrison Park School will celebrate the grand opening of their own exhibit, created in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Teacher Abbie Marr’s students were among the ten classes to take  part of this year’s IMMER5E program, which takes children out of the classroom and into the museum for a week of learning.  As a culmination to the program, Marr’s class created their own museum exhibit centered around the Grand River, which will open at Harrison Park School on April 16.

My Town: City appoints Grand River restoration committee

My Town: City appoints Grand River restoration committee

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The City of Grand Rapids has taken the next step in restoring the Grand River, from Lamoreaux to Millennium Park.

Collabarating with Grand Rapids Whitewater, the city this week appointed 22 people to serve on a newly formed Grand River Restoration Steering Committee.  The panel of local leaders will guide efforts in restoring the Grand River and its riverbank, make sure river studies and projects are effectively communicated, garner support for restoring the river, encourage fundraising and explore potential long-term management options for the river.  The steering committee will advise the city commission on any projects tied to the Grand River.   However, final decisions will be made by commissioners.

The steering committee is composed of:

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

UPDATE: Three more buildings have joined the competition.

Organizers say the MATS administration office, Community Mental Health and the Hall of Justice, all in Muskegon County are now involved in the Battle of the Buildings, bringing the total square footage to more than 9 million.  The new goal is 10 million square feet by the registration deadline of March 31.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More than three dozen local businesses are competing in cutting down energy in the West Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The owners of 45 buildings representing nearly 9 million square feet of space have signed up to take part in the inaugural competition, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter. The organization is teaming up with Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical to provide workshops on building improvements, optimizing operations and maintance and engaging building occupants to curb energy use.

My Town: Blandford Nature Center Sugarbush Tours begin March 8

My Town: Blandford Nature Center Sugarbush Tours begin March 8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Blandford Nature Center will offer the community a glimpse into the history of maple syrup production during its Sugarbrush Tours March 8 and March 15.

Participants can learn how maple syrup was created by Native Americans and pioneers, as well as modern methods. Visitors can also peek inside the Blandford Sugar House during the tours, which run from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration is required for these informative tours, which are open to all ages. The cost is $3 for members and $6 for non-members.  To register or for more information, call (616) 735-6240 or visit  www.blandfordnaturecenter.org.

Blandford Nature Center is located at 1715 Hillburn Avenue NW in Grand Rapids.

My Town GR West: John Ball Zoo prepares to open for the season

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The snow piling up around Grand Rapids isn't stopping John Ball Zoo from opening for the season.

The zoo will welcome its first visitors of 2014 Saturday, March 1.  Crews spent much of Wednesday clearing out the snow that's filled the zoo this winter.  According to the John Ball Zoo Society's Facebook page, maintenance workers expected to haul approximately 100 loads of snow out of the zoo, using backhoes and dump trucks.

During the frigid temperatures, visitors are encouraged to warm up by visiting indoor exhibits including the Treasure of the Tropics, the aquarium, the chimpanzee indoor viewing area and the frogs display. Bears, snow leopards, mountain lions and otters will also be available for viewing outside.

My Town Walker: Roundabout to ease traffic at intersection

My Town Walker: Roundabout to ease traffic at intersection

The Michigan Department of Transportation unveiled a new traffic plan last Monday, regarding a turnabout at the intersection of Wilson Ave. & Remembrance Rd. NW in Walker, MI.

The current intersection will be removed and a 180-foot diameter roundabout will be built in its place beginning next June, 2015. The entire reconstruction of this busy intersection could take up to 6 months to complete.

This intersection has been the scene of many accidents and most of them are serious ones. In studies over the past 10 years, roundabouts take away the possibility of a head on collision and T-bone accidents. It will also help ease the congestion of rush hour traffic.

Blandford Nature Center on the hunt for coffee cans, tree sap

Blandford Nature Center on the hunt for coffee cans, tree sap

WALKER, Mich.—Blandford Nature Center is looking to transform your trash into an educational tool for children.

The wildlife preserve is looking for metal coffee cans to use for survival simulations with students.  Cans can be dropped off at Blandford Nature Center, located at 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW.

The nature center is also looking for sweet maple sap to transform into syrup this year.  Residents with a maple tree are encouraged to collect their sap and drop it off at the center.  Blandford is also holding volunteer training for syrup production on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  For more information, contact renee@blandfordnaturecenter.org .