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Special Event on March 1 – The Solar Eclipse of 2017

Special Event on March 1 – The Solar Eclipse of 2017

The public is invited to this special presentation to prepare for the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Across a wide area of the United States, there has not been a total eclipse of the sun, since 1970. This summer, we will experience total darkness for possibly 2 minutes and 40 seconds within a 70 mile radius on August 21, 2017.

Dave DeBruyn and George Lessens will give a presentation on Wednesday March 1, 2017 from 7:30pm – 9:00pm called “Where to Go and What to See” taking place at the Grand Rapids Public Museum located at 272 Pearl Street NW in Grand Rapids. This presentation will give the public useful knowledge during this special August event.

Visit www.graaa.org for more information.

Many Construction Improvements in the Ada/Cascade Area

Many Construction Improvements in the Ada/Cascade Area

There is a lot happening in the Ada/Cascade area with construction that started on July 27th and will run through October 31st.

In Cascade, near the original Town Hall, changes will be made to the Museum Gardens, redesigning it to encourage more interaction. There will be new trees planted along with new plants, a sculpture pad, musical interaction pieces, soft lighting and new seating.

Old 28th Street will be realigned to reduce speeds when approaching and entering Cascade Rd from the east. This intersection will continue to be a right turn only but closer to a 90 degree angle. New sidewalk will be included in this project also.

Lookout Park get a Facelift

Lookout Park get a Facelift

Universal Forest Products, along with Orion Construction, took the time to make some significant improvements to Lookout Park, located at 801 Fairview NE in Grand Rapids, MI. Lookout Park occupies hilltop property that was once part of the city’s old waterworks and overlooks the City of Grand Rapids. The park was aquired in 1911 for $4800.

Many improvements were made to the park, the grounds and some surrounding landscape areas.

We thank Jason Wheeler, PR Coordinator for Orion Construction, for bringing this great community project to our attention.

Free Day at the Kalamazoo County Parks on June 17, 2015

Free Day at the Kalamazoo County Parks on June 17, 2015

The regular county park fees are only $5 per vehicle or $25 for an annual pass but on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at all the Kalamazoo County Parks, it’s a free day for everyone. The county is trying to encourage people to get outdoors and explore nature. You can even enter for a chance to win a 2015 Annual Vehicle Entrance Pass.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will also be held at River Oaks County Park on this special day at 11am to celebrate the grand Opening of the new splash pad and dog park.

“Many people don’t realize all the opportunities for recreation at the parks in Kalamazoo and this is a great way to kick off summer and see what all the parks have to offer,” said David Rachowicz, Parks Director.

For additional information, including park locations and maps, go online at www.kalamazoocountyparks.com

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

Energy Efficiency Rebate Presented to City of Grand Rapids

Energy Efficiency Rebate Presented to City of Grand Rapids

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The City of Grand Rapids is saving energy and money for its residents with improvements to its water pumping facility, resulting in a more than $147,100 energy efficiency incentive payment from Consumers Energy.

Mayor George Heartwell and city administrators recently received a $147,172.08 rebate check from Consumers Energy representatives during a presentation at Grand Rapids City Hall.

“The city and its residents have greatly benefitted from these energy efficiency programs,” Heartwell said. “With this most recent project, the city has received more than $430,000 in energy efficiency rebates from Consumers Energy since 2009,” Heartwell said. “The city’s focus on sustainability and energy efficiency has resulted in programs completed or underway saving nearly 6 million kilowatt hours of electricity. These important programs are saving energy and money for the citizens of Grand Rapids.”