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My Town: TV recycling no longer free in Kent County beginning Feb. 16

My Town: TV recycling no longer free in Kent County beginning Feb. 16

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GRAND RAPIDS – It seems most households now have flat-screen televisions these days, but many people may still have an older Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) television in their home. Kent County Department of Public Works (DPW) has collected 5.6 million pounds of electronics, including televisions, since 2001, without charging residents a fee. These items are processed by a third-party recycler. CRT televisions contains approximately 5-10 pounds of lead, a toxic component for our environment that can cause a variety of health issues. Due to the increasing cost of recycling televisions, Kent County DPW will begin charging a recycling fee starting February 16.

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town: Time to trash the tree! Free Christmas tree recycling locations

My Town: Time to trash the tree!  Free Christmas tree recycling locations

Christmas is over, which means it’s time to trash the tree.

Many municipalities are offering free tree recycling services to residents with a natural tree.  Some communities are planning to put the trees through a chipper and use the remnants to cover park trails and other green spaces.  Here is the schedule for live tree drop-offs:

Ada Township (Through Jan. 12)

  • Ada Township Park, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Alpine Township (Through Jan. 31)

  • Behind Township Hall, 5255 Alpine Ave. NW

 

Cannon Township (Through Jan. 10)

  • West side of the township building; RHS Honor Society will help unload trees Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (donations encouraged)

 

Courtland Township (Through Jan. 31)

  • Fire Station #1 on 14 Mile Road

 

My Town GR South: Date set for ice rink build at Wilcox Park

My Town GR South: Date set for ice rink build at Wilcox Park

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The date is set to rebuild a wintertime attraction at Wilcox Park.

A team of volunteers will create the outdoor ice rink Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. Help is still needed to maintain the ice rink through winter.  Volunteers will be responsible for clearing snow off the ice.   

Sponsors are also needed to help make this attraction a reality.  The Eastown Community Association still needs to purchase a new liner for the rink. 

Those interested in helping with the upkeep should contact Lindsey at lindsey@eastown.org.

RELATED STORY: Ice rinks popping up around Grand Rapids

My Town GR South: Wintertime attraction returns to Wilcox Park

My Town GR South: Wintertime attraction returns to Wilcox Park

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A wintertime attraction in Grand Rapids proved so popular last year, it may return this season.

The Wilcox Park ice rink is expected to welcome its first skaters of the season in January.  Last year, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, Aquinas College hockey players and community volunteers constructed three outdoor ice rinks at Wilcox, Cherry and Richmond parks to encourage people to visit these public spaces during the normally quiet winter season.

The Eastown Community Association needs volunteers to help maintain the ice rink at Wilcox Park. Ideally, at least a dozen people would help build the rink, and eight people would maintain the ice throughout the season.  If you would like to help, e-mail Lindsey at lindsey@eastown.org.

RELATED STORY: Ice rinks popping up around Grand Rapids

The Aquinas College Foundation Announces $2.5 Million Gift From Wege Foundation

THE AQUINAS COLLEGE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $2.5 MILLION GIFT FROM WEGE FOUNDATION

Gift to establish the nation’s first collegiate economicology program as envisioned by Peter Wege

Aquinas College and the Aquinas College Foundation today announced a $2.5 million gift from the Wege Foundation to establish the nation’s first-ever economicology program at the collegiate level; which the late Peter Wege envisioned for Aquinas. Peter Wege coined the term economicology to define the balance necessary between economy and ecology. He believed in the importance of educating the public about how a prosperous economy depends on maintaining a healthy environment.

“The Wege Foundation has long been a generous friend and supporter of Aquinas College,” said Juan Olivarez, Aquinas president.