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Safe way to get rid of unwanted medication

Safe way to get rid of unwanted medication

What’s in your medicine cabinet?  Do you have bottles of old medication?  Flushing the pills down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.  There is another way to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs in Kent County.

On October 28, 2011, from  8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Kent County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to Kent County Sheriff’s Office at 701 Ball Ave NE.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

This effort is part of the Nationwide Prescription Drug "Take-Back” Day.

Fall color tour from Grand Rapids to Rockford to Coopersville

Fall color tour from Grand Rapids to Rockford to Coopersville

The leaves are nearing their peak color in West Michigan.  You don’t have to go far to catch the fall colors.  One beautiful tour starts in Grand Rapids and takes you through Rockford, Cedars Springs and Coopersville.

Color Tour Directions Starting from Grand Rapids

North on East Beltline (M-44), turns into Northland Dr through Rockford to Cedar Springs. West on M-46, south on CR-B35 (Ravenna Rd) through Ravenna to Coopersville. Left on Randall Rd, right on 48th Ave. I-96 east back to Grand Rapids.

There are 25 other color tour routes detailed at the West Michigan Tourism Association web site:

http://www.wmta.org/autumn-color-tours-19/

Calvin College students create inventory of 3,500 trees on campus

Calvin College students create inventory of 3,500 trees on campus

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - After one year of surveying, Calvin College biology and geography students have created an inventory and map of every tree on campus, west of the Beltline. The project began in the fall of 2010 under the direction of Calvin College biology professor Dave Warners and geography professor Jason VanHorn.

"As we start thinking about a more sustainable campus and trying to become carbon neutral, it seemed to make sense that we needed to document the trees on campus," Warners said. "In order to know how much carbon sequestration we have on campus, we have to know the number and size of trees.

The online tree map contains details of the size, species, location and age of more than 3,500 trees.

Among the summary statistics was the total number of trees (3,516), the number of species (112), the number of landscaped vs. natural trees (1138/2378) and the number of each type of tree: Norway Spruce is the most common at 305.

Salvation Army Offers Electronics Recycling on Saturday October 8, 2011

Salvation Army Offers Electronics Recycling on Saturday October 8, 2011

On Saturday, October 8, 2011, the Salvation Army  Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center at 2500 S. Divison will be open to accept all kinds of electronic equipment you may want to recycle. Click on the attached flyer to review all the electronic equipment they will accept from area residents.

August & Summer 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids

August & Summer 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids (WZZM) -

Temperatures in August averaged 71.8°F, 1.0°F above average but 3.1°F cooler than last year (74.9°F).  Seventeen days were warmer than usual, twelve were cooler, and two were average.  The highest temperature occurred on August 1 with 90°F while the lowest temperature occurred on August 22 with 53°F.  The summer season (June, July and August) averaged 72.7°F, 2.1°F above average, making it the tenth warmest summer on record, but 0.6°F cooler than last summer (73.2°F).

Precipitation was above average last month with 4.42”, 0.83” more than usual and 2.68” more than last year (1.74”).  There were eleven days with measurable precipitation, which is two days more than usual (9).  Summer precipitation was well above average with 14.63”, 3.49” more than usual and 0.19” more than last summer (14.44”).

Green Gala: Come Out & Play!

Green Gala: Come Out & Play!

Thursday, August 25, 7:00pm - 11:00pm, Fish Ladder Park & PlanteMoran/Christman Bldg.

The greenest bash of the season is coming to Grand Rapids this August, and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks wants you to be part of it. The Green Gala is a one of a kind fundraiser event for Friends of Grand Rapids Parks to advance our mission to protect, enhance and expand parks and public spaces in the city.

Green Gala guests will arrive at 7 PM to enjoy live music, a complimentary green cocktail or local brew and delicious, locally sourced appetizers. Guests can mingle, listen to great live music, capture their event highlights at our playground photo booth, or just enjoy a stroll along the Riverwalk Pathways and through Fish Ladder Park, all while supporting parks and public spaces in our city.