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Treehuggers opens on Wealthy Street S.E.

Treehuggers opens on Wealthy Street S.E.

Treehuggers specializes in earth friendly retail with many products made of recycled materials and many made right here in Michigan. They also offer free recycling of many hard to recycle items like styrofoam and toothpaste tubes.

This is the second Treehuggers store to open in west Michigan. The first location is in Holland, MI.

Visit http://thetreehuggerstore.com for additional information.

July 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids

July 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids

Temperatures in July averaged 77.0°F, 5.6°F above average, and 1.5°F warmer than last year (75.5°F), making it the fifth warmest on record and the warmest since 1936 (77.3°F).  Twenty-seven days were warmer than usual while only four were cooler.  The highest temperature occurred on July 20 with 97°F, the warmest temperature since July 31, 2007 (97°F).  The lowest temperatures occurred on July 7 and 14 with 58°F.

Precipitation was well above average last month with 6.87”, 3.31” more than usual and 2.21” more than last year (4.66”), making it the eighth wettest on record and the wettest since 2006 (6.90”).  There were nine days with measurable precipitation, which is exactly average (9).

There was 81.4% of the possible sunshine last month, 6.5% more than usual and 6.6% more than last year (74.8%), making it the seventh sunniest on record and the sunniest since 1990 (86.4%).  There were ten clear days – two

Hot Summer Days in Grand Rapids

Hot Summer Days in Grand Rapids

It certainly feels like it’s been a hot summer so far in West Michigan and here’s what I’ve come up with: 

85° Days

On Tuesday, July 26 the temperature again reached 85°F, the 34th day this summer we’ve reached that mark, three days more than the average number of days (31) during an ENTIRE summer.

It also marked the eleventh consecutive 85°F day, the longest stretch since 2005 (July 31-August 10).

Last year:  47 days - 2010

Most:  68 days – 1921

Least:  8 days – 1915

 

90° Days

So far we’ve reached 90°F ten times this summer, one day more than the average (9) for an entire summer.

We made 90°F or higher on five consecutive days from July 18-21, the longest stretch since 2007 (July 30-August 3).

Last year:  10 days - 2010

Most:  37 days – 1988

Least

June 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids

June 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids

Temperatures in June averaged 69.1°F, 2.0°F above average, but 0.1°F cooler than last year (69.2°F).  Thirteen days were warmer than usual, thirteen were cooler and four were average.  The highest temperature occurred on June 7 with 94°F while the lowest temperature occurred on June 12 with 49°F.

Precipitation was slightly below average last month with 3.34”, 0.33” less than usual and 4.70” less than last year (8.04”).  There were nine days with measurable precipitation, which is one day less than average (10). 

There was 63.4% of the possible sunshine last month, 2.3% more than usual and 4.2% more than last year (59.2%).  There were seven clear days – exactly average (7), eighteen partly cloudy days – seven more than usual (11), and five cloudy days – seven fewer than average (12).

Project GREEN Tree Inventory Project

Project GREEN Tree Inventory Project

July 5 through 14, Ford Middle School

Project GREEN is looking for individuals that would like to volunteer to help lead middle school students on an inventory of street trees.  There is a full program description below.

Volunteers are needed from 12:30 to 3:30pm on July 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, and 14th.  If you are interested in helping out any of these days, please  contact Branden Pecor- Program Coordinator @ 456-4581 or bpecor@grcity.us

Please forward to others that may be interested in participating.

Project GREEN Program Overview:

Weed Hotline

Weed Hotline

Do you have an annyoing neighbor in need of a reminder about yard eyesores ? Property owners in the City of Grand Rapids are required to maintain yards and lots.  Tall grass/weeds, rubbish in piles or bags, dying trees, broken items discarded openly, and items of value stored on porches or in yards can lend an air of decay to our communities.  While most property owners willingly work to keep their properties neat and clean, some will need to be reminded that we all want our neighborhoods to reflect our pride in our city.  Contact the Code Compliance Division, (616) 456-3053, M-F, 8-11 a.m. or 1-3:30 p.m., if you see any of the above infractions.
  
For other common concerns, in the winter, residents have 24 hours to clear snow from sidewalks. Complaints regarding snow removal should be directed to the Engineering Department's Sidewalk Division by calling (616) 456-3243 or report a complaint online.
 

Are You Prepared for an Emergency in a Wilderness or Remote Environment?

Are You Prepared for an Emergency in a Wilderness or Remote Environment?

The American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids introduces its newly revised Wilderness and Remote First Aid course, which is designed for scouts, outdoor enthusiasts and people who work in remote wilderness environments.

The American Red Cross course is based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines with enhanced content to meet OSHA's Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Programs. The courses offer flexibility for organizations and their instructors to adapt the training to varying environments, from camps and parks, to remote occupational settings.

The 16-hour Wilderness and Remote First Aid course gives people the hands-on skills needed to respond in an emergency when help may be delayed. The course includes training on: