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Recycling on the rise in Kent County

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- People in Kent County are recycling more since the county opened its new recycling center.  Public Services Director James Hurt says the amount of recycled waste in the first three weeks of August was 25% higher than the same time last year.

The county recently finished distributing 35,000 recycling bins for its new processing plant.  The facility sorts recyclables so residents do not have to. 

People say they are more willing to take part in the easier system.  Resident Beverly Reid says, "I see more people using them now that they've been delivered to everyone.  I see more of the bins out, the large rolling bins than I did see the smaller bins, so I think more people are utilizing them now which is a good thing."

Over the next few weeks crews will visit homes that they missed during the recycle bin drop-off.  They will also swap out bin sizes.

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Comprehensive Eye and Vision Care
Children learning through interacting with their surroundings and daily experiences

Forest Hills Eastern cruises past Cedar Springs

CEDAR SPRINGS (WZZM) -- In a battle of Hawks, Forest Hills Eastern scored early and often, and captured a road victory at Cedar Springs.

Jesherun Washington opened the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown run, to give the Hawks a 7-0 lead.

FHE added to the scoring with a Spencer Elliott touchdown pass to Dylan Banagis. The Hawks rolled from there, winning 35-7.

Special thanks to our "Hot Shot", FHE Student Alex Pitt for providing the game highlights.

Lowell @ Forest Hills Central

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Defending state champion Lowell looked for its second straight road win to start the season, with a trip to Forest Hills Central.

The Red Arrows lead 28 - 0 in the third quarter.  Gabe Dean took the ball right up the middle for an 18 yard touchdown to make the score 35 - 0 Lowell.

In the fourth quarter Lowell's Renn Osborne took the ball around the left end and barreled into the endzone to put the Red Arrows up 42 - 0.  That was the final score. 

Cascade Road Construction

Road construction is underway on Cascade Road SE.  Westbound traffic narrows down to one lane at Hall Street SE and continues past Spaulding Avenue SE.  The construction ends at Forest Hills Avenue SE.  A variety of work is being done, including creating turn lanes and improving sidewalks and curbs.

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Comprehensive Eye and Vision Care
Children learning through interacting with their surroundings and daily experiences

Alto farmer grows super size corn

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - Regular rain and lots of hot, sunny days have led to especially tall corn plants in West Michigan this summer.

But, not many have shot up as high as the corn on the Tolan Farm in Cascade Township.

"Way beyond my expectations," says Wes Tolan.

The corn in the Tolan's 6 acre field behind their house on 68th Street is about twice as high at normal.

"The corn is at least 12 feet high," says Wes Tolan. "I have a couple I measured at 13 feet high."

"I can't believe it," says Patty Tolan. "It's huge."

Wes Tolan says the weather is the main reason his field produced super size corn.

"We had one of the most wonderful years we ever got as far as rain," says Tolan. "Basically it rained an inch or two every week."

Tolan also says the "silo corn" he planted usually produces taller plants and fewer ears.

Ada Township - Solicitation In The Township


During the past several months there have been many reports
of solicitors going door-to-door who have behaved in a pushy or
suspicious manner, and/or could not or would not show proper
identification. In accordance with Chapter 54, Peddlers and Solicitors,
of the Ada Township Code of Ordinances, any one who solicits
in Ada Township is required to obtain a license (permit) from the
Township Clerk, for which a fee is paid. Involved in this process is
a background check and photo ID. If the license is approved and
issued, any person soliciting under that application will be required to
show an authorizing document issued by the Township and identified
as such. Licenses are valid for 30 days, and may be renewed by the
Township Clerk for an extended period of time.

Discovery Days at Ada Park Learning Center

From: Ada Township Parks & Rec Program Guide

Discovery Days Ages 3-5
10:00 a.m. – 12 noon $4/youth
Ada Park Learning Center

Especially for Pre-Schoolers along with a parent or guardian to have a fun, educational adventure in Ada Park. Each session with an indoor hands-on activity, nature craft and a guided discovery experience outdoors.
Each program to be offered on two consecutive days.
Come dressed to be walking outside.

“Be a Nature Detective”
Wed., Sept. 15 and Thursday, September 16
Use your senses to learn about the natural world. Look for shapes and colors in trees and flowers. Listen with ears like a rabbit for sounds in the woods and field.