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Discovery Days at Ada Township Park begin Dec. 11

Discovery Days at Ada Township Park begin Dec. 11

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Discovery Days at Ada Township Park are here.

Parents and pre-schoolers are invited to experience a morning of nature study, hands-on activities and games.  Participants should come dressed for the weather, since some of the programs include outdoor activities. 

Public hearing for Cascade Township 2014 budget Dec. 11

Public hearing for Cascade Township 2014 budget Dec. 11

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.— Community members are invited to weigh in on the proposed 2014 budget for Cascade Township during the board’s regular meeting Wednesday, Dec. 11.

The public hearing regarding the budget will take place before the board will consider a resolution adopting the budget.  A replacement vehicle for the township buildings and grounds department is also up for consideration.

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Cascade Library located at 2870 Jacksmith SE.

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council welcomes new members

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council welcomes new members

WALKER, Mich.—The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council has some new faces at its helm.

During the Dec. 5 meeting, Grandville Mayor Steve Maas, Kentwood Mayor Steve Keply and Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga officially joined the GVMC Board of Directors.  All three men were elected in November and selected by city members to serve on the panel.

Ada Township Supervisor George Haga and Sand Lake Village Trustee Roger Towsley also took the oath of office.  They represent the first two communities to join GVMC since 2007. The Board of Directors also recently approved accepting Lowell Township as a member. 

The GVMC is in charge of coordinating development and governmental affairs across municipalities.

Frederik Meijer Gardens prepares for holiday tradition

Frederik Meijer Gardens prepares for holiday tradition

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The annuals are out and the poinsettias are in at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

The venue’s annual “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” exhibition opens to the public November 26. The holiday wonderland will feature more than 40 international trees and displays, along with a decked out Railway Garden, complete with model trolleys, trains and replicas of more than 30 Grand Rapids landmarks, designed out of natural materials by Paul Busse. 

 “Many cultures use similar palettes of natural materials to decorate and celebrate the holidays,” said Director of Horticulture, Steve LaWarre. “Seeds, wood, fruit and natural fibers can be found woven throughout different displays and decorated trees, within the Railway Garden and throughout the entire exhibition.”

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, October 26.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, October 12.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford. The county will also accept drop-off items on October 26 at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.