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Redesigning Ada: Community workshops begin September 3

Redesigning Ada: Community workshops begin September 3

ADA , Mich.—Community members are invited to help determine a new design for the Village of Ada.

Amway purchased the Thornapple River Shopping Center  and surrounding properties last winter.  Now the corporation is teaming up with the Ada Township Downtown Development Authority to call on the community to generate ideas for redeveloping the space.

The design process will begin with a public presentation 7 p.m. on September 3, at Community Church, located at 7239 Thornapple River Dr.  For more information about the project, visit www.envisionada.com

Surround yourself with dahlias during free show August 31 and Sept. 1

Surround yourself with dahlias during free show August 31 and Sept. 1

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  If you like dahlias, Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is the place to be this weekend.

The venue is hosting the National Dahlia Show Saturday, August 31 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Visitors can view hundreds of dahlia flowers entered by enthusiasts from across the country.  Prominent dahlia grower John Menzel will offer a free presentation about the flower Saturday, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.  A free flower-arranging demonstration will immediately follow.  Pre-registration is not required for either event.

There are more than 30 species of dahlias, ranging in height, petal structure and color.  Dahlias begin blooming in early summer, continuing until the first frost. 

Ada Park may soon expand

Ada Park may soon expand

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Visitors to Ada Park may soon enjoy even longer trails.

In a 7-0 vote Monday, the township board approved purchasing a property adjacent to the back of Ada Park.  The back portion of the parcel, located at 980 Buttrick, contains wetlands which the Township plans to preserve.  The Township is also considering extending existing park footpaths onto the property.

The Township is buying the 3.2 acre property for $95,000, but the total comes to about $105,000 when closing costs and necessary survey work is included.    The parcel contains an older farmhouse, storage shed and a two-vehicle detached garage.  The Township has no plans for the buildings yet; a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment must be completed first.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, August 24.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW. The county will also accept drop-off items at the following times and locations:

  • September 7: 5068 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwood
  • September 21: 2350 Ivanrest SW, Grandville
  • October 12: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • October 26: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, 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.

Township sets up timetable for debated cell phone tower

Township sets up timetable for debated cell phone tower

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—AT&T should soon know where it will be allowed to build a much-debated cell phone tower.

Ada Township Clerk Susan Burton says on August 12, the township board unanimously approved a resolution in support of allowing AT&T to install antennas on an existing water tower on East Forest Hills campus, near Pettis and Knapp.  The water tower is operated by the Township, but owned by the school district, so school leaders must sign off on the proposal first.  If the district turns down the project, the Township will allow AT&T to build its 130-foot cell phone tower at Egypt Valley and Knapp.  However, as a condition of the project, AT&T must wait until mid-November for the school district’s decision before obtaining a construction permit from the Township.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, August 10. 

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 at the following times and locations:

  • August 24: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • September 7: 5068 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwood
  • September 21: 2350 Ivanrest SW, Grandville
  • October 12: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • October 26: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, 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.

August 11 'Gym Jam' to benefit Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

August 11 'Gym Jam' to benefit Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

FOREST HILLS, Mich.—  Grand Rapids Gymnastics will transform into a carnival August 11 for the “Gym Jam” open house.

From noon until 4 p.m., visitors can visit the gym, located at 1601 Galbraith Ave.