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Village design project kickoff planned for June 17

Village design project kickoff planned for June 17

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Ada Township Board and Downtown Development Authority Board hope to kick off  their village design plan Monday, June 17.

The Township picked Progressive AE to prepare the village design plan.  Progressive AE’s proposal includes showcasing the riverfront, creating a central focal point at Ada Drive and Thornapple River Drive, improving safety on roadways by adding medians and possibly including biking and parking lanes, reconfiguring the Thornapple Village Shopping Center, and expanding recreational opportunities.

Progressive AE plans to hold public forums to revise its plan. If all goes well, the developer will present its final approved plan in October 2013.

Recycle your e-waste for free May 31

Recycle your e-waste for free May 31

If you need to get rid of some e-waste for free, now is your chance. 

On May 31, Metron Integrated Health Systems is teaming up with Advanced Technology Recycling to accept electronics at Metron’s Lamont facility, located at 13030 Commercial St.  Visitors can drop off their e-waste from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Metron will accept anything that plugs into a wall that contains a circuit board and/or batteries.  Devices that contain Freon, lighting fixtures and large household appliances will not be accepted.

Organizers say Metron wanted to coordinate this free recycling event to help clear out clutter that poses a risk of tripping and falling.  The company plans to hold additional e-waste recycling events throughout the year.

Metron has six facilities across West Michigan providing a variety of services, ranging from rehabilitation to blood pressure clinics.  Locations include:

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Learn how to use Michigan plants in your garden May 8

Learn how to use Michigan plants in your garden May 8

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- Gardeners can learn how to use Michigan plants during the Kent Conservation District's Native Plant Workshop May 8.

Vern Stephens will answer questions about how to use Michigan plants during the presentation, which runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The workshop is also your last chance to place a native plant order. Pick-up, along with a "Cash 'n' Carry Sale" is Friday, May 10 from 3  p.m. to 7p.m.  Visitors can look at all the plants offered and check out a few of Vern’s surprises.

The Kent Conservation District is located at 3260 Eagle Park Drive NE, Suite 111 in Grand Rapids. To register or for more information, go online to www.kentconservation.org or call (616) 942-4111, Ext. 100.

Energy usage monitors now available for checkout at local library

If you have a card to the Kent District Library, you can now check your energy usage for free.

Visitors to the library can check out an energy usage monitor to gauge their home appliance electricity use.  Kent District Library launched the pilot program in February at its Englehardt branch in Lowell, through a partnership with Lowell Light & Power.  Consumers Energy is also backing the program.

Kent District Library has nearly 250,000 cardholders at 18 branches representing 26 Kent County communities.

Great Lakes Energy and Green Living Expo May 4

FOREST HILLS, Mich.-- How does energy consumption affect the Great Lakes?

Students from Central Woodlands plan to answer that question during the Great Lakes Energy and Green Living Expo this Saturday, May 4.

With the help of four teachers and the Groundswell organization, sixth grade students on the Geek Squad Team will present a community-wide energy exhibition. The Geek Squad Team spent months researching energy, and is now working with community partners to inform and educate visitors on energy conservation and alternatives.

The energy expo will also feature alternative energy presentations by several organizations, as well as exhibits focused on incorporating "green living" into homes. The Great Lakes Energy and Green Living Expo will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 at  the Central Woodlands 5/6 School, located at 400 Alta Dale Avenue SE.

Spring Clean-up Day in Ada/Cascade Townships

Spring Clean-up Day in Ada/Cascade Townships

The Ada/Cascade Townships are once again offering a spring clean up day for residents on Saturday, May 5th from 8:00am to 2:30pm at the Kent County Road Commission building at the end of Fase St. in Ada Township.

A driver’s license, proof of residence, is required to drop off your household items, yard waste and trash. Freon must be removed from any appliances that are to be dropped off.

Additional information is available at Sandra@cascadetwp.com or by calling 616-949-1500.

Free program helps home and business owners deal with mercury

(ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COMPANY)– The Environmental Quality Company is proud to partner with The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Project.

This is an on-going effort to collect and properly recycle mercury.  Small and large business operations have traditionally been overlooked during mercury collection events.  The project’s objective is to address this issue and promote a long-term solution for easily collecting and recycling of mercury.  The program is free to anyone located in Michigan – residents included. 

The program is easy.