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Cascade is planning to remake its downtown

Cascade is planning to remake its downtown

CASACADE, MI -  Does Cascade Township even have a downtown?  This is the perennial question when asked about the Cascade Township Downtown Development Authority.  Sure, it is different from the City of Grand Rapids.  There is no Monroe Center or Rosa Parks circle, but there is a downtown, and an overwhelming desire to remake its core into something walkable, economically viable, and charming.

Cascade Remade is the tag line for an effort that officials and business leaders began earlier this month.

Ada is seeking opinions from residents

Ada is seeking opinions from residents

ADA, MI -  Ada Township is asking its residents to complete a four-page recently mailed with property tax bills to all homeowners in the township.  If you have misplaced the survey, you can also fill it out online on the township web site  www.adatownshipmi.com

Ada’s message to the community:  The Ada Township Planning Commission is currently reviewing and updating the Township Master Plan. The Master Plan establishes growth management goals, policies and strategies for the Township. This survey is being conducted to take into consideration the current views of Township residents regarding a variety of growth, development, public facility and "quality of life" issues. The results of this survey will supplement and be used with the results of similar surveys conducted in 1993 and 2004.

You can assist this effort by taking a few minutes to complete the survey.

Reserve a park bench in Peace, Burton parks

Reserve a park bench in Peace, Burton parks

From: http://www.cascadetwp.com/

Residents are now able to purchase a park bench to be placed in various locations in both Peace Park (Bolt & Grand River area) and Burton Park (Burton & Cascade area).  The six-foot long benches will be placed in the next few months and will have a name-plate attached to them letting visitiors know who the bench honors.  A picture of the bench will be added to this blog sooon.  The cost for a bench (with marker) is $500.00.

If you are interested, please call the Township Office (949-1500) to make your reservation.  The first benches should arrive in Mid July.

Ada, Cascade 4th of July activities seem endless

Ada, Cascade 4th of July activities seem endless

Ada: Activities kick off with the annual 7 a.m. pancake breakfast at fire station #1; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. flea market at the Youth Park on Thornapple River Drive; 9:30 a.m. parade line-up in the parking lot near McDonald’s;
10 a.m. kids on bikes start the parade
10:15 a.m. parade starts; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. “On the Green” activities for whole family fun; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. classic car show; 12:15 p. m. - 12:30 p. m. winning floats announced; and at dusk (10 p.m.) fire works in the village.

 

Cascade: the children’s bike parade starts at 10 a.m. at Cascade Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, 6655 Cascade Road and proceeds to 28th Street and Thornhills Drive.

Festivities and family fun are set for 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in front of the Cascade Library, 2870 Jack Smith Ave. to 28th Street.

Lane closures through Wednesday on Interstate 96 in Cascade

Lane closures through Wednesday on Interstate 96 in Cascade

News Release from MDOT:

Nightly (8 p.m. to 6 a.m.) right lane closures for bridge rehabilitation will be in place tonight through Wednesday night on eastbound and westbound I-96 near M-11 (28th Street).

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

Meet Bella, Bucky and Barry:

We leave the urban wildlife in Forest Hills and head to our cabin in Wisconsin.  In Michigan, you would call our cabin a cottage.  In Wisconsin, they are known as cabins.  Anyway I digress - our cabin is on 10 hilly acres of grassland in the bluff country of southern Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin is known as the dairy state, but the “state animal” is not a cow.  It’s the badger.  Yes, Wisconsinites have seen Bucky the Badger, the University of Wisconsin’s mascot.  But very few of them have ever seen a real badger.  Our property in Wisconsin was invaded by three badgers last year!!!!

The first sign of a badger invasion:

The first sign of the badger invasion was the yard, which was dug up.  Badgers prefer to live in open grasslands, fields and pastures.  My husband mows about four acres of our property and lets the rest of the grasses grow wild.

Ada Township Park playground upgrade underway this summer

Ada Township Park playground upgrade underway this summer

ADA, MI - The playground at Ada Township Park will go through a transformation this summer and early fall. Some of the current play equipment will stay while others will be renovated or replaced with new equipment. A conceptual plan and specification has been prepared by the architect firm of O.C.B.A. and is available for review through the Park office and web site. Bids for contractors to provide the renovations will be due mid June with the majority of the work to be done in August and September.

Anyone interested in making a donation towards the new playground equipment or sponsoring a specific item is welcome to do so. Contributors, donors and memorials will be recognized on site. Contact the Park office or web site for more details. 

Source:  www.adatownshipmi.com