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A break from urban wildlife for a day at the beach

A break from urban wildlife for a day at the beach

LAKE MICHIGAN -  Even a dog has to take a break from all the excitement of his backyard kingdom.  On this sunny summer day, George, my husband, and I head to the beach.  Our friends, Nancy and Don, own a cottage on Lake Michigan, and they have invited the three of us to spend the day at the beach.

This is George’s first visit to Lake Michigan.  The waves were a little intimidating at first.  He would sniff the water, but he would not allow himself to get wet.  He wouldn’t even dip his paw into the water to check it out.  Then something caught his eye.  George noticed the beautiful white birds walking along the water’s edge.  He tried to get close to these interesting critters, but they would simply fly off.

Silly me, I thought seagulls only lived by the ocean, and then I moved to Michigan and discovered the Big Lake is home to a thriving population of seagulls.  I have since learned that seagulls or gulls will live al

Ada Township Park Playground Upgrade Underway

From: Ada Township

The playground at Ada Township Park will go through a transformation with summer and early fall. Some of the current play equipment will stay while others will be renovated or replaced with new. 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 our 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 our web site for more details.

Ada acquires open space on Carl Creek

Ada acquires open space on Carl Creek

ADA, MI - Ada Township recently closed on the acquisition of 2.5 acres of land with over 500 feet of frontage on both sides of Carl Creek, for the purpose of permanently preserving the property in a natural condition. The property, acquired from Robin and Carlene Bottrall, is located on the south side of Grand River Dr., opposite the road from the Township’s covered bridge on the non-motorized trail that crosses the creek.

Carl Creek originates in wetland areas along Spaulding Ave., south of the railroad tracks, and flows to the east and north to its outlet on the Grand River.

Ada Township Announces Closures of Ada Drive Trail

Ada Township Announces Closures of Ada Drive Trail

Upcoming construction activity along Ada Drive in Ada Township will result in portions of the non-motorized trail between Spaulding Ave. and the Ada Village area being closed to through traffic for most of the summer season, 2011 and into the fall.

Beginning on Monday, June 13, construction will begin on Phase 2 of the Villas of Ada condominium development, located on the south side of Ada Drive, west of Paradise Lake Dr. The trail along the condominium development frontage will be closed for 4-6 weeks during site grading, road and utilities construction for the Villas of Ada expansion.

Beginning approximately June 20, Ada Township will begin construction of a replacement sanitary sewer line along Ada Drive, beginning at the Ada Dr./ Fox Hollow Ave intersection, and progressing east toward the Village. For much of its length, the new sewer line will be placed underneath the existing non-motorized trail. As a result, the trail from Fox Hollow Ave.

Lane closure: M-11 (28th Street) in Kent County from June 3-6

Lane closure: M-11 (28th Street) in Kent County from June 3-6

News Release:

Cascade
Intermittent single-lane closures for bridge rehabilitation will be in place tonight at 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, June 6 on eastbound and westbound M-11 under I-96.

For up-to-date information on this project and others, go to the list of statewide lane closures at: www.michigan.gov/drive.
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Ada hosting a fun filled 4th of July celebration

Ada hosting a fun filled 4th of July celebration

ADA, MI -  Ada is hosting a day long celebration of the 4th of July.  New this year will be a separate “Kids Bike Parade”, starting just before the BIG PARADE. This parade of decorated bikes will culminate at Thornapple and Headley where kids can re-connect with their parents and enjoy the rest of the parade with their families.  Enter a float in the parade to be eligible for a prize.

CHANGES: The bigger-than-ever car show will be in the Community Church parking lot.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: The pancake breakfast at the Fire Station, at 7 a.m.; our BIG parade; all the activities “ON THE GREEN” which include rides and activities for the kids, food food food, music by the Blue Water Ramblers, animals, and many artists and crafters.

WE NEED: Volunteers! For directing traffic and lining up parade participants, and for clean-up.

7:00 a.m.

Urban Wildlife - Meet Tommy and Henrietta

Urban Wildlife - Meet Tommy and Henrietta

George and his Backyard Critters – Meet “Tommy” and “Henrietta”:

“Tommy” and “Henrietta” are the wild turkeys who live in the neighborhood and visit our bird feeder once in a while. We don’t see the turkeys very often, maybe it’s because they can go 14 to 20 days without food.

Michigan turkeys disappeared in the late 1800’s. In the 1950’s, wildlife biologists reintroduced turkeys in southwestern Michigan and later in the northern part of the state.  Today, there are about 200,000 wild turkeys roaming around Michigan.

Two of those turkeys live in our Forest Hills neighborhood. They are the Eastern Wild Turkey variety.