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Artwork and live entertainment featured at Arts in Ada

Artwork and live entertainment featured at Arts in Ada

ADA, MI –  The annual Arts in Ada featured artwork and live entertainment today (Saturday).  Students from the Ada Dance Academy entertained the audience this afternoon, along with the Music Team from Genesis United Methodist Church in Cascade.  Numerous artists featured their artwork on Bronson Street near the covered bridge in Ada.

East Precinct is offering safe boating tips

East Precinct is offering safe boating tips

The week of May 21st is Safe Boating Week.  The East Precinct of the Kent County Sheriff's Department is offering some information from Safe Kids about boating safety. We have a lot of waterways in the East Precinct.  It's a good idea to review water safety rules before the boating season starts.

Hitting the waters is a great family activity during the summer months.  Whether it’s a power boat, a family canoe, or a walk on the dock, the risks are the same.  Anyone on or near the water without a life jacket is at risk for drowning in the event of an accident.  We want you and your family to be safe on the water this year, which is why we are celebrating Safe Boating Week

If you are driving a boat this summer, we urge you to take a boating education course to refresh on safe boating practices.  Also, you can get a vessel safety check every year for free from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S.

Arts in Ada is on Saturday

Arts in Ada is on Saturday

ADA, MI -  It’s another sign of spring, the Arts in Ada event is on Saturday, May 21 from 9am until 4pm.  The day-long event is held under the beautiful oak trees on Bronson Street, between the historic covered bridge and Ada Drive.  Arts in Ada features a wide variety of artwork, as well as activities for children, and food vendors.

There will also be live entertainment.  The Music Team from Genesis United Methodist Church in Cascade will perform at 2pm.  The event is free.

Arts in Ada is sponsored by the Ada Arts Council.  For more information:   http://www.adaarts.org

Cascade Township pedestrian pathway etiquette

Cascade Township pedestrian pathway etiquette

From: http://www.cascadetwp.com

Cascade Township maintains approximately 17 miles of pedestrian pathways for Township residents to enjoy. However, for the comfort and safety of pathway users, please remember the following:

  • Always clean up after your dog.
  • Walk, run or cycle on the right side of the trail in the direction you are going. Pass on the left.
  • If you are on a bicycle or rollerblades and are approaching a pedestrian from the rear, please use common courtesy when passing.
  • Remember that cyclers 14 years and under are required to wear a helmet.

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Part 2 – Meet “Baldy”

I think one of the most beautiful birds is the male Northern Cardinal.  Red is my favorite color, which is one reason why I can’t take my eyes off of cardinals.  They also have those beautiful crests on top of their heads.  Cardinals don’t migrate and keep their color all year round because they don’t molt into a dull plumage like the Gold Finch.  This means the cardinals are still breathtaking in my snowy backyard all winter long.  Don’t get me wrong, the females are also very pretty, but the males are stunning.

The other thing about male cardinals is they all look alike.   The color of their feathers is the same.  They all have the black masks around the eyes.  They all have those distinctive crests.

Then one day my husband and I saw “Baldy”.  He was unlike any cardinal we had ever seen.   My husband first spotted him in early April.  There was something seriously wrong w

East Precinct offers some bike safety tips

East Precinct offers some bike safety tips

Here are some major bike safety tips that are repeatedly violated throughout the East Precinct.

  1. Ride with traffic- Always be aware of the traffic around you and be prepared to stop.
  2. Ride single file in a straight line when riding on the road.
  3. Always obey traffic signals- Learn the rules of the road and obey traffic laws.

Here are some Pedestrian Safety tips. Please abide by them to make your walk safer and your neighbors happier.

Follow these Pedestrian Safety Tips When Walking Near Traffic:

Now that the weather is nice you see a lot of people walking in the roadway. The problem is that when they walk with other people they walk three and four abreast and this cuts into the traveled portion of the roadway for motor vehicles.

Cascade Gypsy Moth Spraying Program

Cascade Gypsy Moth Spraying Program

CASCADE, MI -  Many Michigan residents have heard of the gypsy moth, though they may not know what the insect looks like.  Gypsy moth is a notorious pest that feeds on the leaves of oaks, aspen and many other species of shade and forest trees.

By the first week of June, the Gypsy Moth Spraying Program will be underway in targeted areas throughout the township.  Cascade Township will have 452 acres of property sprayed this year. This is a slight increase in the number of acres being sprayed when compared to last year.

Our consultant has indicated that the gypsy moth population is up only slightly from last season. The population centers that were found are very healthy with little parasitism and good viability.