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How much snow did you get overnight?

How much snow did you get overnight?

CASCADE, MI - The first question I was asked this morning was "how much snow did you get?"  Nearly seven inches of snow greeted me when I left the house.  It's the dry, powder type of snow, which is great for downhill skiing.  I imagine snowboarders, cross-country skiers, and kids of all ages love it too.  My dog enjoyed making first tracks this morning.  The main streets in Cascade were already plowed curb-to-curb and even the back-roads between Cascade and Lowell were passable.

Ford Airport Expands Hearing Loop System

Ford Airport Expands Hearing Loop System

Contributed by the Gerald R. Ford International Airport
By: Bruce Schedlbauer

Gerald R. Ford International Airport officials have announced the expansion of the hearing loop system installation at the airport. This system enables individuals with telecoil (T-coil)-equipped hearing devices to have public address system announcements transmitted directly to their hearing aids. This assistive listening service is available on both airport concourses, at all airline gates and holdroom areas, and now in the airport’s Grand Hall.

"We are delighted to offer this service to our customers who use assistive hearing devices," said acting executive director Phil Johnson. "By the direct transmission of gate and flight announcements to T-coil-equipped hearing aids, this hearing loop system significantly enhances the airport experience for the thousands of our customers who have experienced hearing loss.

Cascade board makes spending decisions

Cascade board makes spending decisions

CASCADE,MI - The Cascade Township Board, in a 30-minute meeting on January 25, approved the following items:
 

  • Continue to provide $400,000 from the General Fund annually to the Fire Fund as resolved by the Board in 2004.
  • Continue to pay-off the unfunded mandate in MERS (employee retirement fund) over a 28-year period.
  • Resolve to support the Kent County Road Commission in its efforts to obtain Federal funding for road improvements in the 52nd & Kraft area (upgrade the road to a Class A road).
  • Abandon a short portion of the Patterson Drain (unused) east of Kraft (north of 28th St) to provide for development of the site (future Goodwill Store).
  • Receive the monthly update from staff on the Strategic Plan. 

Source:  www.cascadetwp.com

 

A slow commute this morning

A slow commute this morning

Streets, ramps and freeways were snow packed this morning. Motorists kept their speed down during the morning commute. I only saw one accident on I-96 during my commute around 7:45 this morning. It was a two-car accident on eastbound I-96 near the Plainfield exit.

Slow and cautious commute this morning

Slow and cautious commute this morning

It was a slow and cautious commute from Cascade to Walker this morning.  The streets, ramps and freeways were slippery in spots.  The roadways ranged from clear to slushy for the morning commute.  I saw one abandoned vehicle on I-96 but no accidents or vehicles in the ditch.

Many schools are closed today, including the Forest Hills Public Schools, Forest Hills Presbyterian Preschool, Kenowa Hills Public Schools, and Walker Charter Academy. 

Rediscover our past by visiting historic landmarks

Rediscover our past by visiting historic landmarks

ADA, MI - Walking across the Ada Covered Bridge is like stepping back in time.  It is one of four remaining historic covered bridges in West Michigan and the only one in Ada.

In the 1800’s and early 1900’s, bridges became the lifeblood of a community.  Ada’s development and prosperity were tied to its bridges.  The Ada Covered Bridge is the last remaining bridge from that era. 

Formerly known as the Bradfield Bridge, it was built by William Holmes in 1867.  He used a truss system patented by Josiah Brown of Buffalo.  The Michigan legislature authorized Ada to borrow up to $3,000 to build and maintain the bridge.

By 1904, Ada was a bustling township with a railroad station, post office, public school, two churches, hotel, several blacksmith shops, two general stores, sawmill and a couple dozen houses.

Construction crews working weekends to finish Cascade ramp project

Construction crews working weekends to finish Cascade ramp project

CASCADE, MI - Construction crews worked this past weekend on the westbound I-96 project at the Cascade Road interchange.  Crews are extending the lane from the ramp and finishing the shoulder. 

Drivers should watch for a lane shift on westbound I-96.  The work is scheduled to be completed on November 1.