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More green for eating greens: Eat local movement gets federal boost

More green for eating greens: Eat local movement gets federal boost

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The eat local movement is getting a federal boost.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded Local First a two-year $94,000 grant for Community Supported Agriculture.  Local First is teaming up with West Michigan Growers Group and Michigan State University Extension to provide resources for farmers to grow their CSA programs. With CSAs, community members purchase a share of a local farm, which then divides its harvest among investors.  The CSA form of farming provides stability for farmers and allows investors to enjoy seasonable, locally grown produce. The program provides the health, relational and economic benefits that come with eating local.

My Town Belding: Girl Scout makes parks more duck friendly

My Town Belding: Girl Scout makes parks more duck friendly

BELDING, Mich.—Waterfowl in Belding have a safe place to hide out, thanks to a Girl Scouts’ Gold Award project.

Allison Harrison recently completed building six wood duck boxes for the city parks of Belding.  Harrison hopes the boxes will encourage the duck population to remain in Belding so hunters and nature lovers can enjoy the fowl for years to come.

Harrison joined the Girl Scouts in elementary school and stuck with the organization, despite being teased by her classmates and the collapse of her original troop.

"I got past all of the bullying and judgment and followed through with Girl Scouts, no matter what people threw at me," she said.

Leaf, Brush & Clippings Drop Off

Leaf, Brush & Clippings Drop Off

Greenville City residents only are invited to drop off their leaves, brush & clippings on Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 10am – 2pm to the location of Owen Mumaw Drive, West off Shearer Road through November 24.

ID is required for address verification! Grass clippings & leaves must be in biodegradable disposable bags, only!

Visit www.greenvillemi.org for more information.

My Town: Four communities host Labor Day prayer for farmers

My Town: Four communities host Labor Day prayer for farmers

GREENVILLE, Mich.--  The seeds have been sewn and the fields have been managed; now three West Michigan churches and an Ionia farm are turning to prayer for a safe and fruitful 2014 harvest.

Community members are encouraged to take part in this season’s prayer for farmers, which will take place on Labor Day, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m.   Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Kent City, Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville, Rudd Farms at 1426 W. Grand River Ave. in Ionia and First United Methodist Church in Carson City will host the prayer session.  For more information, contact Mike Finkler at (616) 690-6221.

My Town Greenville: AGA Marvel launching unprecedented collection of 'green' appliances

My Town Greenville: AGA Marvel launching unprecedented collection of 'green' appliances

GREENVILLE, Mich.—A Greenville company is leading the pack in launching a product line that meets and exceeds new national energy standards.

AGA Marvel is redesigning its entire line of household under-counter refrigeration systems in light of the stricter energy standards, which take effect Sept. 15.  The company claims the collection, which includes wine cellars and keg dispensers, will be the first and largest collection in the nation. 

AGA Marvel’s engineering director says the new models will also include greater storage configurations, smart temperature controls and quieter operation.   The products, which are engineered, hand-built, tested and inspected in Greenville, are slated for launch this fall.

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town Belding: City to consider switching to 'green' lighting

My Town Belding: City to consider switching to 'green' lighting

BELDING, Mich.—The City of Belding is one step closer to being greener.

During their regular meeting Tuesday, July 15, city council members are expected to approve a proposal to replace current lighting at City Hall and the Department of Public Works with LEDs.  The proposal from G & D Electric comes with a price tag of $26,990.88, after a rebate from Consumers Energy’s Small Business Program.  However, the switchover is expected to save the city money long term; Consumers says the average project pays back its cost in energy savings in less than a year.

Tuesday’s city council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Pere Marquette Depot, located at 100 Depot Street.