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My Town Greenville: Recreation department encourages donations in wake of fire

My Town Greenville: Recreation department encourages donations in wake of fire

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Construction is underway on a storage facility to replace the one the Greenville Recreation Department lost in a July 4 fire.

My Town Belding: Register now for a Belding Community Garden plot

My Town Belding: Register now for a Belding Community Garden plot

BELDING, Mich.—It’s spring, which means now is the time to sign up for a plot in the Belding Community Garden, located at 541 Orchard Street.

This is the third year for the community garden, which is a group effort led by the Belding Community Garden Group, the city and Belding Area Schools.  Last year, the city won the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 3 Community Excellence Award for the garden program.

At the Belding Community Garden, green thumbs can plant whatever they want on their own schedule.  All abundant or designated vegetables are donated once a week to the Belding Food Pantry. 

Gardeners itching for a space can download an application here or visit City Hall to pick up a copy.  For more information about the Community Garden, contact Andrea Belding at (616) 240-1472.

My Town Greenville: New site selected to rebuild burned-out facility

My Town Greenville: New site selected to rebuild burned-out facility

GREENVILLE, Mich.—The Greenville Recreation Department has begun accepting construction bids to replace a storage facility destroyed in a July 4 fire.

Department Director Kris Berry says the fire at 300 E. Charles Street caused more than $60,000 in damage, reducing the storage facility and everything inside to ash. Berry says the city’s insurance company is providing approximately $44,000 to replace everything, so the department is looking to save wherever possible on the new storage facility.

The cause of last year’s fire is still undetermined, but authorities have said it was “not natural.” Berry says the new storage facility will be located in the Alan G. Davis Park, which is heavily used, deterring potential vandalism.

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The Kent County Parks Department is looking for volunteers to help clean up parks this spring.

The 2014 Kent County spring clean event has not been scheduled for a specific day,  because of lingering snow cover.  However, volunteers are encouraged to sign up with he Kent County Parks Department and let them know what projects they'd like to work on, when the time comes.

People interested in pitching in to improve any of the county's 34 parks should contact Volunteer Services at (616) 632-7842 or email park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov .  Volunteers can explain what work they'd like to do, and the Parks Department will then organize the clean-up effort.  The spring clean event provides an opportunity to meet new community members and make a difference throughout Kent County.

Greenville Frozen Jackets earn Polar Plunge award

Greenville Frozen Jackets earn Polar Plunge award

GREENVILLE, Mich.— Greenville Public Schools has a new trophy to add to its case.

On Saturday Feb. 8, the district took first place for most money raised by a school district during the Special Olympics Polar Plunge.  According to the Baldwin Heights Elementary Facebook page, this is the fourth consecutive year the Frozen Jackets have taken the title, thanks to community support.

It’s also the fourth year Baldwin Heights Elementary Principal Michael Walsh has taken the icy plunge himself, which you can watch on YouTube here.

Sledding and stories at the library Jan. 3

Sledding and stories at the library Jan. 3

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Enjoy a full morning of sledding and stories during Flat River Community Library’s Winter Sledding Event Friday, Jan. 3.

The Great Start Collaborative of Montcalm County and the library are teaming up for the event, which begins at 10 a.m.  Participants can bring their own sled or use sleds donated by Meijer.  Sledding will take place on the hill across from the library.  After some fun on the slopes, participants are invited to come inside for story time with hot chocolate and cookies.

Pre-registration is required.  To register, click here or call (616) 754-6359.

Greenville business has new weapon against bed bugs: Sherlock

Greenville business has new weapon against bed bugs: Sherlock

GREENVILLE, Mich.—The newest member of a pest control team in Greenville promises to do what no human can.

Sherlock is a certified Canine Pest Inspector.  The black Labrador retriever can detect bed bugs by scent.  With help from his handler, Alec Dakin, Sherlock recently finished a two week bed bug training course in North Carolina, and now works for SureShot Pest Control, LLC.

SureShot Pest Control says a certified canine can detect even one viable bedbug egg, allowing crews to catch infestations early, saving homeowners money.   The company says canine inspections also take less time than a typical human inspection and are more successful, with an accuracy rate as high as 90 percent.

A 2010 survey by the University of Kentucky and the National Pest Management Association found 88 percent of companies called to a bed bug infestation treated the problem in single-family homes.