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Communities get share of $500K for drinking water

Communities get share of $500K for drinking water

LANSING, Mich. (AP & WZZM) - The state says 45 Michigan communities will get a share of nearly $500,000 through the Wellhead Protection Grant Program to help safeguard public water supply systems.

The Department of Environmental Equality announced the funding this week.         

The DEQ says groundwater is the sole source of drinking water for nearly half of Michigan's households and the grants are an important part of protecting the groundwater supply.    

Funding includes $70,000 each for Battle Creek, the East Lansing Meridian Water & Sewer Authority and the Lansing Board of Water & Light.

New drop-off boxes aimed at curbing drug abuse in Ionia County

New drop-off boxes aimed at curbing drug abuse in Ionia County

BELDING , Mich.— The Belding Police Department is offering help in cleaning out your medicine cabinet.

Residents can now discard old, unused prescription drugs in a drop-off box located at the police department.  A drop-off box is also located at the Ionia County Sheriff Department in Ionia.

The drop-off boxes are provided in partnership with Ionia County’s Substance Abuse Initiative, Environmental Health Division and Commission on Aging, to help limit the availability of medicines that could be abused.  According to statistics provided by the Ionia County Health Department, more Michigan residents die from prescription drug abuse than from using heroin or cocaine combined. Prescription drugs that are improperly disposed of can also damage the environment.

Prescriptions can be dropped off Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 120 South Pleasant St. in Belding.  No needles will be accepted.  No questions will be asked.

Thriving attraction in the running for an expansion grant

Thriving attraction in the running for an expansion grant

BELDING, Mich.—The City of Belding is applying for a grant to help expand a popular new attraction.

City Manager Meg Mullendore says she’s filed for a grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation to create nine more holes for disc golf at SMASH park.

SMASH Park opened to the public in early July, after volunteers cleared space and installed baskets in Lightning Bend Park.   The SMASH League opened July 22.

SMASH Park will hold a beginner tournament, including disc golf clinic Saturday, August 31.  For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page here.

Project to create longest trail in the state backed by Belding organizations

Project to create longest trail in the state backed by Belding organizations

BELDING, Mich.— Work on the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail is on track to start next spring, according to Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore.

Mullendore says organizations and businesses have offered approximately $70,000 in donations for the project, but many of them cannot commit the money until their new fiscal year begins. On Tuesday, August 20, the Belding City Council voted on whether to commit and advance the funding, as required by the state.

Mullendore says the trail would run through Belding, connecting in Lowell and Greenville to create the longest trail of its kind in the state.  The $1.8 million trail would be mostly paved and include three covered bridges.

Mullendore says if all goes well, the trail would be finished by the summer of 2014.

SMASH Park's smashing success: Expansion already planned

SMASH Park's smashing success: Expansion already planned

BELDING, Mich.—A  disc golf park that’s only been open to the public for about a month is already looking to expand.

SMASH Park is Belding’s first disc golf park.  It’s been such a smashing success, park leaders are looking to add another nine holes to the current nine-hole course.  On Tuesday, August 20, the Belding City Council will consider authorizing the expansion.  The proposal was previously reviewed and recommended by the city’s recreational advisory board.

SMASH Park opened to the public in early July, after volunteers cleared space and installed baskets in Lightning Bend Park.   The SMASH League opened July 22.

SMASH Park will hold a beginner tournament, including disc golf clinic Saturday, August 31.  For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page here.

Greenville properties up for bid August 16

Greenville properties up for bid August 16

GREENVILLE, Mich.—At least four properties will be up for bid during the Montcalm County Public Land Auction Friday, August 16.

A total of 65 land parcels formally owned by the State of Michigan will be up for auction.  They include:

  • Two-story home at 312 W. Washington St., Greenville
  • Small home at 904 N. Edgewood St., Greenville
  • Small home at 112 W. Gibson Dr., Greenville
  • Two-story home at 408 State St., Greenville
  • Vacant lot at 600 Fairplains St., Greenville
  • Small home at 806 E. Coffren Ave., Greenville
  • Vacant lot on Bracy Avenue, Greenville

Registration for the auction will open 11:30 a.m. Friday.  The auction begins at noon at Sheridan Community Center, located at 205 St. Clair St.

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

Tammy Cunningham snapped this photo on Muskegon's Pere Marquette Park beach July 26.

Send  your West Michigan Summer 2013 photos to mytown@wzzm13.com  and we'll add them to our photo gallery!