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Greenville students analyze solar panels a year after installation

Greenville students analyze solar panels a year after installation

By Kelli Ameling-Staff Writer
From The Daily News


GREENVILLE - A high school class at Greenville Public Schools (GPS) is gathering information generated by the school's solar panels to help prepare for the future.

Brian Sullivan, a biology and natural resources teacher at the high school, took his sixth-hour students on the roof to analyze how the solar panels work.

The panels, manufactured by United Solar Ovonic, were installed as part of the GreenERville project in October of last year.

Sullivan said the students were able to see what the panels looked like, how the panels worked and where the energy went.

Serena Reamer said she was surprised when they...

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Belding residents comment on new Mueller Brass emissions permit

Belding residents comment on new Mueller Brass emissions permit

By Cory Smith
From The Daily News


BELDING - Elvis Preston has a unique view of the Mueller Brass lead pollution issue.

He works at the brass rod manufacturing plant at 302 Ashfield St. and lives so close he can walk to work - and in the lead contamination area east of the facility.

Preston was one of two people to make comments on the record Monday during a public hearing for residents to weigh in on a new air emissions permit for Mueller Brass.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) hosted the hearing at the Belding Area Schools Administration Building in conjunction with an update on clean up of contaminated soil in the neighborhood.

Both comments made Monday questioned the effectiveness of raising Mueller Brass' chip dryer smokestacks to 122 feet from their current height of 30 feet.

Preston, who lives near the plant on Merrick...

Greenville Fall Loose Leaf and Brush Collection

Greenville Fall Loose Leaf and Brush Collection

The City of Greenville has posted the details of this year's loose leaf and brush collection. Services will run October 17 through November 23.

Click here for full details and information.

Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Drop off your items at Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 6, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Volunteers, please Contact Dixie Ward by phone at (989) 831-7500 or email at warddi@anr.msu.edu

Click here to view a complete listing of accepted items and detailed information.

Montcalm Area Master Gardner’s Association 14th Annual Plant Sale on June 4 and June 5

Montcalm Area Master Gardner’s Association 14th Annual Plant Sale on June 4 and June 5

Every summer it happens at Heritage Village on Montcalm Community College’s campus in Sidney, Michigan.  Wheelbarrows, trailers, wagons, and even shopping carts get wheeled across the lawn by anxious shoppers.  The plants start from a $1.00 each. 

This plant sale is sponsored by the Montcalm Area Master Gardner’s Association.  It’s year fourteen for this much anticipated event.

Community members can landscape their yards at affordable prices.  Come early!!!!!

When:  June 4th and June 5th, 2011

Time:  Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. AND Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Where:  Heritage Village by MCC in Sidney

Greenville to celebrate EarthFest on Saturday

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Greenville Area Community Center is inviting people to take part in EarthFest, an event being held on Saturday, May 28.

EarthFest runs from 2-8 p.m. at the center, 900 E. Kent Rd.

The event will feature entertainment including bands and other activities.  Local artists and craft makers will be on hand to show off their work.  There will also be lectures on conservation and recycling, and a unit where people can hand over their recyclables.

Tickets to EarthFest are $5, and are available at the door.  Children five and younger get in for free.

People interested in learning more can email gacc@greenvillemi.org, or call (616) 754-9163.