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My Town Sparta: Public hearing March 31 for park development funding

My Town Sparta: Public hearing March 31 for park development funding

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Community members are encouraged to weigh in on plans to develop a new park east of the Rogue River.

Using funding from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Algoma Township purchased a piece of property at 10371 Edgerton Ave., north of 12 Mile Road and named it Rivers Edge Park.   A new driveway has already been constructed on the property.Township Supervisor Dennis Hoemke says the township is now looking at how to develop the park into a natural space for the community, padding handicap accessible walkways and a couple of overlook sites for fishing the Rogue River.  Hoemke says the land is primarily wetland, so it will largely remain a nature preserve. 

A public hearing to discuss a grant application for developing the park will take place Tuesday, March 31 at 10 a.m. People who cannot make it to the hearing can submit written comments during regular business hours at the Township offices, located at 10531 Algoma Ave.

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.

My Town Sparta: Star Gazing on March 1

My Town Sparta: Star Gazing on March 1

KENT CITY, Mich.-- Register soon to visit Howard Christensen Nature Center Saturday, March 1 for the opportunity to check out the night sky.

The outing begins at 7 p.m. and runs through 8:30 p.m. with basic instruction on how to use binoculars (provided) to study the night sky, followed by the chance to view the stars outside.

The event is free, but a donation of $5 per person or $15 per family is encouraged.  To register, email  cperski@lillysfrogpad.com  or call (616) 325-4554.

The Howard Christensen Nature Center is located at 16190 Red Pine Drive NW in Kent City.

My Town Sparta: Algoma Township proceeds with park development project

My Town Sparta: Algoma Township proceeds with park development project

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Algoma Township is working on developing a plan for a new park east of the Rogue River.

Using funding from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Algoma Township purchased a piece of property along Edgerton Avenue, north of 12 Mile Road and named it River's Edge Park.   A new driveway has already been constructed on the property.Township Supervisor Dennis Hoemke says the township is now looking at how to develop the park into a natural space for the community, padding handicap accessible walkways and a couple of overlook sites for fishing the Rogue River.  Hoemke says the land is primarily wetland, so it will largely remain a nature preserve. 

Hoemke says the township hopes to have a plan for the park in place within the next few months to apply for grants to fund the work.

Algoma Township sets date for annual Spring Clean Up

Algoma Township sets date for annual Spring Clean Up

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—It’s the middle of winter, but Algoma Township is already looking ahead to spring.

The Township’s annual Spring Clean Up event will take place Wednesday, April 23 through Saturday, April 26.  Residents are encouraged to drop off household refuse.  No lose trash, liquids,  hazardous waste, brush/yard waste or cement will be accepted.  All tires must be cut in half for free disposal.  Propane and fuel tanks must also be cut in half and fencing must be folded or rolled up.   For a complete list of items that will not be accepted, visit: http://www.accesskent.com/Departments/DPW/hhw.htm

Spring Clean Up operation hours will be Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bring your prized buck to Sparta's inaugural Buck Pole Nov. 16

Bring your prized buck to Sparta's inaugural Buck Pole Nov. 16

SPARTA, Mich.—An event celebrating hunting will make its debut in downtown Sparta Saturday, November 16.

Hunters are invited to bring their bucks for judging during the inaugural Buck Pole, which starts at 5 p.m. The entry fee is $10 and each buck will be judged based on weight, inside measurement and number of points. The winners will be announced at 8 p.m.  The top prizes include a taxidermy mounting package, valued at $500 and a $100 gift card to Sparta Sport Shop. There will also be an Antler Shed Contest, with prizes going to the top entries.

The Buck Pole will also feature a variety of family friendly events, including venison chili tasting, children’s activities and a community campfire. Visitors are encouraged to dress up in their favorite camouflage or blaze orange outfit. 

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, October 26.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.