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Soak in the Splendor of Fall by Kayak

Soak in the Splendor of Fall by Kayak

Ottawa County Parks invites you to soak in the splendor of fall by kayak.  Paddle the Pigeon or Grand River on a guided tour as the crescendo of reds, oranges and yellows dance across nature’s canvas.  Ottawa County Parks is offering four Color by Kayak Trips.  Paddle excursions on the Grand River are scheduled for Saturday, October 12 and Saturday, October 19 from 12-5 PM.  Kayaking trips on the Pigeon River are scheduled for Wednesday, October 23 and Wednesday, November 6 from 12:30-4:30 PM.  Each guided trip includes a basic kayaking lesson. The fee is $15 per person.  There is an additional $26 fee for kayak rental which includes the kayak, paddle and life jacket.  Call the Nature Education Center at 616-786-4847 to register.

Local businesses among the '101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies'

Local businesses among the '101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies'

More than two dozen West Michigan companies are among the “101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies” in Michigan.

The annual list was released September 11, one week before the award celebration at Davenport University.  The 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies list celebrates organizations that inspire and produce green technology, positively impacting the industry and environment.  An independent research firm selected the winning companies based on the following categories: education, communication, strategic planning and operational implementation, innovation and problem solving, building and grounds, community leadership, workforce and financial performance.

The list of 2013 winners includes:

'Food and Society... From West Michigan to the World' September 5

'Food and Society... From West Michigan to the World' September 5

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The Tri-Cities Historical Museum and Loutit District Library (LDL) will team up on Sept. 5 to host Livestock and Dairy Specialist Ernie Birchmeier as he presents "Food and Society…From West Michigan to the World."

Birchmeier’s presentation is free to the public and runs from 7-8:30 p.m. in LDL’s Program Room A.

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

Community garden to open in Ferrysburg

Community garden to open in Ferrysburg

FERRYSBURG, Mich.—Ferrysburg is getting its own community garden.

During their Monday night meeting, city council members hammered out details about the planned green space.  City Manager Craig Bessinger says the garden will be 60 feet by 100 feet and located on the east side of City Hall.  The community garden will be fenced in and contain 42 to 60 plots, including some handicap-accessible raised beds. 

The community garden will be open to Ferrysburg residents only.  The space will be free and water will be provided by the city, but participating greenthumbs must bring their own plants and tools. 

Plots are available on a first come, first served basis.  Interested gardeners should contact City Hall at (616) 842-5803 to be added to the list.

Proposed millage would fund two new bike paths

Proposed millage would fund two new bike paths

FERRYSBURG, Mich.—Ferrysburg City Council members plan to work out the details of a proposed millage for two new bike trails Monday night.

Earlier this year, the city council approved putting the proposed millage on the ballot for the election November 5.  The property tax would be a half-mill over ten years.  Money generated by the millage would fund bike trails on North Shore Road from 174th Avenue to North Beach Park and 168th Avenue from Spring Lake Road to Van Wagoner Road.  Both bike paths would connect to already existing trails.

For more information about the proposed millage, pick up a brochure at the Ferrysburg City Hall front desk during regular business hours.