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Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Part 2 – Meet “Baldy”

I think one of the most beautiful birds is the male Northern Cardinal.  Red is my favorite color, which is one reason why I can’t take my eyes off of cardinals.  They also have those beautiful crests on top of their heads.  Cardinals don’t migrate and keep their color all year round because they don’t molt into a dull plumage like the Gold Finch.  This means the cardinals are still breathtaking in my snowy backyard all winter long.  Don’t get me wrong, the females are also very pretty, but the males are stunning.

The other thing about male cardinals is they all look alike.   The color of their feathers is the same.  They all have the black masks around the eyes.  They all have those distinctive crests.

Then one day my husband and I saw “Baldy”.  He was unlike any cardinal we had ever seen.   My husband first spotted him in early April.  There was something seriously wrong w

Westgate Area Water Main Improvements

Westgate Area Water Main Improvements

Alpine Township and the Plainfield Township Water Department received excellent bids on the Westgate water main improvement project and awarded the construction contract to Dykema Excavating.

Depending on weather conditions and Kent County Road Commission requirements, the approximate start date for construction activities is May 2, 2011. The project is projected to be substantially complete by August 31, 2011.

Ridge Economic Agricultural Partners (REAP)

Ridge Economic Agricultural Partners (REAP)

Wednesday evening Alpine Township  hosted a meeting of  the Ridge Economic Agricultural Partners (REAP).  In 1998, a committee of farmers, local government officials, agri-business and representatives of the Michigan Cooperative Extension Service worked together to develop solutions to what was a depressed local economy,  REAP was born and is now governed by its own Board of Directors as a charitable, educational organization.

Guest speaker at today's meeting was Janet Korn, Vice President of Marketing for Experience Grand Rapids,  our local convention and visitors bureau.  Janet talked about how Experience GR as well as social networks can help promote locally grown products and events.

To learn more about REAP and the Fruitridge Markets, please click here.

KDL Comstock Park branch presents “Going Green”

KDL Comstock Park branch presents “Going Green”

How does your garden grow?  Find out at the Going Green program taking place at the KDL Comstock Park branch this spring. Come share in crafts and activities full of gardening goodness. Kids will learn about the life cycle of plants, how insects and people help the earth, and new ideas for going green. This program is for families with children of all ages.

Comstock Park branch – Monday, May 2, 10:30 AM

Kenowa Hills Middle School Environmental Club

From: http://www.khps.org

The Middle School Environmental Club has undergone some restructuring in the last few months and we are excited about how much more we will be able to get done. Students  now choose whether they would rather work on recycling routes or projects.  Recycling members pick up all of the plastic and paper recycling in the building. Paper gets picked  up by the Paper Gator company, and plastic bottles are rinsed and then get dropped off at the Kent County Recycling facility.

Students who chose projects are researching a broad range of topics that could make our school a greener place! The subjects of their research range from new trays in the cafeteria, to biodegradable trash bags, to adopting roads and endangered species.  The environmental club is excited to make us all more aware!

Winter Survival Overnight at WMAES Friday, January 14

Winter Survival Overnight at WMAES Friday, January 14

Brrrrrr, it's cold outside! Can you survive overnight in the woods?! Come to WMAES for our Winter Survival Campout and see if you can make it!

Test your survival skills in the forest at West MI Academy of Environmental Science on Friday January 14th.  Snowshoe out to the forest where we will learn many winter survival techniques. Learn to make shelters out of natural materials and insulate them with snow, make fires out of flint and steel as well as bow drills, use snow to boil water and much more.  Cook your dinner over a roaring campfire, take a night hike to see the stars like never before, play some team building games and sleep outdoors in a tent or your shelter!

Made in Alpine Township

There is a lot of buzz about the Chevrolet VOLT as earlier this month it was named  Motor Trend's "Car of the Year".  Some anoint the VOLT as the first fully electric powered car in the world, but it is more likely that such was built right here in Alpine Township!

Tim Kidder at K & K Manufacturing, 951 9 Mile Road NW,  a leading supplier of parts for 107, 111, 113, and 190 chassis Mercedes Benz cars, last year created the first fully electric powered Mercedes 190 for a client in California