As a teenager, Eric Becker felt like the sports world was in the palm of his hand — anything was possible. He loved football and baseball and even garnered attention from NCAA Division I schools like Central Michigan University and Michigan State University during his career at Detroit Catholic Central High School. But Becker never got to find out how far he could have taken his skills. Based off of his neurological history, doctors told Becker he had an estimated 20 concussions, most likely from his sports activities. He was crushed. “The sad thing is I never stopped playing,” Becker said. “I can remember having a headache for like three straight years.
There are more than 400,000 collegiate athletes in the United States and the NCAA’s motto is that most of them will go pro in something other than sports. But, the transition away from such a big part of their lives isn’t easy. One moment they are playing the sport they love nearly every day, and the next that sport gone, leaving a massive gap to fill.
In 2011, some East Lansing residents filed concerns about landscape damage from deer. Now these concerns have reached a pinnacle due to a new worry about deer: chronic wasting disease. According to the East Lansing City Council’s summary of deer management activity from 2011 to present, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed the first case of the disease in May of 2015 in Meridian Township. Since then, the state department brought in the USDA Wildlife Services to cull the deer population within a 2-mile radius of the site of the confirmed disease. The Department of Natural Resources has also proposed that East Lansing include Harrison Meadow Park and White Park in the culling zone.
Across the street from the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is a boarded-up, vacant building. However, 565 E. Grand River Ave. will be redeveloped in 2016 and will add a more modern look to downtown East Lansing. Developers David Krause and Douglas Cron had their application for an $8 million, five-story mixed-use building approved by the East Lansing City Council on Sept. 15.
Firehouse Subs has closed its doors at 245 Ann St. and a different eatery has opened in its place. The new sushi restaurant in downtown East Lansing has an interesting business idea. Kasutamu opened on Sep. 25, and will offer late-night sushi after the grand opening.
Halloween brings trick-or-treating, costumes and fun to East Lansing every year. But, the issue of safety is always at stake on this festive night with so many children roaming the streets. The Michigan State University Greek community has taken matters into its own hands by hosting its annual event “Safe Halloween.” The event gives a new meaning to trick-or-treating and is a way for the fraternities and sororities of MSU to give back to the community in which they live. “With Safe Halloween, we give residents a Halloween-themed block party while also donating to local charities,” said Kit Kuhne, director of Safe Halloween. “We can have these amazing impacts on the world around us by banding together and working towards a common goal,” Kuhne said.
You have a couple more weeks to enjoy the live music and the smells of homegrown produce, meat, flowers and more fill Sunday’s air around East Lansing’s Valley Court Park. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on these days, the East Lansing Farmer’s Market is open to the public. Vendors come from all over Michigan to offer a variety of organic products. “Every year we invite different farmers and vendors we’ve liked at other farmers markets to apply for ours,” said Heather Surface, manager of the East Lansing Farmer’s Market. “Then, we have a board that selects 24 vendors to be at the market each year.”
In 2015, the market has a full “Shopping Checklist” that can be viewed on its website.