Insects could add protein to our diets

By CARIN TUNNEY Capital News Service LANSING — Michiganders raised on meat and potatoes may soon notice a new high-protein food on their plates. That is if entomophagy experts can convince people to eat bugs. Michigan is among the areas … Continue reading →

CSI Great Lakes: Fish forensics

By CARIN TUNNEY Capital News Service LANSING — Some trout in Great Lakes tributaries are just as contaminated with a chemical linked to respiratory, liver and skin ailments as the Pacific salmon that they eat, according to a new study. … Continue reading →

Williamston Farmers Market still running for 2016 season

By Caitlin DeLuca
The Williamston Post

After being reinstated by the City Council two months ago, the Williamston Farmers Market is gearing up for the 2016 season. The Farmers’ Market and its manager Marlene Epley were cut from DDA funding without warning in February. The reason for the defunding seemed to be because the market was operating at a loss. At the following City Council meeting, it was standing room only as many citizens came to both defend the market and demand the market’s and Epley’s reinstatement. The City Council voted unanimously to reinstate both and create a committee to monitor and plan the market.

Students gain valuable experience in foal births

By Hannah Brenner
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter

At the Michigan State University Horse Teaching and Research Center in Lansing Township, animal science students are an integral part of operations. They handle the foaling process on their own, adding important experience to their resumes. The knowledge of what to do when a foal is being born is passed down. There are always students present, some older. The older students teach the younger ones so they feel comfortable taking on the responsibility when it comes their time.

MSU Extension helps Clinton County residents improve their lives

By Cydni Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Michigan State University Extension helps people in different counties in Michigan like Clinton County improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU to individuals, communities and businesses, according to MSU Extension’s Web page. For more than 100 years, MSU Extension has helped grow Michigan’s economies by providing information to help people do their jobs better, raise healthy families, build their communities and empower children to dream of a successful future. MSU Extension for Clinton County offers a lot of programs fitting into categories like Clinton County 4-H, agriculture, nutrition & health, children youth and families, dairy and nurturing and parenting. “I think extension is very important. They are the conduits through which we transfer the research and knowledge from MSU to actual applications in communities,” said Dr. Laura Reese, professor of political science at MSU.

Both Farmers Market and its manager reinstated at City Council meeting


The Williamston Post
By Caitlin DeLuca

The Farmers Market and its market manager were reinstated in a unanimous vote during Monday night’s standing-room only City Council meeting. The market had been defunded the prior week by the Downtown Development Authority, and Marlene Epley, the market manager, was fired via letter two days later. This did not sit well with many citizens of Williamston, who came out in force to the council meeting. “I was pleased that so many people showed up,” said Kathryn Vanallsburg, a small music business owner in Williamston who volunteers at the market. With so many people there, the City Council moved the issue to the top action item of the night.

Williamstown Board of Trustees approves Red Cedar River excavation

The Williamston Post
Kelsey Clements

Builders have started unclogging a log-jammed section of the Red Cedar River in Williamstown Township as part of a construction project in Lansing. The Board of Trustees approved the wetlands project in a 4-1 vote on Feb. 10, ensuring that the complex of hotel, residential and retail planned for Clippert Street and Michigan Avenue can go forward. The law requires builders who disrupt a floodplain in one area — which is happening with the Lansing project — to improve wetlands in another area, which is where Williamstown comes in. Jason Hockstok is a civil engineer working for Continental Real Estate, the development company paying for the excavation in Williamstown.

Last weekend for maze, donuts and terror

By Christine Toth
The Williamston Post

If you haven’t had a chance to make it out to Bestmaze this year, Halloween weekend is your last chance. Not only is it the last weekend the corn maze and Trail of Terror will be open, but there will also be multiple firework shows Friday and Saturday nights. When owner Mark Benjamin heard that people across the country were going to corn mazes for fun, he knew he had found his niche. He had been making mazes since he was a child, plus he had a great location, “halfway between MSU and University of Michigan. So 16 years ago we made one.