Impression 5 science center provides great interactive learning, but always room to improve, say residents and organization

LANSING — Science has a home in the heart of Ingham County. “What we are trying to achieve is giving a space for children to hone their scientific behavior, a space that they can explore things like critical thinking and collaboration and scientific content” says Erik Larson, executive director at the science and learning center Impression 5. Impression 5 is located in downtown Lansing and provides a unique and informal learning environment for children and their families to get excited about science. Larson says, “Impression 5 was created … to create an interactive learning environment so…

Roadkill apparent on Ingham County roadsides

Streets in Ingham County are seeing plentiful amounts of roadkill throughout. Some residents are tired of having to deal with the lifeless animals. “One, I don’t like it, because if I’m walking down any of those streets, using the park facility or whatever, you can smell the dead animals and I have a weak stomach,” said Ingham County resident Quantez Bell. Bell has noticed a high volume of road kill and has himself almost run into deer, possums, and raccoons. He mentioned that one of the highly affected areas he has noticed is by the library in Okemos, and all along Okemos Road.

Potential trade war has yet to impact Ingham County

On March 22, President Donald Trump ordered up an array of tariffs against numerous countries, blocked Chinese takeovers of U.S. companies and sought new restrictions on future Chinese investment. It was seen as the beginning of a trade war against China. Nuola Lee is a resident of Lansing. She said, “I didn’t pay much attention to national policies. I just know a lot about (the) trade war in TV and news reports.”

For now, the policies seem to have no effect on the lives of residents. Lee said, “I have read some reports about family life, prices may increase in the future.

East Lansing, neighboring cities, partner with CATA to re-develop parts of downtowns

In downtown East Lansing, a major land redevelopment project is in the works that will affect land and street regulation. This project is known as Shaping the Avenue, and is a new initiative funded by the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) that will focus on analyzing and evolving how land is used in Lansing, East Lansing, Lansing Township, and Meridian Township, particularly on Grand River Avenue and Michigan Avenue. One important aspect of this project will be the use of form-based codes that will help dictate how buildings, walkways and roads will look in the future. “(This project) will address transit-oriented development, zoning ordinances, how buildings and streets would look, and really kind of more consistently, you’ll see development more consistently be implemented along the corridor,” said Laurie Robison, the director of marketing for CATA. Robison also explained the role that CATA is playing in this project.

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Samaritas gives fresh starts to refugee children, seeks youth mentors in Greater Lansing

The factor that classifies someone as a refugee instead of an immigrant is a direct threat to their safety or the safety of their loved ones leaves no choice but to leave. Violence, natural disasters and other crises force people of all ages to flee; including some children and teenagers who leave behind their families and communities for a chance at life in a safe environment. The Michigan-based nonprofit organization Samaritas makes several areas in Michigan, including the Greater Lansing area, the safe haven for kids in such a situation. “We work only with youth that have been separated from their families so they’ve come over to the U.S. alone … we work only with people that have come into our program under the age of 18” says Mentor/Tutor Coordinator for Samaritas Celine Smith, explaining the focus demographic of the program she helps run.

Secondhand goods find quite a market in Ingham County

Second-hand shopping attracts consumers at all levels of the economy. These savings can be used for holidays, recreation, the financing of a university education and retirement accounts and the expansion of family activities to improve the quality of life. As the children grow up, the things that children used to use become useless. This will be a very perfect moment to take advantage of these wastes. At the same time, these old products are convenient and affordable for new mothers.

Violent crime in Ingham County still prevalent

Violent crime totals have remained consistent in Ingham County, fluctuating higher and lower since 1998. According to a crime analysis report conducted by the Criminal Justice Information center, Ingham County was number seven on highest reported violent crime rates in Michigan compared to all 83 counties. “When we talk about violent crime, you’re often talking about persons who do it over and over again, so it’s not like it’s a bunch of different people who are committing violent crime,” said Dr. David Carter, a criminal justice professor at Michigan State University. Violent crime is defined by the FBI as “aggressive acts causing serious harm to an individuals and include aggravated assault, rape, robbery and homicide,” according to an Ingham County Health Department document. Since 1998, the totals have risen in violent crime offenses within the county to 2014, according to the Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics.

The Meridian Winter Farmers’ Market has features you don’t want to miss

Local products, fresh food, and wine. These are the many benefits of the Meridian Winter Farmers’ Market. Benefits township residents may want to take advantage of. Meridian Township keeps its farmers’ market schedule active during the cold months from December through April. The township hosts its indoor winter farmers’ market on the first and third Saturdays of each month in meridian mall.