Environmental Commission talks road preservation

They are scattered everywhere and hiding around the next corner or under a layer of snow. Potholes are invading Meridian roads, waiting for cars to feel their magnitude.  

Last Wednesday, Feb. 6, the Environmental Commission talked about preserving roads to prevent more potholes from swallowing car tires. The commission invited Karim Chatti, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan State University, to talk pavement preservation for the board’s Green theme.

The Year of the Boar is no bore in Meridian Township

As the Meridian Mall at 1982 W. Grand River Ave. cleared out at closing time, the sound system stopped playing pop hits. After a deafening moment of silence, the sounds from instruments rose clumsily into the air. It stuttered at first. Performers of the Lansing Chinese Christian Youth Orchestra were warming up their instruments.

A Snow Emergency is not cause for an emergency in Meridian Township

Winter arrived fashionably late this year when a snowstorm hit Meridian Township Sunday night, blanketing the community with six to eight inches of snow and causing a Snow Emergency, said Ken Plaga, the township’s police chief. A Snow Emergency might sound daunting, but don’t be alarmed, said Meridian Township Manager Frank Walsh, “it’s actually quite simple.”

“We’ve certainly had six to seven inches of snow before so we don’t want to dramatize this,” said Walsh. “The Snow Emergency simply means is we’re asking or requesting people not to leave their cars in the street.”

After a Snow Emergency is declared, people have 24 hours to remove their vehicles from residential roads, and they have four hours to remove vehicles from main roads like Grand River and Hagadorn Roads. Clearing the roads made it easier for plow trucks to get through, said Plaga. Snow Emergencies are also used to make sure cars don’t get blocked in.

Meridian Township adds an -s to Family Winter Sport Weekend

Meridian Township’s Parks and Recreation department expanded this winter its schedule of Family Winter Sports Weekends. What once was a program held in one weekend spans multiple weekends. “When we first started out 18 years ago, we try to do just one big weekend,” said Mike Devlin, one of Meridian Township Parks and Recreation team specialists, “Now, every weekend we have something going on.”

Families—free of charge—can take advantage of Michigan’s snow storms with programs like sledding in the dark during the Moonlight Sledding event and the Harris Nature Center’s Winter Wonderland. Indoors, residents enjoyed a free skate session as part of the Meridian Skates event at the Suburban Ice rink at 2810 Hannah Blvd. in East Lansing.  Normally, it costs $10 or less to skate.

Troop 164 rewrites history

“Its hard to tell your children that they can’t do something,” Troop 164 Scoutmaster, Marla Ekola, said. Marla Ekola is penciling in her daughter’s future. Re-writting a tradition if you will. Troop 164 is making history. They’re a part of Scouts BSA, formally known as Boy Scouts of America.