Drink up? Depends on where you live

By BAILEY LASKE Capital News Service LANSING – If you’re thinking of moving in Michigan and worry about water quality, finding the perfect area might be harder than you think. Because of  a wide variety of contaminants, pinpointing one area … Continue reading →

Volunteer programs seek to supplement local park maintenance

Kacie Kefgen brings her kids to Harrison Meadows Neighborhood Park almost every day and runs nearby trails three times a week. Kefgen, who lives in a neighborhood near Northern Tier Trail, is one of many East Lansing residents who regularly take advantage of park and recreation sites in East Lansing. “We can see how many people use the trail from our house,” said Kefgen. “Even in the cold part of the winter, especially on the weekends, you will see people running and walking their dogs.” While many residents enjoy the local parks and trail systems, maintenance of these areas is a shared responsibility. According to Tim McCaffrey, director of the East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts, the majority of park maintenance is the responsibility of the city organization, but volunteer work plays an important role.

Meridian Township sees higher rates of car-deer accidents than other Ingham County townships

OKEMOS — In the last several years, statistics from Michigan Traffic Crash Facts show Meridian Township in Ingham County has seen nearly double the number of car-deer accidents than the next highest number of accidents by township. Meridian Township implemented a deer management program that began in 2011, according to their website, and officials have seen a decrease in the number of accidents. Kelsey Dillon, a park naturalist for the Meridian Township Parks and Recreation Department, says they keep records of car accidents involving deer because of their deer management program. “We actually monitor car accident reports very closely and we work with our police department to … get that information, and over the last …

Mason experiences flooding at its wastewater treatment plant

On Monday March 12, Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of disaster and opened the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to local governments in 17 counties after heavy rainfall and snow melt on Feb. 19-21 resulted in widespread flooding damage, according to Michigan.gov.

Among the affected areas was Ingham county. Those areas included the cities of Lansing, East Lansing, multiple townships, and Mason. Although Mason seemed to have experienced relatively minimal damage with flooding compared to Lansing and East Lansing, Mason did run into some trouble with flooding of its wastewater treatment plant. After the floods of February 19-21, the Mason city clerk, Sarah Jarvis, put out a public notice saying that Mason’s Water Treatment Plant experienced some flooding of partially treated wastewater.

Dogs need special care during winter

Some dogs are made for the winter. Huskies have heavy fur and tough paws which allow them to handle these harsh conditions with no problem. But some dogs do not have the same luxuries, which makes winter tough. “We take him on walks which sucks in the winter time,” said Joey’s Pet Outfitters employee Krystal Witt. Dogs routinely need to go outside for multiple reasons from walking to using the restroom.