Some of the larger dogs trying to sniff out treats during the March 31, about 20 volunteers from the Ingham County Animal Shelter Fund's Easter egg hunt on March 31.

Dogs brave rough conditions to go on their own Easter egg hunt

It was a windy and rainy day at Hawk Island Park in Lansing, but dogs still showed up to hunt for some treats. On March 31, about 20 volunteers from the Ingham County Animal Shelter Fund spread 1,000 plastic eggs filled with grain-free treats across the grass, and dozens of dogs lined up to sniff them out. There were three separate sections for each size of dog. Once the announcer gave the go-ahead, they were off. Small, medium and large dogs sniffing the ground and occasionally coming across an egg with a prize inside.

LuAnn Meisner wins Commitment to Excellence Award

On a night where many residents from the area had come to express their concerns with the Township board, the board meeting was filled to capacity, but the meeting started on a positive note. In a room filled with Meridian Township residents LuAnn Maisner stood out in her yellow blazer as she accepted Meridian Township’s Commitment to Excellence Award. Michigan Recreation and Parks Association (mParks) president, Brett Kaschinske began Meridian Township’s board meeting on Tuesday, March 17 by presenting the Commitment to Excellence Award to Meridian Township’s Director of Parks and Recreation, LuAnn Maisner. Kaschinske said her high levels of success were deserving of the award. “You have the trails, and parks mileage that you have you have expanded, and done so much for the community,” Kaschinske said.

Williamston City Council sees ‘spirited’ back-and-forth, developments in city manager search

What was once a calm Williamston City Council meeting turned into a heated debate within the city hall chambers, pitting the Farmers’ Market Ad Hoc Committee and the Williamston City Council. A “spirited back-and-forth” is how the newly-minted council member Daniel Rhines described it. The Williamston Farmers’ Market is set to run for May 20 to Oct. 14. It’s an annual tradition many residents are fond of — including a number of council members.

East Lansing’s government-run Farmer’s Market dealing with religious separation issues

The East Lansing Farmer’s Market is a government-run entity that has had issues with religious groups and organizations in the past. “I don’t know if you want to go as far as to say there was a church spiritual function as opposed to a public function. They were representing the church vs/ the general public. What we’ve tried to do in situations of that nature is have honor. I mean, I don’t see it as a church and state issue,” said Tim McCaffrey, the director of the City of East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts.

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 …

Special Olympics brings new opportunity to students in Mason

Students with disabilities in and around Mason are getting the chance to showcase their skills and interact with other students reaching for the same goal thanks to one of Michigan’s largest Special Olympics program. Over 3,200 athletes have joined Special Olympics Michigan Area 8, competing in 21 different sports through out the Ingham and Eaton county area which includes Mason and is one of the largest groups in Michigan with one-tenth of the 27,000 athletes, according to Anne Goudie, Special Olympics Michigan Area 8 director. Getting a chance to work with others who may possess similar disabilities and develop skills they haven’t yet discovered in themselves is a big part of the reason to why this program has been so successful. Expert in special education, Dr. Steve Imber said, “In many ways I think students with disabilities want to be accepted. Playing sports can help build self esteem …

Despite loss in partnership with non-profit organization, DeWitt Dog Park will run “status quo” between the city and township

Due to a lack of funds, the Friends of the DeWitt Dog Park will no longer have a formal role in running the dog park, but the city and township will run it business as usual. The group proposed the idea for the park, which is located off West Herbison Road, adjacent to Padgett Park. It recently ran out of funds and dissolved, said DeWitt City Administrator Dan Coss, who played a central role in the formation of the dog park on the city’s end. The original agreement to run and fund the park was a joint-partnership between the city, township and Friends group. “As of right now, we’re just going to operate and maintain the dog park status quo,” said Coss.