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A hidden gem in the woods of Okemos

 

On the south bank of the Red Cedar, hiding behind thick oak trees and melting snow sits Meridian Townships hidden gem: The Harris Nature Center. A little building with a big job- preserving the surrounding quality of nature. The Harris Nature Center, established in 1997, is home to six miles of various wildlife and nature trails. The work done at the center and by its faculty prove the animals are not the only ones dedicated to their ecosystem. The Harris Nature Center offers learning opportunities for all ages and special events for every season.

Voters renew tax to support Potter Park Zoo

Ingham County voters leaned heavily toward renewing a property tax to support Potter Park Zoo. With 81 percent of precincts reporting, 77 percent of voters elected to renew a 0.41 mill tax to support the Lansing zoo. For the owner of a $200,000 home, this tax costs $41 a year. Because it is a renewal, residents’ taxes did not go up. Potter Park and the Potter Park Zoo have been a staple of the Lansing community for more than 100 years, since 1915. The park and zoo were under control of the city of Lansing until 2006, when the cost of maintaining the zoo became too big a burden for the city.

Potter Park Zoo millage goes miles for local elementary schoolers

National election scandals mean more people at the polls this year–and there’s one non-partisan item on the ballot that local elementary school teacher Sara Nemeth says you should look twice at. That’s the Potter Park Zoo Millage, which is up for renewal this year. Without the millage, zoo staff says they wouldn’t be able to do half of their operations. Gate prices alone don’t cut it for the accredited zoo. The millage would cost a person with a property value of $100,000 and a state taxable value of $50,000 around $20.50 per year.

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New Towner Park coming to Meridian

The former Applegate Driving Range in Meridian Township will become a 23-acre park, with the start of construction planned for early 2017 and the debut expected in 2019. Located in the northern Haslett area off Lake Lansing, Towner Road Park aims to attract as many residents as possible.

Shelly Lahanas watches her daughter Eleni give Tate Smith candy at the Wild Goose Inn's Land of Oz.

Annual Great Pumpkin Walk takes place in East Lansing

East Lansing’s annual Great Pumpkin Walk brought hundreds of trick-or-treaters to the city’s downtown area on Oct. 27. Families from East Lansing and its surrounding area brought their children to trick-or-treat at the Great Pumpkin Walk, where attendees were abe to trick-or-treat at more than 50 downtown merchants. The Wild Goose Inn, located on Albert Avenue, also hosted its annual “Land of Oz” as part of the Great Pumpkin Walk, where volunteers from All-of-Us Express Children’s Theatre dressed as characters from “the Wizard of Oz” and handed out candy to trick-or-treaters. Trick-or-treaters will have another chance to trick-or-treat on Halloween, too.

Historic homes are all over Lansing, but some may be at risk

By Jasmine Seales
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Some of the many places that tourists frequently visit in Lansing are the multitude of historical houses and establishments in the Greater Lansing area. There are a number of churches, homes and buildings that are listed as historic sites, especially in the downtown Lansing area. The Historical Society of Greater Lansing President Bill Castanier has led a free walking tour on North Washington Avenue on July 14, in order to give a more in-depth look at the houses, tell who lived in them, when they were built, and who built them. Residents were not previously allowed access into the homes, but according to the Historical Society, many people had questions about the houses and structures. A correspondent from the Historical Society of Greater Lansing said that for the most part, the houses are holding up nicely, but the tour gives a new life to the houses, and allows outsiders to get the scoop on the houses, and putting a story to the houses they see on a regular basis.

Annual Color Run “brings out more excitement and fun”

By Zachary Mitchell
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Lansing runners got their annual shot at the Color Run in downtown Lansing on July 9. Runners believe that this is a great way to support people to stay healthy, and have fun at the same time. The Color Run is a very large event and it has increased significantly in the past year. They have hosted over 225 events in more than 30 countries in 2015. “I think that the paint being used in the run just brings out more excitement and fun.