Meridian Recycling Event

The annual Meridian Recycling Event collected items for resale, reuse and recycle on October 4. Volunteers spent a large part of their day in the Chippewa Middle School parking lot, organizing donations into containers and trucks.

Volunteers, wearing matching blue shirts for the event, help carry donations out of vehicles and into trucks.

Volunteers, wearing matching blue shirts for the event, help carry donations out of vehicles and into trucks.

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Clearview Orchards

Clearview Orchards

By: Tony Garcia

For 22 years, Phil and Kathy Korson have owned and operated Clearview Orchards, a small family orchard and store that operates in September and October.

Even though they both have full-time jobs, the Korsons continue to grow the apples year in and year out. “Our focus is to grow really high quality fresh apples that we pick for the stand,” said Kathy Korson. The apples grow throughout the spring and summer in this small orchard, and are generally ripe and ready for picking in September. Continue reading

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Meridian Township Seeks to Expand Parks and Recreational Facilities

Meridian Township Seeks To Expand Parks and Recreational Facilities

As 2014 comes to a close, the Meridian Township Department of Parks and Recreation looks to move along on the development of multiple parks and facilities in the area.

While progress is a goal, patience is a virtue. LuAnn Maisner is the director of Parks & Recreation, and made it clear that, “the priority is to make sure we finish what we want to do in ’14 … then we can start fresh”. Continue reading

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Dog training, owners learning new tricks

By Kelsey Banas
The Meridian Times

Hernandez started class by explaining what skills would be taught and practiced throughout training.

Hernandez started class by explaining what skills would be taught and practiced throughout training.

The Parks and Recreation Department is offering First Class Dog Training classes held by Hector Hernandez.

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Fourth annual deer management program underway

By Cayden Royce
The Meridian Times

Seventy-two hunters will be on restricted land trying to reduce Meridian Township’s white-tail deer population between Oct. 1 and Jan. 1.

Utility Worker Matt Foreman hunts in  Central Park South on a weekly basis.

Utility Worker Matt Foreman hunts in Central Park South on a weekly basis.

The township creates the perfect storm, says Meridian Township Assistant Park Naturalist Nick Sanchez. There are more than 900 acres of public parks within the township of more than 40,000 people.

Sanchez said the hunters were selected to hunt on 19 township properties and one county property during the regular archery and firearm season.

“This is kind of a special program to hunt in the parks and land preserves,” Sanchez said. “They haven’t been hunted previously.”

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New CATA bus lanes expected for 2016

By Kelsey Banas
The Meridian Times

Capital Area Transportation Authority continues its efforts in redeveloping its No. 1 bus route to the Bus Rapid Transit, which will be expected to start around 2016.

Plans have been slowed for about 3 months because it is in an environmental assessment phase, which calls for additional studies and requires public hearings.

The route runs from Meridian Mall in Okemos to the Michigan Capitol in Lansing. The changes will include an addition of lanes for buses only. The plan is to have either a curbside or center-running bus service.

“There is concern for the buses not being able to transition from one lane to the next if it were to be curbside. We are wanting a consistent pattern,” said Mark Kieselbach, director of community planning and development of Meridian Township.

In addition, the new buses would have a control switch to change a stoplight so it will remain green while the bus passes through an intersection.
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International appeal grows in Meridian

By Julie Angell
The Meridian Times

Many international students will go back to their homes or settle in different parts of the country after graduation, but more are choosing to stay in the area.

Meridian Township benefits from having Michigan State University close by, where the international student population has increased significantly. According to the Office for International Students and Scholars, there were 7,161 international students in fall 2013. That was an 8.5% increase from the previous year.

Efforts are being made by Meridian Township to keep a culturally diverse community.
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