Irish connection takes runner to next level

The challenge of leaving home to pursue a career in collegiate cross country has been difficult for Robert “Bobby” Crowley. Crowley, 18, was born in Carlow, Ireland. The freshman ran cross country at Knochbeg College before coming to the U.S. and enrolling at Michigan State University. For Crowley, he has witnessed significant culture change.

Meridian Twp. wants to set a world record on Earth Day

Meridian Township Recycling volunteers and local patrons will attempt to set a Guinness World Record in electronic recycling. Leroy Harvey, Head Coordinator of Meridian Township Recycling and Energy and volunteers are asking the community for help on April 22. “Chippewa Middle School (located at 4000 Okemos Road) is hosting, it is a collaborative effort led by Meridian Township – with lots of collaborative partners,” said Harvey. “Bring your electronics and volunteer, and pray for us, this is a fun feel-good community event.”

The volunteers will provide residents a source to properly dispose of their unwanted goods. There are challenges in finding volunteer support, said Ellen Dillman, volunteer coordinator for the event.

A new business opening in the Marsh Road plaza

Construction on the new L.O. Eye Care, located at 5100 Marsh Rd., is going slower than expected. The new location opening on March 31, in Okemos presents other business opportunities for the surrounding businesses in the Marsh Road plaza. “We did run into an issue with a design component of the new office and after spending a couple of weeks trying to find a way to achieve the look we desired, the plan had to be altered,” said Lisa Rentz, who is ahead of the construction progress of the new L.O. Eye Care center in Okemos. “This resulted in a slight delay in our original timeline,” 

Rentz is the director of marketing for every L.O. Eye Care location in Michigan. “We have 11 other locations including two in East Lansing and one in Williamston as well,” said Rentz.

March Madness drives drinks and food sales

“March has been a crazy month for us so far,” said Melissa Miller, manager at Watershed Tavern and Grill.  

March in Meridian Township is a busy time for beer and food sales. The March Madness tournament and St. Patrick’s Day drinking bring extra traffic and empty kegs to local bar owners. “In order to generate more business this month, we are doing our best to let our social media followers know what is going on – who is playing when, what specials we are running,” said Miller.

Warm weather brings golfers out to the links

The warm weekend weather of Feb. 18-19 was a taste of spring in the midst of winter in Okemos. The National Weather Service said Lansing broke the 1976 record of 62 degrees for this day. As of 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 the temperature had reached 65 degrees.

Student unions celebrate Black History Month

On Tuesday Feb. 7, the Meridian Township board passed a resolution in support of Black History Month. As a district, Meridian Township is very diverse and is proud of the black heritage in its community. “Our district is also frequently looking for ways to further educate students on the importance of acceptance,” said Brixie. Brixie, is the treasurer of Meridian Township.

Roses are red, but increased floral sales bring the green

Although they may not have time to stop and smell the roses themselves, local Meridian Township florists are optimistically awaiting this year’s Cupid’s Day sales. Al Vogl, owner of Al-Lin’s Floral & Gifts in Okemos, MI is one of the many owners preparing for the biggest floral holiday of the year. “When Valentine’s Day falls on Tuesday or Wednesday it is the biggest challenge a florist can have, because the weekend before is too soon to celebrate it — and the weekend after is too late to celebrate it, so everybody wants to celebrate it the day of,” said Vogl. “Therefore, the only way they really can do it is send flowers to the office or home, or workplace.”

Vogl is preparing for the extra business by bringing on more staff. Other florists in the Okemos and Haslett area, such as Petal & Forrest, owned by Dawn Hall, and B/A Florist have taken advantage of the upcoming holiday in their own unique ways.