Want to recycle a mattress or clean up a park? April 23 is your day

By Katie Dudlets
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

April 23 is a big day for the environment in Meridian Township. Upcoming Spring Clean and Go Green! and Love-A-Park Day events are giving volunteers a chance to participate in a community-wide effort to recycle items they have at home and to beautify the natural areas all over the township. Chippewa Middle School’s parking lot will be filled with volunteers accepting recyclable items at the annual recycling event, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. that Saturday. “This recycling event is a convenient way to recycle or reuse items that you may not be able to recycle curbside or even at your local recycling center,” said Recycling and Energy Coordinator LeRoy Harvey.

Businesses go into summer mode as temperatures rise

By Danielle Duggan
Clinton County Chatter

ST. JOHNS — The end of spring brings preparation for summer sales among various businesses in Clinton County. With the release of students from school and the coming of warmer temperatures, businesses plan early in hope of increasing funds and customers for summer services. Some businesses begin the process of exchanging winter merchandise for summer merchandise in the spring. Shaggie’s, an ice cream store located at 110 N. Clinton Ave., St.

Warmer weather brings rise to missing pets in Grand Ledge

By Ani Stambo
Living In The Ledge

Since the beginning of spring on March 20, there have been seven dog and cat sightings posted by concerned residents on the Grand Ledge community Facebook page. Seven more Facebook users also posted on the page about their missing pets, and only a couple of these owners have been reunited with their furry companions. In regards to the rise of missing pets in the Grand Ledge area recently, Kristen Stalling, a veterinarian at Grand Ledge’s House Call Veterinary, is not shocked. “With the weather becoming warmer, pets are going outside more,” Stalling said. What really can make a difference, according to Lansing Waverly Animal Hospital receptionist Heather Joss, is microchipping.

That “ice cream” time of year again

By Meghan Steingold
Living in the Ledge

Spring fever is in the air, and summer is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate than getting ice cream at the local parlors? Between Corner Cone and Lick-ity Split, Grand Ledge residents have ample options. The warm weather and the sunshine are getting people out of their winter hibernation and excited for the upcoming summer, and with summer there’s always ice cream. According to Ryan Ballore, of Beagle Elementary School, “I get ice cream almost every day in the summer, and my favorite is superman.”

Both ice cream parlors opened the first week of April, when customers were finally able to get their first treat of the season after a long winter.

Cinderella will go to the ball (with a bit of community help)

Ani Stambo
Living In The Ledge

Spring has sprung. Shedding winter’s layers and a breath of fresh air, everything is new again. And, with the beginning of the transition into summer comes certain occasions: spring-cleaning, flooding, or breaking out the good old sunblock. On a lighter note, there’s one tradition in reassurance to look forward to for some: prom. Something many teen girls think about during her time in high school is prom night.

Area farmers still optimistic about summer crops

By Ethan Merrill
Holt Journal staff writer

After one of the most persistent winters that anybody can recall, farmers in the Holt area are not curtailing expectations for their summer crops just yet. The middle of April typically marks the time of year for farmers to begin planting corn in Michigan. However, the unusually cold weather of the past few months is delaying those plans. “Some crops are definitely going to be harvested later than the past few years,” said Farm Bureau agent Dennis Greenman. “Corn and soybean harvests are going to be late if the ground doesn’t warm up soon.

Road restrictions hamper farmers this spring

By NICK STANEK
Capital News Service
LANSING — The farming industry feels the lingering effects of the polar vortex in some parts of the state as cold temperatures continue into spring. County governments implement seasonal weight restrictions on roads every year to reduce the impact heavy trucks can have on roads. “By law, road agencies can enact weight restrictions on roads that are not designated as all-season routes when conditions merit,” County Road Association of Michigan says on its website. Although an annual nuisance for drivers, restrictions on weight, speed and axle-loading are tighter this year and slowing down the farming down in some parts of the state. Frost froze deep into the roads and made them more susceptible to potholes, said Clay Martz, manager of Crop Production Service in Lake Odessa, a company that ships fertilizer to corn growers.

Golf courses face tee time delays

By NICK STANEK
Capital News Service
LANSING — Golf courses in Michigan have reopened after a prolonged winter freeze that caused damage and set revenue behind for the season. The damage could be costly, said John Pohl, assistant shop manager at the Royal Scot Golf Course in Lansing. The season started three weeks later than usual, which also cost the course money, he said. Royal Scot reopened in early April last year. “People don’t want to go out golfing when it’s cold out,” he said.

Mid-Michigan Food Bank Increases Gardener’s Opportunities

By Jacqlyn Burnett
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

INGHAM COUNTY—The Garden Project has expanded its opportunities and resources for gardeners and has expanded to seven counties this season with the new merger of the Mid-Michigan Food Bank. With the expansion, The Garden Project has refocused that assistance to help the whole community. The Garden Project provides resources for gardeners and food for the community members through the garden project. “We really like the fact the community gardens together,” said Valley. Currently, The Garden Project is gearing up for spring planting.