When Joan Pravis commutes from her subdivision to the Okemos Community Church, she says it’s not uncommon for white-tailed deer to frequent her driveway, backyard and roadways. “Sometimes we have them in the church parking lot even,” she said. As a church office manager, Pravis helps feed around 40 families per month through the Okemos food bank. Last year, the church received 500 pounds of venison from the Deer Management Program to feed homeless and low-income families. The program allows township residents to hunt on previously restricted lands to reduce the overpopulation of deer.
By Ipshita Moitra
Entirely East Lansing Staff writer
The number of international students at Michigan State University has boomed in the past 10 years and so have options for shoppers and diners. In 2004, MSU had 3,315 international students. That number has grown by 116 percent to 7,161 students this year. They come from Saudi Arabia, India and Europe. Most are from China, reflecting a change in the makeup of the international student body, as well as a change in its size.
Youth services librarian Marisela Garza hosted a “Geronimo Stilton” party for elementary and middle school readers. The program took place on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. at the Mason Public Library. The “Geronimo Stilton” party featured trivia from the book, cheese jokes, a newspaper scavenger hunt and a cheese taste test. The scavenger hunt featured things such as the letter K or finding a picture of someone smiling.
By Mary Hathaway
Holt Journal staff writer and photographer
The Holt Lions Club and the Delhi Township Fire Department hosted Halloween in the Park 2013 in the Holt Veterans Memorial Garden. While this event was meant for the children, the parents and volunteers seemed to be having as much fun as the young ones. Jeff Butcher, recruitment and retention coordinator at the Delhi Township Fire Department, helped to found this event and he is thrilled by how it has been received in the community. “The first year we had 300, last year we had 600, this year we are not sure what is going to come.” As soon as three o’clock rolled around it was clear it had surpassed last years count. Click the link below to get a firsthand look at Halloween in the Park 2013.
Uncle John’s Cider Mill in Saint Johns celebrated the first day of fall by hosting Kids Fest. The Saturday and Sunday afternoon event included bounce houses, tractor rides, face painting, pumpkin picking, a corn maze and treats such as cider, doughnuts and apples. According to Uncle John’s employee Makayla Tyler, Kids Fest attracts people from all around Michigan. “It’s really busy,” said Tyler. “We have lines out the door throughout the whole day.”
This was Tyler’s second year working during Kids Fest.
The Lansing City Market hosted the Harvest Fest on Saturday, providing free activities for families along the River Trail, including face painting, pumpkin decorating and miniature horses. The event was sponsored by Uncle John’s Cider Mill.