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Free Day at the Kalamazoo County Parks on June 17, 2015

Free Day at the Kalamazoo County Parks on June 17, 2015

The regular county park fees are only $5 per vehicle or $25 for an annual pass but on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at all the Kalamazoo County Parks, it’s a free day for everyone. The county is trying to encourage people to get outdoors and explore nature. You can even enter for a chance to win a 2015 Annual Vehicle Entrance Pass.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will also be held at River Oaks County Park on this special day at 11am to celebrate the grand Opening of the new splash pad and dog park.

“Many people don’t realize all the opportunities for recreation at the parks in Kalamazoo and this is a great way to kick off summer and see what all the parks have to offer,” said David Rachowicz, Parks Director.

For additional information, including park locations and maps, go online at www.kalamazoocountyparks.com

Household Hazardous Waste Center To Hold Saturday Collections

Household Hazardous Waste Center To Hold Saturday Collections

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The Kalamazoo County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Center will now be open on the second Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (except for August and September). Saturday hours are an addition to the HHW Center’s regular business hours; HHW Center is open year around on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.

Planting the seed: Drought-resistant corn developer awarded $500k grant

Planting the seed: Drought-resistant corn developer awarded $500k grant

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Grand Valley State University) — Native Traits Corporation, a start-up bio-technology company in Kalamazoo, received $500,000 in pre-seed funding.

The Bioscience Research and Commercialization Center (BRCC) at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo invested $250,000 and Northern Michigan Angels, an investor group in Traverse City, provided an additional $250,000. The company also received hands-on support from the Michigan Small Business Development Center housed at Grand Valley State University.

Native Traits Corporation is a commercial developer of native traits for the hybrid seed corn industry; the company’s primary focus is the development of genetic traits that can make corn resistant to drought and extreme temperatures.

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

My Town: Michigan fruit growers encouraged to complete USDA Fruit Acreage Inventory

My Town: Michigan fruit growers encouraged to complete USDA Fruit Acreage Inventory

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams encouraged the state's fruit growers to complete the 2014 Fruit Acreage Inventory being conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

My Town Kalamazoo: Allied Superfund Site redevelopment public meeting Thursday, Feb. 26

My Town Kalamazoo: Allied Superfund Site redevelopment public meeting Thursday, Feb. 26

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The City of Kalamazoo will hold a public meeting to discuss the recent redevelopment option that has been proposed for the Allied Landfill Superfund Site located between Alcott Street and Cork Street on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6 p.m.  This public meeting will be held in the gymnasium at St. Joseph Catholic Church located at 936 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI  49001.

Representatives from the United States Environmental Protection Agency-Region 5 and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will also be available during the informal discussion time at the meeting to answer questions and receive input.