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Smart meter installation to continue in Norton Shores

Smart meter installation to continue in Norton Shores

NORTON SHORES, Mich.—Norton Shores Police want to remind residents that Consumers Energy crews will be visiting the area soon to install smart meters at every customer’s home.

Police say the service technicians will be wearing a photo ID badge and driving a vehicle with the Consumers Energy logo.  The vehicle may also include the logo of Consumers Energy’s smart meter associate, Corix Utilities.

So far crews have installed more than 92,000 smart meters in Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa and Allegan counties.  Consumers Energy plans to install smart meters at all West Michigan customers’ homes by 2017.

The initial installation is free, but customers who chose to have the smart meter taken out must pay $124 up front. An extra $10 will also be tacked onto their monthly bill. Customers who opt out of the smart meter program must pay $69 up front and $10 each month they do not have a smart meter.

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

West Michigan growers are seeing high demand for berries this summer.

Many farmers have closed their fields for a couple days after visitors picked their plants clean.  The increasing demand also led to a shorter cherry season for some growers.  

Here's a list of some of the U-pick locations open in West Michigan this summer. Prices, fruit availability and hours vary daily, so it's best to call ahead before visiting any farm.

 

Ionia County

 

Bird Berry Farm

5256 Belding Rd. Belding, MI

(616) 794-5041

Blueberries $1.75 per pound

Patch picked out early Friday morning call back for update Wednesday, July 17

 

 

Kent County

 

North Ridge Berries

3555 20 Mile Rd. NW Kent City, MI

(616) 675-5919

Raspberries $3 per pound

Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit

Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit

In the Garden: April’s Promise

In the Garden: April’s Promise

 

In April, I always dream of daffodils.

Just the thought of them, yellow as sunshine, and the gardens starting to come to life outside my windows, makes me swoon. This is more than spring fever.

DNR looking for Stewardship Volunteers

DNR looking for Stewardship Volunteers

Volunteering for the Department of Natural Resources is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the State Parks, get exercise, and breathe some fresh air while still having fun and enjoying the magnificent scenery that Michigan is known for.

Volunteers are needed from Berrien County north to Muskegon County. The State calls this a volunteer stewardship program throughout the month of May. Come prepared with appropriate clothing for outdoor work, layered, if possible, for a good days' work. Gloves and drinking water are a must.

Youth groups, scouts, service clubs and classes are needed to locate and remove the invasive weed, known as Garlic Mustard. This plant is a threat to wildflowers like trillium and bloodroot along with others.