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Archive | May, 2012

Prevent nuisance bear problems

Put away birdfeeders, trash cans

 

Each spring as hibernating bears leave their winter dens and resume daily activity, wildlife officials in northern Michigan receive many calls about bears hanging around and even destroying man-made food sources such as birdfeeders, trash cans and grills. This year has been no exception, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

A bear was also recently seen in downtown Greenville, Lowell, and near the Ford Airport in Grand Rapids.

“At this time of year, bears are on the move and are looking for food,” said DNR bear specialist Adam Bump. “They are hungry after spending months hibernating, and will often resort to finding food in unnatural places, such as residential backyards.”

Bird seed is especially attractive to bears because it is a high-energy food and relatively easy to find. Once birdfeeders are discovered, bears will keep coming back until the seed is gone or the feeders have been removed.

“The majority of complaints we receive about nuisance bears this time of year involve a food source. The easiest thing people can do to avoid creating a problem is to temporarily take in their birdfeeders and store other attractants, like grills, trash cans and pet food, in a garage or storage shed,” Bump said. “Once the woods green up, bears tend to move on to find more natural sources of food, as long as they haven’t become habituated to the bird seed or garbage cans.”

Bears can become habituated to man-made food sources, which can create an unsafe situation for the bear, and a nuisance situation for landowners if they have a bear continuously visiting their yard during the day and repeatedly destroying private property in search of food.

DNR Wildlife Division staff members are unable to respond directly to each nuisance bear complaint, and instead ask that landowners do their part to help reduce potential food sources in their yards first before calling for further assistance. The trapping of nuisance bears is only authorized by DNR wildlife officials in cases of significant property damage or threats to human safety.

Anyone experiencing problems with nuisance bears (who has taken the appropriate action to remove food sources for a period of two to three weeks but has not seen results) should contact the nearest DNR office and speak with a wildlife biologist or technician for further assistance.

 

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Enjoy Michigan’s ‘Summer Free Fishing Weekend’ June 9-10

The Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone the annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10. On that weekend, everyone – residents and non-residents alike – can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations still apply.

Since 1986, Michigan has annually celebrated the Summer Free Fishing Weekend as a way to promote awareness of the state’s vast aquatic resources and the sheer fun of fishing. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 36,000 miles of rivers and 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan and fishing go hand in hand.

“This summer’s Free Fishing Weekend is a great way to get outdoors and experience some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world,” said DNR Director Rodney Stokes. “Fishing is such an affordable activity – anyone can pursue it – so get out this June and try it yourself, for free!”

To encourage involvement in Free Fishing Weekends, organized activities are being scheduled in communities across the state. These activities are coordinated by a variety of organizations including constituent groups, schools, local and state parks, businesses and others.

There’s still plenty of time for communities to plan their own Free Fishing Weekend events, or to find an activity occurring nearby. Visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing for all things related to this unique weekend, including help on event planning and promotion, a registration form for official events, and a chart identifying activity locations.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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Weekly fishing tip

Taking great catch-and-release photos

 

Are you an avid catch-and-release angler? Do you like to take photos of the fish you catch, prior to returning them to the water? Do you know the safest way to take these photos so you ensure the fish can live to be caught another day?

* Wet your hands before you handle the fish—that way you won’t remove any of the protective mucus (aka slime) the fish has coating their body.

* Remember that a fish cannot breathe out of water, so they will become uncomfortable rather quickly. Keep the fish in the water until your camera is ready to take the shot.

* Take the photo with the fish fairly close to the water, that way if it squirms out of your hands it will land in the water and not on a hard surface.

* While holding a fish, do not pinch or squeeze it and do not stick your fingers in its gills.

* Be mindful of the different kinds of fish that have teeth and/or spines that could stick you.

This tip was adopted from the Take Me Fishing online blog.

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Weekly fishing report

Below is the weekly fishing report for May 17, for the Southwest Lower Peninsula. For other areas in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/dnr and click on “weekly fishing report” on the left hand side.

Good numbers of crappie have been caught on the inland lakes. Bluegills should be on the beds soon. Northern pike are being caught in the rivers. Lots of bass are being caught and released.

Saugatuck: Salmon fishing was slow. Pier anglers caught freshwater drum. Try crawlers on the bottom.

Holland: Pier fishing for salmon has slowed but boat anglers continue to catch a good number of fish in waters 120 feet or deeper. The fish were scattered. White perch action was slow.

Grand Haven: Boat anglers are targeting 130 to 230 feet of water for salmon. Set downriggers 60 to 140 feet down or divers 200 to 275 feet back with green and blue magnum spoons or white spin/fly combos.

Grand River at Lansing: Is producing catfish along with a few pike and walleye. Those fishing over near Portland did well for catfish. Bass fishing has been good along the entire river.

Lake Lansing: Is producing bass and a few pike.

Michigan Center Lake: In Jackson County is producing largemouth bass and panfish.

Coldwater Lake: In Branch County is producing good numbers of large crappie.

Duck Lake: In Calhoun County is producing bass and pike. Some nice crappie were also caught.

Prairie Lake: Also in Calhoun County is producing crappie, bass and pike.

Morrison Lake: Bluegills were starting to show up on the beds.

Sessions Lake: Is producing bluegill and crappie on spec minnows.

Muskegon: Salmon fishing slowed but should pick back up. Anglers are using downriggers 60 to 140 feet down in 135 to 230 feet of water. Try green or blue magnum spoons or spin/fly combos. No perch to report.

Whitehall: Had good salmon fishing in 150 feet of water and the fish were right on the bottom. Pink and blue were hot colors. Alewife have moved into the channel. Pier anglers caught chinook, coho and brown trout on stick baits or Cleo’s that glow.

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CURB APPEAL from the ground up

Jason Cameron, licensed contractor and TV host, says that color plays an important role in boosting your home’s curb appeal.

Family Features

 

When it’s time to sell your home, you want to do everything you can to make it enticing to potential buyers. One of the most important things you can do is boost your home’s curb appeal.

In fact, the National Association of Realtors says that curb appeal sells 49 percent of all homes. To help you build curb appeal from the ground up, TruGreen and Jason Cameron, licensed contractor and TV host, have teamed up to give you some simple, doable tips to improve your lawn and landscape.

 

Water Right

 

Improper watering can be a big drain on curb appeal. Check the working condition of sprinkler heads and water lines to make sure they’re working properly. To ensure your manual or automated watering system covers the landscape efficiently, set a one-inch deep empty food can in the middle of your lawn so you can measure the depth of water collected each watering cycle. In addition:

• Don’t over water. Watering too much can result in shallow plant roots, weed growth, storm water runoff, and the possibility of disease and fungus development. Give your lawn a slow, steady watering about once a week. Adjust your watering schedule depending on rainfall, as well as your grass and soil type. Trees and shrubs need longer, less frequent watering than plants with shallower roots.

• The best time to water is early morning, between 4 and 7 a.m. This helps reduce evaporation, since the sun is low, winds are usually calmer and temperatures cooler. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that you can lose as much as 30 percent of water to evaporation by watering midday. Always be mindful of local water restrictions.

• Take advantage of rain. Let nature water your landscape as much as possible. Rain barrels are a great way to harvest rain for watering your plants later on – and it saves you money on your water bill, too.

 

Complement With Color

 

Create an instant pop of color to help your home’s curb appeal bloom this spring. Consider your home’s exterior when selecting flowering plant combinations for plant beds, window boxes or front porch planters. With a white house, any color combination will work well. With a yellow house, red or pink blooms tend to complement best.

Here are some other colorful tips to keep in mind:

• For a calming effect, use cooler colors like blue, green and purple. They blend into the landscape for a peaceful look.

• Bold colors add excitement to the landscape. Warm yellows, oranges and reds make the garden lively. Yellow reflects more light than other colors, so yellow flowers will get noticed first.

• To brighten up a dark or shady corner, use pale colors, like pastel pinks and yellows.

• Not all color needs to come from flowers. Foliage can be a great landscape enhancer, so look for colorful grasses and plants like silvery lamb’s ear, variegated hostas, and Japanese painted ferns.

 

Grass vs. Weeds

 

Weeds are plants growing where you do not want them to grow. They can be unsightly in both your lawn and landscape beds.

Grassy weeds can be subdivided into annual and perennial grasses. Annual grassy weeds, such as crabgrass and annual bluegrass, are generally easier to control than perennial grassy weeds like dallisgrass and bentgrass. Left uncontrolled from seed, crabgrass alone can choke out desired turfgrasses and develop ugly seed heads in the summer and fall that lay the groundwork for next season’s crop.

No matter what your weed problems are, a lawn care approach that works in one region of the country doesn’t necessarily work the same in another area.

According to Ben Hamza, Ph.D., TruGreen expert and director of technical operations, TruGreen will design a custom plan to provide your yard exactly what it needs to give your lawn the right start.

“We offer customized lawn care designed specifically to meet your lawn’s needs throughout the year based on climate, grass type, soil condition and usage. And we back it up with our Healthy Lawn Guarantee,” Hamza said.

 

To get more tips, and to watch Jason Cameron in seasonal webisodes on curb appeal on behalf of TruGreen, visit www.TruGreen.com.

 

3 Ways to Boost Curb Appeal for Under $100

 

Want to add curb appeal, but don’t have much money to spend? Here are some simple things you can do for under $100.

• Clean up the yard. Put away unused items, like lawn furniture. Clear leaves and branches out from under shrubs, other plants, and the house foundation. Make sure the lawn is free from debris and that grass clippings are not left on the driveway or sidewalk. Borrow or rent a power washer to clean off the driveway, steps, sidewalk and porch.

• Trim, prune and divide. Overgrown plants can block light from getting inside the house, and they make the house and yard look unkempt. Trim shrubs, making sure to remove dead branches. Get rid of dead or diseased plants in the landscape. If you have perennial plants that have gotten too big, divide them and plant them in other places around the landscape.

• Add new mulch. Mulch not only helps your plants, but it gives garden beds a neat and tidy finish. Wood mulch comes in different colors, but to showcase your plants the most, consider a dark brown mulch – it resembles fresh, healthy soil, so your eyes are drawn toward the plant and not the mulch itself.

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Local dentist office to take a bite out of cancer

Offers free swab to join national bone marrow registry

 

Dr. Richard Jeruzal’s office, Cedar Rock Dental Care, is participating in the “Take a bite out of cancer” campaign to create the state’s single largest bone marrow drive and raise funds to support blood cancer research.

“Since more than 5,100 patients in Michigan—and more than one million nationwide—are waiting for a bone marrow transplant, I want to do my part to help add potential donors to the registry,” he said.

“During the month of May, patients and other members of the community are invited to come to my office to participate in the “Take a bite out of cancer” campaign. My entire dental team is excited about the campaign and stands ready to welcome participants to our office.”

Please call (616) 866-4461 to schedule a time for your free oral swab.

All that is needed to join the fight against cancer is a willingness to do a simple, self-administered cheek swab and complete a basic medical information form.

The doctor added, “With the link between oral health and overall health, it’s a natural fit for dentists to participate in this important project.”

The campaign is co-sponsored by the Michigan Dental Association and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Michigan.

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BUSINESS BITS

New Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce forming

 

A group of business owners in the Cedar Springs area have met twice now with the intention of creating a new Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce. They most recently met Monday evening, May 14, at Perry’s Place, for a vision workshop. They are also working on the articles of incorporation. If any businesses in the area are interested in possibly joining the new Chamber and would like to be updated, please call the Post at the old Chamber number, 696-3260, and ask for Judy, or send an email to cspostjudy@hotmail.com with your name, name of your business, phone number(s) and email address. The next meeting will be June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Perry’s Place at the corner of Main and Maple Streets.

 

The Optical Shop

 

Are you looking for a place to help you with your eyesight needs? There’s a new optical place in own that could do just that. The Optical Shop/U.S. Vision, is located at 3700 17 Mile, inside of Meijer. According to manager Rebecca Rodriguez, they offer optical care, eye exams, glasses and contacts, along with professional optical techniques by their optometrist. Rodriguez says that what makes their business unique, is that they offer flexible hours, great service, and phenomenal prices!

They are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 10-5 p.m. For more info, give them a call at (616) 696-2965.

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Spectrum Health United Hospital Heart & Vascular Center Opens

Public Sneak Peek Scheduled for Saturday, June 2

 

On Tuesday, May 8, the Spectrum Health United Hospital Heart & Vascular Center officially opened its doors to existing and new patients.

In this completely renovated facility, nationally recognized specialists from West Michigan Heart and the Spectrum Health Medical Group will provide comprehensive heart & vascular services from prevention and diagnosis to treatment.

The United Hospital Heart & Vascular Center is directly connected to the Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids. Patients have the convenience of seeing many of the specialists from the Meijer Heart Center, close to home.

“The opening of the Spectrum Health United Hospital Heart & Vascular Center is extremely exciting,” said Percy Mahar, Chief Clinical Officer for Spectrum Health United Hospital. “Not only does it expand upon current medical services we can provide our patients on site, it is also the first project to be completed as part of the entire United For Health expansion and renovation project.

“This opening is an opportunity to see first-hand how United For Health will allow patients the ability to receive a higher level of coordinated care, here at United Hospital.”

A community sneak peek will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. In addition to the United Hospital Heart & Vascular Center, attendees will also have the opportunity to view Phase 1 of the new Stanley and Blanche Ash Emergency Department. For additional information on the sneak peek, contact 616.225.6421.

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Hospitals win national awards for environmental achievement

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals have been honored with 2012 Awards from Practice Greenhealth, the national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations.  United Hospital was honored with two Awards, “Partner for Change” and “Making Medicine Mercury Free.” Kelsey Hospital received a “Partner Recognition” Award. These Awards are Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.

United Hospital was honored with the “Partner for Change” Award, which recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand on their mercury elimination, waste reduction, and source reduction programs. This award honors the efforts made to improve the environmental footprint. In addition, United Hospital received the “Making Medicine Mercury Free” Award which designates that proven policies have been put in place to rid the facility of the harmful chemical mercury and to prevent it from re-entering the facility.

Kelsey Hospital was honored with a “Partner Recognition” Award, the introductory award that recognizes organizations for protecting patient health and environmental stewardship.

Leading the sustainability charge for the hospitals is Corey Ballmer, Supply Chain Management Supervisor. Corey is dedicated to helping employees, medical staff, patients and visitors understand the importance of being environmentally minded in the health care setting.

“At United and Kelsey Hospitals, we recognize the link between the health of each individual and the health of the environment,” said Ballmer, Supply Chain Management Supervisor for United and Kelsey hospitals and Green Team chair. “That’s why we are committed to environmentally responsible practices and are taking the lead to promote a healthier community.”

Some of the recent green initiatives that both United and Kelsey Hospitals have employed include:

Single stream recycling

Light bulb recycling

Alkaline battery recycling

Scrap metal recycling

Electronics recycling

Formal “Green Team” with representatives from various departments to develop and implement earth friendly tactics

Additionally, in the last year, United Hospital has hosted several onsite Farmers Markets, drawing in local vendors and promoting the events to employees and the surrounding neighborhoods. United has also developed and implemented a process for sharps container recycling.

“We are pleased to be recognized for these significant achievements,” said Tina Freese-Decker, Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals President. “We are proud to be a model of how health facilities develop and implement programs to improve the health of our patients, staff and community.”

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented in Denver, CO, at CleanMed, the premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability.

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Main Street

Focus

I am surprised that our upcoming election may hinge on the candidates views on marriage. The briefest look at our national and world news shows and incredible variety of problems, troubles and serious issues. We have Syria, North Korea, immigration, climate change and economic distress. The marriage issue affects only a few. The major problems may affect everyone.

Judgement

A busload of politicians was driving down a country road, when suddenly the bus ran off the road and crashed into an old farmer’s barn.

The old farmer got off his tractor and went to investigate. Soon he dug a hole and buried the politicians. A few days later, the local sheriff came out, saw the crashed bus and asked the old farmer where all the politicians had gone.

The old farmer told him he had buried them.

The sheriff asked the old farmer, “Lordy, were they all dead?”

The old farmer said, “Well, some of them said they weren’t, but you know how them crooked politicians lie.”

Nutrition

Two alligators were sitting at the side of the swamp near Washington, DC.  The smaller one turned to the bigger one and said, “I can’t understand how you kin be so much bigger ‘n me. We’re the same age, we was the same size as kids. I just don’t get it.”

“Well,” said the big ‘gator, “what you been eatin’, boy?”

“Politicians, same as you,” replied the small ‘gator.

“Hmm. Well, where do y’all catch ‘em?”

“Down ‘tother side of the swamp near the parkin’ lot by the capitol.”

“Same here. Hmm. How do you catch ‘em?”

“Well, I crawls up under one of them Lexus and wait fer one to unlock the car door. Then I jump out, grab ‘em on the leg, shake the manure out of ‘em, and eat ‘em!”

“Ah!” says the big alligator, “I think I see your problem. You ain’t gettin’ any real nourishment. See, by the time you get done shakin’ the manure out of a politician, there ain’t nothin’ left but the hind quarters and a briefcase.”

The miracle

A woman takes her 16-year-old daughter to the doctor. The doctor says, “Okay, Mrs. Smith, what’s the problem?”

The mother says, “It’s my daughter, Lynda. She keeps getting these cravings, she’s putting on weight, and is sick most mornings.”

The doctor gives Lynda a good examination, then turns to the mother and says, “Well, I don’t know how to tell you this, but your Lynda is pregnant—about 4 months, would be my guess.”

The mother says, “Pregnant? She can’t be, she has never ever been left alone with a man! Have you, Lynda?”

Lynda says, “No mother! I’ve never even kissed a man!”

The doctor walks over to the window and just stares out. About five minutes pass and finally the mother says, “Is there something wrong out there, doctor?”

The doctor replies, “No, not really, it’s just that the last time anything like this happened, a star appeared in the east and three wise men came over the hill. I’ll be darned if I’m going to miss it this time!”

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