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Friends of East Lansing Public Library to Hold Annual Used Book Sale

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Library Book Sale.  Image courtesy Friends of the East Lansing Public Libary

On Saturday, October 11, and Sunday, October 12, Friends of the East Lansing Public Library will hold its annual Fall Used Book Sale. Proceeds from the sale are used to buy materials that exceed the Library's regular budget, including books, computers, furniture, music, and programming.

City and Neighborhood Differ Strongly on Bailey Daycare

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The possible closing of the daycare program at Bailey Community Center will be discussed tonight at City Council's work session, and tensions are expected to be high. Many members of the Bailey neighborhood have been strongly opposed to the possible closing, partly out of fear that the move is a step towards the City closing and possibly selling off the Community Center building altogether.

EL Farmers' Market Vendor Profile: Spoonful of Granola's Sara Beer

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sara Beer doesn’t just show up at the East Lansing Farmers’ Market on Sunday mornings with homemade granola and a great smile. A tremendous amount of work goes into every week of selling Spoonful of Granola at the Market, and for Beer, that work is a labor of love.

“My favorite thing,” she says,” is to see people love what I do. I like the fact that I’m making something homemade that’s not full of sugar, and is pretty much a super food – it covers all the food groups if you add dairy.”

Southeast Marble Neighborhood Adds Little Free Library

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Southeast Marble Little Free Library creator Jessica Coates, is a doer of projects, and a maker of things. When she started seeing miniature “free libraries” on Pinterest and around town, she decided to make one herself. “I think we have a great neighborhood,” said Coates, “and I just thought it would be a really good addition and would provide the children and adults in our neighborhood with a place to drop and pick up books, to recycle and reuse them.”

Bailey Daycare Threatened with Closure

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In a recent meeting with a group of concerned citizens, City Manager George Lahanas revealed he is planning on September 23 to ask City Council to close the daycare center at Bailey Community Center. Bailey residents fear that the ultimate endpoint of this process may be closure of the Bailey Community Center as well as possible sale of the Bailey school building. The motivation for the closing is primarily budgetary.

East Lansing Info Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The ELi logo

East Lansing Info (Eli) has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to help cover their first six months operating costs. Using the IndieGoGo platform, the campaign was launched this morning and gives contributors a wide choice of ‘perks’, based on donation level. Perks include coffee mugs, t-shirts, house concerts by Eli board member Michael Lawrence’s band Jackalope, local artwork, and an invitation to a swank party at board president Alice Dreger’s home. Eli needs to raise $20,000 during the 45 day duration of the campaign.

East Lansing Water Polo Players Compete Nationally

Monday, September 15, 2014

This summer, the Spartan Water Polo Club participated in the Junior Olympics at Stanford University in California. The club is the largest in Michigan, and the team that traveled to Stanford included boys and girls from both East Lansing and Okemos. Both school districts maintain their own boys and girls water polo teams during the school year, but the Spartan Water Polo Club is a separate and privately funded team.

Enterovirus Is Here

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Enterovirus is sweeping across the Midwest – and according to a local pediatrician, it may now have reached the East Lansing area. We are in the middle of enterovirus season, which runs largely unnoticed each year from July through October despite millions of infections, but the presentation of one particular strain of enterovirus has been garnering the attention of many East Lansing-area experts and laypersons alike for the volume of cases and severity of symptoms being attributed to it.

9/11 Commemorative Concert at St. Thomas Aquinas TONIGHT

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Veterans, police officers, firefighters, and emergency responders will be honored tonight, September 11, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing. The program will run from 7:00-9:00 pm, and admission is free. Performers will include barbershop chorus The Capitol City Chordsmen, bagpiper Terry Carroll, and trumpeters Will Reid and Michael Liberato.

MSU Teddy Bear Picnic Saturday with MSU College of Human Medicine

Thursday, September 11, 2014

On Saturday September 13 MSU’s College of Human Medicine will sponsor a Teddy Bear Picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in MSU’s 4-H Children’s Garden on Bogue Street just south of Wilson Road. Admission to the event is free for everyone, and free parking will be available in both the parking lot across from the MSU Clinical Center and in the Wharton Center parking structure.

BWL Easements Missing

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) which supplies electrical power to a large section of East Lansing, appears to be lacking legal easements for its power lines, at least in a number of older neighborhoods including Glencairn and Oakwood. This unexpected discovery has been made by homeowners demanding to see copies of written easements before allowing BWL’s contractors to come onto their properties and cut vegetation.

Educational Foundation Tailgate Welcomes Class of 2027

Monday, September 8, 2014
East Lansing Educational Foundaiton tailgate

The East Lansing Educational Fund (ELEF) held its third annual tailgate on Friday, September 5, at East Lansing High School. The event, which according to ELEF’s Michele Hulsgen drew about 200 people, officially welcomed the Class of 2027.

Kate Powers, Kwafo Adarkwa, and ELEF President Mindy Emerson (shown left to right in photo above) were on the serving line to greet guests. The East Lansing High School Marching Band Drum Line performed for those in attendance.

BWL COMMISSIONERS WILL NOT "PAUSE" ON QUESTION OF OLD-GROWTH TREES: CUTTING TO RESUME IMMEDIATELY

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The "Committee of the Whole" of the Board of Water and Light (BWL) met tonight and decided against conducting any discussion with old-growth East Lansing neighborhood associations about their concerns regarding the extent and type of cutting being done by Wright Tree Service, the contractor for BWL. As a consequence, trimming and removal of trees will resume first thing tomorrow morning.

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