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How to be the Martha Stewart of Every Potluck and Support Local Businesses

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sometimes it’s delightful to get an invitation that says “bring a dish to pass.” It’s delightful if you like to cook and you’re confident that you can make something other people will willingly eat. It’s delightful when you have lots of time to shop for ingredients, putter in the kitchen, and create something delicious for the family Thanksgiving or a neighborhood holiday gathering.

New Council Moving Quickly on Blight, Rentals Issue, Campaign Contributions’ Ethics, and Protected Trees

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Image: Some of the blighted buildings downtown that may be demolished if a new "dangerous buildings" ordinance passes.

The new East Lansing City Council meets for the first time this evening, and their first agenda indicates this Council intends to move quickly on a number of politically hot issues, including blighted vacant buildings downtown, the ethics of campaign contributions, and a question of whether the City or the State should have say over whether landlords can make certain changes to nonconforming rental houses.

East Lansing Mom to Open Allergy Friendly Bakery In May (But You Don't Have to Wait)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Frazier and daughters

Have you ever wandered around your local grocery store bakeries searching for a delicious treat that’s healthy, too? Maybe something gluten-free, vegan, or made without allergens like wheat and dairy? The options are limited, and local East Lansing mom, Nikki Frazier plans to change that.

ASK ELi: Are the Chamber's Mailers Legal?

Friday, October 30, 2015


A reader asks, "Why are candidate Shanna Draheim's last two campaign mailers paid for by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce instead of by her campaign committee? Is this a campaign violation?”

Business Group Spends Thousands Promoting Draheim; Draheim Reacts

Friday, October 30, 2015

Image: A montage of the latest Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce ads for the East Lansing City Council race

East Lansing residents checking their mailboxes yesterday discovered a new round of glossy campaign mailings from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, including another attacking Council candidate Erik Altmann, and three promoting candidate Shanna Draheim.

Attack Ad Fallout Continues

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Above: Candidates for City Council Erik Altmann, Nathan Tripeltt, and Mark Meadows.

Whether the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s attack ad on East Lansing City Council candidate Erik Altmann will affect the outcome of next Tuesday’s election is difficult to gauge. But what is clear is that the ad has caused a great deal of controversy.

Business Group Launches Attack on Candidate Altmann

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Above: Steve Japinga, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Government Relations, and an image from the new mailer.

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce has launched an attack ad on City Council candidate Erik Altmann, declaring Altmann “wrong for East Lansing.”

Iorio's Gelato and Caffe to Open in Trowbridge Lofts

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

On November 9, Iorio’s Gelato and Caffe will be opening up in the Trowbridge Lofts.

According to the owner, Nick Lemmer, his family is from the area and that was one of the reasons that he decided to open his business in East Lansing. Lemmer also said that they have a shop in Ann Arbor and wanted to take the opportunity to expand further, especially because they have been given so much support for their idea.

Council Capsule: October 20, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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Ann About Town: The Spartan Hall of Fame Cafe

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Spartan Hall of Fame Café is off the beaten path for many East Lansing residents, but it more than makes up for the distance by being the most intensely Spartan place outside MSU’s own borders.

ELi on EARTH: Sweet Harvest

Monday, October 19, 2015

Photo: Pioneer sugar plant in Sebewaing, Michigan, in a photo taken by the author about two weeks ago.

The sugar beet harvest has arrived in Michigan just to the north and east of East Lansing. Driving by the areas where the beets are farmed, you can see huge piles of the beets piled in trucks and on staging pads across the region. The beets look like big, cream-colored turnips. One pile I drove by in Sebewaing two weeks ago was about 15-feet high, two lanes wide, and as long as a football field. (See below.)

ASK ELi: How Are TIF Proposals Managed in East Lansing

Friday, October 16, 2015

Photo: Recent groundbreaking ceremony for the project now called “300 Grand,” formerly known as “The Gateway.” In the photo, members of the DDA/BRA, which approved a $1.9 million TIF for this project, include DTN’s Colin Cronin (third from left) and Mayor Nathan Triplett (second from right).