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One Man's Trash is Another Man's Compost

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Compost

By Victoria Mullen

Dean Rosendall’s passion for composting and recycling is contagious. When we meet for this article’s interview, I’m struck by his genuine interest in and commitment to his profession, which meshes nicely with his ease in building relationships, spotting trends and putting together a strategic vision.

Rosendall is a partner in the newly launched recycling business, New Soil, which is doing some pretty exciting things. Yes, recycling can be exciting, believe it or not. 

Hey, I was surprised, too. 

Urban Forest Project aims to map city trees and show their value

Urban Forest Project aims to map city trees and show their value

by Heidi Stukkie

That large tree in your yard is worth some money. Next time you’re raking leaves, try to remember that.

More than 1.5 million trees exist within the Grand Rapids city limits. Each of these trees provides value to our community and thanks to the new Urban Forest Project, that value can now be measured in dollars.

A Conversation with Former Mayor Logie

A Conversation with Former Mayor Logie

J. Bennett Rylah

John H. Logie was the Mayor of Grand Rapids for a long time, from 1991-2003. That's longer than any other Mayor in the city's 154-year history, though present Mayor Heartwell may overtake the record if he wins another term. Logie is currently a counsel attorney at Warner, Norcross, and Judd, but remains passionate about the city.

Troy Evans: Not Your Typical Pastor

Troy Evans: Not Your Typical Pastor

Nick Manes

Troy Evans does not exactly look like a typical pastor. The church he helped to start, The Edge, does not exactly look like a typical church, either. However, Evan’s devotion to both his faith and helping foster a better community through religion and hip-hop music is unrelenting. But Evans hasn't always been the man he is today.

“I was a typical kid in the hood [of Grand Rapids],” Evans says. “I got involved in some pretty negative things.”

Evans explains that he was the victim of sexual molestation at a young age, which led to a “downward spiral" of violence and crime. While many sociologists have argued about drugs and how they permeate poor areas, Evans views it in fairly simplistic terms.

“In some neighborhoods, cats play baseball. In some neighborhoods, there was this new thing called crack. Everyone wanted to try selling it.”
 

A True Father's Day Story

A True Father's Day Story

We, here at work are asked to contribute a couple stories to MY TOWN columns on the web as often as possible, and me not being a reporter, most times I have trouble coming up with something. I guess too that I like to write human interest stories more than anything else. Today I have such a story, sent to me by Sally Howard. I thought this story even more appropriate with Father’s Day just around the corner. I hope you enjoy it.

Attached to this story are two photos of Cliff & Marie McMann of Grand Rapids, one taken of the couple in front of the Magic Kingdom at Disney World on one of their visits, the second is one taken recently with Cliff and some of his family at the same site. Marie (a wonderful wife & Mom, and an all too familiar face at Plainfield Dept Store for years) passed away in 2011 but Cliff always wanted to return to this special place, one of their favorite vacation spots.

This year Cliff got his wish.

Michigan Notable Books Author Speaks at Cooley Law School

On Wednesday, May 16, Jack Dempsey, author of Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice, visited Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus to talk about his latest book as part of the 2012 Michigan Notable Books Program. The book offers a glimpse into Michigan’s role in the preservation of the Union. Dempsey explained that Michigan has a history of being pro-freedom and anti-slavery and talked about the great sacrifice Michigan made with its 90,000 men (and some women dressed as men) who served in the Civil War.  Nearly 15,000 Michigan soldiers died.  He said that no other state suffered proportionately more losses.

WZZM13 Teen Dance Memories-1965

WZZM13 Teen Dance Memories-1965

Below is an e-mail I received from my good friend and former neighbor, Sally Howard. This article fits in so well with the 50th Anniversary being celebrated here at WZZM13 this entire year of 2012.

When Sally related this story to me, I asked her to send it on to me. I thought it was newsworthy and hope readers on this site will think so also. Thanks Sally.

 

Hello Kal,

The time was February to March, 1965.  Terry and I had been dating for several months.  He had a lead part in the school play and needed to bring his sport coat to school for his costume in the play.  Somehow all of the actors’ suits and sport coats were stolen.  Very shortly thereafter, our school, Northview High School, was featured on WZZM’s “Teen Time”(unsure of the name of the show).  The show was a take-off on the American Bandstand craze and was fun to participate in the dancing. The show may have been live as I can vaguely remember.