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Special Storm Debris Collection Starts Monday

Friday, March 10, 2017

Wednesday's windstorm led to power outages, closed schools, and downed limbs and trees. In response, East Lansing's Department of Public Works is offering special debris pick-up starting Monday.

EL Historic District Commission Allows Some Uses of Fiber Cement Siding

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The East Lansing Historic District Commission is now allowing property owners in historic districts to replace original exterior wood siding with cement fiberboard siding in some cases. ELi talked to Commission Chair Amanda Harrell-Seyburn to get the details.

City of East Lansing urges residents to stay safe during heat wave

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

With temperatures expected to exceed 90 degrees over the course of several days this week, the City of East Lansing has asked us to remind residents to keep the following safety tips in mind.

These tips were adapted from the American Red Cross, and provided to us by the City:

1. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.

2. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

3. Slow down, stay indoors when possible and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

Eli on Earth: Grow a terrarium, for green inside and out

Monday, May 16, 2016

With summer headed toward  East Lansing, we will be seeing more and more green outdoors. If you want to add a touch of green to the indoors - without extensive care - terrariums are a great way to add a low maintenance garden to any space.

Don’t let your black thumb steer you away from trying a terrarium. There are plants that even the most inexperienced gardeners won’t be able to kill.

Yard Waste News for Monday's Free Pick-Up

Friday, April 29, 2016


Monday (May 2, 2016) marks the last no-fee yard waste pick-up for East Lansing this spring, so today we’re bringing you information about yard-waste management with the help of Cathy DeShambo, Environmental Services Administrator for the City, including an answer to an ELi reader’s question about why yard waste pick-up is not free as the pick-up of refuse and recycling is.

First, some news from DeShambo:

ELi ON EARTH: Earliest Flowers Are Out in EL

Monday, April 25, 2016

Photo of a snowdrop flower with a honeybee in the author's East Lansing yard this past weekend


This past Friday’s equinox marked the beginning of the astronomical spring season, although usually it takes the climate of East Lansing a couple of weeks to catch up to the calendar. But the warm days of the last couple of weeks have brought on some spring blooms to coincide with the appearance of spring on this year’s calendar.

Spring Comes to the Parkways of East Lansing

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Above: The author's parkway in mid-summer

The weather of this last weekend led many East Lansing gardeners to break out their gardening tools for some planting and spring garden cleanup. A quick walk through some westside neighborhoods reveals that folks are beginning to use their parkways as an interesting gardening opportunity. A parkway is the land between the sidewalk and the street. Homeowners own the parkway and have the responsibility and the right to maintain the land, while the City has right of access to the parkway.

Volunteer Gardening Day Set for Saturday

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

We can never be sure, but it seems to be spring in East Lansing. With spring comes gardening, and the City of East Lansing is inviting gardeners of all skill levels to participate in a volunteer gardening day at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC), 819 Abbot Road, this Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m.-noon. 

Deer Cull Talks Continue

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Photo credit: Greg Thompson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wikimedia Commons

East Lansing’s City Council is set tonight to continue discussion of a possible deer cull in two City parks. In response to questions from Council members, City staff has prepared answers to questions about deer sterilization, whether organized kills will really reduce local populations, and whether it is possible to put reflectors on deer to reduce deer-car accidents. Tonight’s meeting could see a vote on an ordinance that would allow the culls to occur.

EL Residents Clear Clutter and Build Community with Freecycling

Monday, January 18, 2016

A new year can be a catalyst for change, and for some families, decluttering and simplifying is a goal. Donating useable items to charity, selling them, or recycling items are options, as is freecycling: offering up for free goods that are no longer wanted.

Ask ELi: Rainwater Collection and Use?

Friday, December 11, 2015

What is the City doing to encourage and manage localized rainwater use? We asked Bob Scheuerman, Engineering Administrator for the City of East Lansing, a font of water knowledge.

Unique Hostess Gifts at EL Small Businesses

Friday, November 20, 2015

Above: terrarium makings at Clever Clover

Been invited to be a dinner guest or house guest this holiday season? Whether your destination is local or in a distant state, consider picking up a gift for your host or hostess at one of East Lansing’s many locally-owned small businesses.

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.