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MSU Student Hopes to Broaden Recycling Services

Monday, July 27, 2015


You might have received a visit from Nathan Capper to your own home, or perhaps noticed him walking around town with a petition pressed under his arm. The MSU student is organizing efforts to make recycling services easily available to all apartment residents in East Lansing, and hopes to raise your awareness and gain your support.

YOUR ELi: New Reporters on the Team

Saturday, July 25, 2015

This week we held a new reporters meeting at my house for folks interested in becoming reporters for ELi. We had six potential rookies attend! They ranged in age from ninth grade to people a ninth-grader would consider old. Best of all, their interests ranged all over the place, from arts and music, to city politics, to crime and public safety, to school district activities, to environment and garden.

EL REWIND: Tasty Twist

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The history of one of East Lansing's best-loved ice cream traditions, brought to us by Charlotte Baykian.

July Fourth Fireworks: Like it Or Not, They're Back

Friday, July 3, 2015

The fourth of July marks the date when the Declaration of Independence was adopted in the United States, but over the years the holiday has become most closely associated with elaborate displays of fireworks.

DIGGING IN: Children and Plants Grow Together In Marble Elementary School’s Garden

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The intersection of art and education is on full display in Marble School’s Garden. Created in what was once a sparse stretch of grass framed by Marble Elementary's brick walls, the garden has become a central part of the school itself and of students' interaction with their world.

I spoke with former Marble teacher Marlene Cosgrove, one of the original organizers of the garden who is still in charge of its maintenance, to learn more about this East Lansing attraction.

Council Capsule: June 16, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Image: City Council last night

Watch Council: You can watch a videotape of yesterday’s Council meeting for yourself by clicking here.

Present: Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Absent: Mayor Nathan Triplett was absent because he was meeting with Delta Township about the Lansing area Taxi Authority.

Valley Court Farmers' Market Abundant with Local Fare

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Having just been there, I can report that the East Lansing Farmers’ Market, which is open until 2 pm today, has an abundance of local fare to offer today.

Strawberries and rhubarb can be had, and if you’re too busy or lazy to make your own pie, there is also a pie vendor selling a wide assortment of favorites. You can get locally-farmed maple syrup to put with those strawberries on some French toast tomorrow morning. And the bourbon-flavored syrup tastes like it would be terrific on grilled pork. (See below on meats.)

Council Capsule: June 2, 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Image: East Lansing's City Council last night

Watch Council: You can watch the video of yesterday’s Council meeting for yourself by clicking here. (You can skip right to the part you are interested in by clicking on the item of interest in the table of contents below the video.)

DIGGING IN: Community Gardening in Glencairn Grows Food and Friendship

Thursday, May 28, 2015

In the spring of 2013, Glencairn neighborhood resident Beth Prince had to remove some dying pine trees from her yard. The result was a wide open expanse of sun, a hot (no pun intended) commodity in Glencairn. While being known for mature trees that tower over the historical homes, many areas of the neighborhood are subject to omnipresent shade. In fact, instead of lush, manicured lawns, many homes utilize shade gardens and ground cover plants to complement their perennial gardens.

Council Capsule: May 26, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Hear this Council work session: You can listen to an audio recording of last night’s City Council work session by clicking on this link.

Present at Council: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods. Ruth Beier was absent.

Council to Consider Bailey Community Center Proposal

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

At its work session last night, East Lansing’s City Council invited the Capital Area Housing Partnership (CAHP) to present its proposal for reuse of the Bailey Community Center building at the June 2 Council meeting, when residents will be able to watch the meeting live on television or streaming on the City’s website. At that meeting, the Council also will discuss how to proceed with the decision-making process about the Center and how to communicate this to the public.

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