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DIGGING IN: Time to Bud-Graft in East Lansing

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The summer is an excellent time to bud-graft fruit trees. The process of bud-grafting is similar to regular grafting covered earlier by ELi, but rather than using a whole stem as is done in traditional grafting, only a new bud is grafted onto the rootstock.

Bud-grafting takes very little effort and can be done quickly, which makes it a popular way to put one variety of fruit tree on a hardier rootstock. It also seems to work particularly well for fruit trees.

MARKET MONITOR: Applegarth Honey

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The East Lansing Farmers' Market has been featuring a product I've never had before, but I've become addicted to: dark honey, produced as a byproduct of processing beeswax. Beekeeper Dale Woods runs Applegarth Honey. Slogan: "we serve the queen." He appears weekly on Sundays, 10 am - 2 pm, in Valley Court Park.

ELi ON EARTH: More Efficient Recycling Coming

Monday, July 13, 2015

Image: The new recycling bins coming soon to East Lansing neighborhoods

Recycling in East Lansing is getting re-cycled! There has been a buzz in East Lansing about bigger bins, an expanded list of recyclables, changing collection schedules, and more. I reached out to Cathy DeShambo, Environmental Services Administrator for the City of East Lansing, for her insights into the changes residents can expect, and this is what she had to say:

How will the recycling program be changing?

COUNCIL CAPSULE: July 7, 2015

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Image: East Lansing City Council’s first of two meetings this week

This Tuesday, there were two Council meetings, one “work session” and a “regular session.” This Council Capsule combines the two.

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, and Councilmembers Ruth Beier and Kathy Woods were present, with Beier arriving about ten minutes late to the work session. Councilmember Susan Woods was absent from both meetings.

Which Do YOU Want ELi Investigating?

Monday, July 6, 2015

We've received a lot of reader requests for our investigative series known as Ask ELi to Investigate and so we would like to hear from you, our readers, about which ones we should prioritize. Please take our four-minute, anonymous survey by clicking here.

Reminder: ELi is on break this week except for City Council coverage and emergency-type reports. Read more.

YOUR ELi: Independence

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day from your ELi! Before ELi goes on summer break for the week (except for a reader survey and Council coverage, as explained below), I want to share with you a fundraising update and also reflect a little bit on ELi’s place in American history—because Independence Day is my favorite holiday, and ELi is my favorite local service organization.

ASK ELi: Who Funded Diane Goddeeris' Campaign?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Image: Courtesy City of East Lansing

The question this week: Who funded Diane Goddeeris’ last campaign for City Council?

The quick answer: Nobody. Goddeeris raised no money and spent no money on her last campaign (for November 2011). If you want to see a direct comparison of the campaign financing for all five of our current City Council members, click here.

DIGGING IN: Garlic Harvest Approaches

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Garlic, Allium sativum, is a bulbous plant easily grown in East Lansing gardens and common at the farmer stalls at the East Lansing Farmers Market in the spring and early summer. While the whole plant is edible, most people eat the mature bulb, which is formed from 6-10 cloves divided by a papery skin. In the next few weeks, garlic bulbs should be ready for harvest.

YOUR ELi: The Truth

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Right now, ELi is not sustainable. Since a week ago, we have raised an additional $240 in donations, which is not enough to cover our operating expenses for this week. (We currently need about $550/week.) Given that we are in a fundraising month and are trying to raise enough to survive through the end of September, we actually need to be raising much more than our operating expenses right now.

Council Capsule: June 23, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Image: Project proposed for the corner of Grand River and Spartan Avenues.

Listen to Council: You can listen to an audiotape of this week’s City Council meeting for yourself by clicking here, going down to the section on “City Council Work Sessions,” and clicking on “audio” for the meeting of June 23, 2015. Because this was called a “work session” and not a regular meeting, it was not live-broadcast nor was it videotaped.

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.

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