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ELi Donors Fund $15,000 Goal; Reporting Team Takes a Break

Friday, June 3, 2016

We did it!

Together we have raised $15,000 for East Lansing Info! Thanks to those of you who pledged and donated, the ELi coffers will be refilled! This means we will be able to make improvements to our website, hire a Government editor, and keep bringing you important news and information about East Lansing.

The ELi team is positively elated, thanks to you!

ELi Campaign Faces Midnight Deadline

Friday, June 3, 2016

This will be my last update to you before our Kickstarter campaign deadline at midnight tonight. This morning I woke up to find we have 94 backers and have only $1,407 to go! Just that amount will mean we reach our goal of $15,000 and turn all these tax-deductible pledges into a big check from Kickstarter to support for our wonderful team. But if we don't reach it....

All this has got me so excited and nervous, I've had to drink decaf this morning.

ELi's Publisher Busts Out in Anxious Song

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Yup, more lipstick.

Our Kickstarter campaign deadline is looming—Friday at midnight!—and we are getting really close to being able to obtain the pledges made! We need to reach $15,000, and we are about $3,400 short as I write. So I’m feeling a little giddy but also nervous.

You know what happens when that occurs? I write verse. Here you go.

ELi Kickstarter Campaign in a Crunch; Publisher Puts on Lipstick

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Why is Alice all dressed up when it's so hot out? Click on the video below to find out!

Seriously, ELi needs your help right now. To obtain the funds pledged to our Kickstarter campaign, we need to raise $15,000 total by Friday at midnight. Please stop waiting for someone else to fund the news you read, and join the ranks of our supporters.

Here is a video in which I explain what's up. Please watch it! (I put on lipstick and pearls for it!)

Still time to forage for spring greens in East Lansing

Monday, May 23, 2016

Above: picking stinging nettles.

This year’s long, cool spring has extended the time to forage for spring greens. I’m grateful for the longer season because I am still just learning what to forage and where to find it locally.

ELi Gets $5000 Match to Double or Triple Your Pledge

Friday, May 13, 2016

Our thanks go out to everyone who has already jumped on to support ELi’s new Kickstarter campaign! It is really exciting to see familiar and new names popping up in support of ELi’s public service, bringing the people of East Lansing critically important news and information we can’t get anywhere else.

I am writing today to tell you of something very exciting—we just got a matching pledge!

Council Tackles Roads, Water, and Sewer Budgets

Thursday, May 12, 2016


On Tuesday this week, the East Lansing City Council held its third special meeting on the Fiscal Year 2017 budget, which focused on the Major and Local Street Funds, Sanitation Fund, and Water Fund.

Council Gets Update on Demolition, Discusses Crowdfunding Infrastructure, Authorizes Sidewalk Charges

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Above: Some of the vacant buildings downtown set to be demolished this year.

Every week, East Lansing Info (ELi) sends one or more reporters to City Council to bring you a complete "Council Capsule."

Permit parking debate reaches some resolution: Tuesday night’s City Council meeting was again dominated by the issue of residential parking permits (RPP), the only item on the Business Agenda. See our special separate report on that.

East Lansing Missing Out on Millions a Year from BWL

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


The City of East Lansing has been missing out on income that could have amounted to millions of dollars per year because—unlike every other municipality that has electric service provided to it by the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL)—East Lansing has been lacking a franchise agreement with BWL. While required by state law, that franchise agreement has been missing for East Lansing for over a hundred years.

YOUR ELI: Survey Says...

Friday, May 6, 2016


We received 148 responses to our reader survey which launched April 21, and the responses have been extremely useful to us as we work on improving ELi’s service to you and your neighbors. Our thanks go out to all those who took the survey.

Here’s some of what we learned and how we are responding as we work with our tech managers, Morgan Lees and Lisa Lees, to redesign some aspects of our website:

Transit of Mercury to Be Visible from East Lansing May 9

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Editor’s note: The author, Shannon Schmoll, PhD, is Director of MSU’s Abrams Planetarium. The photograph above is of SunSpotter in use showing an image of the sun.

When people think of astronomy, they often think of the stars and planets in the darkness of night. However, we have a rare treat of a daytime astronomical event coming up. On Monday, May 9, 2016, the planet Mercury will transit in front of the sun. Weather permitting, East Lansing residents will be able to observe the phenomenon as explained below.


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