We’re reaching the end of ELi’s first full calendar year, and I would personally appreciate if you would take a moment to reflect with me on whether we are meeting our stated non-profit mission: providing local news and information specifically focused on East Lansing, with the aim of educating citizens, supporting fact-based dialogue, building community, bridging generations, and teaching people—from high school students to senior citizens—how to do non-partisan, non-editorial embedded reporting for their own community.
Above: Screenshot of the presumably satirical "Steve Meadows" Facebook page.
This coming Tuesday evening, I will be representing ELi at the Ingham County Board of Commissioners’ meeting. We are appealing the County’s response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request related to the “Steve Meadows” mystery.
The fleshy bit hanging over the bill of this tom is called a snood. The fleshy bit hanging below the chin is a wattle. Image courtesy MSU Extension.
A drive into the countryside around East Lansing will take you into turkey habitat. The domestic or wild turkey is native to the East Lansing area, and turkeys have been in North America for more than 20 million years. Relatives of the turkey go back to the dinosaurs, about 85 million years ago in the late Cretaceous period.
The City had planned to do more bulk leaf collection west of Abbot Road this Monday through Wednesday (November 23-25), but rescheduling will be necessary if the snow remains on Monday, according to Ron Lacasse, Infrastructure Administrator for the City. That’s not only because snow and cold temperatures cause problem for the collection equipment but because some of the equipment used for leaf collection is the same as that used for snow removal, according to Lacasse.
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.
Above: The “Little Bank Building” as seen from Evergreen Avenue, looking towards Dublin Square. This long-blighted building at the southwest corner of Abbot Road and Albert Street is set to be demolished soon.
Each week, East Lansing Info (ELi) brings you Council Capsule, our summary of what happened at City Council that week.
Editor's note: This article originally ran last fall in a slighly different form.
The day after East Lansing gets a killing frost, residents will likely be treated to a rain of leaves from all the local ginko trees. Most types of trees lose their leaves over the course of several weeks, but ginko trees usually lose their leaves in a day following a hard frost. Below we provide a video taken last year during East Lansing's ginko-leaf rain.
We are so very excited to announced that Eli’s October fundraiser, aimed at raising $10,000, has raised $14,807! That is almost 50% more than we were aiming for!
Your amazing generosity will ensure Eli’s continued success and will allow us to do even more great work for you, our readers, than we had planned! Managing Editor Ann Nichols and I are beside ourselves with gratitude and excitement.
Above: Photo of Albert Place Condos when they were being built on the site of a planned project whose TIF plan was earlier rejected by the State.
Some residents are wondering if all requests from developers for tax increment financing (TIF) in East Lansing are ultimately approved. There has been at least one plan rejected in the recent past, as explained below.