In Your Yard

What’s Happening in October’s Night Sky?

Friday, October 7, 2016

Astronomer Robert Victor provides ELi's readers news about our October night skies along with details about how you can start by heading to the MSU Observatory this weekend for Public Observing Nights.

Judge Rules Against BWL in Tree Trimming Case

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Ingham County Judge Clinton Canady has ruled against BWL in the electrical utility's lawsuit against East Lansing homeowners Richard and Conni Crittenden.

Pokemon GO Takes Over East Lansing

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

 

Above: Players hunt Pokemon behind The Peoples Church

Have you seen random strangers wandering your neighborhood? Faces glued to their phone screens? Suddenly one of them yells out, “Guys! Guys! I caught a Squirtle!”

Don’t be alarmed; these people are merely playing Pokémon GO.

Judge Hears BWL Arguments Under Disputed Maple Tree

Monday, July 18, 2016

Above: Judge Clinton Canady looks at the trees in the backyard of Conni Crittenden, foreground. Immediately behind Canady is the mature disputed maple, which has multiple trunks. BWL wants to remove the entire trunk shown on the left (to the right of Canady) in this photo. What would remain is the trunk shown directly behind Canady in this photo.

Judge's Decision Likely to Decide Fate of Thousands of East Lansing Trees

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Above: Tree-trimming trucks out in the Glencairn neighborhood today, following Friday’s storm

With electrical provider BWL and East Lansing resident Richard Crittenden still unable to agree on the right way to trim a mature silver maple in Crittenden’s yard, Ingham County Judge Clinton Canady will soon be going out to look at the tree himself.

Special Yard Waste Pickup on Monday for Storm Debris

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Above: An East Lansing yard waste bag, but you can use any type of yard waste bag for Monday. Read on.

UPDATE: The City of East Lansing is offering another no-fee yard-waste pickup on Monday, July 18. Large-debris pickup will also continue through this coming week.

Because many East Lansing residents are dealing with cleaning up a large number of small branches and leaves as well as big limbs in the wake of yesterday’s storm, the City will provide a no-fee yard waste pickup on Monday, July 11.

Burning Ban Effective Immediately in the City of East Lansing

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Due to dry conditions,the City of East Lansing’s Fire Department has imposed a ban on open burning until further notice. 

According to a press release issued by ELFD, “it is currently not safe for recreational/open burning due to the extremely dry weather. The Department of Natural Resources has issued a Very High Fire Danger for Lansing and surrounding areas."

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.

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.

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