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East Express E-Newsletter
September 15, 2016

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE. The Lake Drive project is now open – contractors are still going through punch list items over the next few weeks. Crews continue to work on residential street projects throughout the City. Learn more here.  
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EGRCF SPAGHETTI DINNER. The East Grand Rapids Community Foundation will host its annual Pioneer Spaghetti Dinner on Sept. 30. For just $5 per person, you can enjoy a plate of spaghetti, salad, bread and a beverage. Gluten Free options are available as well. Come and have dinner before you head to the East Grand Rapids Football game at the high school. More information can be found here.   

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ABSENTEE BALLOTS AVAILABLE SOON.  The absentee ballots for the Presidential election should be arriving soon and will be available the first week in October.  If you qualify for an absentee ballot, you can submit an application form to have one mailed to you or visit our offices M-F, 8-5 to pick one up. 
 
The deadline to register to vote for the Presidential election is Tuesday, October 11.  If you've moved within the last few years, please take a minute to visit www.michigan.gov/vote or call our offices at 616.949.2110 to confirm that you're registered at your new address so that you can vote without any problems on election day. 

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TRIATHLON FOLLOW UP.  Another successful Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon was held last weekend. 713 participants from all walks of life and athletic backgrounds came out for the event, which is now in its 33rd year. A huge thank you to the 300 volunteers who were on-deck to keep things running smoothly and to the spectators that were cheering from the sidelines. Of course, the whole day wouldn't happen without the support from our title sponsor Rhoades McKee – thank you! Check out the Facebook page  for all the race photos. 

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CINDERELLA SHOWING AT JOHN COLLINS TOMORROW. Friday, Sept. 16 will be the last Movies in the Park, which is held at John Collins Park. The 2015 Disney version of Cinderella will be shown at dusk. Grab a picnic and a lawn chair and head down to the shores of beautiful Reeds Lake. For more information, click HERE.   

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TREE PLANTING PROGRAM. The tree-lined streets of East Grand Rapids are one of the most prominent features of our city. The City's annual tree planting program allows property owners to have a tree planted in the outlawn in front of their home for half the cost of doing it on your own. Orders are being taken through Oct. 1. Check out the city's website for all the info HERE.   

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EUROPEAN FROG-BIT. The City has been notified that a new invasive species, European frog-bit, was found during a routine inspection by our water treatment and management group, PLM. The invasive species, which resembles a water lily with a single white flower sprouting from the middle, is currently only located in the channel between Reeds and Fisk Lake. The City is currently working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and PLM Lake & Land Management Corp. Great Lakes Region to develop a course of action to treat the issue. 
  
Please do not dispose of aquarium or water garden plants and contents into our lakes and streams because vegetation used in these displays is often non-native to our area.   Learn more here.  

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SIDE DOOR TRASH REMINDER. Please remember, EGR has "rear-yard pickup" regulation of household trash to keep our streets from becoming cluttered with trash containers. Waste containers must be kept next to the house or garage or out of sight behind the structure – not brought to the curb. Thank you for your attention in this matter. 

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KAYAK LAUNCH. If you're one of the many people who use the canoe/kayak launch behind the Public Safety Building, please remember that you must carry your boats down to the water's edge from the parking lot or on-street parking. Because city vehicles – including police vehicles responding to emergencies – use the driveway and parking spots along the building down near the lake, private vehicles are not allowed down near the water for safety reasons. 

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KDL GIVES BACK. Kent District Library is joining Michigan Libraries for Life and Gift of Life Michigan to participate in a campaign to inspire residents to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. Michigan Libraries for Life runs from Monday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 9 at various branches. Sign up at the East Grand Rapids Branch, Monday, Oct. 3 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

 Kent District Library

RECEIPT COLLECTION. The Library will take your SpartanNash receipts!  If you shop at Family Fare or D&W, bring your receipts to the library and put them in our box.  SpartanNash will donate $1,000 to the library for every $150,000 in receipts we collect. The program runs through Dec. 31, 2016. 

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KDL BOOK SALE. Great books, music and movies will be for sale at the EGR Friends of the Library Used Book Sale. Proceeds help support the wonderful events enjoyed by all ages at the EGR Branch of KDL. 
  
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
 
If you have used books to donate, please bring them to one of the circulation desks at the library. 

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