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LANSING - Gov. John Engler has helped set a precedent for using Great 
Lakes water in communities outside the region: You can use it, but you 
have to put it back. Within a month, Akron, Ohio, will pipe Lake Erie water to
its suburbs outside the Great Lakes basin.
Engler approved the diversion last week, the last of the eight Great 
Lakes governors to give the project the go-ahead.

Davison Twp. - Bill Townsend lives in an area that is rapidly becoming 
suburban, but lately he has been doing battle with wildlife.
Townsend said he has been attacked three times in the past week by a 
young wild turkey that hangs around his yard. The turkey and others have 
been perching on his truck, inside his garage and on his deck.

Marcia Curtis has had windows broken from footballs thrown by kids 
playing behind her trailer in Parkwood Green Mobile Village Park.
But she figures an occasional broken window is better than allowing the 
youngsters to play in the field east of the trailers, where raw sewage 
sometimes bubbles to the surface.
Holly Mercer, environmental sanitarian at the state Department of 
Environmental Quality, said residents at the park on Schulz Road have 
complained since 1980 about the ailing sewage system.

JACKSON Lead levels at the St. Mary Child Care and Development Center are up
five times higher than the acceptable level, according to Health 
Department tests. But that doesn't necessarily mean children at the center
will be 
adversely affected.
"From what we know, we don't believe there will be any long-term or 
short-term health effects," said Steve Stiefel, environmental health 
director at the Jackson County Health Department. "This is not the same 
as a child being in a house (with high lead levels) 24 hours a day."

CLIMAX - Larry and Brigette Leach's nearest neighbors are Larry's 
parents, who live in a small house next door, his grandmother 100 or so 
yards up the road and the 1,200 hogs they raise nearby.
And that's the way they want it to stay.
To make sure of it, the Leachs are prepared to sell the development 
rights for 500-plus acres to the state of Michigan for much less than 
they could make if a real estate developer came along wanting to plant 
acres of condominiums.

To spur business growth, the city of Kalamazoo wants a new street built 
off Covington Road to access developable land in the city's industrially 
zoned southeast corner.The dead-end street, one-sixth of a mile in length,
would open up to development a former citywellfield, as well as some adjacent,
owned property.

Saginaw workers are planting 300 locusts, maples and ashes in hopes of 
reclaiming the city's heritage as an urban haven for trees.
Last week, the city planted $13,000 worth on Court from Michigan to 
State; Warwick from Davenport to Weiss, and Michigan from Cleveland to 
Another 50 flowering crab apple trees soon will go into the ground on 
Ezra Rust, Adams, Delaware and Ottawa. They cost $2,000.

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