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Washtenaw County voters resoundingly approved the 10-year extension of a
0.25-mill parks and recreation levy Tuesday, paving the way for a $22.1
million program including a 25-mile-long greenways network for biking and
jogging, new parks and improvements to existing facilities.

Pittsfield Township voters by a vote of 1,619 to 349 passed a referendum
Tuesday to overturn the township board's approval of the rezoning of 220 acres
of agricultural land off Textile Road for the Glenwood subdivision.
But because a judge in April ruled the property's agricultural zoning
unconstitutional, the vote isn't likely to change anything. The 218-home
subdivision will proceed as planned.

Voters in the city of Muskegon overwhelmingly approved a ballot proposal
Tuesday that will prevent city officials from selling designated public land
without voter approval.

Growth is overtaking the community of Grass Lake near the eastern edge of
Jackson County. It's being fed by Ann Arbor-area workers sick of congestion,
high housing prices, or both. They're moving to the rural areas around Grass
Lake for its charm and affordability.

Though it's likely to end up in a Kent County landfill or incinerator, the
City of Grand Rapids will take brown and green glass when it begins its
recycling program this fall.

The Michigan Natural Resources  Trust fund board recommended Bay City receive
$178,000 for its latest addition to the Railtrail, but Portsmouth Township's
application for funds to finish the Railtrail loop was not recommended for

OSCODA - U.S. Forest Service attractions on the Au Sable River would benefit
in little ways from a plan to begin charging admission to visit them, local
forest officials say.
Money from proposed user fees would pay to replace missing sign posts, repair
eroded boat launches and keep public toilets clean and pumped, according to
Charles Andrina, district ranger for the Forest Service in Oscoda.

 GRAND RAPIDS About 70 self-proclaimed pagans -- men, women and children --
gathered Sunday at Riverside Park to celebrate Lammas, the mid-point of

Citing concerns over environmental contamination, the Kalamazoo County Board
of Commissioners Tuesday voted not to purchase a railroad right-of-way through
Markin Glen Park.

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