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Posted on behalf of Dave Poulson <Poulsondav@aol.com>

Latest from Michigan Live: http://www.mlive.com/

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

JACKSON Lead levels at the St. Mary Child Care and Development Center
are up to 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, privately 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 Houghton.
Another 50 flowering crab apple trees soon will go into the ground on 
Ezra Rust, Adams, Delaware and Ottawa. They cost $2,000.