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Winter Quarterly Newsletter

15 Dec

MYP-December V1

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Bumpy Ride

23 Aug

Bicicletta. Fahrrad. Bicicleta. Biciclo. Bisiklet. Bicycle…Midland, MI is filled with people from many different languages and although we may not all come from the same background, bicycling is a common outdoor activity in all countries. Luckily in Midland we have the opportunity to bike not only on the Rail Trail, but on sidewalks that run throughout the city. I truly believe that you could get wherever you want to go in Midland, by bike! With that being said, traveling by bike is not always the smoothest or safest when you have cracked sidewalks, untrimmed greens covering the paths and no bike lanes on main streets.

Let’s first talk about the sidewalks. Yes, I am 100% grateful that they weave and wind everywhere throughout Midland, however some of those turns can easily cause a crash, because they are so sharp and abrupt. The sidewalks are also uneven in many areas and although there are spots which are fixed, there are still several “drops” in the paths. These cracks make it easy for quick accidents to occur and are hard on the structure and tires of the bicycles themselves.

Trees and greenery add a color ambience to a scenic bike tour. Midland Blooms does a wonderful job at making Midland look beautiful in the summer months, filling the sides of the roads with bright flowers and colorful plants. As plants and trees continue to grow more maintenance is required. There are locations throughout Midland that have overgrown their planted “homes”. I am specifically talking about the tree branches that hover the sidewalks, like door frames, and the plants that have grown across the ground, like carpet. These plants create visual impairments for riders making the journey quite dangerous, unless you travel off the sidewalk, through the grass, to avoid them.

Bike Lanes are placed on main roads to keep bikers out of the way of walkers/runners. These paths travel alongside the road and are marked with a white line and a bicycle symbol. Although Midland has been improving their non-motorized transportation paths, more bike lanes through the city would eliminate the first two problems stated above, keeping biking safe and protecting the riders.

I know that Midland is an active town. People love to be outdoors whether it is biking, running, swimming or walking. I do not believe that the cracked sidewalks, untrimmed greenery or lack of bike lanes will hold anyone back from enjoying the beautiful summers we have here, however it would make for a smoother ride!

Learn more about what the City of Midland is doing today to improve transportation in our area at http://www.midland-mi.org/government/departments/planning/Planning/NMTCommittee.htm.

Follow the City of Midland online for transportation updates and information and view the map of the current routes through the city.Biking in Midland

 

 

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Local Library Gets Tech Savvy

31 Jul

E-Reading

What do you think of when you think of a library? Quite, silent, dark, old…am I forgetting anything? I think of innovative, current and online! The Grace A. Dow Library is just that. No longer your ordinary library, our public library offers book rentals through your hand held device! Now I don’t have to worry about accidentally tearing a page, carrying around heavy books in my purse or driving to the library in general!

Yeah, it’s possible to rent a book through your hand held device simply by visiting the library website and clicking on Overdrive EBooks to view the online selection of thousands of books! You will be prompted to Log In with your library card number when you get to the Overdrive page. (If you do not have a library card, visit the library and the ladies there will hook you up in just a few minutes. Just be sure to bring your Driver’s License. Don’t worry, they will not take your picture.)

If you have a Library card you can search for your book by title, category, author, etc. and find the book you are interested in. My current read is “Picture Perfect” by Jodi Picoult (one of my ultimate favorite authors). I love the way that she reels you into the story and makes you feel like you are living with the characters, through every flip of the page. I also love how the chapters are divided by characters’ viewpoints…but I digress. The fact that the library offers this program makes my interest to read more prevalent, because it is so quick and easy!

After you find your book and pick your download format you will be walked through how to finish the rental process. Instantly, seriously within seconds, your book will be digitally delivered to your device (just be sure to sync it when you turn it on next time).

The option to digitally download books onto your hand held devices is not something offered by all libraries. It is awesome that our library here in Midland offers something different and fresh for those of us that are a little more technologically advanced!

Now head to the Grace A. Dow Library website and search for that summer book you have been wanting to read and enjoy the fact that our library is as tech savvy as we are!