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Grand Traverse County Is Top Dump Site In Michigan

Grand Traverse County Is Top Dump Site In Michigan

By Michael Terrell

Our area has made many "top 10 lists" in recent years, but now Grand Traverse County has landed on another list, and it’s not one that comes with any pride. The county has the most illegal dump sites in the State of Michigan. There have been 45 identified dump sites here this year alone, according to Ada Takacs, DNR specialist in resource protection. Located in the Grawn Field Office, Takacs oversees dumpsite cleanup across the state.

“We started with 35 in the county at the beginning of the year, and 10 additional sites were added,” she explains as The Ticker visits a dump site in Mayfield Township. “We’ve been working hard with lots of volunteer help to remove these sites over the summer, and the good news is that we’re down to about 20 sites as of right now."

“A few of them, like this one, are fairly big dump sites," she adds, pointing. "Here they dumped mobile homes and stripped them, which is going to take some heavy equipment to pick up. It’s one of the worst in the country. We know who did it, but they are already in prison on other charges. That makes prosecution unlikely and puts the cleanup cost on the state.”  more

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Business Before Sunrise

7:00am Business Before Sunrise: Meets at Harrington's by the Bay, TC. 231-386-9206.

Making Social Media Work for Your Business

8:00am Making Social Media Work for Your Business: Held at TBA Credit Union, 630 E. Front St., TC, in partnership with SBDC & Constant Contact. Cost, $10; free for TBA Credit Union members. nwm.org more

Hear & Say

11:00am Hear & Say: Two & three year olds are invited to an interactive storytime that develops early literacy skills specifically for toddlers. Enjoy stories, songs & rhymes, one-on-one with your child, as well as a craft. Held at the Traverse Area District Library in the Youth Services Story Room, TC. Learn more at www.tadl.org/youth.

Kiwanis Club of TC Meeting

12:00pm Kiwanis Club of Traverse City meets at the Elks Lodge (625 Bay St.) in Traverse City. more

MI Blood Drive

3:00pm MI Blood Drive: Held at Interlochen Community School Library. miblood.org more

Venture Plan: Six Week Business Plan

5:30pm "Venture Plan: Six Week Business Plan": Presented by the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) with guest speaker Otto Belovich at the SBDC at Michigan Works! Service Center, TC. This class will help business owners learn how to develop a business plan in just six weeks. Held every Tues. from Sept. 9 - Oct. 14. Cost, $149. northwestmichiganbusiness.com

Mug Club Members Party

6:00pm Mug Club Members Party: Bravo Zulu, Williamsburg. bravozulubrewing.com more

Sip & Dab

6:00pm Sip & Dab: Northern MI Sunset. Paint with local artist Shelly Morey as she guides you through your own paint on canvas masterpiece; all experience levels welcome. Create a memory of art while eating, drinking and socializing at West Bay Beach Resort, TC. Cost, $35. sipanddab.com
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