Ever wondered what to do with all the extraneous stuff that seems to collect around the house? How Can I Recycle This? offers suggestions for a myriad of materials. You can also suggest an item to be added - there are lots of great ideas in the comments for many of the items on the site (often many more ideas than are in the original post), making this a really useful and fun site. Their sister site, Can I Compost This? has tips for what items will work in your compost pile (the set up of this site is a little unusual - you need to click on the categories on the left side of the page to get to all the good info).
There are countless blogs that focus on green topics, ranging from consumer information to household tips, from technology to fashion. Read/Write Web has put together a list of 35 of their favorite environmental blogs. There are even more recommended blogs in the comments. Several of my favorites are mentioned in this top 35 list, including Treehugger, EcoGeek, and Hippy Shopper.
The Center for Michigan, a 501c3 nonprofit think tank, is hosting a contest for Michigan citizens of all ages. Just tell them in words, photos or video what you envision for the state of Michigan. The competition is open through March, 2008. For details, visit The Center for Michigan website. You can also learn about online community forums and other ways to share your opinions about the future of the Great Lake State.
Plymouth-Canton Band will seek its 4th national crown at Ford Field on Saturday, Nov 3rd. The MCBA sponsors the annual state band championship contest to promote instrumental education in Michigan schools. Read today's article in the Detroit Free Press to find out how much practice, discipline and commitment it takes to achieve perfection. Good Luck Plymouth-Canton Marching Band!
Time for a nostalgia trip! The library has all episodes of the first three seasons (of six, from 1957-1963) of the Richard Boone western, Have Gun Will Travel. I checked out Season Two, Disc One and found a few surprises among some nice memories. What impressed me the most was how much story they could pack into a half-hour drama (something like 23 minutes without commercials). The writers for all six episodes were different, including one by Gene Roddenberry. And then there was Charles Bronson guesting in "The Man Who Wouldn't Talk." It's a Cyrano de Bergerac-like tale with Bronson not playing a tough guy, but instead a love-struck, tongue-tied rancher. At the close of each episode, I could almost hear my parents telling me it's time for bed, to which I would respond, "Aw, can't I stay up for Gunsmoke?"
Starting today, October 25, your Canton Public Library can get you free admission to 25 local arts and cultural organizations, courtesy of Macy's and the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan. The Canton Public Library is one of 162 libraries participating in providing free passes to local museums, cultural centers and historical sites. It is designed to enhance the learning experience for people of all ages through books and other library materials and to provide access to the arts. Each library card holder can check out a pass for two or four admissions, depending on attraction, valid for one week. One pass per library card per week, no holds or renewals. Each attraction has five passes available. For a list of participating cultural organizations, visit Detroit Adventure Pass.
By clicking on the link to CPL's Romance Bookmarks, you can take a look at three recently updated bookmarks--Comic Contemporary Romances, Humorous Historical Romances, and Vampire Romances . Print out a copy, or come to the library and grab one from the holder at the end of the Romance Shelves.
Leaving the library around sunset on Tuesday evening, you could easily imagine the glow from the tragic fires in California spreading eastward across the country to Canton.
I met Gary Burnett, a professor of information studies from Florida State, on a Milwaukee airport shuttle the other day. We are both in town for a conference on social computing and I learned that he uses a text book written by one of my former professors, for a course on abstracting and indexing. Gary and I also share a passion for similiar genres of music. When I looked him up on the web I found, among many interesting links, a particularly engaging essay about his experiences at Grateful Dead concerts, which I've linked from the title of this post. Your either on the shuttle or you're off the shuttle :)
Staph bacteria is a common cause for skin infections in the U.S. Most of these skin irritations are minor and treatable with antibiotics. MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a type of staph that's drug-resistant making it a serious health issue. Please click the link above from the CDC for more information on prevention.
The Michigan Department of Education has ordered all of the state's 5th and 6th graders to retake the writing portion of the MEAP Test. Schools will receive a one-week window next month to administer the replacement tests.
Favorite color: green. Favorite mystery author: Dorothy Sayers. Favorite database: Factiva. Yes, trust a librarian to have a favorite database, but if you want business info from a variety of international sources, try this database under Business and Investment in the link above and you may soon discover that you too have a favorite database.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James Fausone, at 7:30 p.m.
Present: J. Fausone, J. Gillig, G. Snow, C. Van Auken, C. Young
Absent: N. Williams
Also Present: J. Tabor, S. Rzetelny
CALL TO AUDIENCE(R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, A. Amador)
Curious how former students rated your professor's teaching style or likability on campus? Check out this website that provides written feedback about students' overall experience in their classes. Search rankings for 133 Michigan-based schools and more than 4,000 schools nationwide.
Our paper recycling bin has been getting a lot of use by Canton residents. As soon as it's emptied, it's filled right up again with newspapers, junk mail, magazines, catalogs and home and office papers. The official amount collected so far is 17,339.34 lbs. of paper That's a little over 27 cubic yards of stuff that will be recycled instead of going into a landfill. For more earth-friendly information visit the Canton Green Resources page on our website.
Author Doris Lessing has become the eleventh woman to win a Nobel Prize for Literature.
Check out our newest selections for our "Lunch and a Book" book club. "Lunch and a Book" meets the second Thursday of every month at noon in the community room. Our next book club meeting is November 8 where we will discuss "One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd" by Jim Fergus. Not your cup of tea? Join us another time for another book.
Not sure how else to describe the music and movies encountered during the past weekend, but if there was a common thread, that might be it. It opened with a viewing of Oh What a Lovely War, the 1969 film directed by Richard Attenborough and starring a who's who of British drama at the time (John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, John Mills, etc.). It was adapted from a stage musical, but that didn't make any difference to an impressionable mind in 1969. I remembered it as Fellini-esque in the manner in which it addresses WWI and the patriotic buildup to that conflict, and the description still holds true. But the movie was a bit of a letdown, maybe because we have our own wars to deal with today.
The Canton Board of Trustees will meet for a study session on October 16 at 7 p.m. to discuss implementing a single stream recycling pilot program in select Canton neighborhoods. The goal of the program is to increase the number of items that can be recycled and increase overall participation in the township's recycling program. From the success of our paper recycling bin and other inquiries we receive here at the library , it seems as if this topic is very important to Canton residents. Make sure you give your input to the planning committee. Visit http://www.canton-mi.org/elected.aspx for contact information.