Dear Annie: Celebrating spring
Below are some of my favorite poems about spring and joy and the innocence and beauty of childhood. / Bird’s delight, / Day and night, / Nightingale, / In the dale, / Lark in sky, -- / Merrily, / Merrily merrily, to welcome in the year. / Little boy, / Full of joy; / Little girl, / Sweet and small; / Cock does crow, / So do you; / Merry voice, / Infant noise; / Merrily, merrily, to welcome in the year. / I happy am / Joy is my name, -- / Sweet joy befall thee! / Sweet joy but two days old, / Sweet joy I call thee; / Thou dost smile.mlive.com
Pets of the week: Joker is a sweet, big boy. Bird likes to cuddle
JACKSON, MI – Joker and Bird are just two of the many animals at Cascades Humane Society that are looking for loving forever homes. Cascades Humane Society, 1515 Carmen Drive, is open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. CHS also has a Pet Food Pantry to help families going through financial hardship. CHS accepts cat or dog food donations, as long as the food is in its original packaging. The Pet Food Pantry is open from noon to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month.mlive.com
Reeths-Puffer varsity football coach steps down after three seasons
Follow Josh VanDyke on TwitterReeths-Puffer head coach Matt Bird coaches against Grand Haven at Grand Haven on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)MUSKEGON – The Reeths-Puffer football program will be hitting the reset button this offseason as head coach Matt Bird informed the school’s athletic department that he will be stepping down after three seasons. “Head football coach Matt Bird has decided to pursue other professional opportunities. As Always, Go Rockets!”Bird finished his three-year tenure with the Rockets with a 10-15 overall record, including a 5-4 record in 2019. Prior to Reeths-Puffer, Bird spent 13 seasons at Grand Ledge High School, where he went 88-43 including a state semifinal appearance in 2015.mlive.com
‘Use, don’t abuse,’ says city official as Bird Rides electric scooters flock to Bay City
BAY CITY, MI - A flock of rentable electric scooters from Bird Rides, Inc. landed in Bay City this summer. These new rentable Birds are the latest push by Bay City to help bring in creative and innovative ideas to help grow the community. The scooters then officially landed in Bay City over the Fourth of July weekend with an initial fleet of 75 scooters. Both Midland and Saginaw currently have active Bird scooter fleets at this time after passing their agreements earlier this year. More from MLiveConsume Cannabis opens up in Bay City after renovating a South End storefrontHigh heat and humidity most likely caused recent Lafayette Bridge closure, says MDOT‘I want to help celebrate this community,’ says artist looking for old photos of Bay City for Studio23 exhibitSkymint expands to downtown Bay City with a new cannabis storefrontTraffic lights not needed in downtown Bay City, according to studymlive.com
‘Bird Rides’ electric scooters landing in Bay City on the Fourth of July weekend
BAY CITY, MI - Bay City residents and visitors will soon have a new way to get around town starting this weekend. The City of Bay City issued a press release stating that electric scooters through Bird Rides are set to hit the streets over the Fourth of July weekend. “We are excited to welcome Bird to the City of Bay City and look forward to having a community members and tourists take them for a spin,” said City Manager Dana Muscott. The plan under the agreement is to initially deploy approximately 75 scooters around Bay City. MoreAccording to the city, Bird will be offered the following programs for those who qualify:Bay City is now joining other neighboring municipalities in welcoming in Bird Rides to set up shop in town.mlive.com
‘Bird Rides’ electric scooter sharing system coming to Bay City
BAY CITY, MI - Rentable ‘Bird’ electric scooters will soon be landing in Bay City. The Bay City Commission approved an agreement with Bird Rides, Inc. on Monday, June 7 to allow the deployment of a fleet of rentable stand-up electric scooters throughout the city. The plan under the agreement is to initially deploy approximately 75 scooters around Bay City. Bay City is now joining other neighboring municipalities in welcoming in Bird Rides to setup shop in town. The Saginaw City Council approved a memorandum of agreement with Bird Rides in April.mlive.com
Video shows ‘dust devil’ whirling in Michigan
MIO, Mich. – It’s a bird, it’s a plane -- wait, no -- it’s a dust devil! That’s right -- because 2020 just isn’t ready to stop delivering surprises, a dust devil was captured on video in Northern Michigan over the weekend. The National Weather Service in Gaylord posted video sent in by Tyra Berger in Mio, Michigan (about 30 miles east of Grayling), showing a dust devil whirling around near a McDonald’s restaurant. A dust devil is defined as: A small, rapidly rotating wind that is made visible by the dust, dirt or debris it picks up. Also called a whirlwind, it develops best on clear, dry, hot afternoons.
Bird and Lime pull scooters out of Detroit due to coronavirus
In the summer of 2018, Bird and Lime dropped their fleet of scooters in Detroit and other cities around the country with little warning. Now, the Detroit Free Press reports, the only scooter company still operating in the city is Spin, which is owned by Ford Motor Company. Gretchen Whitmer and other governors issuing stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), scooter companies have seen a steep drop-off in rides. The Verge reports that Bird laid off nearly one-third of its workforce last week, though a spokesperson told the Free Press that the departure from Detroit and layoffs may only be temporary. Spin, meanwhile, is providing free 30 minute rides to all healthcare workers, and has increased deployment of its scooters near hospitals in Detroit.detroit.curbed.com
Caitlin Taylor: Find a professional sisterhood
Caitlin explains one of the "takeaway" themes she picked up at the Women in Leadership conference. And even though I wasnt there for the real thing, it still taught me a lot, especially because the idea of creating a professional sisterhood was something shes hinted at me trying before. She also knows what its like to be a young girl at Ida Elementary School or Jefferson High School or, of course, Monroe. But if you ask her as humble as she is shell say its thanks to the other dynamic women in her lives hence her suggestion to form a professional (or fun) sisterhood. Contact Caitlin Taylor at email@example.com or 734-240-5785.monroenews.com
Skepticism and injuries mount for e-scooters in Detroit
When Bird first deployed electric scooters in Detroit last year, people largely responded with optimism for the new mode of transit. But as injuries and other concerns have risen, so has skepticism. The Detroit Medical Center told the Detroit Free Press that since April this year the hospital has admitted 18 patients suffering severe, scooter-related head injuries. Unlike bikes, there arent clear indications for where people should ride a scooter, which can reach up to 15 mph. Detroit has been largely cooperative, working with a scooter company to optimize deployment.detroit.curbed.com
Restaurateur shoots fire extinguisher in face of smoking man
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (CNN) - Video captured outside the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, that shows a confrontation between a restaurant owner and a man smoking a cigarette, is going viral, KSTU reported. The video shows the restaurateur shooting chemicals from a fire extinguisher in the face of Jon Bird, the station reported. A lawyer for Bird says her client was volunteering at the Urban Arts Festival when he took a smoke break. He was where he should be, and he cleared that with security to make sure he was able to smoke there, said Rakay Michael, Birds attorney. Bird wants Alex [the man with the extinguisher] held accountable.Salt Lake City Police are investigating and interviewing witnesses.
Study: North America has lost 2.9 billion birds since 1970
David McNew/Getty Images(CNN) - Bird populations in the United States and Canada have dropped by 29% since 1970, signifying 2.9 billion birds lost in almost 50 years, according to a new study. But for the first time, the results also showed pervasive losses among common birds across all habitats, including backyard birds." Almost 90% of the birds lost came from 12 common songbird families like sparrow, blackbirds, warblers, finches and swallows. Shorebirds have also lost one-third of their population, and grassland birds lost more than 720 million, resulting in a 53% population reduction. The loss of grassland birds in North America is similar to a decline in farmland birds across Europe, according to the study.