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Wednesday, July 24,2013

'Whoever's doing it, they're crazy'

After 20 years, Snake Rodeo slithers from Old Town to the east side

by Lawrence Cosentino
After 20 years in the underbrush, Lansing´s Snake Rodeo has re-emerged like a well-camouflaged Asian vine snake. A leaderless, nameless group of artists and musicians is out to revive the anything-goes, no-rules art scene crowded out of North Lansing - now Old Town - by pear-scented boutiques and gifty galleries .
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Wednesday, July 10,2013

Water versus stone

Persistent passion earns Dave Dempsey top award for Great Lakes advocacy

by Lawrence Cosentino
Quietly, slowly, water erodes the strongest rock. Dave Dempsey's lifelong push against the despoilers, exploiters and developers that pressure the Great Lakes operates on that scale.
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Wednesday, July 10,2013

The tale of Terry Terry

MessageMakers founder looks back on 35th anniversary

by Lawrence Cosentino
MessageMakers, a Lansing-based media, event planning and PR firm with clients from Old Town to Africa, has taken its founder and president, Terry Terry, on a wild ride through four decades, five continents, one elephant charge (in Lusaka, Zambia) and umpteen revolutions in technology.
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Wednesday, July 3,2013

Gushing over Reutter Park

Meet Me at the Fountain’ concerts highlight downtown gem

by Lawrence Cosentino
Early last spring, a woman borrowed some books from downtown Lansing's Capital Area District Library branch and crossed Capitol Avenue for a stroll through shady Reutter Park. It was the perfect coda to any library visit. She almost tripped over Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing, who was bent over a flowerbed, all by himself in the dirt.
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Wednesday, June 26,2013

The good, the bad and the efficient

Cogenerating the pros and cons of the BWL's new REO Town power plant

by Lawrence Cosentino
Efficient is the word for the Lansing Board of Water and Light's new $182 million, 100-megawatt power plant in south Lansing's REO Town, set to go online Monday. Inside its shiny bowels, combined cycle technology will rile up steam and electricity with the same gas flame.
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Wednesday, June 26,2013

The good, the bad and the efficient

Cogenerating the pros and cons of the BWL's new REO Town power plant

by Lawrence Cosentino
Efficient is the word for the Lansing Board of Water and Light's new $182 million, 100-megawatt power plant in south Lansing's REO Town, set to go online Monday. Inside its shiny bowels, combined cycle technology will rile up steam and electricity with the same gas flame.
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Friday, June 21,2013

Three for the books

Verdehr Trio puts capstone on final concert series

by Lawrence Cosentino
Friday, June 21 — Around the world, the chamber music combination of violin, clarinet and piano is synonymous with Michigan State University’s Verdehr Trio. They even have an entry in the Britannica-hefty New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, just before “Verdi.”
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Biomass in b minor

MSU plan to burn trees for energy raises a forest of questions

by Lawrence Cosentino
"MSU Plant Switches to Wood Biomass Fuel" was the headline June 5 on the MSUToday website — a boast on par with one of Monty Python's more obscure skits, "Man Jumps Across English Channel." Michigan State University's T.B. Simon Power Plant burns less than 2 percent biomass (plant matter) and still runs overwhelmingly on coal.
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Billowing tent

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival balloons with its biggest lineup yet

by Lawrence Cosentino
Homegrown talent and world-class artists (often one and the same thing), rare visitors from New Orleans, an organ trio, a Latin group, a big band, a guitar summit and a vocalist summit pack the strongest bill yet for this weekend's East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival.
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Wednesday, June 12,2013

Pushing up daisies - and pear trees

Evergreen Cemetery fix-up takes 'Adopt a Park' to the next level

by Lawrence Cosentino
There are two kinds of people in this world. One sees a knocked-over trash barrel in the park and calls Lansing Parks Director Brett Kaschinske to complain. The other kind picks the barrel back up.
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