leaves http://michiganradio.org en Jackson residents spend one final weekend bagging and dragging leaves around town http://michiganradio.org/post/jackson-residents-spend-one-final-weekend-bagging-and-dragging-leaves-around-town <p>Jackson residents are spending a final weekend dragging loads of leaves around town.</p><p>A court ruling against the city led to an unusual leaf pick up in Jackson.</p><p>Like in most suburban communities, homeowners in Jackson are used to raking leafs into large piles at the curb, where city workers scoop the leaves up and take them away. &nbsp;But not this year.</p><p>The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled the storm water fee the city charged to pay for the leaf pick up was actually an illegal tax.</p> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 18:27:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15409 at http://michiganradio.org Jackson residents spend one final weekend bagging and dragging leaves around town What fall smells like in Michigan and around the world http://michiganradio.org/post/what-fall-smells-michigan-and-around-world <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Wet leaves, cider, campfire — for many Michiganders, these are the smells of fall.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">But our friends over at WNYC’s <em>Radiolab</em> wanted to get an idea of what autumn smells like all over the world.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">So with the help of Google Maps and talented olfactory nerves, the Radiolab crew is <a href="http://www.radiolab.org/crowdsourcing/smello-map/report/3/">compiling a map</a> that highlight the scent of autumn around the U.S. and beyond. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Here are some the responses so far from Michigan. Leaves seem to be the big winner:</span></span></p><ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Salt, smoke and sweet rotting apples”</span></span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Leaf-burning, skunks”</span></span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Cider spices and dead leaves”</span></span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Cold, crispy leaves and firepits”</span></span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Musky leaves”</span></span></p></li></ul><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">And the rest of the world:</span></span></p><ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Roasted chestnuts and sea salt” - Istanbul, Turkey</span></span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Roasted chestnuts, cigarette smoke, wet asphalt, diesel fumes, fresh-baked bread” - Lyon, France</span></span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Salt and damp seaweed” - Coronado, CA</span></span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type: disc; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; line-height: 1.15;"><span id="docs-internal-guid--32ea396-3948-014f-853b-6258c9256e1b"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Its spring here [sic]” - Melbourne, Australia</span></span></p></li></ul><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:20:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15200 at http://michiganradio.org What fall smells like in Michigan and around the world Jackson homeowners will not be allowed to rake their leaves into city streets this fall http://michiganradio.org/post/jackson-homeowners-will-not-be-allowed-rake-their-leaves-city-streets-fall <p>Autumn is a lovely time in Jackson.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But people living along Jackson‘s tree lined streets will face a problem this Fall: How to get rid of all those falling leaves?</p><p></p><p>It’s something of a suburban ritual.&nbsp;&nbsp; Once the leaves fall, homeowners rake them into the street to be cleared away.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But not this fall in Jackson.</p><p></p><p>The city recently lost a legal challenge to its storm water fee.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Court of the Appeals ruled the fee was actually an illegal tax.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:56:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14435 at http://michiganradio.org Jackson homeowners will not be allowed to rake their leaves into city streets this fall Jackson laying off city employees to close budget gap created by court ruling http://michiganradio.org/post/jackson-laying-city-employees-close-budget-gap-created-court-ruling <p>Some Jackson city employees are getting layoff notices this morning.</p><p></p><p>The layoffs come as city leaders come to grips with a court ruling striking down Jackson’s storm water fee.</p><p></p><p>This month, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Jackson’s storm water fee was an illegal tax. &nbsp;&nbsp;The city has decided not to appeal the ruling.</p><p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 04:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13974 at http://michiganradio.org Jackson laying off city employees to close budget gap created by court ruling Michigan's fall foliage season reaches its peak http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-fall-foliage-season-reaches-its-peak <p>Michigan&rsquo;s fall foliage tourism business has been enjoying an unusually good fall season.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Clear skies and warm temperatures have been keeping the leaves on the trees longer and tourists coming.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>David Lorenz is with Travel Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says the state&rsquo;s travel website has seen an uptick in people visiting in recent weeks.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 15 Oct 2011 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4585 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's fall foliage season reaches its peak