Five reasons to plant trees in Macomb County

On Friday, April 27, participants in the Green Macomb – Urban Forest Partnership and communities across the country will celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees or caring for local green spaces. While you’ve likely heard of Arbor Day or participated in a tree planting ceremony, you may not know that the founder of the holiday has roots here in Michigan. Julius Sterling Morton, who proposed the day in 1872 while working with the Nebraska Board of Agriculture, grew up in Metro Detroit. He also attended the University of Michigan. The impact of his Arbor Day idea is immeasurable. Since its founding 146 years ago, countless trees have been planted around the world. But even with these efforts, it is still important for individuals and communities to make further investments in their green canopies. Here’s why:

  1. Grow Your Investment
    • Homes with trees sell two days faster than those without.
    • Homes with trees see an increase in property value of up to 15 percent.
  2. Live Better
    • Urban nature improves alertness and reduces mental fatigue in children, increasing academic success.
    • Frequent exposure to trees and green landscapes help individuals recover from chronic, low-grade stress.
  3. Reduce Pollution
    • Trees can reduce dangerous air pollutants by 15 percent, sulfur dioxide by 14 percent and nitrogen dioxide by eight percent.
    • By removing particles from the air, trees reduce heart and lung disease and can save up to seven lives a year in big cities.
  4. Support Your Community
    • The presence of trees improves residents’ perception of safety and promotes use of public spaces.
    • By calming aggressive behaviors, trees can reduce violent crime by 56 percent and by signaling a home is cared for and likely monitored, trees can reduce property crime by 48 percent.
  5. Save Energy
    • Three properly placed trees can reduce annual air conditioning costs by 56 percent.
    • Trees can reduce home heating bills by 10 percent by serving as a windbreak from winter winds.

These reasons are why Macomb County is partnering with the Blue Water Conservation District to hold a Spring Tree and Plant Sale for the public. The event, which will take place Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at the Warren Civic Center, will feature young trees (including those that bear fruit), shrubs, berry bushes, wildflower seeds and other plants for sale at very reasonable costs ($8 – $20). Additionally, representatives from MSU Extension and the Blue Water Conservation District will be on hand to answer questions and provide planting guidance and tree care advice.

Now is the time to make an impact in the Macomb County community and on your own personal property by planting trees and greenery – so you won’t want to miss this event.

Please note: A limited stock of the aforementioned plants will be available at the Spring Sale. Please arrive early to purchase materials if you did not place a pre-order.

Pictured: Armada Tree and Plant Sale pick-up location

All aspects of Tree and Shrub Planting can be found on the Green Macomb – Urban Forest Partnership website at

Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.


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Mt. Clemens Riverfront Clean-up – Volunteers Needed

Mt. Clemens Riverfront Clean-up
Friday, April 27, 2018
9 am – 1:30 pm

Spring cleaning time!  Did you know there is a river running right through downtown Mt. Clemens?  Advancing Macomb and the Clinton River Watershed Council will be cutting the ribbon on a new kayak and canoe launch later on this spring so more residents and visitors can enjoy the river.

Volunteers Needed!

Before the new launch opens – we would like to get the riverbank and shoreline tidy for summer-long waterfront enjoyment.   Would you help us out?

Volunteers of all persuasions are welcome.  If you can help do light clean-up – or you would like to show up with some equipment and a small army – we would love to have you!

Contact – Angela Lenda

Volunteer Logistics & Schedule

9 am                      Volunteers Meet at Shady Side Park
Coffee, bagels, instructions for the day
155 Shadyside Drive, Mount Clemens, MI 48043

9:30 am                Volunteers deploy to work areas

9:30 – Noon        Clean-up

Noon – 1:30        Lunch

Whether you would like to clean up by land or water, we have a spot for you.

We will focus on the area from Shady Side park (Gratiot at Wellington Crescent) to MacArthur Park (just east of YMCA off of North River Road).


Roy, Melissa updated photo 1Melissa Roy is the Executive Director of Advancing Macomb. Advancing Macomb is a business and community leadership group representing 20 leading employers, three principal business organizations and the largest higher educational institution in Macomb County, an area encompassing approximately 900,000 residents and 18,000 businesses. Our organization is committed to enhancing local communities by leveraging a unified civic leadership voice throughout the Detroit region.

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enjoyasweets5I love me some sweet treats.  I enjoy eating donuts, cookies, brownies, and cupcakes. Some say I have a sweet problem, but clearly, I say, I don’t have a problem eating sweets at all.  Especially since I’m known around Macomb County as the food czar. As part of my job I work with businesses to help them grow, so naturally, I have to try the treats in order to help the business.

Like any normal cloudy Michigan day while driving around you want something to brighten it up.  As I was driving through beautiful Roseville, I naturally had to turn into a business that had the word SWEETS on the building. Enjoya Sweets.

I walked right in with a big smile on my face.  I had to clear my eyes twice to make sure I was really seeing what I thought I was seeing.  A donut the size of a person’s entire hand.  You could easily put 3 regular donuts next to anyone of Enjoya Sweets donuts and it would still look like Pewie Herman flexing next to Arnold Swarzenegger.

I spent an hour and a half talking with the owners and asking questions and learning about their business.  Here are a few things that I learned.

Marlena and her two sisters, Leslie and Karmen, opened this bakery in September of 2017 making donuts, cupcakes, cookies, cakes, and other delicious baked goods.  It is very clean and nicely decorated with inviting colors and smells of freshly baked goods.  Family members make the delicious cakes and cupcakes in back.  I hear they make a tasty German Chocolate cake.    I tried the pound cake and red velvet cupcakes, which I happened to take some to go.

While there, I talked to customers stopping in, for many, it was their first time as well.  They too had the same look on their face.  Other customers I talked to, stop in frequently.  One couple not only bought a little of everything while I was there, they came back for more about an hour later.

One customer, Brandon, introduced himself and said he works the night shift so when he gets off of work, his girlfriend and him stop into Enjoya Sweets. They both talked about how wonderful this little store was and the family that owns it.  Imagine a man the size of a professional football player with a million dollar smile.  That was Brandon.

There is one thing I love most about small food business owners.  They know you by name and they treat their customers well.  Enjoy Sweets is just another example of a family working hard to make ends meet while baking tasty baked goods.

If you like baked goods and I know you do, then do your stomach a favor and make your way over to Enjoya Sweets at 17804 E. 13 Mile Rd Roseville, MI 48066.  They are located just east of Utica on the south side of the road.  Just don’t be there on Monday or Tuesday when they are closed to spend some time with their kids.  Their hours are from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, and 6 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday.  They have a Facebook page and Instagram as well to keep in touch.

Rumor has it that they are looking to offer soft serve ice cream starting this summer.

Jack Johns is a project coordinator within the economic development services group. He specializes in serving the food and agricultural industry as well as automation, robotics, connected vehicles, energy and retail businesses.

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Severe Weather Awareness Week. Are you prepared?

mcswaSpringtime in Michigan has many yearning for warmer weather and outdoor activities that it brings such as gardening, boating, golf and baseball. Spring also brings changes in weather patterns and the potential for severe weather to occur.

The state of Michigan has designated April 8-14 as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The Macomb County Office of Emergency Management & Communications urges the community to be prepared for these events.

Preparing for severe weather is extremely important. Macomb County residence should be prepared and educated on what to do in case of a thunderstorm, tornado, power outage, flooding and more.

Today, there are many tools and resources available to help families.  First and for most is creating an emergency plan for your family.

Some items to consider including are:

  • What is the communication plan between you and family members
  • What happens if severe weather hits when you are home or on the road
  • Does your vehicle have an emergency kit and what should be included in it
  • Is your house equipped if you are not able to leave for three to five days, do not have electricity or running water
  • What room in your home will be designated as a tornado shelter

Second, is everyone in your family should be aware of the systems in place to warn of impending danger. These include outdoor warning sirens, the Emergency Alert System (EAS), television, radio and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather/all hazard alert radios. Many public and private companies also allow these alerts and warnings to be sent electronically via cell phone to residents.

There is no better time than now to develop a plan to keep you and your family safe. Macomb County Emergency Management & Communications has developed a Community Emergency Preparedness Guide that can help local citizens prepare for severe weather and other hazards that they may encounter

Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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Consider helping out with Meals on Wheels for National Volunteer Month

Macomb County’s Meals on Wheels program is in need of
130 volunteers on Saturday, April 14th

Many people know that Meals on Wheels is a food delivery service for the homebound. However, what some may not know is how impactful the moments of contact between the volunteer and the recipient can be. For many seniors, the volunteer who drops off their meal is the only person they will see that day. The delivery isn’t just about nourishment, it’s about a valuable moment of human connection. In Macomb County, nearly 1,700 seniors depend on these meals.

All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or be accompanied by a parent or authorized adult. All volunteers will be required to pass a background check. Please plan to use your own vehicle.  Be prepared to show a valid driver’s license and proof of current insurance.

Volunteers are needed between 9 and 11 a.m. at the Macomb County warehouse, located 44900 Vic Wertz Drive, Clinton Township, MI 48036 (near Hall Road and Groesbeck Highway).

To donate two hours of your time, please contact Macomb Community Action Office of Senior Services at (586) 469-5228 or register online at Pre-registration is required.

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Fruits and vegetables are also available at the Spring Tree and Plant Sale

2018 Spring Plant Sale ad-updateLooking to try out your green thumb this year? Check out the Spring Tree and Plant Sale. They have a range of fruits and vegetables available at affordable prices.

Consider trying to grow some strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or grapes this year.  Just imagine, enjoying a nice summer day and walking over to your garden and picking a fresh strawberry or raspberry.

Here are a few things to consider when planting these fruits.

The first consideration is the site. A minimum of eight hours of direct sunlight is required to grow top-quality fruits. Light-textured soils such as sandy loams are ideal, but heavier soils containing some clay can be suitable as long as they drain well. Avoid areas that have standing water on the surface or in the planting hole. Determine the pH, which is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. Most small fruits grow well with a pH between 6 and 7; the exception is blueberries, which prefer the pH 4-5 range.

Small fruit ripening periods:

  • Strawberries: mid-June to July
  • Raspberries: July; ever bearing late August to October
  • Blackberries: August to mid-September
  • Blueberries: Mid-July to mid-September
  • Grapes: September to mid-October

Now go fill out your order formOrders are due by Thursday, April 5.

  • Pick up your pre-ordered plants at the Warren Civic Center during Arbor Day celebrations on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28.  Pick up times will be available soon.

Macomb County is partnering with the Blue Water Conservation District to hold a Spring Tree and Plant Sale. Items available for purchase include young trees (including those that bear fruit), shrubs, berry bushes, wildflower seeds and others at very reasonable costs. The purpose of the sale is to increase the number of trees in Macomb County while supporting the work of the conservation district.

For additional information on gardening, check out Michigan State University Extension.  There is a wealth of information to help you get your lawn and garden ready for this summer!


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Green Macomb – Tree and Plant Sales – Orders Due April 5!

Macomb County is partnering with the Blue Water Conservation District to hold a Spring Tree and Plant sale. Items available for purchase include young trees (including those that bear fruit), shrubs, berry bushes, wildflower seeds and others at very reasonable costs. The purpose of the sale is to increase the number of trees in Macomb County while supporting the work of the conservation district.

whitedogwoodThis week’s featured tree is the white flowering dogwood.

The white flowering dogwood is a small, bushy tree that grows throughout the eastern United States. It is a desirable ornamental tree due to its fast growth, pyramidal form, insect and disease resistance and aesthetics.

  • White flowers blooming May to June; fruit clusters are scarlet red
  • white-dogwood-bloomsProvides food for wildlife. The fruit provides fall and winter food for squirrels, cedar waxwing, cardinal, flicker, robin, turkey and woodpecker. White-tail deer like to nibble on its leaves and twigs.
  • Grows up to 40 feet tall, 12-18 inch diameter

The spring tree sale is selling white flowering dogwood that are approximately 3-4 feet tall for $12 each or 5 for $40.  Visit for additional details and other available tree and plants at affordable prices.

Orders are due by Wednesday, April 5.

Pick up your pre-ordered plants at the Warren Civic Center during Arbor Day celebrations on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28.  Pick up times will be available soon.

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Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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