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Summertime is one of my favorite times of the year. I enjoy all the new life that it brings from flowers to wildlife. But I think my favorite summer smell is freshly cut grass. The beauty of a freshly cut lawn makes me breathe in deeply, which is something you need to be careful about when you live out in the country, especially when you’re downwind.
Summertime is also the time when
we can enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer, even if community events are still on hold. My husband, Keith, and I enjoy go- ing outside for regular activities. We may walk, run, bike, visit with the cows down the road, or even work on the yard or in the garden. Hopefully, we will be able to bring one of our other favorites outside... yoga. Imagine taking a yoga class out
on the lawn with friends. Movement is so very important in keeping us healthy.
Not surprising, unstructured outdoor recreation opportunities abound in our community. Whether it’s fun with the grandbabies flying kites, going to the zoo to feed the giraffes, boating for leisure, kayaking the Battle Creek and Kalam- azoo Rivers, biking our beautiful trails, walking tours through history, camping
with friends, fishing the many waterways (don’t forget your license), or walking your dog in the park, Calhoun County has a place for you.
Structured activities are just as much fun and might include ball games, golfing, recreational sports for kids, and so much more. How about some of the new activities like pickleball, shuffleboard, or axe throwing? They are all fun, outside activities.
Soon we will be able to enjoy outdoor concerts, craft shows, antique shows, and car shows, as well as area farmers markets. I keep watching for activities at area parks, Station 66, Cornwell’s, and Bailey Park. I’d even go to an outdoor church service.
Be sure to check out events already scheduled at the Calhoun County Fair- grounds, Festival Market Square, look up in the sky for a balloon floating by, or enjoy nearby activities at the Gilmore Car Mu- seum or the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. Schedule your adventures in advance by visiting the Calhoun County Visitors Bureau online at
A host of treasures abound that you don’t hear much about include our
County Parks and trails and the 26 miles of paved pathways that make up our Linear Path. The recent passage of the County Park Millage will mean height- ened upkeep and maintenance where needed, as well as new enhancements from restrooms to parking and pave- ment in certain areas making them even more accessible for those with assistive devices. Renovations are scheduled for Historic Bridge Park, Kimball Pines, the Ott Biological Preserve, Albion County Park, and the Calhoun County Trail. The beauty of our parks will then be enhanced by the way that community members will use them. Consider a stroll or a bike ride through the park, disc golf, weddings, picnics, and so much more.
The parks are for the community to enjoy and respect. We were thrilled to bring family from out of state to visit the Ott Preserve last summer. They were surprised to see the beauty we have right here in Battle Creek, tucked away in such an unexpected location. It’s nearly 300 acres of natural habitat that is open to the pubic and includes two spring fed kettle lakes, large wetlands, and ridged uplands. A plethora of

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