Today on Current State: The 2015 "One Book, One Community" selection; Lansing to become a stop on a "water trail," the Capital Area United Way's annual "Day of Caring," and Burgdorf's Winery celebrates a decade of winemaking.

book cover

Every year, MSU and the city of East Lansing launch the new academic year with the “One Book, One Community” program. Incoming freshmen are assigned to read a book before they arrive on campus, and city residents are encouraged to read the same book.

There will be a series of events to discuss the themes of the book, and the author is invited to speak. This year’s book is “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. He’s the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Grand River photo
WKAR File Photo

In Lansing we’ve all heard of the River Trail--the 20-mile plus network of paved trails alongside the Grand and Red Cedar rivers.  Thousands of walkers, runners and bikers use it yearly.  

Is it time for a Grand River ‘water trail?’

A number of river and paddling enthusiasts would say ‘yes.’

A water trail offers canoeists and kayakers a more guided paddling experience, with better-marked access points and other amenities.  Proponents say water trails can also generate tourism for communities along its route.

United Way photo
Courtesy United Way

Neighbors in Action talks with people working together to improve the lives of others in their communities.

Today, we hear about Capital Area United Way’s effort to help local nonprofits cross some items off their to-do lists.

Their annual Day of Caring, which is coming up this weekend, sends volunteers out to organizations in the Greater Lansing Area.

Current State talks with Capital Area United Way president Teresa Kmetz and Haven House executive director Angie Mayeaux.

winery photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

When you think of Michigan’s wine country,  you probably think of the vineyards in places like Traverse City or the Leelanau Peninsula.

But while the sandy soil along the lakeshore is where most of the state’s wine grapes are grown, there are plenty of wineries in other parts of the state.  

Burgdorf’s Winery in Haslett is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

When owners Deb and Dave Burgdorf started the winery 10 years ago, they were actually working out of their garage.  They’ve expanded since then.