Current State #253 | February 12, 2014

Feb 12, 2014

Today on Current State: backyard farming; glass artist Craig Mitchell Smith relocates to Old Town; musician Josh White Jr.; the Haslett Robotics Club; and MSU's land grant legacy.

State proposes local control of backyard livestock

Feb 12, 2014
Flickr - Lost Albatross


An important debate over urban farming in Michigan continues today in Lansing. Officials from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and others will discuss proposed rule changes governing farm animals in developed, residential areas.

Old Town welcomes noted glass artist

Feb 12, 2014
Courtesy of Craig Mitchell Smith and Sheri Ten Ecyk.

Lansing’s Old Town has become a haven for the city’s artistic community over the years. This week, the Old Town arts and business communities welcome a big catch. One of the area’s most prominent artists, Craig Mitchell Smith, has moved his glass works gallery from a prime spot in the Meridian Mall in Okemos to a new spot in Old Town Lansing.

Musicians pay tribute to 'Fathers of Black Folk'

Feb 12, 2014
Courtesy of www.joshwhitejr.com

Legendary African American folk-singer Josh White’s entrance into the world of music happened at age 7, when he took a job leading blind musicians across the states. Eventually Josh became an accomplished musician himself. He is credited with bringing gospel, blues and black folk music to the masses. In 1941, he was even the first African American musician to give a performance at the White House.

Neighbors in Action: Haslett Robotics Team

Feb 12, 2014
Courtesy of the Haslett Robotics Club

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Haslett Robotics Club, which uses robotics to engage youth in the Haslett school district and surrounding areas in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

Historic MSU space commemorates land grant legacy

Feb 12, 2014
Flickr - larrysphatpage

Yesterday, Michigan State University officials dedicated Morrill Plaza, a kind of interpretative center on the spot where the fabled Morrill Hall once stood. The 113-year-old building, which was built as a women’s dormitory, was torn down last year. In its place are several brick markers and a kiosk that showcase MSU’s history as the first land-grant university in the nation.