Memorial Day is Monday, May 29
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in our country's armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868. There will be a Memorial Day service at the Grass Lake Veteran's Memorial next to the library on Monday beginning at 10:00 AM, followed by a procession to the east cemetery on E. Michigan Avenue across from the Pious Union Church for a recognition of veterans.
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When Green Means Slow:
Winter maintenance vehicles getting green lights to improve visibility
†--†New green flashing lights are being incorporated on winter maintenance vehicles in Michigan this winter. And while motorists are used to green meaning go - in this case, green means slow down.
† † † † † † †In an effort to reduce crashes, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and several Michigan county road commissions and municipalities will be using green and amber lights that may be flashing, rotating or oscillating on 70 percent of their winter maintenance vehicles.
† † † † † † †"Our visual system would be more attracted to a bright green light versus a bright white flashing light in a heavy snowstorm," said Dr. Bernie Tekiele of the Michigan Eye Institute. "Our visual system is piqued to be sensitive to the green/yellow spectrum."
† † † † † † †Studies suggest that humans can differentiate more shades of green than any other color. Better visibility with green lights means safer roads for winter maintenance workers and motorists. The Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) has been piloting the green lights for the past two years with great success.
† † † † † † †"We haven't had any rear-end accidents with the green lights on the trucks that we've had for the past two years and that's what we're really trying to eliminate," said Jerry Byrne, KCRC deputy managing director. "Folks slow down and don't rear-end the backs of the trucks. We've had injury incidents in the past, so our goal is to spend a little money to save the number of accidents."
† † † † † † †As the lights on trucks are replaced, the new green lenses are being incorporated.
† † † † † † †"The cost, really, to the state is just the lens on the back of a light. It's small. Something less than $100 per truck," said Mark Geib, MDOT engineer of Operations Field Services. "So, since we put lights on anyway, in time there's really going to be no additional cost to speak of."
† † † † † † †Wider use of the green lights is a result of legislation sponsored by Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker that amends the Michigan Vehicle Code to allow for the use of the color green on maintenance vehicles.
† † † † † † †A video about the changes can be found on MDOT's YouTube channel at†www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUCHgr