Maggie Montgomery

General Manager

Maggie is a rural public radio guru; someone who can get you through both minor jams and near catastrophes and still come out ahead of the game. She pens our grants, reports to the Board of Directors and helps guide our station into the dawn of a new era. Maggie is a locavore to the max (as evidenced on Wednesday mornings), brings in months’ worth of kale each fall, has heat on in her office 12 months a year, and drinks coffee out of a plastic 1987 KAXE mug every day. Doting parents and grandparents, she and her husband Dennis live in the asphalt jungle of East Nary.

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Maggie Montgomery

Stuart Lavalier spoke to us this week from the strawberry patch at his u-pick business--Lavalier's Berry Patch and Orchard in Grand Rapids. It was June 27th, the morning of the first day of the 2018 strawberry season. When he picked up the phone, helpers were picking boxes of berries for customers who prefer to buy their berries ready-picked. The birds were singing. Anticipation was in the air.

According to Mary Beth Pfeiffer, author of Lyme: The First Epidenic of Climate Change, the blacklegged tick and the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, Borrelia Burgdorferi, deserve our respect. "The ticks have amazing abilities. First of all, they wait forever on a little blade of grass, and there are so many out there that sooner or later one or two of them is going to get lucky and a mammal or a person will pass by.

Northern Community Radio

Max and Bertha Pumpkin rolled in from Nova Scotia to offer some advice on growing the giant pumpkins planted at Northern Community Radio's Grand Rapids studio. You have to listen to believe it! One thing is clear: baby giant pumpkin plants experience a growth spurt whenever you pledge to the "You Dig" summer membership drive. Call 800/662-5799 or pledge online at KAXE dot org.

Lee Reich, PhD, has graduate degrees in soil science and horticulture. He’s a gardener, scientist and author who lives in New Paltz NY. His new book, released by New Society Publishers, is called The Ever Curious Gardener—Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden.

Jesse Davis

Grand Rapids' Farmers' Market has opened for the season in a new location, next to the south branch of Grand Rapids State Bank. The market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Their new space is right off the intersection of Pokegama Avenue and Golf Course Road.