Cannon Township will be hosting their annual Waterfest event at Townsend Park on Saturday, April 27, 2013, 8:00 a.m. until noon. A pancake breakfast will be served by the Cannonsburg Village Christmas Light Committee beginning at 8:00 a.m. The Historical Society will be selling baked goods. Cannonsburg Village Christmas Nature Discovery will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The traditional duck race will thrill kids of all ages. Steve Rybczynski and Beckett Vigh will help identify the “creeky critters” throughout the day. There will be a nature video, face paining, worm viewing, root view, frog houses, a fishing game and much more. April 27th is Save the Frogs Day! The feature event this year is a Michigan amphibian and reptile exhibit by Nature Discovery. See what animals live in a wetland! Nature/science-inspired activities will be presented for children along with the annual duck race in Bear Creek. There will be live music by Hawks & Owls. All activities are free!
by TERRY KONKLE President When my wife and I moved to Rockford in the summer of 1960, we soon found out about the Buena Vista Dairy Bar. Ice cream cones and malteds were part of our routine and as many readers know, the Buena Vista Dairy Bar building at the end of Lewis Street was a popular place for ice cream lovers. As the ninth grade football coach in the fall of 1960, I became aware of the fact that free treats were often available at the location for our victorious athletic teams. I can also recall several times that parents of our athletes would offer to treat our participants after practices on hot days. Coaches were treated also! Two weeks ago the “Nugget of Rockford History” question asked for the name of the owner of the Buena Vista Dairy Bar. Many readers called with the name of John VanProoyen who not only owned the business, but also was very active in the history of our town. Many responders had positive memories of Mr. VanProoyen and his activities and contributions. I heard from: Bud Graverson, Helen Hessler, Dianne Skiver, Jan Konkle, Bev Rollenhagen, Ruthe Graves, Bob Boyer, Joan Bunn, Bob Burch, Ralph Gould, Martin Vogel, Linda Schuitman, Lue Hawkins, Bill Boyd, Zell Gill, Tom Combs, Shirley Norman, Lee Paull and Billie Hunt. My thanks to all of them for their interest and information. Here is a new “Nugget of Rockford History” question. “At one time there was a restaurant located on the Northwest corner of East Main and Northland Drive. What was the name of it?” Contact me with your answers (616-866-0530). In the last month I have been reminded by readers that at one time Rockford had four grocery stores located downtown. According to what I have been told, they were all within about one hundred and fifty yards or less from each other. We also had four car dealerships in the same area. Bill Boyd answered a question about his father’s business. Some readers will recall Fred Boyd’s recreation or pool hall. Bill said that his dad bought the business in 1951 and ran it until 1980. I am sure that many residents remember it well. The new museum displays for the main […]
The Michigan State Police (MSP) celebrated its 96th anniversary during Michigan State Police History Week, April 14 – 20, 2013. “What started as a small cavalry of men has evolved into a complex, professional law enforcement agency responsible for not only general police investigative services and traffic patrol, but also forensic science services, statewide criminal justice records management and state homeland security and emergency management,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “This week as we mark our 96th anniversary, it is a time for us to reflect on our rich history and traditions, as well as to recommit to serving the public with excellence, integrity and courtesy – always providing ‘service with a purpose’.” The MSP’s roots date back to World War I when the department began as a temporary, wartime emergency force for the purpose of domestic security. On April 19, 1917, Gov. Albert Sleeper created the Michigan State Troops Permanent Force, also known as the Michigan State Constabulary. With Col. Roy C. Vandercook as the first commanding officer, this new force consisted of five troops of mounted, dismounted and motorized units. On March 26, 1919, Public Act 26 reorganized the Constabulary as the permanent, peace-time Michigan State Police. When Michigan adopted a new Constitution in 1963, authorizing up to 20 departments, Public Act 380 of 1965 reorganized the MSP as one of these departments. The Director of the MSP holds the rank of Colonel and is appointed by the Governor. Today, the MSP is a modern-day, full-service law enforcement agency with statewide jurisdiction consisting of nearly 2,500 enforcement and civilian members. For more information on the MSP, visit www.michigan.gov/msp.
The Rockford Lions awarded their highest honor, the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, to three of their members. Lions Terry Kalemba, Tom VonEschen and Bob Winegar all received this recognition for the year 2012 to 2013. The fellowship award embodies the humanitarianism ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. The three recipients serve as role models because of their exemplary service to the club and the community for which it serves. “We are proud to have within our membership these individuals who represent the values and ideals that Lions stand for,” said Ron Riebschlager, Rockford Lions Vice President.
Tour some of West Michigan’s finest small museums as they celebrate the 11th anniversary of this event. The Tri-River Historical Museum Network is planning its annual museum tour Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 P.M. each day. The Tri-River Historical Museum Network of 25 area historical societies provides a support group for these small museums and hosts the annual “Spring Into the Past” tour as a promotional event to raise awareness and generate interest in these small treasures. Admission is free! Located in quaint depots, churches, town halls, store buildings or houses, each of the museums is unique and you will find something different in each one. The museums are always changing as new displays or acquisitions make each visit a new experience. All will greet you warmly and welcome you into their world of past treasures and local history. Besides displaying their local history, most of the museums also have ancestral archives where you can search your family history. There is something for everyone. Old and young will enjoy exploring and learning about the past and what it was like for their ancestors. For a complete list of museums, maps and additional information, visit commoncorners.com. Founded in 2002, the TriRiver Historical Museum Network was formed as a support group for these small museums. As keepers of local history and artifacts, all were trying to promote their small museums and decided that by joining forces they could help each other in this endeavor. The name Tri-River Historical Museum Network was chosen for the group as the various societies were all located within the vicinity of the Flat, Grand and Thornapple rivers. All of those participating in this year’s tour are ready to welcome you and are eager to show you the wonderful things to be found within their walls. Maps and additional information can be obtained at any of the museums participating in the “Spring Into the Past” tour. The map and information about each museum is also available at commoncorners.com.