In Your Own Backyard – June 11, 2009

Forest tent caterpillar outbreak heavy this year Michigan is experiencing a heavy outbreak of forest tent caterpillars (FTC) this year, particularly in areas around Gaylord, Cadillac, Traverse City and Petoskey in the northern Lower Peninsula, according to the Department of Natural Resources, (DNR). Widespread outbreaks of FTC occur at intervals of 10 to 15 years. […]

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Latest technology on tour at treatment plant open house

THE NEW WAY—In older treatment plants, wastewater sits for a long time so solid parts sink. Chlorine is used to kill bacteria and another chemical removes chlorine. In the new North Kent Sewer Authority treatment plant, ultraviolet lights are used to mutate bacteria so it cannot reproduce. See how the process works at an open house on Friday, June 5 at 5 p.m. at 4775 Coit NE, Grand Rapids.

It was nearly a decade in coming and is one of only a few of its kind in the United States. Residents of the City of Rockford and townships of Alpine, Cannon, Courtland and Plainfield have a vested interest in the North Kent Sewer Authority treatment plant at 4775 Coit NE, Grand Rapids. On Friday, […]

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Rockford Farm Market is pure Michigan

STRAIGHT FROM THE FARM—Visitors will enjoy the friendly atmosphere and fresh variety the Rockford Farm Market offers during summer months.

  by Cliff and Nancy Hill   According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture – if every Michigan family would buy just $10 a week of local Michigan fruits and vegetables, it would keep $37 million new dollars each week working for you right here at home. For the past eight years Rockford has been way […]

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Free Rogue River Blues concert series begins next Tuesday

BLUES ON THE RIVER—It’s free, it’s fantastic. The Huntington Rogue River Blues concert series begins Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m.

Bring blankets or beach towels, chairs or just hang out on the grass Tuesdays in downtown Rockford. The Huntington Bank Rogue River Blues series begins this Tuesday, June 9. The free concerts take place at Garden Club Park near the dam on the banks of the Rogue River and run from 7 to 9 p.m. […]

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Eagle fans asked to honor signs

Photo by Karen Salyer.

Township officials appreciate the opportunity for the public to admire a nesting pair of American bald eagles in our midst (Squire article in May 22 issue), but warn that visitors must obey no parking signs or they will be ticketed or banned from looking altogether. After the Squire published the location of the nest on […]

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