New wastewater plant recognized as engineering achievement

November 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

The PARCC Side Clean Water Plant in northern Kent County has received the 2009 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Michigan Section. This award also honors Prein&Newhof, the local engineering firm that planned, designed and oversaw construction for the project. The new plant currently processes approximately four million gallons of wastewater each day with a state-of-the-art membrane bioreactor treatment system. It is the largest plant of its kind in Michigan. The plant is owned by the North Kent Sewer Authority, and processes wastewater from various communities, including the City of Rockford and the townships of Alpine, Cannon, Courtland, and Plainfield. Celebrating 40 years in business, Prein&Newhof is a full-service civil engineering firm that employs 90 full-time personnel including engineers, surveyors, drafters, geologists, chemists, communication specialists and support staff. In addition to its offices in Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Muskegon and Kalamazoo, the firm maintains its own environmental laboratory adjacent to its headquarters in Grand Rapids.

ERMS students participate in WMU Honor Band

November 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

Seven students from East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) were selected to participate in the Western Michigan University All-Star Middle School Honor Band. The students were accompanied by Rebecca Kilgore-Longtin, ERMS band director. The event took place on October 27 at Miller Auditorium on the campus of Western Michigan University. The selected students spent the day rehearsing and learning from the renowned conductor and composer Douglas Akey. They were also able to participate in the Bronco Marching Band rehearsal as well as enjoy performances by the University Trombone Choir and the University Concert Band. The day was culminated with performances by the Middle School Honor Band and a combined orchestra of the WMU Concert Band with the Middle School Honor Band.

Classifieds — October 29, 2009

October 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

FOR SALE Mattresses: R.C.D. Direct Wholesale at 1803 Plainfield NE will beat any Corsicanna dealer’s price. See store for details or call (616) 682-4767. p48 ______________________ Mattresses: All new sets. Twin $100, full $125, queen $150, king $195; pillowtops $190, full $170. Call (616) 293-5188 or (616) 293-6160. p48 ______________________ Memory Foam Mattress helps relieve back pain! Never used. Queen $595, king $695. Call (616) 293-5188 or (616) 293-6160. p48 ______________________ ANTIQUES Antique Victorian desk, 5 ft. tall, 4-1/2 ft. wide and 2-1/2 ft. deep, $775. Call (616) 866-1478 and leave a message. ftfn ______________________ FOR RENT A spacious one-bedroom ground-floor apt. located in beautiful and quiet Victorian home at 110 N. Park Street, Cedar Springs. All utilities and trash pick-up included. $650 per month, no smoking or pets. (616) 696-9393. b45cp ______________________ Perfect for one person, charming upstairs studio apt. in beautiful and quiet Victorian home, located at 64 E. Maple, Cedar Springs. $475/mo. includes all utilities, trash pick-up and snow removal. Laundry room on location. No smoking or pets. (616) 696-9393. b45cp ______________________ Spacious upstairs 2-bedroom apt. in beautiful and quiet Victorian home, located at 110 N. Park, Cedar Springs. Laundry room on location. One-stall garage included. $675/mo. No pets, no smoking. (616) 696-9393. b45cp ______________________ REAL ESTATE FOR SALE OR RENT 7 to 20 acres, Big Rapids, Stanwood, Howard City. $500 down, 10 acres starting at $22,900, $250/mo., 11%, 5-year payoff. Blacktop. Surveyed wooded building sites. Owner/Broker, Chase, call (616) 204-4550 or (231) 629-2944. b50 ______________________ CLASSES AND LESSONS Guitar Lessons—Learn guitar the RIGHT way and enjoy it for a lifetime. Lessons also on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, etc. Call Joe (616) 874-8582. btfn ______________________ SERVICES Quality Cleaning by Shay—$50 weekly, $55 bi-monthly, three hours. Own supplies. Great references. Call cell phone (616) 557-2182, home (616) 636-4064. Makes a great gift. p45 ______________________ I’ll design your flier, brochure, business card for a low rate! Other graphic design also available. Over 18 years experience. Professional design guaranteed. Flier design starting at $30. References available. Call Melanie Ragsdale at (616) 889-9082 or view design samples online at ftfn ______________________  LOST AND FOUND LOST—domestic short-hair cat, dark smokey grey, 9-10 years old. Very friendly. Answers to the name of “Smokey.” Last seen on 14 […]

What’s Cookin’ — October 29, 2009

October 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

by JEANNE BRIGGS “Bell” Weather There’s no disguising a bell pepper. While summer vegetables such as zucchini and eggplant tend to absorb other flavors, bell peppers assert themselves in dishes. Even when used as a garnish—say, finely diced bell pepper showered over pasta or grilled scallops—the bright taste of the pepper hits your palate first. Eaten raw, they’re crunchy and refreshing. When cooked, they grow soft and luscious, and their flavor sweetens and mellows. Then the gorgeous, racy colors—red, orange, yellow, and even purple—can brighten and enliven plain dishes. Go bells!  Jasmine Rice-Stuffed Peppers 4 large bell peppers (you choose your colors) Cooking spray 1/2 cup chopped onion 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 jalapeño pepper, minced 1/2 cup uncooked jasmine rice 1 cup chicken broth 2 cups tomato sauce, divided 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 large egg, lightly beaten 2/3 pound ground sirloin 1/3 pound ground turkey meat Preheat oven to 400F. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes, leaving the stems intact. Place on a foil-lined jellyroll pan, cut-sides up. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion, garlic and jalapeño to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until onion is lightly browned. Add rice, and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely. Combine rice mixture, 1 cup tomato sauce, 1/4 cup cheese, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until blended. Spoon about 1/2 cup meat mixture into each pepper half. Spoon remaining cup tomato sauce evenly over peppers. Cover and bake at 400F for 45 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake until cheese melts. Serves 4 (two pepper halves each). Sautéed Peppers Rinse and seed 4 peppers; cut in thin slices. Heat 3 tablespoons salad oil in large frying pan; add peppers, 2 tablespoons water and 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until peppers are limp and liquid has evaporated; salt to taste. Serve at room temperature. Zucchini with Bacon and Red Peppers 1/2 cup diced bacon, uncooked 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1-1/2 cups diced onion 1 cup diced celery 1 cup […]

RCS hosts 3-on-3 basketball tournament for elementary students

October 29, 2009 // 0 Comments

What kid doesn’t like receiving a trophy? Your third-grade through eighth-grade child has an opportunity to obtain a coveted championship trophy on Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21 at Rockford Christian’s first three-on-three basketball tournament. The event is sponsored by the Rockford Christian Athletic Boosters and is open to anyone in metro Grand Rapids and surrounding communities. Teams will consist of no more than four players who play at the highest grade level of the oldest player. There will be registered referees officiating the event to keep the games safe and fun. Games will be played at Rockford Christian School, 6060 Belding Road, Rockford. The cost for each team is $80. A completed team registration form must be received by Nov. 1, 2009. The registration form can be found online at; select “Schools” and “Rockford Christian Middle School.” Each player will also receive a tournament t-shirt and lots of fun memories. Concessions will be available during the event. The number of games for each grade will be determined by the number of teams that register for the event. Game times will be forwarded one week prior to the event. This is a great opportunity to get your hoop player ready for winter basketball. If you have any questions, please contact the tournament director, Jon Holesinger at or (616) 863-9720.

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