Joe Longo, of Grattan Township, said he enjoys treasure hunts and mental exercises, and it was putting thought into this year’s clues that put him ahead of the pack in finding treasure. Longo was the winner of this year’s Cannon Area Business Association treasure hunt worth $1,000. He found the coin in wood chips at the reproduction of the township cannon located in Cannonsburg. Longo didn’t have any luck with the first few clues: Before the river and the rapids you’ll see, figure it out and you’ll find me and To get ahead on your chase, see the local dentist without haste. According to clue writer Carl Stites, the first clue was to give treasure hunters the word Grand, which is the name of the company that gave the cannon to Cannon Township (LeGrand Cannon). The second referred to the fact the cannon was hidden after a young man was injured and died when it misfired, sending him to the doctor. Clues three and four referred to a well-known anchor and an annual event where people cheer. The anchor he referred to is anchorman Walter Cronkite, who has the same first name as the young man killed and the fourth of July, the day of the year the death happened. “You really had to know the history behind the cannon to find it this year,” Stites said. It was clue five and six that sent Longo along the right direction. Add one to eighty-four gives 85, the year the cannon misfired (1885) and Mr. Miller’s due in clue six refers to the practice in which millers kept a portion of ground grain as their fee. The coin was hidden near the Gristmill. “That’s when I got out the history book and saw in 1885 the young man lost his leg,” Longo said. The final two clues led him right to the cannon. This clue is no lark, but it does involve a spark and Get down on one knee, hum a tune from Jerry Lee and the coin you may see. Spark referred to the cannon fire, as does Jerry Lee’s tune, Great Balls of Fire. Stites said he was nervous this year that the coin would be found too soon. A photo in the […]
A 50th wedding anniversary was celebrated September 26, 2009, by George and Maureen (Patterson) Phillips of Rockford. A surprise dinner reception was held at Egypt Valley Country Club in honor of the occasion. Children of the couple are Jeffrey and Denise Flikkema and Gregory and Doreen Schoenborn. They have four grandchildren, George Michael and Katie Maureen Flikkema, and Patrick Ryan and Heather Marie Schoenborn. Friends and family wish George and Maureen Phillips many more cherished anniversaries.
After 30 years of service on the Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC), Joyce Torrey has decided it’s time to pass the paintbrush to someone new. During her tenure on the RAAC, she helped launch the Rogue River Blues Series, Celtic Fest, the Rockford Creative Arts Center, Rogue River Artists Association and the Rogue River Community Theater. She has received recognitions from the City of Rockford and Kent County for her efforts. RAAC unanimously elected Kayle Clements to fill Torrey’s seat as president of the commission, effective October 1. Clements, a local musician and founder of Clementunes, has been a member of the commission for the past two years and organized this year’s Art in the Park event with his wife Suzy, also a commission member. Clements is involved in the arts throughout West Michigan, working with the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys; Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp; Actors, Civic and Circle theatres; and area high schools. He was a finalist in both the 2009 Great American Song Contest and the Great Lakes Song Contest and has just released “Simple Pleasures,” a piano jazz compilation of new and classic music. And although she’s no longer president, Torrey is not quite through with her service for the arts. She was elected president emeritus of RAAC for a term of one year.
Steve Klein of Klein’s Cider Mill on Ten Mile Road east of Alpine Avenue has grown his first double pumpkin. He has seen this phenomenon with gourds and summer squash, but never in a pumpkin. The vegetable weighs about 40 pounds. Klein’s offers a variety of items and activities at the mill. He makes his own apple cider, which is a Honey Crisp blend. Klein’s also offers a variety of apples from the orchard on his 80-plus-acre farm. He grows gourds, squash, vegetables and more. During the harvest season Klein’s offers horse-drawn wagon rides on the weekends, a seven-acre corn maze, you-pick pumpkins, and fall decorations. The farm teams up with Keyboard World on October 24 (rain date of Oct. 31) for a day of piano music, refreshments and more. There will be specials on apples and cider as well. Klein’s raises their own cattle on the farm and have beef available for sale at the mill. Steve’s parents, Lenis and Dorace, are still active in the family business along with other family members who help out.