Ultimate ‘green industry’ company reduces, reuses, recycles to improve our environment With a grinder that produces 200 yards of mulch or bark per hour and more than 20 acres of wood scrapes and pallets, tree bark, logs, and mountains of tree brush, the casual observer may wonder what exactly this “green industry” tucked in the woods in northern Kent County is transforming into a multimillion dollar industry. Toss in recycled rubber tires, a building full of reconditioned wood pallets, mushroom compost, bales of pine needles, and industry-regulated environmentally friendly dyes, and the answer may become even further blurred. Focus on the parade of semi-trucks, the constant buzz of the front end loaders, and the two, eighty-foot-long conveyors building 30-foot mountains of natural, brown, black, gold and red mulch and hardwood, cedar and red pine bark, and the answer is clear. Cannonsburg Wood Products, a family owned business founded in 1975 to build and recondition pallets, is full throttle, manufacturing, coloring, shipping and distributing a full range of landscape products to commercial businesses and residential customers throughout lower Michigan. Cannonsburg Wood Products (CWP) extends its green product line with 100 percent recycled rubber NuPlay mulch for playground surfaces and Rubberiffic mulch for landscaping; mushroom compost, an organic soil bi-product of growing mushrooms; and reconditioning and recycling wood pallets. Owner Dave Powers describes his operation as the “ultimate green industry. We are reducing, reusing, and recycling wood products, rubber, and organic waste to grow a two million dollar business and employ hardworking Michigan residents. Plus, our efforts make our customers look good—and happy. Because we manufacture our wood landscape products and color onsite, we can ensure top quality and consistency load after load. And, our landscape products help conserve water, reduce pest damage, cut down on labor and maintenance, thereby reducing gas and emissions, and ultimately save our customers money. Plus, our help with ‘curb appeal’ can help increase property values: a benefit in this downturn economy.” CWP produces approximately 150,000 yards of mulch products per year. To visualize these four-story-plus mountains, this is the equivalent of more than 1,070 semi-truckloads filled to the brim. CWP also recycles thousands of pallets per year, reducing landfill waste. Perhaps CWP’s unsung hero in the recycling world is a gardener’s […]
April 12 2012
It’s no secret that the young musicians at Rockford High School (RHS) are consistently among the best in the state. Rockford students shine every year in the annual musical, marching band competitions, local bands, Solo & Ensemble, Band and Choir Festivals, and many other activities. And starting April 19-20, there is a new opportunity to hear the best young musicians at the high school: Rockford Idol. This solo singing competition will feature the finest Rockford student singers in a two-night competition to be crowned “Rockford Idol.” The event will be hosted by the Rockford Aces a cappella men’s group, who will give performances to close each evening. Celebrity Emcee Stephanie Webb from WZZM will keep the event moving along as each competitor performs and interacts with the judges. The celebrity judges will include Michael Crittenden of Mackinaw Harvest Studios and local band Troll for Trout, Grand Rapids musician Chris Andrus, WZZM sports reporter Brent Ashcroft, and RHS teacher Susan Clements. April 19 will feature performances from up to 40 talented students. The judges will then select 10-15 finalists to move on to the finals. On April 20, these finalists will perform, and the Rockford Idol winner will be selected by audience voting, with the Aces performing while votes are tallied. Prizes are to be awarded to the top three finishers, including a grand prize of four hours of recording generously donated by Mackinaw Harvest Studios in Grand Rapids. All ticket proceeds from the evening will benefit the Rockford Aces. They have been selected to compete in two categories of the 7th Annual World Choir Games (considered the Olympics of choir) this summer, and are raising money to defray the costs of the competition. Both evenings will be held at the RHS Auditorium. Tickets are $1 for the preliminary round and $5 for Friday’s finals. Tickets are available via rockfordchoirs.com or at the RHS ticket office beginning April 16. E-mail RockfordAces@gmail.com for details.
Cannon Township will be hosting their annual Waterfest event at Townsend Park on Saturday, April 28. A pancake breakfast will be hosted by the Cannonsburg Village Christmas Light Committee at 8:00 a.m. The Cannon Township Historical Society will be selling baked goods. 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. A free raffle will be held throughout the morning. Donations by sponsors include a Frozen Creek Floral gift basket, gift certificate for kayak rental and picnic basket provided by Rogue River Rentals, gift certificate for canoe rental by AAA Canoe Rental with a gift certificate for a picnic lunch by Ric’s Food Center, gift certificate for Picnic Pops at Cannonsburg Ski Resort (donated by Choice One Bank) with a gift certificate for a picnic provided by D&W.
Jensen Mrs. Dorcas E. Hammer Jensen, age 91, of Rockford, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, April 6, 2012. There were six children in her family, and Dorcas would come home from school to help. She met her husband, Dayton Hammer, when he was plowing for a farmer, and she took a glass of water to him. Dorcas has many memories of the depression days, especially eating beans, macaroni, and rice. Even today, she likes the same food. After marrying Dayton, they bought the Frank Peterson farm. For many years Dorcas was a farmer’s wife who drove horses, and cooked for the thrashers, baked, and canned while raising five children. Dayton died in 1999. For many years, Dorcas was on WJPW (Rockford radio station) involved with the Community Calendar and Bargain Rama; in addition, she was the secretary and Girl Friday at the station. Years ago she was active at Ashley Baptist Church as Choir Director. She played the piano, helped with Junior Choir, the Cradle Roll, and taught Sunday school. Dorcas was always willing to lend an ear and give support. She was married to Oscar Jensen from 1997 to 2007. Dorcas is survived by her children, Arnold and Sheryll Hammer, Royce and Jan Hammer, Karen and Bob Robinson, Diane and Eugene Rencher; grandchildren, Cynthia (Eric) Hogarth, Phillip (Connie) Hammer, Keith Hammer, Shari (Greg) Osborne, Timothy (Hide) Hammer, Tami Jo (Glenn) Jaffe, Heather Tower, Isaac (Dawn) Tower, Bob (Julie) Robinson, Kari Beth (Eric) Sherman; great-grandchildren, Samantha Hammer, Cassidy Hammer, Brandon Sias, Shannon Hammer, Akacia Hammer, Zachery Cross, Cody Cross, Cameron Cross, Desiree Tower, Isaiah Baxter, Levi Tower, Cecelia Clark, Parker Klotz, Teagan Jaffe, Nathan Hogarth, Hannah Hogarth, Andrew Hogarth, Timothy Hammer, Matthew Hammer, Shaelyn Robinson, Gabrielle Sherman, Major Sherman, Nathan Robinson, Nicholas Robinson, Tyler Robinson; great-great-grandchildren, Naomi Sias, Gabriel Wing; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Gary; siblings, George, Benjamin, Naomi, Moses, and Ruth. The service for Mrs. Jensen was Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Cal Steiner officiating. Interment was in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. Arrangements […]
Avoid penalties, file an extension 162-0. I know it’s never been done before and the 2012 Detroit Tigers aren’t going to do it either. They aren’t going to win all of their games this year. They may even have lost a game between the time I wrote this article and the time you are reading it. However, I do think they have a shot at making a run at turning in a very good, if not the best, won-loss record in all of baseball history. The highest won-lost record in American League history was turned in by the 2001 Seattle Mariners at 116-46. I know this is hard to believe, but the best winning percentage of all time came from the 1906 Chicago Cubs with 116 wins and 36 losses. Unfortunately, both of those teams did not win the World Series in their record-setting year. Not necessarily a good precedent. I believe the best team in all of baseball history was the 1927 New York Yankees. They finished with a record of 105-46 and did win the World Series. That doesn’t surprise me in that the Yankees’ nickname was Murderer’s Row, because they killed pitcher after pitcher. I’m sure that nickname wouldn’t work today. They would be known as something a little less graphic. Even though I’m less than a Yankees fan, I do have to respect a team led by two of the greatest hitters and players in the history of the game, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, and one of the best pitchers of the day, Waite Hoyt. They had seven future Hall of Famers on that team. What the Tigers have in common this year with that 1927 team is they are led by two of the best hitters and players of today, Miguel Cabrera and Price Fielder, and the best pitcher in the game today, Justin Verlander—possibly three future Hall of Famers. In today’s baseball, they have a stacked team. It’s too early to tell because things happen over the course of 162 games and seven months. Hitters go into slumps. Pitchers get hurt. Managers forget how to manage. But it sure seems like this is the year to be a Tiger fan. Go Tigers! The tax season ends next Tuesday, […]