August 9 2012

Happy Hounds Dog Walk seeks sponsorships

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After careful review of the applications received, two local nonprofit organizations have been selected as recipients of the funds raised from this year’s Happy Hounds Dog Walk. Criteria used to select grant recipients included service to Kent County and the ability to make the biggest impact with the funds raised at the walk. Girls on the Run is a program for girls in third through eighth grades. The program’s goals are to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living, while working to prevent the display of at-risk activities in the future including substance/alcohol use, eating disorders, sedentary lifestyle¸ and depression. These goals are met through a program which combines training for a 5K running event with healthy living education. If we are able to meet their grant request in full, they will be able to provide 50 low-income participants with new running shoes as well aid in the basic financial needs of maintaining the program. Kent County Search and Rescue (KCSR) is a division of the Kent County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service. The unit, which consists of volunteers, has the responsibility of locating, assisting and transporting missing persons in Kent County. The canine handler volunteers provide a vital role in the locating of missing persons. The unit has recently had one bloodhound pass away and another has retired. If we are able to meet their grant request in full, KCSR would use the funds to host a Search Dog Training conference with the goal of adding more dogs to the unit. Individuals or businesses can support these programs in a variety of ways including sponsorship of the event, becoming a vendor at the event, donating items for the raffle, or by registering to participate in the walk. For more information, please visit the Happy Hounds Inc. website at or contact them directly at subject Happy Hounds.

Trout Unlimited receives $66,000 grant for Rogue River Watershed

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Trout Unlimited recently received a $66,172 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) under the Clean Michigan Initiative Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Fund and Section 319 of the Clean Water Act to educate planning commissions on the placement and proper use of storm water practices in the Rogue River Watershed. This project is part of the Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative program, a multi-year collaborative integrated watershed restoration project established in the watershed by Trout Unlimited in October 2010. This funding from the DEQ adds to funds contributed to this project by the Frey Foundation, Wege Foundation, Wolverine World Wide Inc., Schrems West Michigan Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and Robert DeVilbiss. The Rogue River Watershed features an outstanding combination of cold, cool and warm waters, which makes it an extremely important trout fishery in southern Michigan. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources estimated that angling trips to the Rogue River bring in about $485,000 per year. However, the Rogue River Watershed lies in the urban shadow of one of the fastest growing areas in Michigan. The pressures from growth and development could negatively impact the productivity and diversity in this watershed. Fluctuating water temperature is a serious issue in the Rogue River. Warm stormwater runs off impervious surfaces (roads, rooftops, sidewalks) and can force the Rogue’s various trout species to hide out in the cooler waters of its tributaries. Stormwater pollution is a challenging water quality problem. Unlike pollution from industry or sewage treatment facilities, which is caused by a discrete number of sources, stormwater pollution is caused by the daily activities of people everywhere. Rainwater and snowmelt run off streets, lawns, farms, and construction and industrial sites and pick up fertilizers, dirt, pesticides, oil and grease, and many other pollutants on the way to our rivers and lakes. Local units of government play an important role by deciding on the extent to which stormwater pollution can be controlled in their community. The project’s goal is to develop a stormwater guidebook to educate planning commissions and professional planners on placement and proper use of stormwater management techniques in the Rogue River Watershed. This project is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2012. If you have any questions about this project or the […]


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Jackson “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint,” Isaiah 40:31. Lisa Lee Jackson, age 60 years of Rockford went to her eternal home on Sunday, August 5, 2012. Lisa was born in Bethesda, Md. on August 21, 1951. She grew up in Silver Springs, Md. and graduated from Stephen Knolls School in Montgomery County. She was devoted to her family and friends, especially her Friendship Club at Blythefield CRC, and her friends at Hope Network. Lisa was very active in the community and won many ribbons and medals over the years in Special Olympics. She retired from the Cedar Springs Hope Network in June 2010. Lisa was predeceased by her parents, Charles Gerard Jackson and Hilda Fischer Jackson; her sister, Hilda Ann Jackson Russell; and brother, Charles Gerard Jackson Jr. She deeply missed them and often reminisced about their lives together. Lisa’s great-grandparents, Albert E Jackson and Isabella Kanouse Jackson, were early pioneers of Ionia, Mich. Lisa loved music and crafting. She will be remembered for her love of family and friends, and her great bright-eyed smile. Lisa was humble and compassionate and insisted that people be kind to one another and mind their manners. Her family would like to especially thank her Friendship teachers, Angie, Anita and Betty, for bringing so much joy to her life. The family is also grateful for the volunteers and staff of Faith Hospice and Trillium Woods for their care and compassion. She is survived by two nieces, Deborah Russell (Marc) Jacobsson of Rockford, and Mary Russell Caldwell (Jergen Luck)of Black River, N.Y.; and a nephew, David M. Russell of St Charles, Mo. Lisa also has eight great-nieces and nephews, Alex Jacobsson, Alisha Jacobsson, Rebekah Jacobsson, Elizabeth Jacobsson, Rachel Jacobsson, and Josiah Jacobsson, all of Rockford, and Matthew Luck and Kevin Luck of Black River, N.Y. Please share a memory and sign the family’s online guest book at Private family services have taken place. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to donate to Hope Network Cedar Springs Center, 490 West St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or Blythefield Christian Reformed Church […]

Camp Roger competes for rope swing, fishing dock

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Camp Roger has entered the second round of voting in Erhardt Construction’s Building our Community Contest, coming one step closer to achieving a rope swing and fishing dock. The voting opened July 23 and will end August 19. Camp Roger is among the top five from the 60 organizations who entered the contest. The rope swing will be a unique and exciting addition to the waterfront after the retirement of Camp’s current attraction, “The Blob,” which campers have worn out. With a fishing dock, campers will fish further into the lake, closer to the fish and away from swimmers and snorkelers. The contest promises to build a construction project worth $45,000 for the winning nonprofit organization. Any Michigan resident over 18 may vote once during the voting period, contrary to the first round of voting which allowed a vote per day. Camp Roger would love to have some local support from its Rockford neighbors and friends. You can vote online at Camp Roger, located on Belding Road in Rockford, is an independent Christian camp. Since 1941, Camp Roger has offered summer camp experiences for young people, and today its Discovery Nature Center and Adventure Course provoke year-round growth adventures for West Michigan school groups and church youth groups. Each year, Camp Roger serves over 12,000 people through its summer and year-round programs. Camp Roger’s summer camp has been popular since 1941 because of its efforts to recruit exceptional staff members and its emphasis on simple fun in the outdoors. This summer’s campers can look forward to swimming, fishing, climbing the rock wall, playing Capture the Flag, archery, drama, and many other adventures in the 400 acres surrounding Camp Roger’s own Little Bostwick Lake. Recently completed cabins house campers comfortably by age group, along with their counselors. For more information about Camp Roger, visit

Local hotel announces participation in ‘Hotels For Heroes’

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AmericInn offers free stays for wounded members of U.S. military, their families The AmericInn Greenville recently announced it is participating with other AmericInn hotels nationwide to support a new military support program called “Hotels For Heroes,” providing free hotel stays for wounded U.S. troops and their families while they are receiving treatment. The program, which provides AmericInn customers the option of donating their Easy Rewards guest loyalty points to “Hotels For Heroes,” was announced last month by government, military and foundation leaders at a special event in Washington, D.C. AmericInn hotels is a founding partner of the program. “We are pleased to join with AmericInn hotels across the country in supporting the ‘Hotels For Heroes’ program as another demonstration of our ongoing support for America’s military,” said Anne Moyle, general manager. AmericInn hotels are operating or under development in over 260 locations in 27 states, including the location at 2525 W. Washington. The “Hotels For Heroes” program is being administered by the Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting America’s wounded warriors, veterans and their families. The Fisher House will pool donations of AmericInn Easy Rewards points, along with donated points from other participating hotel companies, to provide free accommodations to wounded, injured or ill service members and their families while undergoing treatment at medical centers. AmericInn customers can donate their Easy Rewards points to the “Hotels For Heroes” program by logging into their account and accessing the “redeem” and “donation” tabs. AmericInn has been honored twice by the Department of Defense for its extensive programs of support for members of the military, receiving the “Seven Seals Award” and the “Above and Beyond Award.” The company has designated military support and patriotism as a central part of its overall culture, focusing on the theme “AmericInn Cares.” During the past year, AmericInn launched several major initiatives including preparing and shipping thousands of care packages to military troops stationed overseas plus preparing gift items, tote bags and bicycles for the families of military members. AmericInn also offers a national discount on room rates to active duty and retired members of the military and their dependents. They can receive this discount by requesting the AmericInn Military Rate (rate code: MIL) when they make their reservation at […]

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