Cannon treasure hunt for $1,000 to begin

September 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

More clues will be released this year     Hunters scouring Cannon Township for a copper coin that will give them $1,000 in free gasoline can begin looking Tuesday, September 21 when the first three of three clues each week are released. The Cannon Area Business Association (CABA) is again holding the annual treasure hunt in the memory of the township’s namesake cannon, hidden by township fathers after it fatally killed one man who was shooting it off as a prank. Today the hunt for the “cannon”—in the guise of a copper coin with the image of the cannon on one side—is worth big money, one thousand dollars in free gas to the hunter who first discovers its hiding place. “I run into people all the time from all over,” said the keeper of the coin’s hiding spot, Carl Stites of Stites Eye Care. “They tell me they love to look for the coin and do it as a family every year.” Stites said the local hunt—it is always within the boundaries of Cannon Township—has expanded its following to quite a distance. The hunt is in its fifth year and rules remain the same. The coin is located on public property, is not more than four feet off the ground, and must be turned in after being found. Clues are released each Tuesday beginning on September 21, and are available at the shops or websites of the participating businesses. Organizers have divided up the clues so that hunters must visit more than one place to find all three clues. For those who are “armchair hunters,” each Thursday edition of the Squire will have the clues of that week on the front page. “People are lined up outside the bank in the morning waiting for us to open,” said organizer Linda Anderson of ChoiceOne Bank on Belding Road. She said other participating businesses have the same experience and people sometimes make the mistake of searching the brush and landscaping of the businesses hoping to find the coin. That’s great fun, and “hunter” sightings are often called in to the Squire so a reporter can run out and interview hunters. However, the coin is never hidden on private property, so searching in the gutter of any of […]

Sunny weather, plenty of fun at Classic Car Show

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

Visitors to the second annual Cannon Area Business Association Classic Car Show weren’t disappointed. Sunny skies, music with a DJ and lots of cool old cars made the event worthy of an afternoon’s attendance. Organizer Ted Trocke, who owns Bella Vista Auto Service, said hundreds of people showed up to admire the cars, eat at the concessions and talk with business owners at tents set up on site. “We hope to build on it each year,” Trocke commented. He enjoys giving back to the residents of the area and keeps the event unique by asking local car owners in with their vehicles. “There is a good chance you might know these car owners when you see them because all the cars are local,” he said. In its second year, the CABA car show is a fundraiser for a good cause. Participants are not made to pay, but are asked for a donation, this year to the Susan G. Komen foundation to fight breast cancer. A grand total of $426 was raised from the owners of the 50 cars who participated.  Trocke said the weather couldn’t be better and people seemed to have a great time. “We’ll keep doing it,” he said. NEW TO THE CLASSIC CAR SCENE—are Susan and Jim Zomerhuis of ockford. Susan bought this 1972 LTD Ford as a Christamas present to her husband on the condition that he gets rid of his motorcycle. They said the CABA show was their first car show, yet already they understand why the events are so popular. “It’s fun to see people you know and to hear the stories behind their cars,” Susan said.                                    

Classic Car Show promises family fun

May 21, 2009 // 0 Comments

It doesn’t cost a lot of money to have a good family day out. On Saturday, June 6, it won’t cost anything at all. The second annual Cannon Classic Car Show, sponsored by the Cannon Area Business Association (CABA) will be from noon to four in the parking lot of Bella Vista Auto Service, 6533 Belding Road and Cannon Town Center, right next door. Again this year see classic cars-25 years or older-and enjoy booths from many area businesses. Watch Dee-Jay the Clown perform for the crowds and enjoy the festival atmosphere. New this year is a pizza eating contest by Pizzeria Grandé at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $10 with half of that going to a local charity. Contestants (limited to 20) will be challenged to eat a 14 inch cheese pizza as fast as possible with a prize and bragging rights to the first finished. Sign up for the pizza eating contest at Pizzeria Grandé, 6575 Belding Road or call (616) 874-1111. Trocke displays his own 1979 Corvette, which he purchased from a customer whose wife wanted the garage space. Other classic cars also have a story to tell, many restored from a dire condition to a pristine condition. Dennis Spitler said classic cars draw a crowd because people love the history and nostalgia of them. “They bring back memories from when these cars were new for many of us,” he said. Younger people enjoy seeing how different  older cars look compared to today’s models. “I’d like to see more of the older cars this year,” said Trocke. He hopes local people who have a  classic car to show will call him beforehand or show up at 11 a.m. the day of the show to register. There is no charge to display your classic car and the first 100 will receive dash plaques. The show will be limited to  the first 150 cars. Visitors the day of the event will vote on their favorites and the three Peoples Choice winners will receive trophies. Last year’s winner was a 1912 Ford delivery truck. The oldest car in the show was a 1901 Ford Roadster. Many other classic makes and models are sure to be represented. Each year the organizers chose a charity to benefit. […]