Cannon Township is currently working on an update to its five-year Recreation Plan. As part of that process, they are looking for input from the residents. You will find the survey on the Cannon Township website at www.cannontwp.org. There is a link to the survey under “Breaking News” on the homepage. Over the past ten years, Cannon has been working on the creation of a trail system throughout the Township. The original 4-mile stretch was opened in 2007 and a few smaller segments have been added since then. An extension from Townsend Park into Cannonsburg should be completed at the end of this summer. Many of these trails have been funded with grant dollars with match being provided by the Recreation Fund. This Fund was established with millage income that was first approved by voters in 2002 and has been successfully renewed ever since. In addition to trail construction, Cannon Township has recently built a park on the Township Center grounds. It provides a play structure geared for preschoolers, a picnic shelter, an open play field, and a small trail that winds through a wetland area. Restrooms are located nearby. Cannon is hoping that its residents respond to the survey to help the officials make decisions regarding future projects. Please take a few minutes to complete it. If you prefer, hard copies are available in the Township Center Lobby.
Cannon Township Trail
Poker Walk/Run/Ride at Cannon Township Trail offers exercise, auction, prizes The first 50 families to sign up will receive family “fun packs” with plenty of goodies in them. Everyone who signs up will enjoy a day of exercise on the beautiful Cannon Townshsip Trail, auction items, at least one fun mascot kids will adore, prizes, and take part in finding a cure for a disease that is increasing in our society. The third annual Poker Walk/Run/Ride takes place Saturday, April 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Grand prize this year is a $440 bicycle. Other prizes and auction items include a $100 gift certificate to Reds on the River to the second-place winner and $50 and $25 gift certificates, gift baskets, food certificates, apparel and more. The event has become a popular day’s outing with families enjoying the activities and some throwing down blankets for a picnic on the grass. All proceeds go toward the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through Ride for a Cure. Chris Radford, event organizer, knows about the terrible effects of juvenile diabetes first-hand. His son Scott was diagnosed with Type 1 when he was 11 years old. Today it is estimated that one of every three children born after the year 2000 will have the disease. For Scott and his family, diagnosis changed their lives. Scott has had to learn to test his blood throughout the day and has an insulin pump installed on his body. Although he is an energetic college student today, he may still face devastating side effects from the disease, including kidney failure, limb amputations, blindness, heart attack and stroke. “For those who are diagnosed with this, they have it for life. We have to find a cure,” said Chris. The disease has become one of the three most common in the United States. The Radfords have taken on the cause of Ride for a Cure as their way to fight back against juvenile diabetes and contribute toward a cure so other children will not face what Scott faces. Chris and Scott took part in a national bike ride two years ago and will go again—this year on a ride through Death Valley. Each participant must contribute to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for the […]
Cannon Township to close portion of trail Cannon Township will soon be closing a section of the trail while repair work is performed, hoping that the repairs will be completed in a two-week period. During that time, no traffic will be allowed on the section of the trail running west from Sunfish Lake Avenue to Dix Farms. Please do not try to go around this area by walking on the private drive or through the woods. These repairs should solve the township’s water problems. Wolverine World Wide Inc. announces new appointments Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE: WWW) recently announced the appointment of Bill Dodge as vice president of product development for the Outdoor Group, and Mark Sandquist as president of Global Apparel. These senior leadership roles will help accelerate several of the company’s key growth initiatives for the Merrell, Patagonia Footwear and Chaco businesses. Both Dodge and Sandquist will report to Jim Zwiers, president of the Outdoor Group. Commenting on the appointments, Zwiers stated, “Wolverine remains focused on executing its global growth initiatives, which includes growing Merrell into our first billion dollar brand and capitalizing on the potential of the Chaco brand. We are privileged to have Mark Sandquist and Bill Dodge enhance our already strong senior leadership team, and look forward to their contributions to drive innovative product creation and future growth. Mark’s experience and past success in outdoor apparel will be instrumental in helping us grow our apparel platform. At the same time, the alignment of all Outdoor Group footwear product development under Bill’s leadership will provide synergies and help us realize the potential of the Merrell, Patagonia Footwear and Chaco brands.” For additional information, please visit www.wolverineworldwide.com.
Chris Radford is grateful he is able to experience a father-and-son event, thanks to his son Scott’s current ability to control his Type 1 diabetes. Chris hopes to help others enjoy the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) 100-mile bike ride as well as help fund a cure for diabetes. The younger Radford was diagnosed with the most severe version of the disease as a young boy. Today he controls it with an insulin pump, but will continue to face possible life-threatening effects. Seeing the devastating effects of diabetes made Chris determined to do his part to find a cure. Last year he organized the first annual Family Fun Day Poker Walk/Run/Ride on the new Cannon Township Trail, starting at Cannon Township Hall, 6878 Belding Road. Participants travel the trail their preferred way, walking, running or biking, and pick up poker cards at stations. Those with the best hands win. “Everybody left with something,” said Radford of the first annual event. This year there are even more reasons to play-donations to date top $5,000 worth in prizes. The cost for a hand of poker is a minimum donation of $25, but the prizes are great. Grand prize is a $400 Giant Sedona bike from Village Bike and Fitness with a first prize of $100 to The Runnery. Many merchants have donated prizes, and the first 100 participants to sign up get a family pack with goodies. Last year about 50 people turned out to the spring event, and $1,500 was raised for the JDRF. This year, with over $5,000 in prizes to give away, Radford is hopeful of an even better turnout. The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, rain or shine. “We were looking at the calendar to find out what weekends don’t have events in Rockford,” he said. “After May, forget it.” Radford and his son raised the required $4,000 each to participate in Ride to Cure Diabetes. Spending time together on the 100-mile ride through either Death Valley or Killington, Vermont, is a wonderful experience. Other participants have also been touched by the disease, which affects over three million people with 40 new children diagnosed in the country each day. “Four thousand dollars is a lot […]