Beware: the funny season approacheth! Dear Editor, With the August 7 primary elections right around the corner, even those of us that live in Cannon Township will be facing it. There will be those coming forward saying that Cannon Township is in bad shape and needs new leadership, when in fact in the last year and a half, this board has added $.5 million to the general fund balance, along with ten major accomplishments during that time. With officers on the board like Steve Grimm as supervisor, Bonnie Blackledge as clerk, and Dick Davies as treasurer, we will continue to do just fine. Given the present state of the U.S. economy with many government agencies having serious financial problems, now is not the time for us to make any major changes. Nick VanBelkum Fire Board Member Law Enforcement & Sewer Committee Member
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.
Sewer absorbing topic by STEVE GRIMM You would be surprised how fascinating sewer issues can be. I found this out since becoming Cannon Township supervisor in January 2011. As part of the North Kent Sewer Authority, Cannon’s sewer customers’ waste is sent to the treatment facility on Coit Avenue in Plainfield Township. We share the system with Alpine, Plainfield, Courtland and the City of Rockford. What is really fascinating is the infrastructure involved in that utility. Most people don’t think of their sewer, nor should they. If it flushes and doesn’t come back into the house, all is good. An analysis of the mechanical infrastructure exposes a surprising complexity of the collection and treatment system involved. Pipes, connections, lift stations and the treatment facility itself all work together to take waste and convert it to water clean enough to drink. By the time the process is complete, the treated water that is put into the Grand River is cleaner than the river itself. Along with this complexity is the fact that the entire system has a limited life span. Once a pipe is put into the ground, it starts to degrade, eventually leading, over many years, to expensive replacement. Cannon Township is involved right now in developing an intelligent operation and maintenance plan that will first identify and categorize the maintenance needed and the costs involved. One of the techniques employed to accomplish this is to televise all the pipes that carry sewer. You would be surprised at how much fun it is to spend a morning traveling through a sewer pipe. By doing so, Cannon will very soon develop and implement a very aggressive plan of action that will proactively repair and maintain the entire system so that catastrophic failure caused by age of the system and lack of attention will be minimized. By implementing and sticking to this plan, the long-term future of our sewer system will be ensured. Now, what can be more fascinating than that?
A fire that officials believe may have started in a chimney and spread to an attic claimed one life on Thursday, Dec. 15. Ten people were asleep in a home at 7014 Kreuter in Cannon Township, when one resident awoke to check on a crying baby about 1:30 a.m. and discovered the home was filled with smoke, reports stated. Kent County Sheriff’s (KCS) deputies and Cannon Township firefighters responded to the call of the fire, which had become fully involved. They were assisted by firefighters and equipment from Ada, Plainfield and Grattan townships. After arriving, KCS deputies assisted with the victims and traffic control. The sheriff’s department report said preliminary investigation indicated that there were 10 people sleeping in the home as it was burning. Once the fire was discovered, one occupant entered the home three times, helping others escape. One resident, 91-year-old Clarence Rewa, was unable to escape the fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Two adult occupants of the home were transported to Spectrum Hospital by Rockford Ambulance for non-life-threatening injuries. All others were medically assessed by EMS on the scene. The Red Cross and the Kent County Victim Advocate team also assisted in the rescue and care efforts.
Consider Recognition Plaza tribute for holiday giving by BETH ALTENA Indisputably, the shops and service providers in downtown Rockford are among the best local sources when shopping for the perfect holiday gift. Shoppers can arrange that family photo that really needs to be taken while the kids are still young, pick out new carpeting before the family flies in for the holidays, and certainly find the perfect unique present for loved ones. There is another option in shopping available downtown that is sure to impress and also leaves a legacy for the future. Recognition Plaza, west of the Rogue River, is paved with bricks engraved with names—family names, business names, the names of individuals. Each brick represents an investment in the Rockford area. The Rockford Area Community Endowment (RACE) provides financial support for worthy projects in the City of Rockford and the townships of Algoma, Cannon, Courtland and Plainfield and for Rockford Public Schools. One of the organization’s first undertakings was the beautiful Recognition Plaza at the dam, a popular spot for wedding photos and enjoying the beauty of the Rogue River. The public can become part of Rockford’s history with the purchase of a brick for $100 and have a name engraved as a permanent tribute to a person, company or organization. The bricks are installed throughout recognition plaza and the purchase price goes to RACE’s fund for community projects. Those with names on the bricks are in good company. Part of the Recognition Plaza is an annual celebration adding names to the pillars in the park of people who have been nominated and chosen for having a significant positive impact on the member communities. Past inductees include the late WWII hero and philanthropist Clarence Blakeslee as well as Edna Haner, daughter of a civil war veteran and the towns first librarian, and Wendell and Donna Briggs. This year’s ceremony took place in April and included historian Homer Burch and community leader Paul Robe. And as you look toward celebrating the holiday season, consider helping RACE provide grants and gifts for charitable programs and organizations to encourage scientific, literary, recreational, educational and safety projects that add to the positive experience of living in the communities that RACE serves. Lifetime membership in RACE is also available […]