The annual Bear Creek Waterfest will be Saturday, April 24, from 8 a.m. until noon at Townsend Park, corner of Cannonsburg Road and Ramsdell Drive in Cannon Township. The public is invited to take part in a morning of food, educational fun and activities. Now in its seventeenth year, the Bear Creek Waterfest is a place where everyone can learn about watersheds, why they are important, and much more. Families will especially find the festival a great place to visit because of the free children’s activities. Approximately ten area organizations will set up activity tables. The musical group Hawks & Owls will be back this year to entertain with old time acoustic music. Children will begin their visit with a Bear Creek Passport. As children visit each table, they will do an activity, have their passport stamped and will get a prize. Some highlights: Creeky Critters: creek creature identification, Microscope Magic: look at a drop of water under a microscope and see organisms the human eye cannot detect alone. Bee Keeper: see how bees make honey. Attract Birds To Your Backyard: make a bird feeder or plant a seed for a flower. Container Gardening: New this year! Learn how to garden in containers. Seminars at 9 and 11 a.m. Rain Gardens: learn how special gardens collect rain water and filter it for the earth. Plant a Native Flower Seed: learn why native plants are an important part of Michigan’s ecosystem. Rain Stick: learn how different cultures use rain sticks and make your own. Find Where You Live in the Watershed: pinpoint where you live on the watershed map. Clean Air Action Display: what makes a Clean Air Action Day? The Grand Valley Metro Council will show you. Scavenger Hunt/Self-Guided Tour: collect nature objects and tour Bear Creek. Rubber Ducky Races: on your mark, get set, go! A popular Waterfest favorite. The Cannonsburg Christmas Lights Committee will offer a pancake breakfast. Cost is $5 adults, $3 kids 12 and under. The Cannon Historical Society will feature a bake sale in the cabin. The Bear Creek Waterfest is sponsored by Cannon Township.
The 25-year story of Honeycreek Inn and Cannonsburg “There were two wars going on. There was an oil embargo. We were in a recession. Our president had just resigned and a new one was coming on board,” said Don Kurylowicz of his first days in the Village of Cannonsburg. “So, things have changed a lot in 25 years, but things also haven’t changed a lot.” Kurylowicz is reflecting back on a 25-year journey he has taken with his community. Kurylowicz could be called the “King of Cannonsburg,” as he owns lots of it-every commercial property that faces the road. His properties include the Honeycreek Inn, the Cannonsburg Grist Mill, the gas station, and the Cannonsburg Market. He doesn’t see it that way. “I’m so blessed. I’m so grateful,” he insists. “You know the show Cheers, where everyone knows your name? Here, everyone knows your name, but they also look out for each other and take care of each other.” As an example, Kurylowicz pointed out a tragic death last year of a young waitress at the Honeycreek. Just 30 years old, she left behind her family, including young children. The community had a fundraiser for her and collected $38,000. When Kurylowicz began his long relationship with the people of Cannonsburg, things were different. Twenty five years ago there wasn’t a lot going on there. There was Townsend Park, a real gem of a recreation area. Besides that, there was a restaurant in a 125-year-old building in poor condition. The original town had burned in the big fire of April 10, 1889, “completely destroying the business district,” according to the Cannon Township Historical Society history book. Kurylowicz was a 30-year-old man with a desire to work for himself. With degrees in sociology, urban planning and architecture, Kurylowicz saw the state of the country and didn’t think architecture would be a profitable career for quite some time. He worked a few years in the mental health field and didn’t want to go back. Back then, no one used the term “flipping” houses, but he had done just that and had about $15,000 to his name-enough for the down payment on the Honeycreek building that was operating as a bar. “The only people who went there were bikers, […]
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.
Don Kurylowicz, owner of the Cannonsburg Grist Mill and Honey Creek Inn, has sponsored the “grocery gardens” again for the second year, planted by Cannonsburg Elementary School’s second-graders. The grocery gardens are located behind the Grist Mill, and watched over by “Ralph,” Kurylowicz’s new moose. Kurylowicz loves to do community things, and had four garden beds behind his store and gas station that he wanted to let the Cannonsburg school kids plant. He enlisted Georgia O’Donovan to design and buy the plants and seeds. They went with colorful choices, mostly edibles, including some edible flowers and herbs, and some flowers just for color. The second-graders in Laura Beach’s class and Rachel Devereaux’s class started a few things indoors, then met O’Donovan with the rest of the plants at the gardens for the big “plant-o-rama.” Kurylowicz likes the kids to see the connection of where food comes from, and encourages them to watch the progress as the plants grow, and maybe help themselves to a tomato or strawberry as they ripen. The kids also sampled some iced peppermint tea, made from last year’s garden. Some of the produce may also be used by the cooks at the Gristmill or Honey Creek Inn.
Thanks for promoting cure for diabetes family fun day Dear Editor, Thanks again for the support you are giving to promote my family fun day. I know that my event would not be as successful if generous groups like the Squire did not help me. I did notice a correction opportunity to the article this week. The article described the cost of a “poker hand” as a minimum donation of $25. The actual cost on the day of the event of a single hand is only $10 and a family pack which you describe is $30 (which include 4 poker hands and the various gift certificates). The $25 donation described in the flyer was for pre-registration via the web site which includes a gift to the participant of a t-shirt and one additional poker hand on the day of the event. I apologize for any confusion I created by having so many options for donation. As always, I am trying to create a win-win for my charity and the participants. I was blown away to see the picture of Scott and I on the front page this week and feel blessed to have a community of people like yourself to help me make a contribution to finding a cure for diabetes! Chris Radford