City of Rockford Michigan

MASH comes to the West Michigan stage

March 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Rogue River Community Theatre Company presents the iconic comedy March 19-21   CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. – One of the most popular sitcoms in television history is coming to Cedar Springs this month as Rogue River Community Theatre Company presents the stage version of M*A*S*H. Based on the  hugely successful TV series that aired between Sept. 1972 and Feb. 1983, it brings back the comedic team of doctors and nurses stationed at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in South Korea during the Korean War. Director Lesley Nadwodnik has the credentials for the job; she’s a veteran actor and comedian. “This classic sitcom is perfect for stage,” she said. “There’s a lot of laughs and the audience will certainly recognize many of their favorite characters.” They include Capt. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce, Major Margaret “Hotlips” Houlihan, the ever annoying Major Frank “Ferret Face” Burns  and the loveable company clerk Corporal Walter Eugene “Radar” O’Reilly. “You’ll see many iconic characters along with some new favorites,” said John Bagin, a RRCTC board member and  member of the cast. “As an actor, it’s been great being a part of bringing this American cultural classic back to the stage,” Bagin said. “It’s brought back many fond memories.” His wife and fellow thespian Kirsten Bagin agrees. “The audience is going to love this production,” she said. “There is always something happening on stage – sometimes something poignant and other times downright hilarious.” The script and cast are almost a distraction, she concedes. “The play features a large cast and I find myself laughing through every rehearsal.” Production assistants will transform the Kent Theatre stage into a true-to-life MASH unit and period costumes provide an extra measure of authenticity to the two-act play, Nadwodnik said. “A lot of work is being done on the sets; it’ll take the audience back to the original MASH 4077,” Nadwodnik said. “We’ve been blessed to have volunteers from the arts community in Rockford helping out. It truly is a community theatre production.” Those born after the show left the air – its final episode the most watched television broadcast in American history – will find plenty to love. And that comes from Jack Bagin, who was just a glimmer in his parents’ eye when the ratings […]

Afendoulis takes oath of office in Lansing

January 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

State Rep. Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township (right), today takes the ceremonial oath of office administered by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.  From left to right is Afendoulis’ mother, Tina; his wife, Phyllis; and his daughters, Elena, Sophia and Mari. Afendoulis was elected last November as the state representative for the 73rd House District, which consists of the city of East Grand Rapids and the townships of Cannon, Courtland, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, Spencer and Grand Rapids Charter Township. Residents are invited to contact Afendoulis and his staff toll free at (855) 347-8073, via email at, and by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.

Trout Unlimited Collects Information on Coldwater Streams to the Rogue River

January 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Trout Unlimited has been collecting data over the past two years on several coldwater streams that drain to the Rogue River – Rum Creek, Blakeslee Creek, a small tributary of Barkley Creek, and an Unnamed Tributary to the Rogue River. This monitoring was funded by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and helped Trout Unlimited collect baseline data at sites where future restoration practices are planned. This baseline data is extremely valuable because it can be compared to data collected after the restoration practices are put into place. This comparison will help determine whether or not both water quality and habitat quality have improved and ultimately how successful the restoration practices were at each location. Data collected in 2013-2014 included measurements of stream bank condition and erosion, the amount of wood in the stream, stream canopy, water temperature, and fish and stream insect communities. One interesting finding was that the average water temperature in July at our sample sites was about 58°F indicating substantial groundwater input in to these streams. These cool temperature are critical for sensitive fish species, such as trout, which were found in significant numbers at some sampling locations such as Rum creek, which runs through downtown Rockford. However, during some heavy rain events, some of the stream sites exhibited an increase of 10°F indicating that warm stormwater runoff is affecting the temperature of these coldwater streams. Protection and improvement of these coldwater streams and the surrounding floodplain is critical to maintaining natural stream temperatures and healthy fish populations. If you would like more information about this study please contact Nichol De Mol at or 231-557-6362. Funding from the DEQ adds to funds contributed to the Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative project by the Frey Foundation, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the Wege Foundation, the Wolverine World Wide Foundation, and the Schrems West Michigan Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Trout_1: Brown Trout in Rum Creek surveyed as part of Trout Unlimited’s work. Trout_2: Part of Trout Unlimited’s work included surveying the stream bed .

City sparkles during first ice festival

January 14, 2010 // 0 Comments

  Breath-taking sunshine complemented a variety of ice sculptures and activities in downtown Rockford on Saturday, January 9, The first annual Ice Festival drew over 7.000 visitors, packing the town. Live ice carving took place from noon to 4 p.m. in front of Reds on the River—the festival’s primary sponsor—and the Carriage House. Sculptures created by Ice Sculptures LTD of Grand Rapids included a mermaid, snowflake, a computer and keyboard, the Herman’s Boy Gernan mascot, snowman photo booth, a 12-foot horse and carriage, a hockey goalie, leaping trout and more. The sculptures will remain until Mother Nature causes them to melt. The festival drew comments from Rockford’s City Council. On Monday, January 11 during the regular meeting councilmember Rich Moll offered “applause to the Ice Festival, it was fantastic.”