City of Rockford

Special fall leaf pick-up runs Oct. 18 to Nov. 30

September 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

During this time period, Rockford residents may rake leaves to the parkway for pick-up and bags are not required. However, those wishing to still use the biodegradable bags are encouraged to do so. All other yard waste must be bagged as normally required throughout the summer season. Additionally, brush with a minimum length of four feet and maximum diameter of six inches can still be placed in the parkway for chipping on Mondays. The yard waste program ends, regardless of date, when the snow arrives.

Rockford to celebrate heritage this weekend

September 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

Heritage Weekend is the celebration of Rockford’s history, and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) invites you to take a step back in time and enjoy a simpler life with special Harvest Fest events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3. During Heritage Weekend visitors can enjoy hayrides, strolling entertainment, music, a caricature artist, scarecrow making, kids’ tractor pull, the Great Pumpkin and a variety of fall activities. Remember old-fashioned games like sack races, hula-hoop contests and the limbo? These fun games and children activities, along with the Great Pumpkin, will be set up in Garden Club Park in downtown Rockford. Best of all, participation in the good old-fashioned games and children’s activities are free! D&W Plaza is the place to be to see local emergency vehicles, including the Rockford Police/D.A.R.E. car, Rockford fire engines and Rockford Ambulance for bike safety. Visitors can participate in a blood drive with Michigan Blood, get a flu shot and enjoy family fun by participating in children’s games and pumpkin painting. Rockford’s 25th Annual Harvest Fest Chili Cook-off is a sure-fired winner, and the local fire chiefs who judge the contest know all about fires. The Harvest Fest Fourth Annual Car Show is predicted to be bigger and better this year. This event has showcased incredible cars dating from Model T’s and street rods to elegant classics. Visiting families and friends share histories with each other, noting cars they grew up with or seeing their dream car. Ask your firefighter friends who are judging this contest what is their favorite “ride.” The Kids’ Tractor Pull will be featured during the Car Show and is sure to be fun for all. Before the children get on their mark to get set and go, the Rockford coloring contest winners will be announced. Those interested in participating in the coloring contest may go to D&W Fresh Market, The Rockford Squire newspaper or Vorpi Chiropractic to get an entry form. Last, but not least, is the Rockford Fiddle Fest. The third annual West Michigan Fiddle Competition will be a tribute to the music of yesteryear. Talented musicians will be competing for prize money in the Junior, Teen and Adult divisions. Prize money for each division ensures the event will be very competitive […]

News Bits — September 16, 2010

September 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

Hydrant flushing to begin soon The City of Rockford will be conducting the annual fall hydrant flushing and maintenance program beginning September 20, 2010. This process will be completed by October 1, 2010. During this time you may notice an occasional decrease in water pressure and possibly some slight cloudiness in the water. Most residents will see no change in their water supply. If you should notice a change in the appearance of your water, merely let the water run until it clears, usually within several minutes. There is no cause for concern with respect to the safety of your water supply. The City performs this service twice a year to maintain a safe, reliable and abundant supply of water for residents. This program also ensures that the fire hydrants in the City are operating correctly and available for use in an emergency. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dennis Brinks at the City of Rockford at (616) 866-0560. Bishop Hills thanks Rep. Tom Pierce at annual pig roast Jim and Sue Bodenner took the opportunity at their annual Bishop Hills Pig Roast to thank Rep. Tom Pearce for his service to the 73rd District. He was presented with a Rotary 4-Way Test Plaque and a ceramic cookie jar. “He has been so easy to contact whenever we have had a question or a need from his office,” stated Sue.  Pearce was not able to rerun for the office because of term limitations. “Tom knows the community so well and really welcomed input from everyone in order to be more thoughtful and collaborative in the legislative process, and we just wanted to thank him for the way he served.”

Art, music, nature at Art in the Park

September 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

Take the opportunity to enjoy one of Rockford’s last summer festivals before the three weekends of Harvest Festival kick off the fall. On Saturday, September 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Rockford Area Arts Commission will be hosting its annual juried art sale and exhibition in Garden Club Park.   Organizer Susie Clements said there are 29 artists plus the Rogue River Artists Association participating this year.   In addition to beautiful works of art on display there will also be an eclectic mix of live musical entertainment. The musicians this year will be The Proulx brothers, Gordon, Mark and Greg; Renee VandeWege; Kayle Clements and Blue Star Pilot (Chris Lewis, Sam Briggs, and Ryder Jones). Clements said the combination of beautiful art to view or purchase, the live music and the lovely natural setting on the banks of the Rogue River will continue to ensure the success of the event. Returning artists include Jochen Ditterich and Cathy McCarthy, members of the Woodland Weavers Guild project which has a collaborate piece entered in ArtPrize. Rockford photographer Stacy Niedzwiecki also participating in ArtPrize and was one of the entries in ArtCapsule. Other artists include MariStar Golub, a member of West Michigan Potter’s Guild and Steve Brunger, who uses corals that he finds on the beaches at Point Betsie Lighthouse to create custom jewelry. Artist Hope Atkinson uses rice paper, paint, and a marbling technique to create collage style translucent paintings. Amy Kieliszewski creates her work in memory of her daughter Ashleigh, who passed away from Neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. September is National Childhood Awareness month for the disease and Kieliszewski is participating in Art in the Park to promote this awareness. Last year’s winners were Tonya Rund, Jochen Ditterich, Alison Dells, Karen Agopian, Chad Anderson, and David Piszczek (Best of Show). For more information visit or find the event on Facebook. Clements noted that the annual art show is such a tradition in Rockford, today’s organizers have no idea when the first event was held.They would love to know but are confident it will be the success it always has. “It’s become a Rockford tradition,” Clements said.

Wolverine tannery demolition underway

September 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

Company offers reassurance on safety precautions Readers have continued to express concerns over the safety of the demolition of the 100-plus year-old tannery in downtown Rockford. The Squire contacted Wolverine and asked that some of the concerns be addressed again. The following are points of the work plan prepared by Pitch Inc. and comments from Wolverine regarding safety precautions. Environmental Responsibility and Safety during Demolition of Former Wolverine World Wide Tannery Site:   • During former tannery operations, Wolverine maintained a high level of environmental stewardship, and we are not aware of any environmental issues related to the site. In fact, over many years of continual operating, testing and permitting, no significant contamination issues were found. • It is noteworthy that both the Rogue River and Rum Creek, which runs directly under the former tannery site, are healthy water systems and have shown no signs of any negative environmental impact related to the tannery’s operations. • Wolverine World Wide selected Pitsch Companies, based in Grand Rapids, as the contractor who is handling all of the demolition, environmental testing and monitoring work. A copy of their detailed Work Plan is accessible from the City of Rockford website. • All required preparations were taken and the necessary permits and approvals were granted prior to the start of any work on the site. These included pre-demolition testing for asbestos-containing materials (ACM), PCB-containing materials, and lead-based paints, removal of any ACM and PCBs, and filing all notices required under state and federal law. In addition, all process chemicals were removed from the site, all process piping was cleaned, and all water used in the cleaning was cleaned and discharged under the proper permits. • The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (MDNRE) conducted an on-site inspection prior to any demolition work beginning and the City of Rockford issued a demolition permit. • The primary objective at the site during the clearing process is to safely and properly dispose of the buildings, structures, universal wastes, and non-hazardous wastes from the premises and restore the site to grade. As a precaution, any dust from the clearing activities will be suppressed with water, and the Work Plan details how that water will be diverted away from the Rogue River and […]

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