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.
by CHRISTINE BIGNEY Lena Sims looks like the-girl-next-door, a senior at Rockford High School. She’s articulate, pleasant to talk to, and occasionally humorous. Any parent would be proud to have Lena as their daughter, just on that basis alone. But Lena is something special. Not only does she thrive on “lots of AP (advanced placement) classes,” such as AP English, AP calculus, AP physics, and AP Spanish, Lena has won an award that many students would find elusive. This past January, Lena won 1st place at the State Competition in Fundamental Accounting, an award sponsored by the Business Professionals of America. Mr. Noel Fike, Lena’s BPA chapter advisor, and teacher of business management courses at Rockford High School, asked his business students if any of them would be interested in competing for this award. “This is something new for Rockford this year. We get extra funding from the state if we have this available to the students. We had 27 members this year,” Fike said. Fike went on to say that there were many competitions to compete in at Davenport University. Five students from Rockford were able to go to Regionals, Lena being the only one scoring 100 percent. Was the test hard? “Not really,” Lena said, smiling. “There were a few things I didn’t know, but we were allowed to use the manual, so as long as you had an idea, you were ok.” The awards ceremony was held at the Amway JW Marriott, where 2000 people gathered in anticipation of the announcement of the awards. “I really hoped I would just make nationals, but I couldn’t believe I was number one in the state!” Lena exclaimed. Lena hopes to pursue international accounting, “So I can use my Spanish,” she said. Ohio State or the University of Michigan is her college choices. “Hopefully over Spring break I can make a decision.” Mr. and Mrs. Fike along with Lena’s mom Connie, will be accompanying Lena to the nationals in Dallas, Texas May 6 through May 10. Lena’s dad, Leslie Sims, is currently in Iraq, working as an electrician government contractor. He has been there since last October. When asked if she participates in any sports, Lena replied that she was in Crew for three years, […]