Many local elections will be decided during the primary elections held on Tuesday, August 7 in the cases where candidates are of the same political party. The following are those who filed to run at the time The Rockford Squire began sending out notices asking for information on each of the candidates. Additional information may now be available at the website accesskent.com. For State Representative for the 73rd District, the Republican candidate is Peter MacGregor, of Rockford, incumbent, and the Democratic candidate is G. Scott Schuiling, also of Rockford. The term ends 2014. Peter F. MacGregor State Representative 73rd District Incumbent Peter F. MacGregor, Republican incumbent running for re-election as state representative for the 73rd District has been a resident of his district for 16 years. He provided the Squire with the following information: “I serve as the current state representative. I have served a year-and-a-half in this position. Prior to this role, I served as the Cannon Township supervisor for six years and Cannon Township trustee for four years. “As a former business owner and job provider, as well as a local elected official, I have the experience to create efficiencies in state government through public policy and pass legislation to improve the overall business environment of our state. I have voted and co-sponsored several important reforms including an income tax cut for all taxpayers, cut legislator pay and health benefits, cut my office budget by 18 percent, eliminated lifetime welfare benefits, and eliminated the job-killing Michigan Business Tax (MBT), to name a few. Additionally, I am accessible to my constituency, holding bi-weekly district office hours and open to hearing from everyone in my district. “I ran for office to contribute to the betterment of our state. I want to make Michigan a place where my boys and all our children can find gainful employment and raise a family. We’ve made great strides in accomplishing this, but there is much more to do and I want to continue to be part of the solution. “While serving on the appropriations committee, we passed a balanced state budget two years in a row and four months ahead of schedule. I want to continue to find efficiencies in our state spending and continue to pass legislation to […]
by CINDY M. CRANMER With the help of technology, emergency calls were offline for only a brief period of time after a fiber optic line was cut Monday, according to officials. Working with the National Weather Service, Kent County Emergency Dispatch officials were able to notify area residents of a fiber optic problem that was affecting emergency dispatch calls in some areas. Cell phone users and computer users that have emergency alerts on their phones or through e-mail learned that there was a fiber optic problem that caused affecting landlines in the Grattan Township area on Monday, April 23. Calls from a landline were not able to go through to the emergency dispatch center. An alert was sent out notifying people that landlines were not able to call 911 and to use a cell phone or to connect with the local fire departments. Grattan Township officials said a fiber optic line was cut, affecting people with a 691 prefix. Kent County dispatchers say the problem was fixed as of Tuesday morning, April 24. Phone calls were being rerouted, according to Grattan Township officials, even before the original fiber optic line was fixed. Calls were being rerouted to the fire departments and then to the dispatch center. Ionia County dispatchers also had a problem with landline phones in the Orleans area of 761 on Monday. That problem also has now been resolved. Montcalm County dispatchers were reporting some problems Tuesday, April 24 with cellular phone service in the Greenville area that could be linked to the landline problems in Kent and Ionia counties. While cell phone users in the Greenville and Belding areas were having problems making phone calls Monday night, those in Kent County’s Grattan Township area were still able to use cell phones to call 911. The landline phones were the only ones having problems. Officials said the lines were being worked on and rerouted before the problem was even fixed. Therefore, there was no major disruption of service calls because of the speed in which technology was able to be utilized to reroute calls to area fire departments. The alerts sent out from the National Weather Service also recommended calling or going to the local fire department if someone could not get through […]
Rockford man killed in single-car accident On June 16, John Milton Clay, 58, of Rockford was fatally injured when his southbound 2002 Ford F150 pickup truck hit a tree lying across Pettis Avenue in Ada Township. Responding to the crash were the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Ada Fire Department, and AMR Ambulance. Grattan Township to hold cleanup day Grattan Township is holding a township cleanup day for township residents on July 17 from 8 a.m. to noon at 12050 Old Belding Road. Some items will cost money to drop off. Batteries are $1 each. Appliances without Freon are $3 each, and appliances with Freon are $15 each. Tires must be cut into four pieces. Fuel and propane tanks must be cut in half. Fencing must be folded. There are no liquids, brush-offs, cement, loose trash or shovel-offs allowed. All trash must be contained.
The 21st annual Grattan Township Memorial Day Celebration and Bridge Walk will be held on Monday, May 25. The day will start at 7:00 a.m. with the fireman’s pancake breakfast. A memorial service will take place at Grattan Center cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Following the service is a foot parade across the Seeley Creek bridge and back to the township hall. A flag retirement ceremony conducted by Boy Scout troop 228 will take place at 12:00 p.m. Activities for the entire family are scheduled throughout the day. Please join us! The 2nd annual Veteran’s Memorial golf tournament will be held on Saturday, May 30 at Arrowhead Golf Course. All proceeds from the tournament will be used for the Veteran’s Memorial at Grattan Center cemetery. For more information on any of these events please contact Dianna at 826-1872 or Vivian at 691-7105. Schedule of Events – May 25 7-10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast – Fire Station 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Historical Society Bake Sale & Raffle Grattan Museum 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Grattan Township Parks and Recreation Information Booth 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. St. Patrick’s School Information Booth 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Letter Writing Station – Township Hall 9:30 a.m. Frog Jumping Contest – Township Hall Bring your own frog. (extra frogs available) 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Grattan Academy – Open House 0 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hands of Fun – Township Hall Make and Take Crafts for all ages 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Face Painting – Township Hall 10-11a.m. Decorating of the Bikes – Town Hall 11-11:45 a.m. Memorial Service 11:45 a.m. -noon Bridge Walk and Foot Parade (shuttle will be available) 11a.m. – 2 p.m. Food Booth – Family, Friends & Neighbors-Township Hall 12 p.m. Flag Retirement – Township Hall Boy Scout Troop 228 12- 2 p.m. Grattan General Store 25 cent single dip ice cream cones 11a.m. – 2 p.m. Grattan Bar Check out our Bridge Walk Specials! 12:30 p.m. Turtle Race – Township Hall Bring your own turtle! (extras available) 1 p.m. Penny Scramble – Township Hall 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Shuttle Service Courtesy of Klackle Orchards
Sheriff Department investigating Kent County Sheriffs Department deputies reported Tuesday, March17, an investigation of the suspicious deaths of two individuals in Grattan Township. Two people were found dead in their residence at approximately 3:30 p.m. Investigators from the sheriff’s office were on the scene Tuesday afternoon and were in the process of obtaining a search warrant. According to Lt. Kevin Kelly, “This investigation is in its infancy. Information will be disseminated to the media as it becomes available.” The names of the individuals were not released as of press time Tuesday.