On Saturday, July 28, Don Kurylowicz, owner of Cannonsburg’s Honey Creek Inn, Cannonsburg Bottle and the Grist Mill, invited candidates for Cannon Township office to meet residents and customers outside the Grist Mill. It was also a chance to show off his new smoker, which will offer year-round smoked ribs and chicken, and an entire fresh smoked menu at the Grist Mill. The event was attended by incumbent Supervisor Steve Grimm, Clerk Bonnie Blackledge, Trustee and Treasurer candidate Dick Davies, trustees Deb Diepenhorst and Diane Jones, and trustee candidate Mike Warmbier, as well as many residents and customers. “I think things like this are important, because we get to hear from residents outside the township offices, and that’s always good,” Grimm said. “This is a great board, and I am glad to help give the public access to them in an informal setting. This board has been very supportive of the community,” Kurylowicz added. The event was well attended, noted long-time resident Nick Van Belkum, who said, “Our township board has worked so hard to listen to residents. I just think events like this should happen more often. I’m glad so many people came out to talk to them.”
DreamMaker showrooms, delicious food at networking by BETH ALTENA Bill and Jayne Wolf of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen know how to host a networking event. The September 12 Rockford Chamber After Hours held at the showrooms, 4658 West River Drive in Comstock Park, featured games for prizes and a Mini Taste of Rockford with samples from local restauranteurs and chefs. With a “treasure hunt” sheet directing visitors through the many showrooms at the DreamMaker building, Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) members learned about the options available for kitchen, bath, living and dining spaces and throughout the home. A large flatscreen showed examples of before and after projects completed by the builder and remodelers and show what a difference a new exterior can make on a home’s appearance. Food was provided by Twisted Vine, with owner Laura DeWilde offering her signature Cherry Peach Pumpkin Chili. The Grist Mill provided chicken wings that were a big hit, Herman’s Boy brought two smoked dips and crackers, and Polly VonEschen brought a large selection of her candy confections of Polly’s Passions. Jayne Wolf had cooked up a shrimp bisque that was amazing but, she noted, probably not a good food for those watching their weight. “You don’t want to know,” she said of the ingredients for the base. She admitted it involved cream cheese and milk. It was worth the calories anyway. RCC offers many opportunities for networking and business promotion throughout the year, as well as sponsoring such community-wide events as Harvest Fest, the Start of Summer Celebration and the annual Community Business Expo. Find out more by visiting the Chamber online at Rockfordmichamber.com, or in person at 598 Byrne Industrial Drive, Rockford. DreamMaker specializes in bath and kitchen design and remodeling. They can be found online at dreammakergr.com, in person at their showrooms, open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by appointment. You can also or call (616) 632-2284 to discuss options for your own home remodel. DreamMaker’s consultants can discuss all types of home improvements, from additions to basement remodel, master bedrooms, sunrooms and specialty rooms.
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.