Hens, ice rink maybe coming soon to Rockford A local resident has asked the City of Rockford to revitalize ice skating in the old mill pond located off Rum Creek Trail between Monroe and Courtland streets in downtown Rockford. A City skating rink near the Community Cabin was closed last year due to repeated vandalism of the liner, which cost several thousands of dollars to replace. At the Monday, January 11 City Council meeting City Manager Michael Young said the City is considering flooding the pond using a fire truck and having Department of Public Works supervise the safety of the pond. There are bathrooms for public use at the Cabin and the City may decide to light the pond. Also at the meeting Young told council and guests that the City is closer to approving a fowl ordinance that would allow hens to be raised in City limits. Last year a resident asked about having a few hens for his family for fresh eggs. “We are at the point where we have a draft,” Young said, of the ordinance. He said the City has been taking the best of other municipalities fowl ordinances and will likely have a document to vote on soon. Young said the ordinance is stricter than most he’s seen in terms of what the coop must look like. Roosters will not be allowed.
January 21 2010
Abortion is not health care Dear Editor, Unless the final healthcare bill includes Stupak-like language, government subsidized insurance coverage for abortion is still a reality. Abortion is not healthcare, as the abortion industry would like Americans to believe, and it should not be mandated under any health insurance plan, especially one that Americans will be forced to subsidize. The proposed healthcare bill amounts to a bailout for the abortion industry, which is swimming in profits already. As it now stands, there will be private insurance options that will include abortions subsidized by the government. Tell Congress to vote no on any healthcare bill that does not include Stupak language to explicitly exclude abortion from the healthcare bill. Amy M. Oatley Rockford resident
Due to the arrival of winter conditions this year, Sheriff Lawrence Stelma reminds snowmobile riders to take extra precautions on the new fallen snow. Because it can take two weeks or more of below-freezing temperatures for the ice on lakes, streams and ponds to freeze thick enough to support a snowmobile, Sheriff Stelma urges riders to stay off the ice right after the new snow has fallen. Further safety tips from Sheriff Stelma include the following: • Always keep your machine in top mechanical condition. • Always wear insulated boots and protective clothing, including a helmet, gloves and eye protection. • Never ride alone. • Avoid, when possible, crossing frozen bodies of water. • Always be alert to avoid fences and low-strung wires. • Never operate your snowmobiles in a single file line when crossing frozen bodies of water. • Never operate your snowmobile on a street or highway. • Always look for depressions in the snow. • Keep headlights and taillights on at all times. • When approaching an intersection, come to a complete stop, raise off the seat and look for traffic. • Always check weather conditions before you depart. • Never operate your snowmobile on railroad tracks. • Never operate your snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol. Snowmobiles must abide by the same regulations as drivers, and Sheriff Stelma will have his deputies out on patrol to make sure Kent County residents stay safe this winter. While Sheriff Stelma hopes that nobody in Kent County will find themselves in such a precarious situation while riding a snowmobile, by heeding the warnings above he knows you can stay alive!
Friday, January 22 Benefit for Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids—6 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Pietro’s Backdoor Pizzeria, 2780 Birchcrest SE, Grand Rapids. Play games while enjoying sounds of Jimmy Buffett music by David Sisco. All funds raised will be donated to Gilda’s Club and support Rockford’s Parrot Head Club. Strong Kids Campaign Auction—6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Wolverine World Wide Headquarters in Rockford, including both silent and live auctions, food and fun. Saturday, January 23 Pancakes with an Attitude & Silent Auction—Grattan Academy, 9481 Jordan Road, Greenville. Adults $6; kids ages 4 and under free. Sponsored by Ed Koehn Ford. For more information, call (616) 754-9360. Monday, January 25 Grand Rapids Audubon Club Meeting—7 p.m. at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Auditorium at Cornerstone University, 3000 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids. “Birding in Winter” will be presented by Chip Francke, showing how to find winter species including waterfowl, raptors, owls, gulls and winter finches. Guests are welcome to attend this free program. For more information, visit www.glsga.org/grac or call Bea at (616) 676-2446. Babytime at the Library—11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St. Join us for a special one-on-one bonding time with baby while you enjoy songs, rhymes, stories and play time; for caregivers and babies 0-18 months. For more information, call the library at (616) 647-3940 or visit www.kdl.org. Tuesday, January 26 Rockford Garden Club Meeting—7 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, 159 Maple St. Guest speaker Duane DeVries will present “Rain Barrels & Self-Watering Containers.” Open to the public. For more information, call (616) 874-0186. Rogue River Wetland Meeting—6:30 to 8 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin. RSVP by January 22 with Andy Bowman at (616) 776-7611 or email@example.com. Pajama Storytime—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, Rockford. Bedtime stories and night-time fun for ages 6 and under. For more information, call the library at (616) 647-3940 or visit www.kdl.org. Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Wednesday, Jan. 27 Toddler Time at the Library—10 and 11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, Rockford. Babies, toddlers and their parents are invited to join us for stories, music and […]