July 5 2012

Eight-year-old donates hair to help others

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Aubree Crane, 8, a student at Lakes Elementary School, grew her hair out and recently donated 10 inches of it to Locks of Love. Aubree said, “I don’t miss my long hair, and now it can go to someone who doesn’t have any hair.” She loves her new cut, done by Carrie Marie at Genesis Salon and Day Spa in Rockford.

Local artist offers Pure Michigan photography in ArtPrize

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Rockford photographer Jon Hartman, a 1995 Rockford High School graduate, has been accepted in ArtPrize 2012. His entry is a series of Michigan landscape photographs entitled “Pure Michigan” which will be on display at the Ledyard Building, which is located directly across Monroe Center from the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM). “I have always been intrigued by photography. It wasn’t until birth of my first daughter that I actually picked up a camera to document her entrance into the world, and I haven’t put it down since,” said Hartman. “Whether it be a be a Michigan beach, engaged couple, or an old decaying door, I love taking pictures that tell a story. Frequently traveling with my camera in tow, I look for the unseen details in ordinary things. I have especially enjoyed capturing images of downtown Grand Rapids, highlighting the growth and draw of our ‘big-small’ city, and of our naturally beautiful state of Michigan. I am a member of the Grand Rapids Flickr Group and photographed the 2011 Grand Rapids Marathon. My work was also featured in the Amplify Grand Rapids event, part of the G-Rap Initiative.”

‘Commit to Cannon’ team of seven announces candidacy for township board

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A team of seven cannon township residents recently announced its candidacy for Cannon Township Board. The team consists of Dennis Smith (supervisor), Jim Alles (treasurer), Ken Carozza (clerk), and four running for trustee: Rob McBrien, Tim Nelson, Annamarie Bauer and Jim Pearson. “Running with a campaign pledge called ‘Commit to Cannon,’ our team will bring fiscal responsibility, personal accountability, transparency and integrity to our township matters,” said Tim Nelson, a pastor at Ada Bible Church. “We care deeply about preserving Cannon Township as a rural community and believe in the importance of creating timely budgets, providing good governance by having all meetings open, and not making any deals behind closed doors.” “We are unhappy with the current direction that Cannon Township is being led and are seeking a change. Our team has a strong history of trusted leadership in this community and look forward to the opportunity to serve,” said Rob McBrien, current Cannon Township trustee. McBrien pointed out that the team has 56 years of combined zoning, township or planning commission experience. Standing in together in Cannon Township, this team will begin campaigning immediately under the slogan “Commit to Cannon.”

Students learn about local conservation efforts on Rum Creek

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The section of Rum Creek across from the Rockford Community Cabin was busy with activity Saturday morning, June 23. Eighteen students from middle schools in the Grand Rapids metro area were busy collecting water quality data on Rum Creek. These students were part of the Summer Journeys program, which was founded in 2008 to help students understand, interact with and value communities. Through place-based, field-based, expeditionary educational programs, this program provides students with unforgettable experiences in a close-knit community of their peers. David Buth, a Summer Journeys program leader, partnered with Trout Unlimited to collect baseline data at future restoration sites as part of the Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative program. Students investigated aquatic insects, quantified the amount of gravel on the stream bottom, placed pins on the side of the stream bank to measure erosion rates, and measured depths and widths of the stream. The future restoration sites include a native buffer planting and removal of the old Mill Pond dam. The data collected by the students will help Trout Unlimited determine whether or not both water quality and habitat quality have improved, whether or not the goals of the project have been met, and guide ongoing restoration efforts. To learn more about the Summer Journeys program, go to www.summerjourneys.org.

Aero-Med playground touchdown for practice

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Many Rockford residents had the opportunity to see the Aero-Med helicopter up close Wednesday June 13. The medical transport helicopter based out of the Gerald Ford International Airport landed on the playground area adjacent to Parkside Elementary School as part of a Landing Zone Training conducted by the Rockford Department of Public Safety. Public Safety Officers (PSO) attended a classroom session presented by Aero-Med describing the proper site assessment and safety precautions for a safe landing zone in the event of an emergency. The PSO then set up a landing zone in a safe area located by Parkside Elementary, also near the Rockford Community Cabin. The Aero-Med helicopter landed with its crew, including the captain and three additional emergency medical professionals to provide an opportunity for the members of the department and onlookers from the community to tour the helicopter and view the emergency equipment contained inside.

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