June 3 2010

Rockford Register — June 3, 2010

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Thursday, June 3 Rockford Area Historical Society—6:30 p.m. Annual Picnic and Election of Officers Please bring your own table service and a dish to pass. Saturday, June 5 Boy Scout Troop 228 Alumni and Friends Picnic—12 noon to 2 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, 7979 Belding Road, Rockford. It is the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America. In addition to the hot dog picnic, the Scouts will also be doing a demonstration of camping skills and equipment. Euchre Club—6:30 p.m. at Peppermill Grill, 8 S. Squires St., Rockford. Cost is $2. Bring a snack and a non-alcohol beverage. For information call (616) 884-0757. Donations accepted for the North Kent Service Center. New players welcome. Sunday, June 6 Swiss Steak Dinner—noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Rockford Masonic Lodge. Cost is $8 for adults; $3 for children under age 10. Dinner includes Swiss steak, vegetable, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad, dinner roll, dessert and beverage. Monday, June 7 Book Discussion—6 p.m. at the Plainfield Library. ìStealing Buddhaís Dinnerî by Bich Minh Nguyen. This book about a Vietnamese refugee who grew up in Grand Rapids is fun to read because readers will recognize many places (and possibly people) from this area. Blood Drive—12 noon to 7 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin, 220 North Monroe Street, Rockford. Tuesday, June 8 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. American Sewing Guild—6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. program starts at the Plainfield Senior Center, 5255 Grand River Drive NE, Grand Rapids. Nationally known speaker Mary Ray will present the program, “Choosing Fabrics to Match the Design.” For more information go online at www.grasq.org or call (616) 575-1677. Thursday, June 10 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Friday, June 11 Cher “Lisa Irion”—7 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show starts at the Rockford American Legion, 330 Rockford Park Drive (Northland Dr. between 11Mile and 12 Mile. One night only. Lisa is the winner of 2007 International Celebrity […]

Scouts prepare gardens for Memorial Day

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Local Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts gathered on Thursday, May 27 at Blythefield Memory Gardens for the annual decorating of the veterans’ graves for Memorial Day. The event opened with a memorial flag ceremony conducted by local veterans as “Taps” was played. The young people then gathered handfuls of flags and went row by row, ensuring all veterans were honored. “This is a great opportunity for our kids to connect the past with present by honoring the men and women who have fought for our country,” said Scout Coordinator Kelly McLellan. “Having the veterans join us this year is an added bonus.” Following the placement of the flags, everyone was treated to a cookout dinner by the Gardens’ staff.

Cannon Township awarded stream-monitoring grant

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Cannon Township has been awarded a $1,054 grant from the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) Program. The grant will help the township design a monitoring strategy for Bear Creek, a tributary to the Grand River. The grant was awarded through the Department of Natural Resources and Environment’s (DNRE) MiCorps Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program. Kim Sapkowski, Watershed Administrative Assistant for Cannon Township, applied for the grant in February. The grant, along with assistance from MiCorps, will help the Bear Creek Watershed Council, a partner with Cannon Township, set stream study goals, interpret stream data and use the data for decision-making and educating the public. Sapkowski stated, “The members of the Bear Creek Watershed Council and Cannon Township have established a proactive stance to watershed health. We can measure certain data of a stream, such as temperature and clarity, but we need to know what that data means and how we can use it. This grant will allow us to craft a stream study plan that will give us specific information for planning and education.” The grant required each recipient to have specific goals for the grant project. Sapkowski said, “Our goal is to answer the following questions: How will our community benefit from the stream studies? How will we use the data? How will we build and maintain the volunteer base? How will the stream study program be financed over the long term? What parameters will be studied and how many sampling locations along Bear Creek will be studied?” The project will get underway in June 2010 and will conclude in February 2011. At that time, Cannon Township will be eligible to apply for a larger MiCorps grant that will train volunteers in stream study data collection, such as macro invertebrate studies. Three other organizations across the state were also awarded start-up grants from MiCorps. They are Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, Gogebic Conservation District and Midland Conservation District. Sapkowski will be the project manager for Cannon Township’s grant. She has been the Watershed Administrative Assistant at Cannon Township for four years. As part of her position, she conducts lake studies through the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program, coordinates the Bear Creek Watershed Council, organizes the Bear Creek Waterfest, visits schools, helps citizens solve water quality problems and […]

News Bits — June 3, 2010

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YMCA announces new associate executive director The Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA is pleased to announce Kevin Myers as the new associate executive director effective June 1, 2010. Myers started working at the West YMCA in 2001, running sports programs for kids part time. He was then transitioned to the David D. Hunting YMCA, where he continued running programs part time. In 2003, with the grand opening of the Wolverine World Wide (WWW) Family YMCA, Myers was promoted to full time as the senior program director and has held this position ever since. During his time as the senior program director, Myers has made huge contributions that have helped the WWW Family YMCA and the YMCA Association grow in the development of programs and operations. His leadership has been an important piece of the success the WWW Family YMCA has experienced this fiscal year. The YMCA is confident he will continue to be a great asset as the associate executive director this upcoming fiscal year. For information on employment at the YMCA go to www.grymca.org.

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