What’s wrong with this picture? Dear Editor On May 25 I heard a small plane overhead as I was in my front yard. I looked up and the plane was towing a banner behind it. It circled the City several times, as the parade was forming. The banner was advertising Fox Motor sales in Grand Rapids. I am under the impression this dealership is owned by a member of the DeVos Family (Amway). Evidently making money is more important to them than the true meaning of Memorial Day. Nancy Simonis, Rockford Dogs in City parks Dear Editor, Readers of the Letters to the Editor section in the Thursday, May 21, 2009 edition of The Rockford Squire might have erroneously been led to believe that dogs are banned from Rockford City parks. The writer of the letter encourages the Rockford City Council to reconsider and overturn a “no dogs” ruling at the Rockford Farm Market and City parks. While it is true that dogs are not allowed at the Rockford Farm Market it is not true that dogs are banned from the City’s fine and extensive parklands. For numerous reasons-most importantly public health, safety, and liability issues-the Rockford City Council, after due deliberation and open debate, wisely chose to ban dogs from the Rockford Farm Market. Overwhelmingly Market attendees understand and accept the rationale for for the City Council ruling. In closing, dogs have never been banned from Rockford City parks. The only requirement for dogs in parks is that they must be on leash. An unspoken, socially correct requirement is that dog owners clean up after their pets if necessary. Nancy Fahner Rockford Resident
June 4 2009
The Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that Summer Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for June 13-14. On that weekend, everyone -residents and non-residents alike-can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations apply. Michigan has celebrated Free Fishing Weekend annually since 1986 as a way to promote natural resources awareness. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 36,000 miles of river and 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan and fishing are a natural match. “Fishing is a great way to connect with our natural resources,” said DNR Director Rebecca Humphries. “It’s a perfect way for families to spend time together while celebrating the bounty of Michigan’s wonderfully diverse outdoor heritage.” Dozens of activities at state parks and state fish hatcheries have been scheduled to coincide with the weekend, while clubs and conservation organizations stage events, too. Free Fishing Weekend offers experienced anglers an excellent opportunity to introduce novices to the joys of fishing. For a list of Free Fishing Events scheduled across the state, visit www.michigan.gov/dnrfishing. The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources for current and future generations.
Starting June 1, 2009 through September 4, 2009, North Kent Service Center (NKSC) will be expanding their service hours going to a ten hour day-four days per week. Due to the large number of families who are working and are unable to shop in their food pantry during the day NKSC is changing their hours to accommodate those working families. NKSC will be open at 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. They will be closed on Friday. They look forward to assisting those families who in the past have not been able to access their food pantries due to work commitment. They are also excited that they will be open to the community for donations longer hours during the week. This also gives them longer hours for volunteers to assist after work. NKSC summer donation hours for the weekends are Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Please-no donations on Sunday or when their gates are closed.
During the summer months the North Kent Service Center’s food pantry is depleted by all the extra food requests. With children home during the summer months, families need to provide three meals instead of one. When in school many children receive both breakfast and lunch. Summer is one of their busiest times for emergency food requests. This summer NKSC is looking to supply extra food for 2,800 families who have school age children. They hope to lessen the burden of those summer luncheons that families now have to provide. Please if you are able to-collect lunch items for families, to help those who are struggling right here in our own back yards and neighborhoods. Some of the food items needed are: hotdogs, cereal, mashed potatoes, chips-potato, taco, corn chips and pretzels, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, individual wrapped snacks, drink boxes, fresh fruit, canned spaghetti-o’s, spaghetti, soups, cheese slices, canned fruit, cookies, snacks and canned meats.
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.