On January 25, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced that the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG) had awarded $17.4 million in grants to 125 cities, villages, townships and counties throughout Michigan to support local energy efficiency projects. The state Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). DELEG’s Bureau of Energy Systems (BES) awarded the EECBGs to projects that will create and retain jobs, save energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Cannon Township was awarded a grant of $74,464 to help pay for a sidewalk project in the Planned Unit Development (PUD) area. The total cost of the project is estimated at $223,072. A small portion of this amount will be “in kind” contribution ($1,072, mostly for project coordination and grant administration) and the remainder will come from the Recreation Fund ($76,244) and Metro Act dollars ($71,292). Cannon Township’s project qualifies for an energy grant because the construction of these sidewalk extensions should aid in making that area more “walkable” and thus reduce the number of vehicle trips from the neighboring home to the businesses along Belding Road and to the Cannon Township non-motorized trail, and thereby conserving on fossil fuels. The sidewalks will begin where the PUD sidewalks end. Instead of forcing the public to walk or bicycle in the busy roadways or to walk along rough terrain, there will be an eight-foot-wide concrete pathway that will connect to Bella Vista Drive to the west and Cannon Farms Drive to the north. Many of the business owners are excited about the additional foot or bicycle traffic this could bring. The public is also excited about the ability to easily ride bicycles or walk to the corner of Myers Lake Avenue where crosswalks were recently installed. From there they can access the Township Center trailhead of the four-mile trail that connects to several developments (Summerset Meadows and Dix Farms) and ends in Townsend Park. Funds from the EECBG grant will allow the township to complete this project in one year, rather than having to divide it into two separate projects over a longer stretch of time. It should allow the Bella Vista, Cannon Place and Cannon Farms residential communities safe […]
March 18 2010
by JANE NOFFSINGER For the second year in a row, Rockford High School welcomed the best of both Division I and Division II high school gymnasts to participate in the state championships. Over 60 teams competed for the honor of participating at the state level. March 12 brought 12 teams and two days of fierce competition and amazing skills. This was the first time since 2006 that Rockford has been represented as a team at the state championships. Day one was the team competition. The Rockford gymnasts took to the floor with freshman Colleen Conroy leading the charge with a score of 8.55. Sophomore Jenelle Miller followed and upped the ante with an 8.675. Next up were the seniors. The always strong Ali VanBelkum, who had been battling the flu all week, put on her game face and made her team and coaches proud by pushing through her routine and earning an 8.85. Kelsey Donley did a beautiful routine earning an 8.95, and Emily Noffsinger, appearing to have a lot of fun, earned a 9.0. On the beam, Donely was the high scorer, earning an 8.8 with Noffsinger and VanBelkum earning 8.675. Miller earned an 8.375 and Conroy 8.1. Next up was the vault. Conroy, making it look effortless, earned a huge 9.0. Sophmore Casey Buelken followed with an 8.55. Miller and Donely both earned an 8.5 and Noffsinger an 8.35. The last event of the day was the uneven bars. Conroy had a strong performance, earning an 8.6. Noffsinger followed with an 8.3, Miller a 7.9, sophmore Maggie Setterington a 7.65, and Donley, who was not planning on participating in this event until the last minute, earned a respectable 7.5. Rockford had a combined score of 137, placing them among the top 10 in the state with a 10th-place finish. The state championship went to Grand Ledge, whose team scored an unbelievable 150.225. Day two of competition showcased the individual gymnasts. VanBelkum qualified to compete in all-around, but was still not feeling 100 percent, and competed in three of the four events. Her floor routine earned her a 9.025, bars an 8.2, and beam 8.1. Noffsinger qualified for two events. Her floor routine earned an 8.675 and her beam 7.925. Donley and Conroy both qualified for […]
Both Rockford inline hockey teams continue on in the playoff efforts. All remaining playoff games promise to be exciting, and these two Rockford teams are in the thick of it. Rockford’s white team has had a challenging 2009-1010 season, but are not going down without a fight. In their latest game with the top seeded Cedar Springs white team, the Rams took the game into overtime, only to come up short, losing 10-11 in a shootout. The Rockford white team has been led consistently throughout the season by points leader senior Evan DeGelder, who also turned in two goals in their latest 5-2 loss. Rockford white has been led defensively throughout the season by Corey Harkema, Jake Conne and goalie Brandon Van Werts, whose stellar performance has come up big on many occasions. Adding offensive presence to the Rams are seniors Mike VanHam and Conor Driscoll. The Rockford orange team is finishing their season strong with back-to-back wins, advancing them even further into the playoff picture. The Rams’ Thursday night impressive 6-1 win over the Cedar Springs red team showed an overall team effort that’s necessary for playoff advancement. Rockford senior Adam Shiffman led the team with a hat trick and an assist, with the remaining goals coming from seniors Ty Schwandt and Andrew Wenger. Jaeger, Karrip, Woods and Zeigler added assists to a well-balanced attack. Coach Jeff Trimble said, “The leadership from senior players tonight was second to none! When you have nearly every player contributing to the offense, you’re a hard team to stop. This team is coming together at the right time to be in a fight for the league championship.” After playoffs, these two teams will combine their top talented players to form a Rams power team. This team will prepare at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex with further practice and spring league competition. This Ram team will represent Rockford at the highly competitive Michigan High School State Tournament in Novi, Mich. in May.
Members of the Rockford Squirt hockey team get a thrill at a recent tournament in Traverse City. They got to meet former Redwing tough guy Joey Kocur and get a few pictures taken with one of the great “bruise brothers.” Pictured are (front, l–r) Camryn Gabriel, Sadie Smyth, Jonathon King, Tucker Hendrie, Austin Czarnopys, and Paul Sikkema; (back) Joey Kocur. These members and the rest of the team had two wins and one loss on the weekend.