March 4 2010

Cannon Twp. chosen for state wetlands program

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Cannon Township has been chosen to be part of the Wetlands Local Assistance Pilot Program through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (MDNRE). The goal of the pilot program is to increase the efficiency of the wetland permitting process through local and state resources in order to protect the wetlands of the state. The township is one of only three entities chosen by the state to participate in the pilot program. The other two entities chosen are Michigan Association of Conservation Districts on behalf of Calhoun, Delta and Muskegon County Conservation Districts and the Thumb Land Conservancy of St. Clair County. Cannon Township Watershed Administrative Assistant Kim Sapkowski applied for the program in December 2009. She was notified of the township’s acceptance into the program on February 23, 2010. “Cannon Township has been a state leader in watershed conservation,” said Sapkowski. “Participating in this pilot project will allow the township to partner with the state of Michigan to not only streamline the wetland permitting process, but to educate our citizens about wetlands and the importance of protecting them. It is our goal to show other communities that local wetlands protection can be done.” The township’s Wetlands Ordinance protects wetlands in Cannon Township that are less than five acres. This is important, because the MDNRE only regulates wetlands that are more than five acres in size and/or are adjacent to a body of water. “Wetlands control flooding, filter storm water run-off, recharge groundwater [drinking water], and provide habitat for Michigan’s native plants and animals,” commented Sapkowski. “Wetlands are one of the most complex ecosystems in the world; most of a wetland’s function and ecosystem goes unseen by humans, but is nonetheless very important.” MDRNE’s Amy Lounds is preparing the final outline of the program, which will run until October 1, 2012.

Equestrian riders earn spot on Dream Team

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  The Rockford equestrian team had four of their 19 riders earn a spot on the District V Dream Team. District V is comprised of 18 teams and approximately 115 riders from area schools. The teams are split into four divisions and competed in shows this past fall. The top 10 riders from the entire district earn a place on the Dream Team. Along with this honor, the riders earned individual awards as well. Karly Macqueen won High Point Overall champion for Division A and High Point Reserve champion for Saddle Seat for Division A. Kira Brown won High Point Overall champion in Saddle Seat for Division A and High Point Overall Reserve champion for Division A. Alexis Thome won High Point Overall champion for Division B and High Point champion for Saddle Seat for Division B. Jackie Thome won High Point Overall Reserve champion for Division B and High Point Reserve champion for Saddle Seat for Division B.

Special Occasions dresses up your event in style

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  When Penny Waltman and her sisters were planning a family wedding, they were frustrated to find no local fine linen service, and had to order through the mail. Seeing a need for this kind of service, Special Occasions was born. Now the family company has two locations serving Michigan, Special Occasions West in downtown Rockford at 116 Courtland St., as well as her sisters’ location, Special Occasions East in Grand Blanc. Waltman, a Rockford resident, opened her store in 2006. “I love Rockford and I live near the shop, so of course I wanted to be in downtown Rockford,” she said. “Customers love visiting Rockford and frequently shop in our downtown after meeting with us.” Special Occasions offers the largest selection of table linens in the greater Grand Rapids area and are affordably priced. In addition to standard table linen, event planners can find floor length linens in hard-to-find colors, designer patterns for any size table including cocktail tables, chair covers in various styles and fabrics, custom favors and decorations. They provide the custom chair covers found at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. “We are locally owned and always available,” said Waltman. “We personally set up the events we organize and treat every occasion as if it were the most important event.” Here in Rockford, Special Occasions is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday by appointment. In addition to Penny, visitors may meet with Lauren and Sue who are also on staff. “Lauren, Sue and myself love decorating and fabrics, and we all pride ourselves on making sure our linens are clean and freshly pressed for the best presentation possible,” Waltman stated. “We live for the joy of seeing our customers’ faces light up when they first see their event all set up.” Visitors to the Rockford shop will find a friendly, warm and inviting atmosphere where it is relaxing to try out the different table settings and chair covers to assure you get the right look for your event. Stop in to visit the staff at Special Occasions West on Courtland Street, or visit online at, or call the store at (616) 866-0900.

Lions annual Easter ham sale going on now

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  The Rockford Lions do have hams and are fanning out around town inviting their fellow residents to join them, once again, in celebrating the upcoming April 4 Easter holiday with a traditional Easter feast featuring delicious Easter ham. They are offering top premium, bone-in, precooked, 7- to 9-pound spiral-sliced hams with a glazing packet. Neighborhood cooks recommend serving them either cold or warmed. They are especially delicious warmed—pop it in the oven, bath it in the glaze, garnish with either maraschino cherries or slices of pineapple, and spoil your family. They even freeze well. Priced at only $29, you will eat well and save well! As with all Lions fundraisers, all proceeds from the Easter ham sale will be returned to the community through the support of organizations such as North Kent Service Center, Rogue Valley Towers, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, Rockford Police D.A.R.E. Program, Leader Dogs, Michigan Eye Bank, Sightseer Radio, and special community needs. Hams will be available for pick-up April 1-3 from 3 to 6 p.m. from a refrigerated truck located in the Baskets in the Belfry parking lot, 43 E. Bridge St., downtown Rockford. To order, see your Lion neighbor or call the Lions at (616) 866-4193.

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher — March 4, 2010

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  Let’s see… I think I have this right: The drug companies gave money to help our elected representatives get reelected. In gratitude, Congress voted to keep the government from bargaining with the drug companies over drug prices. That worked, so they gave our elected representatives more money to keep things the same. Then, insurance companies gave our elected representatives money to help with their reelections. In gratitude, Congress rejected “the public option,” which would have meant competition (and lower income) for the insurance companies. Drug companies and insurance companies got their profits; Congress people got re-elected. It’s a win-win situation—except for us. Out of reach In 1938, the first issue of Action Comics, featuring Superman, was published. I was 10 years old and my allowance was 5¢ a week. The comic cost 10¢ and I never had two nickels to rub together. I sat on the floor in front of the magazine rack, reading for free until the shopkeeper chased me out. Last week, one copy of that original comic was offered at auction. It went for one million dollars. It’s been 72 years and I still can’t afford it! Saw this coming? This blonde guy is looking to buy a saw to cut down some trees in his backyard. He goes to a chainsaw shop. The dealer says, “Why don’t you save yourself a lot of time and aggravation and get the top-of-the-line model? This chainsaw will cut a hundred cords of wood for you in one day.” So the man takes the chainsaw home and begins working on the trees. After cutting for several hours and getting only two cords, he decides to quit. “How can I cut for hours and only have two cords?” The next morning, the man gets up at 4 a.m. and cuts and cuts and cuts till nightfall, and still he manages to cut only five cords. “The dealer told me I’d be able to cut one hundred cords of wood in a day. I’ll take this saw back,” the man says to himself. The next day he brings the saw back to the dealer and explains the problem. The dealer, baffled by the man’s claim, removes the chainsaw from the case. “Hmm,” says the dealer, “it […]

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