Cannonsburg to host ‘Blessing of the Wheels’ Only days to go to the funnest little fledgling horse event you’ve ever been to. The public is invited to the first ever Blessing of the Wheels at the Village of Cannonsburg Sunday, May 20. “King of the Village” Don Kurylowicz knew of a local woman, Kim Hart, who was holding an event that would end in an antique carriage ride to Honey Creek Inn for a meal. “I told her let’s make it a antique carriage parade,” enthused Kurylowicz. Hart is inviting friends and acquaintances who also have horse-drawn carriages to participate in the parade, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to run from the intersection of Cannonsburg and Giles roads to the Honey Creek Inn where the wheels—anyone present from the carriages to tricycles and bicycles—will have the wheels blessed by a local priest. Kurylowicz was excited about the event, which is one of several to take place in the area on that day. In addition to the carriage parade, there is a run at the Cannonsburg State Game Area from noon to 5 p.m. The Michigan Mountain Bike Association is also holding an event close by, beginning at Townsend Park just around the corner. With so many tourists in the area, Kurylowicz is opening Honey Creek Inn at noon and offering picnic lunch sales at a reasonable price, and also beginning sales of traditional BBQ a week early for Memorial Day celebrations. “We will have crossing guards and police traffic control,” he stated. “We are expecting local, regional and state dignitaries.” Kurylowicz invites parade attendees to dress up, dress down or put on a costume. Those with carriages are encouraged to offer a ride to those who have none. Kurylowicz would love to see all kinds of wheels in the parade in addition to however many antique carriages show up. “Drive your manure spreader if you want to,” he said. All wheels present will be blessed. Other horse-related events will take place during the day. “How long has it been since there was a carriage parade in West Michigan?” Don wondered. “Probably a hundred years.” For more information, check out the event on Facebook.
May 17 2012
A suspicious subject attempted contact with two 14-year-old females on Monday, May 7, between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. near the Village of Cannonsburg. The contacts occurred at separate locations after the girls went their separate ways and while they were walking near Townsend Park; one girl on 6 Mile Road and the other on Ramsdell Avenue. The suspect is described as a white male, mid 50s, dark-colored hair with gray roots, unshaven for approximately a week, no glasses. One girl believed he may have a slight southern accent. Unknown clothing. One girl believed he had brown eyes and a crooked tooth on the side. The vehicle is described as a dirt-white or silver van. One girl believed it was a van style; both thought it was larger than a car. One girl said that it had narrow, longer back-up lights below the brake lights. Anyone with any additional information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at (616) 336-3113 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.
Thursday, May 17 Free Meal for Northern Kent County Families—6 to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, every Thursday. No charge; no registration required. Provided by a partnership between Our Lady of Consolation Parish and God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan. Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—7 to 8 a.m. at the Rams Den in Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes St., unless school is delayed or canceled. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Effective Spiritual Response to Healthcare—7 p.m. at Grand Rapids Township Hall, 1836 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids. International speaker Suzanne Riedel will share ideas based on the book “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, including experiencing God’s presence in your life, freeing from fear and bringing healing, and practicing effective prayer that establishes your ability to respond to God’s healing answers. For more information, call (616) 334-9944. Friday, May 18 Old-Fashioned Family Game Night—6:30 to 8 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. Tables will be set up with Monopoly, checkers, chess, Scrabble, Candy-Land, Life and other classics. Hot chocolate by the fireplace and some snacks will be provided. You are encouraged to bring in your favorite games. Cost is a donation of $5 per person or $18 per family of four or more. For more information, call (616) 675-3158 or visit www.lilysfrogpad.com. Spectacular Book Sale—10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Plainfield Township Branch Library, 2650 Five Mile Rd. NE, Grand Rapids. Sale also Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. and Monday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hardcovers are $1, softcovers 50¢, and paperbacks and children’s books 25¢. Sunday and Monday only, buy a bag of books for $2. Sponsored by the Friends of the Plainfield Library. 17th Annual May Fest—May 18-20 at Kent County Fairgrounds, 225 S. Hudson St., Lowell, promoting and preserving bluegrass music in West Michigan, sponsored by West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association. All concerts are indoors. Enjoy a songwriting contest, band scramble, music workshops, a barn sale, silent auction, 50/50 drawings, a bake sale, pie-eating contest, kids activities, crafts for non-musicians, plus plenty of jamming! For tickets and more information, visit […]
Erhart Mrs. Gladys M. Erhart, age 91, formerly of Rockford, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, May 11, 2012. Five years ago she moved to Baton Rouge, La., and became a southern belle known as “Miss Gladys” to folks she met in her new home. She is survived by her children, Carol and Jon Morrill of Baton Rouge, La., and Mary Kay Erhart of Rockford; granddaughter, Catherine Ann (Christopher) Brooks, of Opelousas, La.; grandson, Captain Thomas Edward Morrill USAF; brother-in-law, Don Veen; and sister-in-law, Ila Chrysler; and many nieces and nephews. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Edward D. Erhart; and her son, Allen J. Erhart. She was the last surviving sibling of 12 children: her brothers, Harold, George and Eugene Chrysler; her sisters, Dora Long, Nellie Plescher, Hazel Ulberg, Mildred McConnell, Claire Kolkman, Connie Veen; and two infant sisters, Betty and Edith. She was a farm wife and a helpmate to Edward. In years gone by she was active in 4-H Leadership, and is a member of Rockford Baptist Church where she helped with the Ladies Guild and children’s programs. The services for Mrs. Erhart will be Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, with Pastor Larry Rowland officiating. Interment will be in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider your local hospice or Rockford Baptist Church. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford. Feikema Mr. Fred J. Feikema, age 82, of Comstock Park went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 12, 2012. He was born in a Christian-centered home in South Dakota to Clarence and Minnie Feikema, who moved their family to Michigan in 1939. As a young man, Fred worked for Ralph Pratt and Emerson Clement, helping them gather crops and other farm chores. To get his education, he boarded with a family and worked for his room and board, until graduating form Rockford High School in 1948. During the Korean War he was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed at Camp McCoy, Wis. While at Camp […]