Hydrant flushing to begin soon The City of Rockford will be conducting the annual fall hydrant flushing and maintenance program beginning September 20, 2010. This process will be completed by October 1, 2010. During this time you may notice an occasional decrease in water pressure and possibly some slight cloudiness in the water. Most residents will see no change in their water supply. If you should notice a change in the appearance of your water, merely let the water run until it clears, usually within several minutes. There is no cause for concern with respect to the safety of your water supply. The City performs this service twice a year to maintain a safe, reliable and abundant supply of water for residents. This program also ensures that the fire hydrants in the City are operating correctly and available for use in an emergency. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dennis Brinks at the City of Rockford at (616) 866-0560. Bishop Hills thanks Rep. Tom Pierce at annual pig roast Jim and Sue Bodenner took the opportunity at their annual Bishop Hills Pig Roast to thank Rep. Tom Pearce for his service to the 73rd District. He was presented with a Rotary 4-Way Test Plaque and a ceramic cookie jar. “He has been so easy to contact whenever we have had a question or a need from his office,” stated Sue. Pearce was not able to rerun for the office because of term limitations. “Tom knows the community so well and really welcomed input from everyone in order to be more thoughtful and collaborative in the legislative process, and we just wanted to thank him for the way he served.”
by Cliff and Nancy Hill This past March, as is our regular habit, we took in Michigan’s oldest sport show, the Showspan-produced Ultimate Sport Show at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. While there that day, we came across the likes of “Walleye Wayne” Stevenson, who had a booth where he was “telling and selling” his walleye fishing charters on Lake Erie. It had been many, many years since Cliff—along with his buddies—had taken an annual fishing trip to Port Clinton, Ohio on the southern shores of Lake Erie. Now, Cliff loves the delectable walleye and Stevenson had a better idea. Rather than travel all the way to Ohio, why not book a charter with him out of Monroe, Mich., on the western basin of Lake Erie? Why not, indeed? We both already possessed Michigan fishing licenses and this way we could keep our fishing tourism dollars in Michigan. So convincing was Stevenson of his prowess as a fishing guide that he persuaded us to sign on by, coming just short of, guaranteeing we would limit out—the daily limit being five walleye per angler with a 15-inch minimum size limit. We took the bait and booked a mid-week day in early June. Mother Nature had other ideas on the morning of the designated day. Stevenson picked us up at our motel at 7:00 a.m.—we having traveled across state the day before to be well-rested for our big fishing adventure. One of the many reoccurring storms that had plagued Michigan this spring had just passed through the area the night of our arrival. In its aftermath, Stevenson told us that high winds were creating three- to five-foot waves on the big lake. He then drove us to the launch area for a “look see.” First-mate Nancy took one look at the churning waters and said, “Not on your life!” Stevenson agreed, feeling that he and Cliff would have no problem bouncing around on the water but Nancy would take a terrible pounding. That’s the way it is when fishing—you can’t control Mother Nature. So, regretfully, we cancelled out and Stevenson returned our deposit as he was fully booked for the rest of the season and we could not reschedule. Before heading back to Rockford, we stopped […]
Rockford man killed in single-car accident On June 16, John Milton Clay, 58, of Rockford was fatally injured when his southbound 2002 Ford F150 pickup truck hit a tree lying across Pettis Avenue in Ada Township. Responding to the crash were the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Ada Fire Department, and AMR Ambulance. Grattan Township to hold cleanup day Grattan Township is holding a township cleanup day for township residents on July 17 from 8 a.m. to noon at 12050 Old Belding Road. Some items will cost money to drop off. Batteries are $1 each. Appliances without Freon are $3 each, and appliances with Freon are $15 each. Tires must be cut into four pieces. Fuel and propane tanks must be cut in half. Fencing must be folded. There are no liquids, brush-offs, cement, loose trash or shovel-offs allowed. All trash must be contained.
Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend on tap June 12-13 The Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds everyone that the summer Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for June 12-13. On Saturday and Sunday, everyone—residents and non-residents—can fish without a fishing license in Michigan. All other fishing regulations apply. Numerous Free Fishing Weekend activities are scheduled at state parks and fish hatcheries to coincide with the weekend, while sporting clubs and conservation groups state events as well. Free Fishing Weekend activities offer novices the opportunity to learn from experienced anglers and learn about the joys of fishing. For a list of Free Fishing Weekend activities across the state, visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.
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.