Rockford resident Shawn Raymond asked the Rockford City Council if they would consider an ordinance allowing hens in City limits. By hatching season next spring he will have an answer. Currently farm animals are prohibited in the City, but council is taking on Raymond’s request and investigating what other cities are allowing. It has become increasingly popular for families to own a few hens for their eggs. Raymond said his family would prefer to have their own eggs to ensure the source of the product and that hormones and other additives have not been fed to the chickens. According to City Manager Michael Young, Raymond proposed a very restrictive ordinance. “While I still have many questions and concerns, we committed to Mr. Raymond that we would work with him and other residents to put together a report to be presented to Council as this discussion continues,” Young stated. “The general timeframe that we would be working on is to discuss this matter through the winter months, which will allow Council to ultimately decide one way or another whether such an ordinance is in the best interest of the City by the spring of next year,” Young stated. “The timeframe was at Mr. Raymond’s suggestion because typically you would not order a batch of chicks during the cold weather months, so spring is an ideal time to resolve this matter.”
Logan David Hammingh, born July 13, 2007, celebrated his second birthday at home on Cowan Lake with family and friends. His mother, Stephanie Trudeau, a professor at Grand Rapids Community College, couldn’t be more proud of her little guy. “He is such a ham,” says Stephanie. “I can’t believe he is already two.” Pictured, Logan is the “captain of the ship” while driving the pontoon with his neighbor and best buddy Mike Ohren. “Happy birthday, little buddy!” from your family and friends on Cowan Lake.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters that applications for fall turkey hunting licenses are on sale now through August 1, 2009. A total of 59,050 licenses are available through a lottery for the units open to hunting-12,350 general licenses that may be used on public or private land and 46,700 licenses for private land only. Twelve wild turkey management units totaling 34,976 square miles are open to fall turkey hunting during the October 5 to November 14 season, including most of southern Michigan, five counties in the northern Lower Peninsula, and the entire wild turkey management area in the Upper Peninsula. Regulations are virtually identical to last year. “We are in the third year of a three-year period of stabilized regulations that were developed by working with turkey-hunting groups,” explained Al Stewart, DNR upland game bird specialist. “After this season, we intend to fully evaluate the regulations and make changes where appropriate.” Hunters may apply for a turkey hunting license at any authorized license dealer, at DNR Operations Service Centers, or online at www.michigan.gov/dnr using the E-License system. The application fee is $4. Drawing results will be posted online beginning Aug. 17. If any licenses remain after the drawing, unsuccessful applicants may purchase one leftover license in person at any license dealer on a first-come, first-served basis for a one-week period beginning Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. Any licenses that remain as of Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. will be available for purchase over the counter by any hunter. The licenses will be sold until the quotas are met. The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources for current and future generations.
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.