It was sunny and wonderfully warm for all but the last hour of the sixteenth annual Bear Creek Waterfest on Saturday, April 24. Before the sky opened up for a beauty of a spring storm, children and adults enjoyed a pancake breakfast, bake sale, live music and the many interactive booths and activity stations. The Waterfest celebrates environmental issues, particularly water issues, and is held at Townsend Park each year by Cannon Township. At one time Bear Creek was closed to physical contact due to pollution caused by animal feces. Today kids are encouraged to jump right in and enjoy the water feature at the picturesque township park. For the last several years members of the band Hawks and Owls have added appeal with live music.
Pearce invites ‘Spirit’ recipient Courtney Fedeson to Lansing State Rep. Tom Pearce welcomed to the Michigan Capitol today Courtney Fedeson of Belmont, one of two top youth volunteers to receive the 14th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Fedeson, a 12-year-old seventh grader at North Rockford Middle School, was recognized during today’s Legislative session by the full House chamber for her accomplishment and was presented a House of Representatives’ resolution of congratulations. “I congratulate Courtney on her accomplishment and for becoming a role model for other youths who want to make a difference in their communities,” said Pearce, R-Rockford. “I was especially impressed with her maturity and graciousness during our visit to make sure it was understood her Girl Scout troop and other volunteers deserve recognition too. This is a tremendous example of how our entire community embra- ces volunteerism.” Fedeson helped lead her Girl Scout troop to beautify the front entrance of her school. The project included designing, raising funds and installing new landscaping, concrete sidewalks and a brick sculpture base. Fedeson and her parents Brian and Jodi Fedeson also had lunch with Pearce while in Lansing. As a state honoree, Fedeson received $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and she will travel to Washington D.C. in May for national recognition events with all other states’ honorees and the naming of America’s top youth volunteers for 2009. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals to emphasize the importance of service to others and contributing to communities.
by MICHAEL S. SHIBLER, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools What if you could personally participate in research to help determine factors that cause or prevent cancer? And what if your involvement ultimately leads to eliminating cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations? Would you do it? If your answer is yes, please consider participating in an unprecedented opportunity by enrolling in CPS-3 (Cancer Prevention Study-3) at this year’s Relay For Life in Rockford. Our Relay has been selected to enroll participants in the American Cancer Society’s third research study (the first study started back in 1950 and contributed to linking several factors such as cigarette smoking, obesity, and air pollution to cancer risk). Enrollment in CPS-3 will take place on Friday, May 15, 2009 from 4 to 9 p.m., at the Rockford Relay For Life at North Rockford Middle School. To see if you are eligible to participate and what is involved, please go to www.cancer.org/cps3, or for more information please contact Kyle Cutler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-551-4035. Please join me, enroll in CPS-3 on May 15 If you are unable to participate in the study, please consider forwarding this to family and friends who may be willing to participate. Enrollees do not have to be on a Relay For Life team
The all new 2010 muscle car is the best Camaro yet. Kool Chevrolet, 3770 Plainfield Avenue, would like to invite everyone in to the dealership on Wednesday for the introduction of this exciting new car. The Camaro was born in 1967 and was last produced in 2002. You will see many takeoffs from the very popular 1969 Camaro but brought forward with modern day technology and styling upgrades to be America’s 21st century sports car. Kool will have the car on display at their new car showroom along with customers’ Camaros from the past 40 years. Kool would also like to invite any other Camaro owners to drive their own Camaro to Kool and enter to win a 1/24th scale 2010 Camaro. Showroom hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Kool is located at 3770 Plainfield N.E. across from Meijer and would like to invite everyone down for this fun filled event.
The Kent District Library invites children and teens to sign up for the Summer Reading Club and spend some time reading this summer. This year’s Summer Reading Club runs from Monday, June 8 to Saturday, August 15. Children in grades five and under, both readers and pre-readers, can set and accomplish their own reading goals to win prizes and enter a drawing for a brand new bicycle. Teens in grades six through twelve can participate for the chance to win great prizes, like a new iPod. Programs will include carnivals, pet shows, magic shows, Ham It Up Theatre, puppet shows, creative cooking, lawn games, book discussions and so much more. For more information, contact your local Kent District Library branch or visit us online at www.kdl.org.