The remaining flags from the West Michigan Healing Field continue to travel the area for display and inspire local residents. Currently residents, staff and visitors of Meadowlark Retirement Village, 65 Ida Red in Sparta, are enjoying a display of the flags. The remaining flags are available for purchase and each represent one of the people killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Those who sponsor one of the flags will receive the flag and pole, a biography of who their flag represents, and a certificate. Flags may be purchased at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community or Herman’s Boy, both in Rockford.
October 13 2011
Bill to end legislator retirement health care heads to Gov. Snyder State Rep. Peter MacGregor recently voted in favor of a bill to eliminate retirement health care benefits for most Michigan legislators. House Bill 4087 ends a retirement healthcare program that covered former legislators after age 55. The bill eliminates benefits for most current members of the legislature, including Rep. MacGregor and all future lawmakers. Any lawmaker not already vested in the program by January 1, 2013 will be affected by the bill. They will receive no retirement healthcare benefits from the state. “We’ve asked Michigan residents to share in the sacrifice as we work to get our state back on track and we lawmakers needed to do our part as well,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “I’m proud to have voted to eliminate my own retirement healthcare benefits. These benefits end upon leaving most jobs and serving in the legislature should be no different.” Additionally, the House has increased transparency this year by posting all legislative salaries and benefits online to view at www.house.mi.gov/asp.
Lily’s Frog Pad Inc. staff and volunteers have been busy finding new ways for the community to connect with nature at the Howard Christensen Nature Center (HCNC), which is conveniently located between Cedar Springs and Kent City. Although the natural beauty of the nature center hasn’t changed, several new events and programs for individuals and families are available this fall. Lily’s Frog Pad Inc. manages HCNC and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so fundraising is an ongoing endeavor. Proceeds from all fundraisers help keep the nature center buildings open and the trails maintained for school field trips, public workshops and snowshoe days during the winter. On Sunday, Oct. 16, a Bird Seed Sale will be held at Cedar Springs Mill, 112 W. Beech St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit your birds and HCNC. Another new fundraiser is the first Red Pine 5K Walk, Run & Relay on Sunday, Oct. 23. “Outdoor lovers” of all ages and abilities are invited to enjoy running or walking the flat, scenic, double loop through the nature center on well-marked trails. The race begins at 2 p.m. with refreshments and an award presentation afterward. For participants 19 years old and older the registration fee is $25, and for participants 18 years and younger it is $20. Registration forms and details are available on the website at www.lilysfrogpad.com, and late registration is from noon to 1:30 p.m. on race day. New, fun events for the family include a “one day only” Bike Cyclist Ride on Thursday, Oct. 19 when bikes will be allowed on specially marked trails from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per adult, $4 per student or senior, or $12 per family. Registration is due by October 16. To end the month and celebrate Halloween, a Night-Owl Walk is scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8 to 10 p.m. This is another one-day-only opportunity, since the trails regularly close at dusk. The trails will be lined with jack-o-lanterns for this spooky, family-friendly guided hike. Registration is requested, but not required. The cost is $5 per adult, $4 per student or senior, or $12 per family. Other events scheduled for November and December include workshops about whitetail deer, winter survival and a full-moon […]
Leaf season is here and the City of Rockford has begun its fall leaf pickup system. Starting immediately and until we start receiving significant snowfall, you may rake LEAVES ONLY to the parkway (the area between the sidewalk and curb). The City asks that you do not rake these leaves into the street. You must place all other material in bags and those will be picked up on the regular schedule. If it snows lightly during this time, the Department of Public Services will pick up your leaves as soon as the machine can get back on the road. As great as this system has worked for the City, the Public Services staff will inevitably miss an occasional bag or pile of leaves from time to time. If you have materials that were missed, please call the City offices at (616) 866-1537 and we will take care of this as soon as possible. Please remember that some materials should not be placed in bags (sod, dirt, rocks) and that the weight of the bags should not exceed 30 pounds. Thanks for your help in making this system work.