Just in time for the Take Back the Tap campaign promoting drinking the water from your faucet as healthy and more environmentally sound than bottled water, Plainfield Township has proof of their water quality. At a September Michigan American Water Works Association meeting, the township received three awards for the quality of their water department. The 2009 Exemplary Wellhead Protection Program Award and the 2009 Water Quality Report Award were both accepted by Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Don Petrovich at the September 21 township board meeting. The first award went to the township for their outstanding efforts in protecting the public water supply. The second was given to water suppliers who use their annual report to educate their citizens on the quality of the water supply. The township also earned the 2009 Edward Dunbar Rich Service Award. This was accepted by board member Charles Weldon for his son, Matt Weldon who is the township water department assistant supervisor of distribution. The award is given annually by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, In cooperation with the AWWA, to those who have 25 years of meritorious and faithful service in the waterworks industry. Petrovich gave credit to his staff for the first award, “The trick is to surround yourself with excellence,” he stated. The board and Tom Smith, a representative from AWWA thanked Petrovich, Weldon and the water department staff for their award-winning efforts.
October 22 2009
Nick Wawee owner of the Peppermill Grill, Rockford’s popular breakfast and lunch diner, is thinking ‘outside the box’ – the drop box that is. In a joint venture with North Kent Service Center (NKSC), the Peppermill Grill is accepting foodstuff donations until Thursday, November 12. Groceries collected will be included in Thanksgiving baskets distributed by NKSC to the area’s less fortunate by circumstance. Following November 12 and until Thursday, December 10, new toys will be accepted to be included in Christmas gift distributions by NKSC. As a thank-you to restaurant patrons who make donations Wawee will randomly award three Peppermill Grill gift certificates for each of the two collections. This is a win-win for everyone. Restaurant diners enjoy a great meal and in their donations afford a traditional Thanksgiving meal or toys for Christmas to a family in need. For the uninitiated, Rockford’s best-kept secret – The Peppermill Grill – is located at the north end of the Rockford Farm Market parking lot (South Squires St. parking lot). Register your donations with Fern or Nickole at the restaurant.
Saturday, October 24 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants. Think Pink Fashion Show—11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Reds on the River, 2 E. Bridge St., in the Promenade, downtown Rockford. Sit back, relax and enjoy the Heart of Rockford Business Association’s show emceed by WZZM’s Take Five Steph and Tara. Reservations required; proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Guests receive complimentary pink champagne, a rose, gift bags and prizes. No cost to attend with purchase of lunch. There will also be a silent auction featuring Heart businesses’ merchandise and gift cards. Reserve by calling (616) 863-8181. Leisure Village Craft & Bake Sale—9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; soup luncheon at 11 a.m., at Leisure Village (first entrance on Chauncey, just north of Cannonsburg Rd.), sponsored by Leisure Village Council for Senior Citizens, Inc. Monday, October 26 Grand Rapids Audubon Club Meeting—6:30 p.m. at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Auditorium at Cornerstone University, 3000 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids. Clayton Daughenbaugh, Midwest regional organizer of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, will present “Utah’s Red Rock Canyonland Wilderness.” Guests welcome. Free program. For more information, visit www.glsga.org/grac or call Bea at (616) 676-2446. Tuesday, October 27 Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Rockford Garden Club Meeting—7 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, 159 Maple St., in the community room. Topic will be winter preparation in zone 5—free workshop and materials included. Open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Free Legal Assistance for Seniors—10 a.m. to noon at Rockford Ambulance Board Room. To schedule your half-hour appointment with Jason Jansma, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322. Wednesday, October 29 9th Annual Korth Conservation Speaker Series—7 p.m. registration; 7:30 p.m. program, at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline, Grand Rapids, featuring Buddy Hauffaker and Tom Kubala. Open to the public. Cost is $18 per person (includes admission to the gardens and indoor greenhouses). For reservations, please mail to Land Conservancy of West Michigan, […]
Fry Mrs. Ruth Stow Fry, age 90, died peacefully on Saturday, October 17, 2009, at Porter Hills Retirement Community from complications of a stroke she suffered on October 6, 2009. For the past 12 years she resided there with her husband, Richard. Prior to moving to Porter Hills, Ruth and Dick lived in their home on the Rogue River in Rockford for 34 years. Ruth was born in Billings, Montana on May 23, 1919, the third child of Ralph Albert Stow of Caledonia, Mich., and Frances Morris Stow of Reading, Mich. Her older siblings were Dr. Robert Stow of East Lansing, Mich., and Dr. Richard Stow of Worthington, Ohio, both of whom preceded her in death. Ruth spent most of her childhood in East Lansing, where she graduated from East Lansing High School in 1937 and from Michigan State College (now University) with a degree in music education in 1942 and later, a masters degree in education. She also spent many summers assisting her parents in running a children’s summer camp on Crystal Lake near Frankfort, where many fond memories were formed. Ruth was an accomplished pianist and won many honors for her piano talents, including the Michigan State Federation of Music Clubs competition in 1937. She and Dick were married in East Lansing on June 16, 1945. Soon after their marriage, Ruth and Dick moved to Midland, Mich., where Dick became the owner of Brown Lumber Company, and Ruth focused on raising their three children. They left Midland in 1961 and, after a brief stay on the west coast, they settled in Rockford in 1962. She joined the teaching staff of the Rockford Public Schools in 1963, and taught elementary education at both Belmont and Parkside elementary schools until she retired from teaching in 1981. Ruth was delightfully adept at assisting and inspiring her students to fulfill their own potential, and was especially talented at encouraging her own children to aspire and achieve their own successful careers. For over 45 years, Ruth and Dick were active members of the First Congregational Church of Rockford. Ruth will be fondly remembered throughout the Rockford and Porter Hills communities for her ceaseless humor, her keen intellectual curiosity, her exceptional teaching talents and her lifelong dedication to music, […]