September 15 2011

Fire Union asking for $634,000 increase in three-year contract

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Plainfield, union negotiations ‘distressed’ by BETH ALTENA Negotiations between Plainfield Township and the fire union are stalled at 25 proposals for the contract for the township’s 11 full-time firefighters. Fifteen of the proposals are from the union, and ten are from Plainfield Township. On Tuesday, August 5, Steven Girard, township attorney in the negotiations, outlined the financial ramifications should the union prevail in all of its 15 disputed requests. The union proposes a three percent wage increase for each of the three years. This request would cost Plainfield Township’s tax payers $28,000 per year. The second disputed request is a longevity bonus to be paid after five and 10 years with the department. There currently is no longevity benefit. The union is asking for an additional holiday for the firefighters, which would be an additional $3,000 per year and$9,000 over the course of the three-year contract. Another request is to change the titles currently held by equipment operators, firefighters and lieutenants. The proposal is to change the title of equipment operators to lieutenants to captains, and lieutenants to be captains or battalion chiefs. According to Girard, this might not cost the township any additional money during this contract, but would certainly be a basis for pay increases during arbitration in future contracts. In arbitration, pay by title would be

Hyser Rivers Museum offers peek into the past

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Take a trip back in time and share Plainfield Charter Township history with a tour of the historic Hyser House Museum, 6440 West River Drive (next to Grand Rogue Campground and Paddlesports). The museum is open annually the weekend of the Grand Rogue Living History Encampment (at the campground). The museum will be open Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. A crafter will demonstrate from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Take a trip back in time with living history encampment

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by BETH ALTENA What was it like when a trip to the doctor meant a long ride in a covered wagon? Maybe that wasn’t even an option. How about building a homestead without power tools? Cooking dinner? Doing a load of laundry? Defending your country 100 years ago? Find answers to these questions and more this weekend at the Grand Rogue Living History Encampment held each year at Grand Rogue Campground and Paddle Sports at 6400 West River Drive, Comstock Park. The encampment features military re-enactors from every war since the French and Indian war in the 1750s. American history is fascinating in real life. Watch spinners weave wool, cover your ears during the cannon demonstration, and see re-enactors in period dress beginning Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and again Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event is free to the public, and among highlights are battles in the woods between soldiers and Native Americans, both on horseback and on foot. A trading post will offer some items for sale. The public is encouraged to ask the re-enactors questions about life in their chosen time period or about reenacting in general. Where do the authentic costumes come from? How do we learn about the battle tactics of the past? In addition to a variety of demonstrations throughout the two-day event, there will be activities for children and adults, and demonstrations of all sorts of weaponry. Re-enactor Mike DeJonge said most of his fellow re-enactors are pleased to do their part to interest youngsters in history. Often entire families take part and represent what family life was like during the Civil War, the Revolutionary War and as a pioneer during times of peace.

Independent Bank’s Shelby Reno reappointed to Michigan Bankers Association Marketing Committee

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Shelby Reno, senior vice president of marketing and communications for Independent Bank, has been reappointed to serve a three-year term on the Michigan Bankers Association (MBA) Marketing Committee. Reno has served on the MBA Marketing Committee for five years. Independent Bank Corporation (Nasdaq Symbol: IBCP) is a Michigan-based bank holding company with total assets of approximately $2.5 billion. Founded as First National Bank of Ionia in 1864, Independent Bank Corporation now operates over 100 offices across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula through one state-chartered bank subsidiary. This subsidiary (Independent Bank) provides a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage lending, investments and title services. Independent Bank Corporation is committed to providing exceptional personal service and value to its customers, stockholders and the communities it serves. For more information, please visit

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