The new signage making it illegal for residents to watch nesting American eagles on 12 Mile Road made national news, according to Neil Blakeslee, who last week took the Squire to task for publicizing the nest location. Blakeslee said he was out of the state when his wife saw the nest on television on a CNN broadcast. Oakfield Township Supervisor Greg Dean is convinced someone is going to get hurt on 12 Mile Road where crowds have gathered to watch a pair of eagles raising their two young. “It’s always the 10 percent that ruin it for the 90 percent,” he said. “It seems like it is always like that.” Dean said disregard for no-parking signs, standing in the road, and leaving garbage have led him to ask the Kent County Road Commission to post “No Parking, No Standing” signs at the nesting site. Dean said people have been parking in the no-parking zone, parking on private property, leaving litter and cigarette butts behind and, most importantly, standing in the road, which has a 55 MPH speed limit. Dean said a small boy was almost struck by a car on Sunday, June 14, but was pulled from harm’s way by a bystander. He said the child’s parent yelled obscenities at the driver. “I was out there all day Saturday [June 13],” he said. “A woman pulled up and parked, and when I pointed out the no parking signs, she told me she was only going to be there a few minutes.” Dean said he went so far as to cut trees along the roadside, trying to make more room for people to watch the eagles safely, but has given up. “I’m really upset. I didn’t want to make that decision, but someone is going to get hurt,” Dean said. He mentioned an earlier incident where a car was parked in the road in the no-parking zone. When he found the car’s owner and asked the man to leave, the man first checked to make sure his infant was still in the safety seat in the car. The no-standing signs are enforceable by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department and would likely result in a $100 ticket. If Dean issues a ticket, it will result […]
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by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL In future weeks, visitors to the Rockford Farm Market will find a Rockford Lions donated shed smack dab in the center of the popular Saturday morning marketplace. The shed will serve as headquarters for the Market Master as he oversees the Market’s vendors and morning’s activities. Head Market Master Bob Winegar, on behalf of the Rockford Lions Club, said, “We couldn’t have managed this move without the generous support of River Valley Auto. Owner Dan Williams sent two of his vehicles, one a specialized flat-bed truck, to transport the shed to the site and assist in lowering it into place. With the patience and skill of the two tow-truck drivers, Ryan Nielsen and John Frazine, the difficult task went off without a hitch.” Rockford Public Services Director Mike Bouwkamp was also on hand Tuesday morning to lend his expertise and the use of a City front-loader. As the Squire reported in their story of this season’s Market opening, the Lions will vend fresh and hot popcorn from an authentic popcorn machine. Proceeds of popcorn sales will go towards various Lions Club charitable service projects. Stop by Saturday morning to admire the Market Master headquarters and get yourself a bag of good old-fashioned popcorn. River Valley was also a good neighbor to the Squire the week of Start of Summer Celebration. We forgot to bring a tarp to cover our beautiful float. With rain in the night’s forcast, River Vally kindly let us store our float safely in their garage. Thanks, guys.
Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4610 Belding Rd., Rockford, will ordain and install Jonathan Klein as its associate pastor in a special 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, July 12. A cookout will follow the service. The community is invited to join by bringing a dish to share, while hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided. Klein, 26, is a 2009 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Milwaukee, a 2005 graduate of Martin Lutheran College in New Ulm, Minn., and a 2001 graduate of Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills, Wis. In 2007-2008, Klein served a vicar year at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ottawa, Ontario. His wife, Wendy, is a 2007 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College, and most recently taught third grade at Hope Christian School in Milwaukee. Rev. Klein will serve as associate pastor of evangelism, youth and young adult ministries at Christ Our Savior (COS). He joins Pastor Tim Gauger and Staff Minister Tom Marten in shepherding the over 500-member congregation, which began as a church plant of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in 1989. COS is located on the southwest corner of Wolverine Blvd. and Belding Rd. For more information, call (616) 866-1881 or visit cosrock.org.
Noon set as day’s final mail collection Rockford’s Post Office will close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2009, to allow retail employees to spend more time with their families. Noon will be the last collection for mail deposited in blue collection boxes that day. All collection points that have a regularly scheduled collection time prior to 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, July 3, will be collected as scheduled. Regular mail delivery for July 3 will be unaffected by the change. “As many businesses close early on July 3,” said Postmaster Fred Farage, “the number of customers visiting our lobbies greatly diminishes. We view this as an opportunity to afford retail employees more time with their families by closing retail operations in most of our locations early on July 3.” Commercial customers are asked to check with their Bulk Mail Acceptance Unit for July 3 hours of operation. To obtain the phone number of a specific post office, customers may call 1-800-ASK-USPS. Post office retail counters will be closed on Saturday, July 4, 2009 (Independence Day-a federal holiday), and there will be no mail delivery. Post offices’ retail counters will resume regularly scheduled hours of operation on Monday, July 6. An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that visits every address in the nation, 146 million homes and businesses, six days a week. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to pay for operating expenses, not tax dollars. The U.S. Postal Service has annual revenues of $75 billion and delivers nearly half the world’s mail.
At a recent Rockford Lions Club meeting, Lion Nancee DeVogel was presented with the highest form of recognition by the Lions Clubs’ International Foundation. Receiving a plaque reading, “For Dedicated Humanitarian Service,” DeVogel was named a Melvin Jones Fellow for her service to her club, her Lions district and especially for her work with the Welcome Homes project serving the needs of the blind. Welcome Homes, a project of the Michigan Lions Clubs, originated in Grand Rapids as a home haven for the elderly blind. DeVogel, an employee and a Lion, serves Welcome Homes as their liaison to the state organization. Recognizing that need had outgrown their facility, the Lions-with DeVogel spearheading the program-have expanded this service to include the normal retirement home through the training of staff to meet the specialized needs of the blind. Now, eight retirement homes are trained and capable of accepting blind guests with more homes on the way. For more information on Welcome Homes or the Rockford Lions Club, call (616) 866-4193.