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My Town: Kent County forms Agri-Business Community Work Group

My Town: Kent County forms Agri-Business Community Work Group

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent County Board of Commissioners has formed a new group to help support, expand and attract agri-business to the county.

The Agri-Business Community Work Group is comprised of people from a range of agricultural, business and legislative backgrounds, located across the county.  Members include:

My Town Rockford: Community band, choir and orchestra team up for spring concert

My Town Rockford: Community band, choir and orchestra team up for spring concert

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ROCKFORD, Mich. –  On Sunday, April 27, the Rockford Community Band, the Rockford Community Choir and the Rockford Community Orchestra combined to present their annual Spring Concert at the Rockford High School Fine Arts Auditorium.

The audience was treated to a bouquet of musical selections guaranteed to lift spirits and set toes tapping.  The afternoon program included the Rockford Community Band with Conductor Tiffany Engle presenting “Of Stage and Screen” with highlights from Les Miserables, the Tancredi Overture, Fugue & Chorale on “Yankee Doodle”,  Four Dances from West Side Story and John Williams in concert.

My Town Rockford: Grillapalooza 2014 to benefit new arts center

My Town Rockford: Grillapalooza 2014 to benefit new arts center

ROCKFORD, Mich.--  Get ready to fire up those grills, as the annual Grillapalooza returns to Rockford May 3.

Hosted by Herman’s Boy Coffee Ranch, the event begins at 10 a.m. and will feature grilling demonstrations, food samples and performances by a range of local artists.  This year’s Grillapalooza will showcase the Rockford Community orchestra, band and choir, the Rogue River Artists, the Rogue River Community Theatre Company, the North Kent Camera Club and the School of Rockford Ballet.  Visitors can also check out the Artist’s Market and enjoy family friendly activities organized by the Rogue River Artists Association.  Artists will be on site creating paintings and drawings for immediate sale.

A Big Green Egg Grill & Smoker donated by Herman’s Boy will be raffled off at 3 p.m., with all of the proceeds going to a new arts center in Rockford.  Organizers say they’ve already sold most of the 200 available raffle tickets.

My Town: New take on 'Gone With The Wind' debuts at Kent Theatre April 24-26

My Town: New take on 'Gone With The Wind'  debuts at Kent Theatre April 24-26

ROCKFORD, Mich. - One of America's most beloved movies is coming to stage now  through Saturday as Rogue River Community Theatre Company presents a send-up of Gone With The Wind.

Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel and the epic 1939 movie that followed a romance during the Civil War undergoes a slight revision in the stage version called "Gone Thru The Windows.''' The local production, directed by Brian Thomas of Rockford, lends a comedic touch to the beloved story about a manipulative Southern belle who carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the war.

"It's a cross between Gone with the Wind and an old-fashioned melodrama,'' said Lesley Nadwodnik, who is cast as 'Charlotte O'Mara.' "My character takes a slightly different approach to what you likely remember from the movie.''

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town Rockford: Grillapalooza 2014 to benefit new arts center

My Town Rockford: Grillapalooza 2014 to benefit new arts center

ROCKFORD, Mich.--  Get ready to fire up those grills, as the annual Grillapalooza returns to Rockford May 3.

Hosted by Herman’s Boy Coffee Ranch, the event begins at 10 a.m. and will feature grilling demonstrations, food samples and performances by a range of local artists.  This year’s Grillapalooza will showcase the Rockford Community orchestra, band and choir, the Rogue River Artists, the Rogue River Community Theatre Company, the North Kent Camera Club and the School of Rockford Ballet.  Visitors can also check out the Artist’s Market and enjoy family friendly activities organized by the Rogue River Artists Association.  Artists will be on site creating paintings and drawings for immediate sale.

A Big Green Egg Grill & Smoker donated by Herman’s Boy will be raffled off at 3 p.m., with all of the proceeds going to a new arts center in Rockford.  Organizers say they’ve already sold most of the 200 available raffle tickets.

My Town Rockford: Grillapalooza 2014 to benefit new arts center

My Town Rockford: Grillapalooza 2014 to benefit new arts center

ROCKFORD, Mich.--  Get ready to fire up those grills, as the annual Grillapalooza returns to Rockford May 3.

Hosted by Herman’s Boy Coffee Ranch, the event begins at 10 a.m. and will feature grilling demonstrations, food samples and performances by a range of local artists.  This year’s Grillapalooza will showcase the Rockford Community orchestra, band and choir, the Rogue River Artists, the Rogue River Community Theatre Company, the North Kent Camera Club and the School of Rockford Ballet.  Visitors can also check out the Artist’s Market and enjoy family friendly activities organized by the Rogue River Artists Association.  Artists will be on site creating paintings and drawings for immediate sale.

A Big Green Egg Grill & Smoker donated by Herman’s Boy will be raffled off at 3 p.m., with all of the proceeds going to a new arts center in Rockford.  Organizers say they’ve already sold most of the 200 available raffle tickets.