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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.

My Town: Longtime family business expands to Comstock Park

My Town: Longtime family business expands to Comstock Park

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—A 114-year-old family business is expanding beyond the lakeshore.

West Michigan Roofing & Construction’s newest branch is located at 3736 West River Drive NE in Comstock Park.  The new location is managed by Edward Macklin III and Joseph Waldner.

West Michigan Roofing & Construction is based in Spring Lake, but provides roofing services to residents throughout the West Michigan area, including Holland, Muskegon, Whitehall, Ada and Rockford.  The business also installs siding, windows, doors and skylights.  The business provides fee estimates.  For additional information visit the West Michigan Roofing & Construction website.

My Town Rockford: Northland Animal Hospital to offer holistic options

My Town Rockford: Northland Animal Hospital to offer holistic options
-------------------------NEWS RELEASE---- ROCKFORD, Mich. (Northland Animal Hospital) -- Northland Animal Hospital is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Diane Vander Wall. Originally born and raised in Kentwood, she graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelors Degree in Biology and then went on to graduate from Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She developed an interest in acupuncture and herbal therapy during her family's battle with cancer and a growing interest from her clients.

My Town Rockford:Honey Creek Inn celebrates 30th anniversary with new look, expanded menu

My Town Rockford:Honey Creek Inn celebrates 30th anniversary with new look, expanded menu

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- The Honey Creek Inn in Cannonsburg is reopening its doors Tuesday afternoon, April 1  after undergoing a marathon three-day renovation.

“I’m taking it back to an Irish pub,’’ owner Don Kurylowicz said. “When you walk in, you’re going to be in Ireland.’’

The iconic pub, 8025 Cannonsburg Road NE, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with Tuesday's reopening. Upgrades include new paint and new LEDs. Some of the more than 400 beer taps collected over the past 30 years are being displayed on illuminated shelves running along ceiling beams. Kurlyowicz also plans to display photos connected with Honey Creek activities, including the annual Duathlon and a recent trip to Ireland attended by 180 patrons.

“It’s a display no one else has in West Michigan,’’ he said.

My Town:Kent County Board names new District 6 Commissioner

My Town:Kent County Board names new District 6 Commissioner

WALKER, Mich.--- A new person will be representing Walker and West Grand Rapids when the Kent County Board of Commissioners reconvenes April 10.

On March 27, the Board unanimously voted to appoint Patrick Szymczak to the seat previously held by Michael Wawee.  Wawee is charged with obtaining money under false pretenses for his own use from the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids and Holy Cross Cemetery, where Wawee works. He’s accused of taking between $1,000 and $20,000. In an earlier statement, Wawee said he resigned from his seat to focus his energy and time on family and proving his innocence.

Szymczak comes with a decade of experience as a local business owner.  He owns Jant Group, LCC, a visual graphics company based in Rockford.  Prior to that, he served as global account manager for SBC Global.

My Town: Investigators release photos of business break-in suspects

My Town: Investigators release photos of business break-in suspects

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--  Kent County deputies are trying to track down the vandals who targeted seven businesses this past weekend.

The crimes happened the night of March 22 at  Styles Salon and BC Pizza on Belmont Center NE,  Carmelo’s Restaurant on 68th Street SE, Subway on Kalamazoo Avenue SE,  and Domino’s Pizza, Hair Tailors and Panacea’s, all on 14 Mile Road NE.

In Belmont, deputies say the suspects broke the glass on the front door of Styles Salon.  The suspects also broke glass at BC Pizza and stole a cash register.

In Gaines Township, investigators say the vandals smashed in the doors at Carmelo’s Restaurant and Subway.

In the Rockford area,  the suspects smashed a window at Domino’s Pizza, broke in through the back door of Hair Tailors and smashed a window at Panacea’s.  Some cash was stolen.

 It’s unclear if all of the crimes are connected.