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Rockford Ice Festival to include lit sculptures

Rockford Ice Festival to include lit sculptures

ROCKFORD, Mich.— Rockford’s fifth annual Ice Festival will light up the night starting Friday, Feb. 7.

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce says this year, the ice sculptures will be lit Friday evening for visitors’ viewing pleasure.  The two-day  festival will also include a chili cook-off, a Sweetheart Splash at the dam,  a miniature golf course made out of ice sculptures, live carving demonstrations, and an ice sculpture scavenger hunt throughout downtown Rockford.

Rockford’s Ice Festival attracted more than 14,00 visitors in 2013.  Organizers say this year’s celebration will be bigger and better than ever. 

For more information, visit the Rockford Chamber of Commerce website here

Manufacturer breaks ground for new facility in Rockford

Manufacturer breaks ground for new facility in Rockford

ROCKFORD, Mich.--On a wintry Thursday, December 12, the day after Wolverine Worldwide announced the elimination of 90 jobs at the corporation's headquarters in Rockford, Integrated Packaging Machinery broke ground for a new facility in Rockford's Byrne Industrial Park. 

Earlier in the week, the Rockford City Council had unanimously granted IPM an Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption certificate for a period of twelve years, the maximum allowed by state statute. The length of the tax abatement period is based upon the applicant meeting certain criteria such as: new jobs created, cost of new equipment, square footage of the facility, employees/per 1000 square feet, and construction cost per square foot. IPM easily scored enough points to be awarded a 50 percent property tax abatement for each year of the 12-year period.

New restaurant planned for Squire Street

New restaurant planned for Squire Street

From the Rockford City Facebook Page: Monday night, as part of their regularly scheduled meeting, Council approved a liquor license for a new restaurant – Ramona’s Table to be located on 17 Squire Street.

Ramona’s Table has second location in East Grand Rapids. Plans are to open by next April.

Council also approved a tax abatement for IPM which is constructing a new 25,000 square foot industrial facility just west of Grand Rapids Controls in the City’s industrial park. These 2 actions helped facilitate the creation of nearly 100 new jobs in our community.

Rockford-based Sable Homes donates $500 to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

Rockford-based Sable Homes donates $500 to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – On Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, Sable Homes marketing manager and new home consultant, Karin Kay, paid a visit to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids to deliver a $500 donation to the cancer and grief support organization.

The donation came in response to Sable Homes’ Facebook campaign, which pledged to donate $1 for every new "like" Sable Homes received during the month of November. On Dec. 3, #GivingTuesday, Sable announced $500 would be donated to Gilda’s Club. Daryl Vogel, vice president of development at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, accepted the check at the Gilda’s Club’s Grand Rapids clubhouse and took Kay on a tour of the facility.

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New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new bike path will soon take shape in Grand Rapids.

The city is getting a $618,514 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation to create the Seward Avenue Bikeway.  The 3.5 mile bike route will cut through the heart of Grand Rapids and connect nearly 190 miles of regional trails, including the White Pine Trail, Oxford Street Trail and Kent Trails. The path will run along Seward Avenue from Wealthy Street to the Riverside Park trailhead and include a bike shelter, bike lockers, bike signs and signals and an upgraded pedestrian bridge over Indian Mill Creek at Broadway Avenue.

The project is expected to cost just over $1 million.  Additional funding will come from the City of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Bikes Belong and Freewheeler Bike Shop.  The city commission will recognize all financial supporters during its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.    

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Voting is underway for the top West Michigan business that inspires the community with its service.

This is the third year for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award.  The winner is highlighted in a promotion airing before every movie shown at Celebration’s theatres. The prize packages for the six regional winners total more than $360,000 in value, with promotions, workshops, movie watch parties and cash prizes included.

“Genuine and creative acts of service make everyone’s day better,” said JD Loeks, President of Celebration! Cinema. “Hospitality and service are part of the DNA of this region, and we want to celebrate it!  We hope to get our communities talking.  We want people to vote and share their own stories of celebrated service.”

This year’s nominees for the Grand Rapids area include:

  • Cherie Inn (My Town Grand Rapids Central)
  • D.

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Some West Michigan restaurants are honoring miliatry members  this Veterans Day by serving up free meals.

Lakeshore Partnership is also offering a free meal to veterans at 19 of its local McDonald’s restaurants.  Military identification is preferred, but not required.  Participating locations include: