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Rockford Leaf Pick-Up News & Farm Market Reminder

Rockford Leaf Pick-Up News & Farm Market Reminder

There is no set schedule when city crews will pick up leaves in the neighborhood but residents are welcome to place leaves neatly in the parkway area (between the street & sidewalk). Crew will continually loop through the City.

Leaves should not be placed in the street. Biodegradable paper bags are acceptable & encouraged during this time and will be picked up on the normal schedule day.

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town: Rogue River Expedition deemed a success

My Town: Rogue River Expedition deemed a success

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Organizers of the inaugural Rogue River Expedition are calling the event a success.

More than 50 people participated in the three-day paddling and land tour of the river and its watershed.  The idea for the expedition originated from the 2010 Grand River Expedition, which involved hundreds of boaters who explored more than 250 miles of water over 12 days.  Because the Grand River Expedition is held only once a decade, its organizers decided to hold similar events on the Grand River’s larger tributaries.

The Rogue River Expedition kicked off in June with a land tour at Howard Christensen Nature Center and the Fruit Ridge Area, which is considered one of the best fruit-growing regions in the world.  The exploration also included trips to Rogers Park in Sparta, Nash Creek and Camp Rockford.

My Town: Farmers who lost 2012 crop during freeze now eligible for funding

My Town: Farmers who lost 2012 crop during freeze now eligible for funding

SPARTA, Mich.—Fruit farmers whose crops were devastated because of the unusual spring weather in 2012 are now eligible for federal funding.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin taking applications Tuesday for Michigan farmers who lost their fruit crops due to the freeze.  The funding is available through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program,  which was authorized in this year’s Farm Bill.

 “After the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted into law, USDA expedited the restart of disaster assistance programs as a top priority,” said FSA Administrator Juan Garcia. “Fruit producers experienced significant financial losses from weather-related damage in 2012. NAP provides them with long-awaited disaster relief.”

My Town: Volunteers needed to finish Cannonsburg Ski Area trail

My Town: Volunteers needed to finish Cannonsburg Ski Area trail

CANNONSBURG, Mich.—The snow is long since gone, but work is needed at Cannonsburg Ski Area Trail.

Volunteers are encouraged to join come out and help complete work on the new trail loop this Wednesday, May 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The work mostly involves berming corners with some bench cutting.  Those interested in helping should meet in the parking lot by the WMMBA trailer, located at 6800 Cannonsburg Road in Cannonsburg.  Tools will be provided, but volunteers should bring their own boots, gloves and water.

For more information, visit the WMMBA’s Facebook page here.