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KDL - We’re Going Greener: What You Need To Know

As of November 1, KDL will no longer mail courtesy overdue and fine notices via the U.S. Postal Service.

Customers who currently receive notices by mail will be automatically switched to our telephone notification system.  If you aren’t sure we have your correct phone number, please call us at 616-784-2007, or visit any KDL branch.

If you prefer, and aren’t already receiving email notifications, you can choose to Sign up for email alerts.  KDL staff can also assist you.

Historic Rockford manufacturing facility to be razed

Historic Rockford manufacturing facility to be razed

Ironically, while the Rockford Historical Society is gearing up to move its Rockford Area Museum to the vacant 63rd District Court Building adjacent to Rockford City Hall, at the very same time, what might be the oldest manufacturing facility in Rockford is about to be demolished and removed.

The Burch Body Works facility, located in the very heart of Rockford on the southeast corner of Rum Creek and Monroe St., was until January 2006 the home of Rockford’s oldest continuously operating business. Dating back to 1866, when it manufactured horse drawn carriages and drays, today Burch is an innovative provider of practical solutions for custom work truck applications in the Great Lakes region, across the country, and around the world.

Cannon Township - Please don't feed the ducks and geese!

Cannon Township - Please don't feed the ducks and geese!

From: The Cannon Communicator

The Township has received numerous calls regarding well meaning lake front property owners who are feeding the  water fowl and also keeping ducks as pets. This causes a problem along the shore line and on the lake front yards. Swimmer's itch is  a result of fowl byproducts in the water and  along the water shore. There has not been a lot of rain so far to help stir up the waters.

The visual signs are red bumps on feet, legs, and bathing suit areas. The first known case swimmer's itch was diagnosed and discovered in Michigan in 1928. The problem was then seen in other areas of the country and  has been  a problem ever since.

Cannon Township Spring Watershed News

Cannon Township Spring Watershed News

By Julie Lovelace
From http://www.cannontwp.org


It has been a busy spring! We kicked off the month of April with our Bear Creek Stream study. Every spring and fall macroinvertebrates (bugs) are collected from a range of habitats among five sites along the creek. They are identified, counted, and sorted into groups consisting of sensitive, somewhat sensitive, and tolerant (regarding pollution, sedimentation, etc). On our first fall sampling three sites scored "fair" and two sites scored "good." In our spring sampling one site scored "fair" and four scored "excellent." Data taken over a length of time will give us valuable information about the health of the creek. We host a training right before each sampling. If you are interested in joining this study please contact me. No experience required.

Spring Clean-up at Saul Lake Bog

Spring Clean-up at Saul Lake Bog

Saturday, June 2 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

10469 Six Mile Rd., Rockford

The prairie will be a buzz of activity. Join Land Conservancy volunteers in planting young wildflowers as part of our ongoing prairie restoration here. As time allows we will also be clearing the trails and sprucing up the preserve.

Visit http://naturenearby.org for additional information.

Cannon Community Cleanup Next Weekend

WHEN? May 10, 11, and 12 (Thurs, Fri, Sat) from 8 am to 3:30 pm

WHERE? The Cannon Township parking lot

WHO? Open to township residents/taxpayers only.  Please bring voter id, tax or sewer bill to prove it.

WHAT TO BRING? General household items including appliances, scrap metal, large batteries (car, boat, etc.)

RULES:

  • No liquids (paint, oil, etc.)  Latex is okay if it’s hardened.
  • No brush or yard waste
  • All tires must be cut in half
  • No shovel-offs  (Smaller items should be bagged.)
  • Propane and fuel tanks must be cut in half.
  • Fencing must be folded or rolled up.
  • Barrels must have one end open or be full of holes.
  • No hazardous materials

For a complete list of Household Items not accepted and disposal options for those items, please visit www.accessKent.com/hhw

Cannon Trail clean-up kick-off day

Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. - Noon, Cannon Township Center

Please help us kick off another great trail season - A fun family activity!

"Thank you" lunch to follow at Center Please RSVP to Julie jlovelace@cannontwp.org and bring anything you have that might be helpful, such as:

  • Broom and/or rake
  • Gas-powered blower
  • Work gloves
  • Cutting/trimming tools

Note: Township has: 2 loppers, 2 brooms, 1 scythe, disposable plastic gloves and trash bags.

TRAIL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! If you're not a volunteer, become one! It's fun, easy and rewarding. Call or email Julie Lovelace 616-884-2206
jlovelace@cannontwp.org