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Rogue River chosen for restoration

By Beth Altena, the Rockford Squire

“If you have a business in Rockford, this will make a difference to your business,” said Glenn Blackwood of Great Lakes Fly Fishing, a Rockford business.

Blackwood spoke before Rockford Rotary, telling members that the Rogue River has been selected as one of only twelve rivers across the United States for a multi-year restoration project organized by Trout Unlimited (TU). Blackwood spoke in terms of business for Rotary, but might well have said if you live in Rockford, this will affect you positively.

Selection process began over two years ago when TU researchers considered three Michigan rivers for restoration and protection. Because of strong support in the area by environmental groups, donations by local business and non-profit partners and the extreme value of the Rogue as a fishery, the Rogue was chosen over the Rifle and Pigeon/Black rivers.

Special fall leaf pick-up begins in Rockford October 18th

From October 18th through November 30th, residents in the city of Rockford can rake their leaves to the parkway for pick-up by the city.  You are not required to bag your leaves, but you may do so.  Other yard waste must be bagged as normal.

The yard waste program ends with the first snowfall, regardless of the date.

Cannon Township Fall Cleanup cancelled

Cannon Township will not be holding its annual Township Fall Clean Up this year.

In past years, the township provided dumpsters at the township hall for residents to throw out their large trash items.

The township says the event was cut as part of the elimination of non-essential services from the budget this year.