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Volunteers needed for Rogue River cleanup

ROCKFORD, Mich.— Wolverine Worldwide and Rockford Footwear Depot are looking for volunteers to clean up the Rogue River.

The cleanup will take place Saturday, June 8 at 9 a.m.  Volunteers should check in at the Rockford Footwear Depot.  The event includes lunch, live music and fishing/conservation demonstrations.

Volunteers will be provided supplies and gloves for the river clean up, but they should wear comfortable shoes that can get dirty, as well as layered clothing.  Volunteers should also bring their own bug spray and refillable water bottles.  To register to volunteer, click here.

Rockford Farm Market set to open Saturday, May 11th

Rockford Farm Market set to open Saturday, May 11th

The arrival of spring in West Michigan also signals the start of the Rockford Farm Market.

The City announced on its Facebook page this morning that the Farm Market will open Saturday, May 11th, which is an earlier start than previous years.  Previously, the market did not open until the first Saturday in June.

Once the market is open, you can shop for local vegetables and other foods on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm, through October 26th.

The Farm Market is usually located at the South Squires Street parking lot off of main street.

Waterfest returns to Townsend Park April 27

Waterfest returns to Townsend Park April 27

 

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Cannon Township’s annual Waterfest is falling on a weekend when may people will be cleaning up from the floods.

Waterfest 2013 will take place at Townsend Park Saturday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to noon.  The Cannon Township Historical Society will be selling baked goods at the event.  The Cannonsburg Village Christmas Light Committee is sponsoring a pancake breakfast, which will start at 8 a.m.  Meal prices are $5 per adult, $3 for children 12 years and under, and $15 per family.

April 27 is also Save the Frogs Day.  Nature Discovery will present a Michigan amphibian and reptile exhibit.  Children can also enjoy free science-inspired activities, live music and the annual duck race in Bear Creek.

No canoes or kayaks in the Rogue River

No canoes or kayaks in the Rogue River

The Rockford Department of Public Safety is advising that you are not allowed to launch canoes or kayaks into the Rogue River because of the current flooding conditions.

The city also warns that you should not drive through flooded roads or walk across flooded sidewalks.

Free program helps home and business owners deal with mercury

(ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COMPANY)– The Environmental Quality Company is proud to partner with The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Project.

This is an on-going effort to collect and properly recycle mercury.  Small and large business operations have traditionally been overlooked during mercury collection events.  The project’s objective is to address this issue and promote a long-term solution for easily collecting and recycling of mercury.  The program is free to anyone located in Michigan – residents included. 

The program is easy.

Flooding expected in low lying areas

Flooding expected in low lying areas

The calendar may say it is spring, but mother nature is delivering a different season.  Kent County residents woke up to snow showers this morning as temperatures hovered in the low to mid 30’s. 

Rain is in the forecast virtually every day in the next week, according to the 13 On Target Weather team.

Rivers and streams in West Michigan will remain high with localized flooding of low lying areas, according to meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids.

Here are the current river conditions in Kent County.  All readings are from Saturday, April 13:

The Thornapple River in Hastings is close to flood stage.  As of 12:15pm today, the river was at 6.71 feet.  Flood stage is 7 feet.

The Thornapple River in Caledonia was at 8.18 feet at 11:30am today.  Flood stage is 10 feet. 

Downstream in Cascade, the river spilled over its banks just below the Cascade Dam at Tassel Park.