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My Town: Rockford Farm Market opening for the season May 10

My Town: Rockford Farm Market opening for the season May 10

ROCKFORD, Mich.—The countdown is on to the official opening of the Rockford Farm Market.

The market will open for the season on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The market will hold the same hours during the remaining Saturdays in May.  On June 7, the market will open at 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will maintain those hours every Saturday through October 25.

The Rockford Farm Market is located in the South Squires Street parking lot off Main Street.  It was voted America’s Favorite Farmers Market in 2011 in a contest sponsored by the American Farmland Trust.  The dog-friendly venue features a variety of locally made food and art.

For additional information, contact Kim McKay at (616) 825-5005 or kmckay@rockford.mi.us

My Town Rockford: Register now for 23 Second Fun Run

My Town Rockford: Register now for 23 Second Fun Run

ROCKFORD, Mich.—If you want to support a charitable cause without the long-term training many races entail, United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan may have the perfect event for you.

Registration is now open for the 23 Second Fun Run.  Admission is $10 for children and $30 for adults and includes an event t-shirt and goody bag with discounts to area businesses. Proceeds from the event will benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan.

No strollers or bicycles are allowed at the 104 meter race, which will take place on the White Pine Trail in Rockford on Saturday, May 3.  For more information or to register, visit the race website here.

My Town: Voters to decide three school district millages in May

My Town: Voters to decide three school district millages in May

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. --- A special election is being held May 6 for three Plainfield Township school systems:  Comstock Park, Northview and Rockford public schools.

Comstock Park Public Schools Superintendent Ethan Ebenstein said, “We are asking voters to renew our... sinking fund millage for another ten years on May 6.  This important source of special revenue helps the district make annual repairs and meet ongoing maintenance needs without taking funds from our operational classroom budget.” 

Ebenstein added, “We have an outstanding supportive community that takes great pride in our grounds and facilities, and we are seeking their assistance in helping maintain the facilities we have.”

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

My Town: Anti-bullying concert tour arrives in West Michigan

SPARTA, Mich.—A music tour aimed at preventing bullying among teenagers is making its rounds in West Michigan.

The Teen Nation Anti-Bullying Music Tour kicked off Monday morning at Sparta High School.  The 90-minute performances feature young Top 40 recording artists who are also speaking out against bullying.  This tour’s headliners include  former ‘X Factor’ contestant J Ryan, 14, of San Antonio, Texas; and Tristan Blaine, 14, of Frisco, Texas.  Additional guest performers include Faith Marie Shirley, 15 of San Antonio, Texas; Collin Kozola, 17, of Naperville, Illinois, Radio Disney star Celeste Kellogg, 18, of Smithville, Virginia; and Branden Mendoza, 20, of New Carney, Texas.

The school concert assembly schedule is as follows:

My Town Rockford:Honey Creek Inn celebrates 30th anniversary with new look, expanded menu

My Town Rockford:Honey Creek Inn celebrates 30th anniversary with new look, expanded menu

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- The Honey Creek Inn in Cannonsburg is reopening its doors Tuesday afternoon, April 1  after undergoing a marathon three-day renovation.

“I’m taking it back to an Irish pub,’’ owner Don Kurylowicz said. “When you walk in, you’re going to be in Ireland.’’

The iconic pub, 8025 Cannonsburg Road NE, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with Tuesday's reopening. Upgrades include new paint and new LEDs. Some of the more than 400 beer taps collected over the past 30 years are being displayed on illuminated shelves running along ceiling beams. Kurlyowicz also plans to display photos connected with Honey Creek activities, including the annual Duathlon and a recent trip to Ireland attended by 180 patrons.

“It’s a display no one else has in West Michigan,’’ he said.

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

My Town: Nominations sought for Heart of West Michigan United Way awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Heart of West Michigan United Way is seeking nominations for its inaugural GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER awards.

The awards are meant to celebrate nonprofits, companies and people who have made a difference in the community.  The GIVE Award goes to a company that has displayed generosity within the community, and created a culture of giving within its organization last year.

The ADVOCATE Award honors a person or nonprofit organization who leads and works with people to improve the health and wellness of the community, leaving a lasting impact on Kent County.

The VOLUNTEER Award goes to a company that promotes and provides year-round opportunities for employees to volunteer within their community, improving Kent County.

My Town: Waterfest returns to Townsend Park April 26

My Town: Waterfest returns to Townsend Park April 26

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The date is set for Cannon Township's annual Waterfest.

Waterfest 2014 will take place at Townsend Park Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to noon. Proceeds from the event's pancake breakfast and bake sale will go to the Cannonsburg Crhistmas Light Committee.  Pancake meal prices are $5 per adult, $3 for children 12 years and under and $15 per family.

Waterfest 2014 will also include owl presentations, sessions about recycling with worms and raptor presentations.  Children who take part in all three presentations will win a prize.  Visitors can also sign up for door prizes and learn more about the Bear Creek Watershed and Blandford Nature Center.  There will also be live music, a frog hunt and the annual duck race.

For more information, visit the Cannon Township website.