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Rockford city residents advised to boil their tap water

Rockford city residents advised to boil their tap water

From the City of Rockford Facebook page:

Due to an equipment failure at the City of Rockford’s Water Treatment Plant, lower levels of chlorine residuals were found in the system which may lead to bacterial contamination.

Bacteria are generally not harmful and are common throughout our environment. Per the City’s established protocols, we are issuing a 48 hour Boil Water Notice for all customers.

The City is issuing this notice as a precautionary measure as we take water samples throughout the distribution system.

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

Philanthropic Rockford couple recognized by City Council

Philanthropic Rockford couple recognized by City Council

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- After 44 years of combined service to the city they love and have always called home, a Rockford couple "continue(s) to teach all of us to be good citizens," said City Councilor Tammy Bergstrom.

Bergstrom uttered those words during the August Rockford City Council meeting after City Manager Michael Young presented Jim and Mary Eadie with an engraved plaque. The plaque recognized and thanked the Eadies for their donation of an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) to the City of Rockford. The AED device, meant for public use, is the first fixed unit in a Rockford city building. Located in the lobby of Rockford City Hall, the unit is readily available to anyone needing its life-saving capability.

Volunteers needed for Rockford Area Kids Triathlon July 13

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Volunteers are still needed to help pull of this year’s Rockford Area Kids Triathlon.

Volunteers are needed for all aspects of the event, including registration, traffic control and runner safety.

The Triathlon will take place Saturday, July 13 at Rockford High School, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds from the race will go to Rockford Explorer and D.A.R.E. programs.  For event information or to sign up to help, click here.

Rockford man named 2013 Healthy Athlete of the Year

Rockford man named 2013 Healthy Athlete of the Year

ROCKFORD, Mich.— A Rockford man is the 2013 Spartan Stores Healthy Athlete of the Year.

David Paquette received the award during the opening ceremonies for the 2013 Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games on May 30. 

“It’s hard for me to talk about myself,” said a tearful Paquette after winning the honor. “It’s an honor to be the Special Olympics Healthy Athlete of the Year. It’s the coolest and happiest moment for me.”

Paquette has been involved with Special Olympics Michigan for 15 years.  In that time he’s helped raise more than $100 for Miles for Medals.  He also cheers on fellow athletes and shares his tips to a healthy lifestyle.  Paquette lost 55 pounds thanks to a training regimen with the YMCA.

Spartan Stores selects its Healthy Athlete of the year based on their dedication to improving health and wellness in their community, as well as following the Special Olympics Oath: “Let me win.

Relay for Life a success

Relay for Life a success

Rockford Relay For Life raised $318,000 for the American Cancer Society, making it one of the most successful fundraisers in the state.

Other West Michigan communities are doing their part.  During the Wyoming-Grandville Relay For Life on May 10, participants raised at least $54,857.  That same day, participants in the Grand Haven-Spring Lake Relay For Life collected at least $45,984 for the American Cancer Society.  Runners and walkers in East Grand Rapids raised at least $56,531 during their Relay For Life May 17.  On May 18, the Relay For Life of White Lake generated at least $43,211 for the American Cancer Society, while Relay For Life of Comstock Park raised at least $42,815.

And don’t count local colleges out.  In April, Grand Valley State University raised at least $85,263 during its Relay For Life, Western Michigan University collected at least $32,083 and Aquinas College raised $5,670.

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'Healthier Home' featured during Spring Parade of Homes

'Healthier Home' featured during Spring Parade of Homes

ROCKFORD, Mich.—One of West Michigan’s first “Healthier Homes” will be on display during the 2013 Grand Rapids Spring Parade of Homes.

The home, located at 9309 Stone View Drive, is part of Sable Homes’ Stone Crest development in Rockford.  The 2,242 square foot house is the first of its kind in West Michigan to feature AirRenew gypsum board walls, which purify the air for 75 years, converting contaminants like formaldehyde into safe inert compounds. The walls are also moisture and mold resistant. It also contains latex paint and primer that  are free of volatile organic compounds.

The Spring Parade of Homes runs May 24 through June 8.  Tickets start at $10.