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

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

------------------------PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP NEWS RELEASE---------------------------

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:Kent County Board names new District 6 Commissioner

My Town:Kent County Board names new District 6 Commissioner

WALKER, Mich.--- A new person will be representing Walker and West Grand Rapids when the Kent County Board of Commissioners reconvenes April 10.

On March 27, the Board unanimously voted to appoint Patrick Szymczak to the seat previously held by Michael Wawee.  Wawee is charged with obtaining money under false pretenses for his own use from the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids and Holy Cross Cemetery, where Wawee works. He’s accused of taking between $1,000 and $20,000. In an earlier statement, Wawee said he resigned from his seat to focus his energy and time on family and proving his innocence.

Szymczak comes with a decade of experience as a local business owner.  He owns Jant Group, LCC, a visual graphics company based in Rockford.  Prior to that, he served as global account manager for SBC Global.

My Town Rockford: Huntington Rogue River Blues Series lineup announced

My Town Rockford: Huntington Rogue River Blues Series lineup announced

ROCKFORD, Mich.— The tentative lineup is seat for this year’s Huntington Rogue River Blues Series.

The first act will take the Garden Club Park Stage June 10.  All performances are free to the public.  Visitors should bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Each performance will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The tentative schedule includes:

 

  • Tuesday June 10, 2014: Root Doctor
  • Tuesday June 17, 2014: Hank Mowery & The Hawktones
  • Tuesday June 24, 2014: Vincent Hayes
  • Tuesday July 1, 2014: Weezil Malone Band
  • Tuesday July 8, 2014: Big Boss Blues
  • Tuesday July 15, 2014: Little Frank & The Premieres
  • Tuesday July 22, 2014: Thirsty Perch Blues Band


After the Blues

My Town Plainfield Township: Board expected to fund dam clean up

My Town Plainfield Township: Board expected to fund dam clean up

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The Plainfield Township Board is poised to financially back an environmental group's plan to clean up the remnants of an old dam.

In September 1986, storms dumped up to 13 inches of rain on West Michigan, leading to rising floodwaters that destroyed three dams, including the Childsdale dam.  The dam south of Rockford gave way at 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 12, sending flood waters and chunks of concrete down the Rogue River toward the village of Belmont. The dam was never rebuilt, but some of the debris remains in the river.

Now, nearly 28 years later, the Schrems West Michigan chapter of Trout Unlimited wants to clean up remaining dam debris in the Rogue River and improve the habitat for fish and wildlife.  Josh Zuiderveen of Streamworks, LLC presented the proposed project to the Board last month, as part of a county coldwater habitat project.

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The Kent County Parks Department is looking for volunteers to help clean up parks this spring.

The 2014 Kent County spring clean event has not been scheduled for a specific day,  because of lingering snow cover.  However, volunteers are encouraged to sign up with he Kent County Parks Department and let them know what projects they'd like to work on, when the time comes.

People interested in pitching in to improve any of the county's 34 parks should contact Volunteer Services at (616) 632-7842 or email park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov .  Volunteers can explain what work they'd like to do, and the Parks Department will then organize the clean-up effort.  The spring clean event provides an opportunity to meet new community members and make a difference throughout Kent County.

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

Community contest underway to name township's newest park

Community contest underway to name township's newest park

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Plainfield Township is turning to the community to help rename one of its newest parks.

The Township’s 10 Mile Park is located south of 10 Mile Road between U.S. 131 and the City of Rockford.  Once it’s complete, the park will feature a BMX bicycling track, mountain biking trails, an indoor archery range, two soccer fields, basketball courts and a sledding hill.  Additionally, the park shares an entrance with the new Art Van Sports Complex, which will feature eight tournament quality baseball/softball fields and the Miracle Field- a custom-built rubber surface baseball facility for athletes with special needs.

With all these new features, the park needs a new name and logo.  All name submissions should include “Plainfield”.  Organizers are also encouraging people to incorporate some of the park’s activities into the logo.

Township Contest Rules: