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My Town Plainfield: Park logo creator honored

My Town Plainfield: Park logo creator honored

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The woman whose artwork will grace the signs at Plainfield Township’s newest park has made a career out of graphic design.

Katie Karnes is a graphic artist for Mlive Media Group.  Monday night, the township honored her for coming up with the winning name and logo for Premier Park.  Karnes received a $500 prize.

The public naming contest generated more than 90 entries and more than 50 logo ideas.  Last month, the board unanimously voted to adopt Karnes’ logo design, which incorporated the township seal.   The township plans to translate her entries into park signs that could be posted as early as the end of the year.

My Town: Big Boss Blues to give free performance July 7

My Town: Big Boss Blues to give free performance July 7

ROCKFORD, Mich.— Blues will fill the air again this Tuesday night, as the Huntington Rogue River Blues Series returns with Big Boss Blues.

The band will take the Garden Club Park Stage at 7 p.m.  The two-hour performance is free to the public.  Visitors should bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.  The remainder of the tentative schedule also includes:

  • Tuesday July 15, 2014: Little Frank & The Premieres
  • Tuesday July 22, 2014: Thirsty Perch Blues Band


After the Blues

  • Tuesday July 29, 2014: Black Jake & The Carnies
  • Tuesday August 5, 2014: Kari Lynch Band
  • Tuesday August 12, 2014: The Crane Wives

My Town: Committee to review judicial candidates for 63rd District Court

My Town: Committee to review judicial candidates for 63rd District Court

ROCKFORD, Mich.—A review committee with the Grand Rapids Bar Association is inviting candidates for the 63rd District Court seat to take part in their review process.

The judicial candidate review committee is already beginning its confidential evaluation process of the candidates.  Six people are on the ballot for the seat, currently held by Judge Steven Servaas.  The 15 member committee expects to wrap up its reviews and issue ratings ahead of the Aug. 5 primary election.

All communications intended for the committee should be mailed to Kimberly Coleman, Executive Director, Grand Rapids Bar Association, 161 Ottawa NW, Suite 203-B, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Michigan’s 63rd District represents a large swath of Kent County, including Sparta, Plainfield Township, Alpine Township, Ada, Lowell, Rockford and East Grand Rapids.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: The Tuesday blues return to Rockford

My Town: The Tuesday blues return to Rockford

ROCKFORD, Mich.— Blues will fill the air again this Tuesday night, as the Huntington Rogue River Blues Series returns with Vincent Hayes.

Hayes will take the Garden Club Park Stage at 7 p.m.  The two-hour performance is free to the public.  Visitors should bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.  The remainder of the tentative schedule also includes:

  • 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

  • Tuesday July 29, 2014: Black Jake & The Carnies
  • Tuesday August 5, 2014: Kari Lynch Band
  • Tuesday August 12, 2014: The Crane Wives

My Town Plainfield: 10 Mile Park gets new name

My Town Plainfield: 10 Mile Park gets new name

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  Plainfield Township's newest park has a new name and logo.

Earlier this month, the township board voted 4-3 to name the park on 10 Mile Road between U.S. 131 and the City of Rockford "Plainfield Township Premier Park."   The name came from a public naming contest that generated more than 90 entries.  

More than 50 logo ideas were also submitted.  The board  unanimously approved adopting a Plainfield Township Premier Park logo design that includes the township logo.  The township may also consider adopting the logo design for other parks within the township.

The person or people who submitted the winning name and  winning logo will each be awarded a $250 prize.

My Town Rockford: 'Praise in the Park' concert series returns for third year

My Town Rockford: 'Praise in the Park' concert series returns for third year

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- With weather warming and the days getting longer, Praise in the Park returns Sunday evening, June 1,  for its third consecutive season.

During its first two seasons, interest in the series has grown so much that this year, the event has been lengthened from twelve to fourteen consecutive Sunday evenings.

All Praise in the Park events take place in Garden Club Park nestled along the banks of the Rogue River and adjacent to the Rockford dam. The location is a perfect setting to listen to Christian music performed by multi-talented musicians and singers from area churches both local and beyond. The event is free and everyone is invited and welcome.