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My Town Rockford: Countdown begins for Start of Summer celebration

My Town Rockford: Countdown begins for Start of Summer celebration

ROCKFORD, Mich.—The countdown is on to the Start of Summer celebration in Rockford.

The seasonal celebration will return June 13-15, marking the end of the school year and the beginning of summertime.  This year’s event will include live entertainment, children’s activities, including waterball with firefighters, a parade, Movies Under the Stars at Richardson Sowerby Park and Saturday night fireworks, sponsored by Byrne Electrical Specialists, Meijer and Macatawa Bank.

Start of Summer kicks off at 6 p.m.  Thursday, June 12 with Community Night. For additional information, visit the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s website here.

My Town: Cannon Township racks up road costs due to harsh winter

My Town: Cannon Township racks up road costs due to harsh winter

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The harsh winter is adding up to more bills for Cannon Township.

Last week, the township board approved five projects with the Kent County Road Commission.  Supervisor Steve Grimm says the township expects to spend about $450,000 on roads this year, due to the harsh winter.  That’s $250,000 more than previously approved through the budget.  The work includes adding a turn lane from Wolverine Worldwide to Meyers Lake, as well as plenty of winter road repairs.

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—As Memorial Day approaches, Kent County Commissioners are getting ready to hear a proposal to create a millage to support county veterans.

The proposed Dedicated Veterans Millage would be for .050 mill, generating slightly more than $1 million for veteran outreach and emergency services.  The measure would also more than double available federal claims assistance hours. 

On May 8, the Kent County Board of Commissioners Millage Subcommittee unanimously supported forwarding the millage request onto the Finance and Physical Resources Committee for consideration. The proposal will be discussed at the Kent County Commission’s finance meeting Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.  Supporters hope to get the millage on the November ballot.

My Town: Cannon Township to consider fracking regulations

My Town: Cannon Township to consider fracking regulations

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Cannon Township board members are considering amending township ordinances to regulate hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking.”

Fracking is a process that pumps water and chemicals into the ground to extract natural gas from below the surface.

Monday, the township invited oil and gas representatives from Rockford-based Trendwell Energy Corp. and API Energy to provide additional information about the fracking process, as well as address any concerns or questions. The township was previously in contact with a water conservation group that opposes fracking.

My Town: Muskegon moves May 14 Officers Memorial Service

My Town: Muskegon moves May 14 Officers Memorial Service

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Muskegon community members are encouraged to honor fallen heroes and their families while paying tribute to local law enforcement during the annual Muskegon Police Officers Memorial Service this Wednesday, May 14.

This year’s ceremony is being moved to the Paul C. Johnson Pavillion at Heritage Landing, because of construction at the Hall of Justice.  The memorial will begin at 6 p.m.  Lt. Christopher McIntire, commander of the Michigan State Police Rockford post, will be the guest speaker.

My Town: It must be summer - Rockford Farm Market opens Saturday!

My Town: It must be summer - Rockford Farm Market opens Saturday!

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Voted "America's Favorite Farmers Market" in a nationwide online contest in 2011, the Rockford Farm Market returns for its 13th season this Saturday, May 10.

"I am so looking forward to this farm market season," said Kim McKay, Rockford city treasurer and farm market administrator. "After the hellacious winter we have all survived, I'm eager for the Rockford Farm Market to usher in what hopefully will be another glorious West Michigan summer. Rockford is proud its downtown market offers up a complete cornucopia of strictly Michigan farm and orchard produce and prepared foods."

Embraced by the greater Rockford community since its inception in 2001, the Rockford Market has evolved into a true destination farm market for "foodies" and epicureans alike from near and far.

My Town Rockford: School bond proposal approved by voters

My Town Rockford: School bond proposal approved by voters

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Rockford Public Schools is getting the green light to borrow $76 million to refurnish and remodel its school buildings, purchase school buses and create and improve playgrounds, athletic fields and facilities. 

Tuesday night, voters approved the district's bond proposal,  3,473 votes to 1,646 votes.  Rockford Schools will have 28 years to repay the debt.  

For the entire election results, visit the WZZM 13 homepage here.