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My Town Rockford: School bond proposal up for vote May 6

My Town Rockford: School bond proposal up for vote May 6

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Should Rockford Public Schools borrow $76 million to refurnish and remodel school buildings, purchase school buses and create and improve playgrounds, athletic fields and facilities?

That's the question voters within the school district will answer when they head to the polls May 6.  Rockford Schools would have 28 years to repay the debt.  For additional proposal information, click here.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find the polling location in your area, visit the Kent County website here.

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


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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.