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Warmer weather spurs Steelhead fishing along the Rogue River

Warmer weather spurs Steelhead fishing along the Rogue River

Anglers have been converging on the Rogue River in Rockford as the spring Steelhead run gets underway.

Dozens of anglers fished beneath the Rockford dam over the weekend as warmer temperatures and partly cloudy skies offered ideal conditions.

The Rogue and the Grand River in Grand Rapids are producing nice steelhead catches, the state Department of Natural Resources reports.

Steelhead activity is expected to pick up this week and continue into early May.

Those fishing Sunday reported success using live bait and artificial lures. The Rogue is running higher than normal due to snow melting in its watershed, which drains about 234 square miles in Kent and Newaygo counties.

The river was running at 5.7 feet on Monday; flood stage is 8 feet.

My Town Rockford: Camp Roger to mark a milestone

My Town Rockford: Camp Roger to mark a milestone

ROCKFORD, Mich.--   Camp Roger’s Outdoor Education program is getting ready to mark a milestone.

This spring, the program will welcome its 100,000th participant.  Camp Roger Program Assistant Deb Medendorp expects to hit that number during a field trip by Rockford Christian School.

Camp Roger’s outdoor education program started in July 2000 as a way to provide interactive lessons to children during the school year.  The nonprofit organization also hosts summer camp, serving many children from the Grand Rapids area and West Michigan.

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 Rockford: Freedom In Motion seeks dedicated riders

My Town Rockford: Freedom In Motion seeks dedicated riders

ROCKFORD, Mich.--  A nonprofit organization is looking for cyclists to dedicate their lungs and legs to providing bicycles for those who need it.

Freedom In Motion is organizing a 270 mile fundraiser ride from Rockford to Mackinaw City.  The three-day journey will start June 19 and include overnight stops in Cadillac and Petoskey.  Food, lodging and transportation back to Rockford will be provided to participants.

Freedom In Motion fixes up donated bicycles for people who need them- from children whose families cannot afford a bicycle to adults who do not have a driver’s license. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward parts and tools to fix up the donated bicycles.

My Town Cannon Township: Pando looks to expand its slopes

My Town Cannon Township: Pando looks to expand its slopes

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  A winter attraction in Cannon Township is looking to expand.

Pando Ski Area is asking the Cannon Township Planning Commission to approve changes to its site plan.  The venue wants to add a second slope for visitors, as well as a community facility and larger maintenance building.

Pando, which has been in business for more than 50 years, is already celebrating a successful season because of all the snow.

The Planning Commission will review the proposed site plan amendments during its regular meeting March 11, which will begin at 6 p.m. 

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.

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Conservation group wants to clean up remnants of Childsdale Dam

Conservation group wants to clean up remnants of Childsdale Dam

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—An environmental group is asking for township support 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 Plainfield Township Board Tuesday, Feb.