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My Town: Date set for Art Van Sports Complex grand opening

My Town: Date set for Art Van Sports Complex grand opening

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A $7.8 million project nearly two years in the making will open to the public next week.

The grand opening for the Art Van Sports Complex is scheduled for Aug. 1.  The 60-acre complex is located at 3300 10 Mile Road in Plainfield Township.  Crews broke ground on the project in October of 2012; so far they’ve finished the first phase of work, which included eight diamonds for baseball and softball and a Miracle Field for players with disabilities.  Four additional fields are planned for phase two of construction.

The President of the West Michigan Sports Commission expects the facility to create an economic impact of more than $10 million during its first five years of operation. The Art Van Complex manager says ball diamonds are already booked for tournaments during 23 of the 27 weekends on the 2015 schedule.

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: Cannon Township's camp fire rules

My Town: Cannon Township's camp fire rules

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Cannon Township officials are reminding residents of its camp fire rules, as the long Fourth of July weekend approaches.

In Cannon Township, residents do not need a burn permit for a camp fire as long as they follow the township ordinance, which restricts fires to three feet in width.  In addition, camp fires can only be composed of non-processed wood and a smaller portion of leaves/grass clippings. Garbage cannot be burned.

For the exact ordinance language, click here.  To obtain a burn permit for other fires within the township, call (616) 874-9725.

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: Climb Out of the Darkness at Cannonsburg Ski Area

My Town: Climb Out of the Darkness at Cannonsburg Ski Area

BELMONT, Mich.—It’s a condition that affects 10 to 15 percent of new mothers: postpartum depression.

Survivors, family, friends and supporters will put on their hiking boots this Saturday, June 21 to raise awareness about this condition.  This is the second year for the Climb Out of the Darkness event.  At 9 a.m., participants will climb Cannonsburg Ski Area to symbolize their collective rise out of the darkness and rejection of the stigma of maternal mental illness.  The event is open to everyone and registration is free.

The climb is one of more than 100 such events taking place worldwide during Summer Solstice, in conjunction with Postpartum Progress

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: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.