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My Town: Rockford cleans up after winds topple trees, knock out power

My Town: Rockford cleans up after winds topple trees, knock out power

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Rockford residents were still cleaning up Sunday after a line of violent storms moved through the city about 5:15 p m. Saturday, downing trees and leaving hundreds of residents without power.

City police and fire crews responded to numerous reports of downed trees and power lines, which made several roads impassable. Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church held Palm Sunday masses without power and patrons of MVP Sports were notified by email that the health club was closed due to the power outage. MVP opened its doors Sunday afternoon when power was restored.

Outages were especially prevalent along and east of Myers Lake Avenue NE.

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: Emergency funding to bring pothole relief to drivers

My Town: Emergency funding to bring pothole relief to drivers

KENT COUNTY, Mich.— State lawmakers are coming to the rescue of drivers trying to dodge a plethora of potholes this year.

The legislature Wednesday approved $215 million in emergency road funding,  including $115 million for priority projects and $100 million to assist with maintainence needed due to the harsh winter.    

“The additional funding is much needed to combat the brutal winter we experienced this year and to start to reverse the toll it took on Michigan’s roadways,” said Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker.  “The investment in local roads will help to limit the expenses associated with car repairs due to poor road conditions.”

The emergency funding includes nearly $1.9 million to maintain and fix Kent County’s roads.  That includes more than $235,000 for the following communities:

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. 

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.

Fifth annual Rockford Ice Festival considered a success

Fifth annual Rockford Ice Festival considered a success

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Despite the extreme cold, organizers of this year’s Rockford Ice Festival say the event was a success.

This year, they added opening ceremonies, which attracted hundreds of people Friday night.  Even the Grinch came out and made off with the glitz ball, which eventually returned. 

This was also the first year the sculptures were lit up at night. Organizers say 152 people took a carriage ride through town on Friday, as part of the event.  Nearly 50 people took the plunge Saturday for Special Olympics of Michigan. 

The Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off on Saturday raised more than $400 for North Kent Community Services.  Bill McDaniel and Tom Troyanowski of “2 Bad Dads” took the top honors- earning first place from the judges and the People’s Choice award.