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Donations welcome for reflection area at Old Bostwick Lake Cemetery

Donations welcome for reflection area at Old Bostwick Lake Cemetery

ROCKFORD, Mich. - Cannon Township resident, Nate Finneran, is soliciting donations to help cover expenses for a proposed Eagle Scout project along the pathway at the Old Bostwick Lake Cemetery. He will be creating a reflection area that will include two stone benches, Japanese grasses, several trees and numerous flowering plants.

The project is expected to cost $3,330.

Tax deductible donations can be sent to Cannon Township, attention Bonnie Blackledge, 6878 Belding Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Please note 'Reflection Area' on your check.

Click Here for additional information on this project.

Dr. Jay DeWire to perform benefit concert at First Congregational Church of Rockford

The public is invited to attend a benefit concert, featuring professional pianist Dr. Jay DeWire, Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 7 pm in the sanctuary at First Congregational Church of Rockford located at 192 East Bridge Street in Rockford.

Dr. DeWire began playing piano at age 4 and gave his first solo recital at age 12.  He is now on the faculty of the Harmonia School of Music in Oakton, Virginia and is a frequent solo performer along the east coast.

Known for his dynamic interpretations of 20th Century works, he has recorded three live performance solo CD’s that include works by Ravel, Debussy, Bartok, Rzewski, and Messiaen.  Last April, he recorded an all-Brahms concert featuring previously unknown Gavottes.

Coach Ralph Munger honored with the 2011 Duffy Daugherty Memorial Award

Coach Ralph Munger honored with the 2011 Duffy Daugherty Memorial Award

Three-time state champion coach Ralph Munger is the high school coach honoree of this year's Duffy Daugherty Memorial Award.

Munger has been at Rockford for 19 seasons with Division 1 state championships in 2008, 2005 and 2004.  This past season, Rockford lost in the semifinal game.

The Duffy Daugherty award honors Daugherty, who coached at Michigan State from 1947 to 1972. It was first given to a college coach in 1992.  This year's college coach honoree is retired Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.

The high school coach award was created in 2004.

If you would like to buy tickets to the April 28th ceremony in Bath, call (517) 853-0670, or send a check to the Duffy Daugherty Award Committee, 321 W. Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing, MI 48823.

Sweet Story Of Sharing

Sweet Story Of Sharing

There is nothing that expresses the love and warmth of home and hearth like fresh baked cookies.  And, it is exactly this sentiment along with a prayer that accompanies every box filled with home baked cookies the residents of Bishop Hills Assisted Living Home in Rockford bake and send to service men and women deployed overseas.

The cookie project was initiated in early August of 2001.  The owners of Bishop Hills, Jim and Susan Bodenner had a son Matthew who was heading out on his first deployment on the USS OKane.  Matt was a regular visitor at Bishop Hills and the ladies promised to provide him and his shipmates with home baked cookies for the Christmas holiday.

Steve Jazwiec chosen as Mayor for the City of Rockford

Incumbent councilman, Steve Jazwiec, has been chosen to serve as Mayor for the City of Rockford.

Jazwiec was sworn in at Monday's council meeting.

You can review the complete council agenda here.

From the Desk of the Supervisor - Our Delivery System

From: http://www.cannontwp.org

We've got a lot of government. In Lansing, in Washington, at all local levels, we have government structures. Cities, townships, counties, school districts, state agencies and departments are all over the place, doing stuff and needing revenue to pay for it. Where did they all come from? Well, they weren't created by God. People constructed these organizations for a purpose: to deliver things to the citizens.

These government organizations are delivery systems, pure and simple. That's it. They are taxpayer-funded systems to deliver a public good. So when we talk about government, the starting point is basic: it's a system to deliver something. What is that something? Once you answer that, you have the key and can move right along.

Is our state, county, school district or township delivering that something? How well? At what cost? How do you measure performance?

Tom Rademacher Visits the Kent District Library

The Krause Memorial Branch will host Tom Rademacher, seasoned columnist for the Grand Rapids Press, at 6:30PM on Thursday, September 23. He will discuss his new book Splitting Wood, a collection of 100 columns featuring stories “about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” Books will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds donated to the library. A book signing will follow the presentation, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Krause Memorial Library. Registration is required and participation is limited.

Tom Rademacher is also the featured speaker at the Friends Booked for Lunch event at 12:30 PM on Thursday, October 21 at the Cascade branch. Registration is required and participation is limited.

For more than three decades, Tom Rademacher endeared himself to readers of The Grand Rapids Press as a writer with a nose for news, a keen eye for detail, and a desire to provide a voice for people both struggling and soaring.