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My Town: Rogue River Expedition deemed a success

My Town: Rogue River Expedition deemed a success

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Organizers of the inaugural Rogue River Expedition are calling the event a success.

More than 50 people participated in the three-day paddling and land tour of the river and its watershed.  The idea for the expedition originated from the 2010 Grand River Expedition, which involved hundreds of boaters who explored more than 250 miles of water over 12 days.  Because the Grand River Expedition is held only once a decade, its organizers decided to hold similar events on the Grand River’s larger tributaries.

The Rogue River Expedition kicked off in June with a land tour at Howard Christensen Nature Center and the Fruit Ridge Area, which is considered one of the best fruit-growing regions in the world.  The exploration also included trips to Rogers Park in Sparta, Nash Creek and Camp Rockford.

My Town: Sparta Hunting & Fishing Club offers hunter safety class

My Town: Sparta Hunting & Fishing Club offers hunter safety class

SPARTA, Mich.—Hunting season is still months away, but now is the time to brush up on safety methods.

The Sparta Hunting & Fishing Club will be holding hunter safety class beginning Monday Aug. 11.  There is no charge for the class, but participants must attend every session to receive a certificate.  The class schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. *

*Free lunch provided Saturday.  Soda and snacks available.

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: 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.

My Town Sparta: Community raised more than $73K during Relay For Life

My Town Sparta: Community raised more than $73K during Relay For Life

SPARTA, Mich.—Hundreds of people are kicking off the weekend by breaking a sweat to help beat cancer.

More than three dozen teams are signed up to take part in the Relay For Life at Sparta High School, which began at 10 a.m. Friday.  The event will include ceremonies honoring cancer survivors and those who have lost their lives. 

Proceeds from Relay For Life will go to the American Cancer Society.  So far, more than $73,000 has been raised by the Sparta community.

My Town Rockford: Rogue River Expedition registration deadline nears

My Town Rockford: Rogue River Expedition registration deadline nears

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ROCKFORD, Mich. (Trout Unlimited)-- This is your last chance to sign up for this 3-day public journey of discovery to experience conditions and opportunities of Michigan’s Rogue River and its watershed.

 It will be held June 19 through the 21st.  The Expedition team will travel by land, canoes, and kayaks, and provide demonstrations, interactive displays, and exhibits in communities along the Rogue River.

My Town Sparta: Communities close in on park management agreement

My Town Sparta: Communities close in on park management agreement

SPARTA, Mich.—  Sparta Village Council members are expected to approve a resolution supporting a partnership with Sparta Township in maintaining a new park taking shape on North State Street.

The Sparta Sports and Recreation Park will include trails, restrooms and athletic fields. Village officials would like to begin construction in late 2014 or early 2015. For more information, visit the Sparta Area Recreation Association’s website.

Sparta Township previously approved the maintenance agreement on May 8.  Village council members will vote on the resolution during their regular meeting Monday, May 12 at 7 p.m.