Community Gathering Promotes Environmental Stewardship

Join us for the Invasive Species and Wetlands Committee Environmental Stewardship Event on July 20 from 9 a.m. to noon, aimed at fostering environmental stewardship and education among residents. The event will kick off with a short presentation by Ryan Wilemski and his strike team, who will delve into various aspects of environmental stewardship and share the significance of preserving our natural resources. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in discussions about practical steps individuals can take to help control invasive species in the area. “It’s great to see so many township residents excited for this event," said Trustee Cy Balk, Committee Chair. “I’m excited for what the group can accomplish.” Participants will then have the chance to join different groups tailored to their interests and expertise. Some groups will focus on identifying and addressing invasive plant species, while others will lead nature hikes to explore and appreciate the native flora and fauna of the region. "It's going to be a great time!" exclaimed Marnie TenCate, Volunteer of the Year for The Kent Conservation District and committee member. “The Strike Team does an awesome job educating and giving practical tips to help slow the spread of invasive species.” The event is family-friendly, and all are welcome to join in the activities. Residents are urged to mark their calendars for this event, which promises to be a valuable opportunity for learning and collaboration in the pursuit of a more sustainable future. Event Details: Date: Saturday, July 20th Time: 9 a.m. to noon Location: Cannon Township Offices, 6878 Belding Rd NE, Rockford, MI (Meet by the pavilion at the Fire Truck Park, just south of the brown building) What to Bring and Wear: Positive attitude Reusable water bottle Dress for the weather Gloves (provided, but feel free to bring your own) Hand saw, if you have one Please RSVP at The Invasive Species and Wetlands Committee of Cannon Township is led by Trustee Cy Balk. Members of the committee include Marnie TenCate, Robert Johnston, Allison Martin, Amy Werner, Barbara Dillon, Gena Rinckey, Jacob Lemon, Kaldis Grants, Lloyd Steffensen, M. Schaap, Meg Hackett, Phyllis Gendler, Raymond Gates, Richard E. Zambon, Jessica Gutowski-Slaydon, and John Vrieling. We’d love to have you join us! Unable to make it to this event? Please save the dates for future gatherings on October 5th and November 9th. For more information, please contact

Cannon Township Firework Ordinance: What You Need to Know

Understanding Cannon Township's Firework Regulations As summer approaches, fireworks become a popular way to celebrate various occasions. However, it’s essential to be aware of local regulations to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment. Cannon Township has specific ordinances in place regarding the use of consumer fireworks, which are outlined in Chapter 232 of the general ordinances. Here’s a summary of the key points you need to know: General Rule You cannot ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks in the Township during the following times, except on certain state-mandated days: From Memorial Day through Labor Day: No fireworks are allowed between 11:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. the next day. From the day after Labor Day to the day before Memorial Day: No fireworks are allowed between 9:30 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. the next day. Unrestricted Days for Fireworks On the following days, residents are permitted to ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks without the usual time restrictions: December 31: From 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. on January 1. Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day: Until 11:45 p.m. on each of these days. June 29 to July 4: Until 11:45 p.m. on each of these days. July 5: If this date falls on a Friday or Saturday, fireworks are allowed until 11:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day: Until 11:45 p.m. on each of these days. Importance of Compliance Adhering to these regulations helps maintain community harmony and safety. Fireworks can be a source of great enjoyment but can also cause significant disturbances and potential hazards if not managed properly. By following the designated times and dates, residents can ensure that their celebrations are both enjoyable and respectful to their neighbors. Penalties for Non-Compliance Failure to comply with the firework regulations can result in penalties. It’s crucial to be mindful of the local laws to avoid fines and other legal consequences. Always ensure you are aware of the latest updates to the ordinances, which can be found on the Cannon Township website or by contacting local authorities. Fireworks are a beloved part of many celebrations, and by following Cannon Township’s firework ordinance, residents can enjoy them safely and responsibly. Remember the unrestricted dates and adhere to the specified times on other days to ensure a harmonious community environment. For detailed information, you can refer to Chapter 232 of Cannon Township’s general ordinances available on their website. Stay safe and enjoy your celebrations!