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Church hosts free outdoor movie nights


 

July 22 and August 12

Grab a blanket or lawn chair, your family or friends and enjoy a movie under the stars! This summer, River Rock Church is hosting several free family-friendly movies on Friday, July 22 and Friday, August 12.

All movies will begin at dusk. In case of rain, movies will be shown inside of River Rock. Movie will be shown in front of River Rock Church, located at 6060 Belding Road, Rockford, MI.

Movies are free of charge to attend; concessions available at low cost. Donations can be made the event to help support River Rock’s community outreach initiatives.

Friday, July 22 – “UP” 

Movie to begin at dusk, approximately 9:00 p.m.   Ahead of the movie, kids can get a free balloon animal/creation.

Friday, August 12: “Finding Nemo”

Movie to begin at dusk, approximately 8:35 p.m. The Grand Rapids Public Museum will be on site ahead of the movie to share some of their deep-sea artifacts from their “Earth Explores” exhibit.

For more information on River Rock’s Festival, visit www.riverrockcommunity.com or contact the church office at 616-874-0400.

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Cougar illegally killed in UP


 

Michigan Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officials have confirmed a cougar was illegally killed last week in the Upper Peninsula’s Schoolcraft County.

Acting on a tip that a cougar had been illegally killed at a hunting camp in northeast Schoolcraft County, DNR conservation officers and Special Investigations Unit detectives were able to successfully recover evidence and identify and apprehend two suspects from Bay County.

Upon completion of the DNR’s investigation, the case will be turned over to the Schoolcraft County Prosecuting Attorney with warrant requests for charges. The state penalty for illegally killing a cougar, classified as an endangered species in Michigan, is up to 90 days in jail and fines and restitution of up to $2,500.

Anyone with information about this or any other poaching case is encouraged to call the DNR’s Report All Poaching (RAP) hotline at 800-292-7800, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information can also be reported online at www.michigan.gov/conservationofficers. Tips and information can be left anonymously; information that leads to an arrest and conviction is eligible for a cash reward funded by the state’s Game and Fish Protection Fund.

A trail camera photo of a cougar near the same area as this incident was recently confirmed by the DNR’s Wildlife Division. Wildlife officials believe the animal killed was most likely the same cougar seen in the recent photo.

Cougars, also known as mountain lions, disappeared from the state in the early 1900s. The last confirmed wild cougar in Michigan prior to 2008 was an animal killed near Newberry in 1906.

Since 2008, the DNR has confirmed photos or tracks of cougars on 23 occasions in 10 Upper Peninsula counties. The animals are believed to be young individuals dispersing from established populations in the Dakotas in search of new territory. There is no evidence of a breeding population of cougars in the state.

The Wildlife Division’s specially trained cougar team welcomes citizen reports of possible cougar evidence or sightings. Cougar photos and other evidence, such as tracks, scat or cached kills, should be reported to a local DNR office or through the DNR’s online reporting form at www.michigan.gov/cougars.

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