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Original musical comedy presented

July 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

Local playwright Scott Phillips has written his first musical, “Paris on the Brain,” and it will debut at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs this summer. In this musical comedy, Paul is surprised by the reappearance of the woman he loved but left in Paris several months before. The exotic Meena arrives, expecting to marry, and Paul enlists his quarrelsome sisters to help explain the abrupt nuptials to their conservative parents. This engaging musical ranges from hilarious to poignant as three generations adapt to growth and change within the family. Based on a true family story, Phillips wrote the musical with his sister, Jill Phillips, who composed the words and music. A former professional musician, Jill proposed the musical after witnessing the enthusiastic reception given Scott’s first two plays, “Fish and Visitors” and “None Would Be Old.” The audience will delight in this collaboration and empathize with the problems of the family that proudly sings “We put the fun in dysfunctional!” Performances will be August 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., and August 16 at 3:00 p.m. at the historic Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main Street, Cedar Springs.

City and employees reach pay agreement on time

July 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford City Manager Michael Young said he was pleased to provide the City Council with fair agreements on time for City staff and the police department (see related story on page 1). “Rarely will you hear a city manager say that negotiations were a pleasure to go through. We have an excellent police department and staff who understand what tough times we are going though,” he said to council on Monday, July 20. Young was pleased the agreements were reached in a timely fashion. “You don’t have to look far to see a lot of contracts that weren’t settled on time.” The city employees and police department work on a three-year employment agreement. According to Young, negotiations were not characterized by fighting back and forth as is reported in many such contract settlements. “It wasn’t as if we said yes to everything they asked for,” Young, who negotiated on behalf of the city, commented. “There were things they said no to and there were things I said no to.” Young said one of the biggest decisions was how to compensate city crews who have to come in after a heavy snow and plow the streets. In past years the employee was sent home after their normal number of hours, which they didn’t feel was fair since they had to get up in the middle of the night and operate a 10,000 pound snow truck with no increase in pay from their normal work schedule. Negotiations provided for some overtime when crews have to come in at unusual hours to deal with heavy snowfall. If the employee comes in two nights in a row they will receive two hours of overtime but still be sent home for safety reasons. Steve Jazwiec said he was proud that the City is in a position to offer employees a raise despite trying economic times. Young said the contract was fair.       Rockford Mayor Chi Chi Rogers joked Council would give itself a ten percent raise (of nothing).

New business designed to help in tough economy

July 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

Lilacs and Apple Blossoms to buy and sell When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. At least that’s the philosophy behind Lilacs and Apple Blossoms, a new consignment shop at 2355 Belmont Center Drive, Suite 100, in Belmont. Owner Amy Sheets said her family construction business was slow over the winter, so she and her husband had more time on their hands than usual. “We decided to help a friend with her estate sale. We sold items on Craigslist, ebay and at flea markets. It worked out so well, she gave our names to a friend, and then to another friend,” Sheets said. The experience inspired Sheets to open up a consignment shop to offer more of that type of service. The Belmont location was a no-brainer for Sheets, whose children attend Chandler Woods Academy. “There is so much here—the park, the trail, ice cream, pizza. All it needed was a consignment shop to round things out,” she said. With a focus on family—family helping to run the business and the desire to help other families buy and sell items—Lilacs and Apple Blossoms opened its doors June 1 of this year. Sheets noted that her three small children help and even contributed with the painting of the store. Family-friendly is consistent with items Lilacs and Apple Blossoms offers for sale. Everyone wears clothes every day and the shop has clothes for men, women and children as well as young adults and infants. Furniture will also be accepted, along with household items. Sheets said the store will host estate sales from time to time and antiques will be offered as they come in. There is a digital photo frame in the store so shoppers can see items for sale that might not fit in the shop. “We will sell anything, within reason,” Sheets laughed. Sheets said her family strongly believes in doing business locally. Furnishings for the store were all purchased from other area businesses or individuals. “We like to help out the little guy,” she said. “We want to keep money in our local area. If we can keep money local, that will help the towns and small businesses.” The store will provide a place for people to take their items for resale as […]

City to discontinue print newsletter

July 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford City Council will discontinue the print edition of the City newsletter, The Outlook. According to City Manager Michael Young, the step is in line with the City’s goal to be more “green” and would also save $6,000 a year for the six newsletters printed. The information would instead be available online. The City would still print a limited number of newsletters for those who ask to have one delivered to their homes. “I don’t know if we don’t hear from people we assume that’s good enough,” commented councilman Rich Moll during the board meeting Monday, July 20. He suggested a notice in the final newsletter, which will be printed this fall, asking people to let the City know if they prefer a printed edition.

Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace to open in the Carriage House

July 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

If you’ve strolled or biked along the Frederic Meijer White Pine Trail lately, you may have noticed plenty of comings and goings at The Carriage House, located on  E. Bridge Street, just west of the Trail. Drywallers and painters have been on overtime, working nearly around the clock to finish the building for Rockford’s newest business, Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace. Slated for a mid August grand opening, owner Nick Poindexter notes he and his family have fallen in love with Rockford and he is working 24-7 to get his equipment moved in, signs hung, staff hired, and products delivered.  “This is an incredible town, and to be located right in the heart of downtown with the Trail and so many family activities, it is the ideal spot for our market. We want to open in time to capture the summer crowds and set the table for fall regulars. We will be offering specialty smoked products, jerkys, salads, dips, seafood, and deli meat selections – perfect for a picnic, tailgate party, or lunches and dinners when you want quality products but are short on time.” Carriage House owner Andy Gremel noted Poindexter’s Marketplace is a perfect fit for downtown Rockford.  “There is nothing like Poindexter’s in West Michigan— we are excited that Nick an his wife Nicole have chosen  to move their family to our community and open up this unique business.“ Poindexter noted the official opening date has not been set as it depends on final equipment and product deliveries.  Stay tuned to your local paper for further details.

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