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Local woman wins first body-building competition

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

Local resident Kerry Foley is named champion in her first body-building competition. For Kerry Foley, fitness is her business as well as a way of life. Foley is a fit pro trainer at Snap Fitness, owns a physical fitness training business, and is a yoga instructor at Rhythm Dance Center in Belmont. When a client admired her well-muscled physique and suggested she enter a body-building contest, Foley decided to give it a try. “I didn’t ever think I would win,” Foley said of her first-place win that brought her four trophies and wins in two divisions as well as overall champion of a local drug-free body-building competition. “I’d never been in a body-building competition in my life,” Foley said. A firm believer in a healthy lifestyle and drug-free body-building, Foley is in great shape, but had never considered entering a competition. She has also learned a few things along the way. She is already a firm believer in chiropractic care, which she said has saved her “time and time again.” She made sure she was in top shape, with visits to her chiropractor, and also prepared, with a trip to a tanning salon where she was airbrushed top to bottom. “That was the worst part,” Foley said. “You can’t be too dark for these competitions, because it helps define your muscles.” She said the airbrushing dyed her skin, a process she wasn’t very comfortable with, but necessary for competition. “It stays on your skin five to seven days,” she said. When Foley showed up to compete, she was excited, but had no idea what to expect. Foley’s first round was a woman’s open, where she was classified as “short” despite her being five-feet, six-and-a-half inches, because there were four women taller and three shorter. “I was really shocked when I won that,” she said. The next round was the women’s master, for ages 35 and up. Again Foley came out the winner. Finally, Foley was judged champion of the entire event. “Snap Fitness sponsored me to this event,” Foley said, noting that it was quite an expensive process, counting everything. For an event entered on a lark and with the encouragement of the staff of Snap Fitness, Foley couldn’t be happier with the outcome. “It […]

Candlestone Golf and Resort gets facelift

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

by Scott Yeomans The Candlestone Golf and Resort was built in the early 1970’s, in the middle of an apple orchard, with just a restaurant and hotel. In 1978 the golf course, which is considered to be one of Jerry Mathews’ best designs, was built. Since taking over the Resort in 2008 the new owners (Steve Leach of Rockford, John Durkee of Cedar Springs and Cathy Farr of Rockford) have invested over $1,000,000 into upgrading the facility and you can see it everywhere you look. I recently had the opportunity to play this great course. One of the first things you notice is all of the new tee boxes, 28 in all. The focus on the tee boxes is to accomplish a couple of goals. The main goal is to make the course fun and challenging for all levels of play. The addition of the black tees offer a challenge to the most skilled golfers and comes in at over 7,016 yards. The new red tee boxes will be at a distance of 4,940 yards. The course was in really good shape especially considering all of the changes. Even though the course plays fairly straight it is a true test of golf. The course is surrounded with rolling pines and wetlands. The greens are in great shape, have good size and the ball rolls with a nice pace. The bunkers were a little hard but they will all be getting new sand this year. There is a brand new putting green going in and a very nice driving range. They also will be adding a training facility to help out on that slice. The club house, restaurant, menu, deck and banquet facility have all been totally remodeled. When you return from your round of golf, you can enjoy a cold beverage and a bite to eat on the beautiful new deck or in the modern new Water Tower Grill. I’ve been there several times lately, and the food did not let me down. There are still plans in the works for adding on to the parking lot, updating the look of the outside of the building and more. Leach lives in the Rockford area and was surprised at how close he is to the Candlestone. […]

HEART of Rockford Business Association Green Bag of HEARTS promotion to continue

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

Stroll through downtown Rockford on the third Wednesday of the month and chances are you’ll see plenty of people carrying a celery green bag. This eye catching tote made of recycled material is more than a handy way to haul your purchases. The bag is in fact a promotion offered by the downtown HEART of Rockford Business Association participating members. Whenever someone shops or dines with it, he or she saves 20 percent on an item on the third Wednesday of the month, and 10 percent off an item any other day. HEART launched the promotion in March of 2008 with a spring fling radio remote broadcast. Since then, more than 3100 bags have been sold. Barb Stein, a member of the HEART Steering Committee and one of the creators of the promotion, announced at the May HEART meeting that due to the success of the program. “The bags will be sold and the promotion continued indefinitely.  The bags have been successful on so many levels.  We are encouraging people to shop and buy locally by offering them a savings at participating HEART member businesses. This keeps dollars in our community and helps stimulate growth in these tough economic times.  Plus, folks are encouraged to recycle.  It is really exciting to see the green bags all over Rockford – and beyond.  It makes me very proud of my town.” HEART businesses include: A Charmed Life nail salon, Aunt Candy’s Toy Store, Baskets in the Belfry, Bow-Dacious, Corner Bar, Creative Concepts, Custard by the Dam, Dam Dogs, Frame and Matt Shop, G. Willikers, Glik’s, Grand Dental Care, Great Northern Trading Co., Gremel Group, Grill One Eleven/Marinades, Imperial Computer Solutions, Independent Bank , J.T. Stitchery & Frame Shop, Jade, Kimberly’s Boutique, Paper Doll, Pegasus Sports Reds on the River restaurant, Right at Home, Right Up Your Alley, Rockford Candle Shop, Rockford Flower Shop, Rockford Footwear Depot, Rockford Independent Newspaper, Rockford Squire, Rogue River Tavern, Sage & Roses, The Frame & Mat Shop , Xscape Salon, W.A.R. Chest Boutique and Ward’s Hair Place Heart green bags are sold at participating businesses, and some exclusions may apply. For full details, stop in to your favorite business. Look for the HEART logo and membership sign in windows and doors about […]

New kids consignment boutique coming to Downtown Rockford

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

In today’s economy you can’t go wrong shopping at Gumballs and Overalls, the new kid’s consignment boutique coming to downtown Rockford. At the upscale consignment boutique you will find name brands such as Gymboree, Gap, Tommy Hillfiger, The Children’s Place, Ralph Lauren, Limited Too, and many designer brands all for up to 70 percent off retail. Shop owner Teresa Patteuw says that shoppers in her store will not have to compromise their style and fashion preferences to get a great deal because all items are in guaranteed like new condition, except you are not paying the hefty retail price. In addition, the atmosphere is not like other second hand stores, but much like a designer boutique that is incredibly organized with beautiful displays and unmatched customer service. Teresa urges shoppers to ask themselves, “why pay the difference when you can’t tell the difference?” When families are looking closely at their budget Gumballs and Overalls offers more than just a great money saving solution.  At Gumballs and Overalls families can sell their kids outgrown clothing (sizes 0-10), equipment, furniture, and accessories and make big bucks. Sellers, also called consignors, earn 40-50 percent of everything they sell. They can receive a check for their sold items or they can use the money they earn to shop in the store at a discount. A typical consignor can expect to earn as much as $500 per season, just from outgrown items in their kid’s closets, and Gumballs and Overalls does all the work. In addition to like new kids item’s on consignment, shoppers can expect to find many new boutique gift items. New gift items will include tutus, hair bows, baby blankets, bibs, rattles, heirloom christening gowns and accessories, diaper bags, and much more. Gumballs and Overalls will also offer ecofriendly kid’s products including Earth Mama, Angel Baby all natural care products, organic laundry detergent, products with organic and hemp fabrics, as well as a large assortment of cloth diaper brands including Bum Genius, Fuzzi Buns, Bumkins, Thirsties, Happy Heinyes, and more. Throughout any month shoppers can also participate in many ongoing workshops including Baby Sign, a great introduction to learn more about the benefits of baby sign language, and the first workshop being held June 12-13 in partnership […]

Blues Begins

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

The season’s first free Huntington Bank Rogue River Blues concert was held Tuesday, June 9 on the banks of the Rogue River. In a brand-spanking new Garden Club park which has undergone a transformation this spring, the series promises a great summer of family entertainment.

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