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NKCS welcomes Cassie LaMacchia as coordinator

May 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

North Kent Community Services welcomes new employee Cassie LaMacchia as Volunteer Coordinator. She will be orientating and training new volunteers as well as reviewing new projects for the volunteer program.   Cassie is originally from Lansing and moved to Grand Rapids five years ago for school. Her passion for helping others was encouraged and strengthened during her time at Aquinas College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Community Leadership. During her time at Aquinas, she volunteered and interned for several different organizations.   “My heart wanders as my eyes do for ways to help or impact others in a positive way, and volunteering is a great way to actively engage that feeling. I am delighted and excited to be a part of an organization where both volunteers and staff give their time to empower and help our community,” said Cassie.   In addition to her role as Volunteer Coordinator, Cassie also works at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Unless there is a Michigan State football or basketball game to watch, she often fills her free time taking photos, curiously exploring new places, and being active with friends and family.  


May 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Grand Rapids, MI — March 27, 2015 — March is Social Worker Month, April is Occupational Therapy Month, and May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. To celebrate, Comprehensive Therapy Center holds a coloring contest. The winners are students who receive social work, occupational therapy, and speech therapy in the sixteen area schools where ancillary special education services are provided by the agency.   “Many of the children with whom we work will not be the ones to win academic contests or star in sports,” commented Jean Silbar, Executive Director, “but they have such a passion to excel in the therapy they receive. We are excited and pleased to honor their work.”   This year’s subject, Cars, Trucks, & Things That Go, yielded stellar pictures and we are proud to announce that we have picked our winners. They will be honored at our annual Read To Me Tea, on Monday, April 27, 2015 from 3:00pm — 4:30pm. At this tea at the Women’s City Club of Grand Rapids (254 E Fulton), local celebrities will read books to the young artists. Guest readers who will share stories include: Lesa Dion of Ronald McDonald House Charities of West Michigan, Mursalata Muhammad of Grand Rapids Community College, and storytellers from Story Spinners of Grand Rapids.   JoeAnne Peterson, retired GRPS teacher, is the coordinator for the Read to Me Tea. Peterson has a passion for encouraging all children to excel. “I believe winning a contest can be an important moment for a child. Recognition of children who often go unrecognized is a powerful motivator in their lives,” Peterson said.   Last year’s winning designs and pictures from the 2014 Read To Me Tea can be seen at   Founded in 1982, CTC offers therapeutic and educational services to people with special needs, including the award-winning Therapy and Fun Summer Clinic for children. The agency’s mission is to provide therapeutic and advisory programs to individuals through skill building, academic enhancement, and social/emotional support. We help children with disabilities walk, talk, learn, and play so they can read and write.   Contact: Summer Hodgman 2505 Ardmore SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 (616) 559-1054

White Insurance Agency Earns Prestigious Five Star Agency Award from Fremont Insurance

May 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Rockford, Mich., April 15, 2015 – Fremont Insurance, a Michigan-exclusive property and casualty insurance carrier, announced today that the White Insurance Agency has been named as one of the company’s Five Star Agency award winners. “Congratulations to the entire White Insurance Agency team on achieving this recognition, we appreciate and value their partnership and we are proud to have them as part of the Fremont Insurance network of agencies,” said Fremont Insurance Company President and CEO Steve Monahan. “In a highly competitive and challenging business environment and industry, this agency has been able to achieve continued success thanks to its customer-focused approach, industry expertise and commitment to their communities, all the qualities we look for in a Five Star Agency.” Annually, Fremont Insurance honors insurance agencies that maintain the highest business standards and performance. The Five Star Agency award recognizes the agencies that have achieved long-term success in operating a profitable and growing business while factoring in their ability in maintaining customer satisfaction and community relations. The award winners are prime examples of a company that directly impacts insurance partners, customers and the community in a positive manner.     About Fremont Insurance Fremont Insurance is an affiliate of the Auto Club Group, servicing the Independent Agents of Michigan. The company has been a Pure Michigan company since 1876. Dynamic Products, Exceptional Service, and Competitive Pricing have made Fremont Insurance one of the fastest growing and most respected companies operating in Michigan. For more information about Fremont Insurance you can visit the company online at, find them on facebook at, or follow them on twitter at   MEDIA CONTACT: Chad Green, Fremont Insurance      231-924-8412  

Rockford Area Historical Society News and Updates

May 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Terry Konkle – President The Rockford Area Historical Society Newsletter was mailed last week to all of our members. It is called “Power House Post” and, as often happens, it was six pages of positive reading. The Newsletter has information about the society along with much about area history. Traditionally, a section called “A Word From The Board” is included. It is usually written by the president of the RAHS or some other member of the society board of directors. This month I wrote the column, and I am using it for this week’s column. A Word From the Board “The Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) has continued to have interesting, educational regular meetings on the first Thursday of each month. Attendance continues to be great with new faces often in the crowd. All meetings are at the Community Cabin which we are able to use without cost because of our non profit status and service to the community. The city of Rockford has made the building available to us for several years now and their help is appreciated. We, as a society, are very fortunate to be able to have a great relationship with the Rockford city council, the Rockford city hall staff, the Rockford workers and the Rockford city manager, Michael Young. Without the help of all of them, we would not be where we are today. Society members should be sure to thank them when the opportunity presents itself. Coming in June is our annual RAHS picnic meeting where officers will be elected for the next year. All officers make up the “Board of Directors”. The “Board” meets the last Wednesday of each month at the museum at noon. A lot of business is covered at these meetings with many important decisions made after discussion. All board meetings are open to other members who are not officers for input. Only board members can vote however. Sometimes, people, who are not members, are invited to the board meetings in order to get their thoughts on things. Without invitation, the board meetings are not open to the public. All of our regular meetings are open to everyone and we encourage their attendance. The museum continues to be open regular hours six days each week. […]

United Bank is proud to be the new sponsor of the successful Rogue River Blues Series.

April 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Blues Series is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Once again, United Bank has shown its strong community spirit to ensure the success of this event for years to come,” says Michael Young, City Manager.   Area residents have enjoyed the Blues Series in downtown Rockford since its beginnings in 2003. The success of the series is evidenced weekly as families and friends gather in Downtown Rockford’s beautiful Garden Club Park to hear the sounds of local area musicians. This free musical series has grown from a 4-week to the current 10-week series. The 2015 United Bank Rogue River Blues Series begins on Tuesday June 9 and runs through August 11.   The 2015 line up of musicians will begin June 9 with Hannah Rose and the GravesTones performing. Hannah Rose was recently named the 2015 WYCE Jammie winner for Best Blues/Soul Album of the year by the local music awards. She is another great example of the success of our very own Rockford High School graduates.   Billy Strings and Don Julin will please the audience with the sounds of bluegrass. This duo on guitar and mandolin are in high demand, touring nationally this summer. The United Bank Rogue River Blues Series was thrilled to book them for July 7.   Back by popular demand, The Crane Wives will be in the musical line up this summer. It has been said that they have “contagious energy.” Always a fan favorite.   “The Blues on the dam is a wonderful place to experience some of this area’s best music. Maybe more important though, it provides a beautiful occasion to socialize with friends and neighbors. I truly feel it instills a sense of community in Rockford” states Jim Wendling, Mr. Open Mic by the Dam Tammy Uecker, United Bank Branch Manager says, “I am thrilled that we are able to support the City of Rockford and this community as sponsor of the blues series. I am excited to be a part of this great community and hope to meet many of you on Tuesday nights this summer. Come and join the fun!”        

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