It was announced that local Rockford resident and businessman Roman Puchala has acquired Arroway Self Storage, located at 4121 14 Mile Road, from Ty and Donna Reminga. “What started as one building in 1987 grew to 11 buildings with over 43,000 square feet of storage space,” Ty said. “With regards to selling it, it was a very important consideration for us to see Arroway Storage continue as a family-run type of operation where customer relations are more personal. We feel that Mr. Puchala will help fulfill that goal utilizing his past years of business experience.” In leaving this business in good hands, Ty and his wife Donna, who ran the day-to-day operations, want to thank all of the many loyal customers and friends for 28 years of support and great memories. Looking ahead, Ty said that they plan on focusing on their other business interests.
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He was awarded the Super Achiever award on January 6, 2015. Roman earned this special achievement by fulfilling all the requirements needed for all 20 Webelos badges. Roman will also receive the prestigious Arrow Of Light award in February, and then transition into Boy Scout Troop 228. A job well done!
On December 7th, Isaac Toole, an 11 year old 6th grader at East Rockford Middle School, won the State Championship for the NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick contest at Ford Field in Detroit. Isaac’s score ended up being the best score in the nation and qualified him for the National Championship in the 10 and 11 year old division. Isaac’s score broke the previous state record for his age group. This year’s NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick National Championship is being held in Seattle, Washington on Saturday, January 10th. Isaac and the other finalists will compete for the championship at the Seattle Seahawks’ practice facility prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers. The game begins at 8:15 p.m. EST. Isaac and the other national finalists will be announced at halftime of the game and will compete in a passing exhibition in front of the 70,000 fans. Fox television will have a live announcement of the National Champions between the third and fourth quarters of the game. For more information, visit the official NFL PP&K website at http://www.nflppk.com/competitions/results/team_championships. Michael S. Shibler, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6th, 2015 Give Kids a Smile is a national day of donated dentistry endorsed by the American Dental Association and designed to bring dentistry to underserved children in their communities. Give Kids a Smile is one way the dental profession is responding to oral health issues among our nation’s poorest children. In the past few years there has been a marked increase in awareness of this issue, due in part to the public becoming more educated about oral health and how it affects overall health. You may read more about this at www.ada.org. On Friday February 6th, 2015 thousands of dentists across the country will be donating their time and services to participate in the twelfth annual Give Kids A Smile program. Last year my staff of 14 volunteers, and I, along with Dr. Laura Fogle, provided over 60 children with dental services, and we are once again proud to be participating in this program for our eleventh consecutive year. My staff and I will be donating our time, our skills, and the supplies necessary to provide underserved children (age 14 and under) with free complete oral exams, cleanings, fluoride, and preventive fillings (sealants). Our event will begin at 8 a.m. at my office located on 6220 Jupiter Ave in Belmont. All appointments are scheduled in advance. Parents or guardians will need to register their children over the telephone to ensure their treatment on February 6th. We will begin taking appointments on Monday, January 5th. Our office telephone number is 616-222-0202. Feel free to download our brochure or get directions to our office by visiting our web site at www.freydental.com
GRAND RAPIDS – The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) has received 813 reports of influenza confirmed by rapid tests by health care providers this flu season. Nearly 17% of people visiting emergency departments in Kent County last week were suffering from influenza-like illness. This is the highest percentage tracked by KCHD since the H1N1 Influenza season in 2009. From September 1, 2014, through December 22, the number of confirmed cases of flu reported to KCHD was 415. Flu viruses spread when people with flu cough, sneeze, or even talk. “The virus can live on some surfaces for up to 48 hours,” says Adam London, Administrative Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “If you are sick, stay home until you recover, and limit contact with people who are not sick. The absolute, best protection from the flu is vaccination.” There is no cure for the flu, but there are anti-viral medications which can help people recover faster if they are taken within the first 24-48 hours of getting sick. The flu can have serious complications for children under the age of five, the elderly, and people with already- weakened immune systems. Signs and symptoms can include; -Fever -Chills -Cough -Sore throat -Runny or stuffy nose -Muscle or body aches -Headaches -Fatigue (very tired) -Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults) The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age to protect against flu viruses. The Kent County Health Department seasonal influenza program provides vaccinations for all individuals six months of age and older. The cost of the vaccine ranges from $39-$55; FluMist nasal spray (a live, preservative-free, four strain vaccine) is available for $41. Children from six months through eighteen years who have no insurance, or who have insurance that doesn’t cover vaccines, will pay a sliding scale administration fee of up to $23. The Health Department can only bill Medicaid and Medicare; private insurance is not accepted. Cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover are accepted. To make an appointment at any of our four clinic locations, call (616) 632-7200. You can also schedule online at www.stickittotheflu.com. Most primary care providers and many local pharmacies also provide influenza vaccinations and can bill private insurance.