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Receive ten free Colorado Blue Spruce trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August

August 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Spruce up your landscape by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August. Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in each member’s area, which falls between October 15 and December 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. “Colorado blue spruce trees provide homeowners with numerous benefits,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “They can be used as an energy-saving windbreak, for privacy, as ornamental trees and even as living Christmas trees out in the yard. They truly provide year-round beauty for any landscape.” New members of the Arbor Day Foundation will also receive The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care, and a subscription to Arbor Day, the Foundation’s bimonthly publication. To receive the free Colorado blue spruce trees, send a $10 membership contribution to Ten Free Blue Spruces, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by August 31, 2013, or join online at

Summer fun benefits the Humane Society

August 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Mikayla and Michael Beard, along with Olivia Warner, did a “Golf Chip-in” fundraiser at the Gless home on Myers Lake. They made up invitations for the neighbors and charged for the golf and snacks. Together they raised $158.50 for the Humane Society of West Michigan. The Beard children, grandchildren of Jan Peterson, were visiting from Columbus, Ohio. Warner is the niece of Dan and Lauri Gless and was visiting from South Lyon, Michigan.

Locks of Love donation has special meaning for Rockford student

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Taylor Westbrook, 12 of Rockford, is donating her beautiful hair for a beautiful cause, “Locks of Love”.  This is her third time donating to this cause. This is exceptionally special to her as she lost her Aunt, Sheri Salo to breast cancer last year. Emily, at A Cut Ahead Salon in Rockford did the honors. Taylor is a rising 6th grader at East Rockford Middle School.

Rotarian offers philosophy of the ages

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Rotarian Bob Boyer isn’t a spring chicken, but he can hold his own during Tuesday’s regular Rockford Rotary jokeoff against Neil Blakeslee. On Tuesday, July 30, Boyer offered a joke with a lesson on the value of maturity. An old German shepherd was chasing leaves and suddenly realized he had wandered too deep in the woods and was lost. As he walked through the woods trying to find his way home, he realized he was being stalked by a mountain lion. Coming across a pile of bones, he settled down and began gnawing the bones. As the young mountain lion approached, the dog said, “Mmmm, this was one delicious mountain lion. I wonder if there are any more around?” The mountain lion froze, then carefully retreated into the woods. “Wow, that was a close one,” the dog thought. “That mountain lion almost got me.” A squirrel up in the trees had observed the whole thing. He decided he could use the information to trade with the mountain lion for protection. He scampered off into the woods and found the mountain lion and told him how he had been tricked. Furious at being fooled, the mountain lion told the squirrel to get on his back and they would go back to the German shepherd. Once again the old dog saw the mountain lion, and squirrel, approaching. He pretended he hadn’t seen them and, as they approached he said, “Where could that squirrel have gotten off to? I sent him out an hour ago to bring me another mountain lion.” The lesson of the tale is, don’t mess with old dogs and a quick wit will get you farther than youth and inexperience. Neil Blakeslee rose to the challenge, offering his own joke for the club’s consideration. A man went into his dentist’s office in a terrible hurry. “Doc,” he said, “I don’t have time for any anesthesia. I have two buddies out in the car and a nine a.m. tee time at the best golf course in the area. “It’s already 8:30 and I have to get out of here fast and don’t have time to let pain medicine kick in,” he said. “Pull the tooth without anything for the pain and I’ll be out of […]

Assumption BVM Church to re-enact 1913 procession

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On August 10, 1913, the people of St. Adalbert’s Parish in Grand Rapids, having just completed a magnificent church building, gave the Catholic farmers of Belmont their old wooden church building. For the next few months, the people transported the disassembled church pieces by horse and wagon along the muddy West River Road to an acre of land in Belmont, donated by Charles and Clara Smith. On Saturday, August 10, the people of Assumption BVM Parish in Belmont will commemorate this generous gift with a reenactment procession of a horse and wagon carrying one of the original stained glass windows and other artifacts from the old church. The procession will come off West River Road and turn onto Rogue River Road, then proceed on Belmont Ave. to church in time for 5:30 p.m. Mass. After Mass the parish will enjoy a ham dinner in the Family Life Center.  

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