Community Services

Reading Rocks welcomes self-publisher

July 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Reading is the foundation for the future, and at the Reading Rocks in Rockford in August, published author and business owner Tricia L. McDonald will bring depth to your understanding and love of the written word in her presentation on The New Face of Self-Publishing. The world of self-publishing has exploded with more authors choosing this option as their first foray into getting books published. So what is the best way to publish? McDonald draws on her years of experience as a reader, writing coach, published writer, and publisher to help you better understand whether the self-publishing route is right for you. Her workshop will teach you what to look for and look ‘out’ for when making the decision to publish. Her company, Splattered Ink Press, in Grand Haven, works one-on-one with authors as they write their books. She knows the amount of time and energy authors put into writing and rewriting (and rewriting). When they near the final touches, they inevitably ask, “Now what?” That is when the idea of Splattered Ink Press started to take shape. McDonald went through the process of self-publishing and survived, and now she offers the same services to writers who do not want to learn everything needed to self-publish, but also don’t want to follow the traditional (will it ever happen?) publishing path or Print On Demand. Splattered Ink Press does the work of formatting your book, designing a cover, securing the ISBN number and bar code, and getting your book printed. You keep the rights to your book and the profits in your pocket … where they belong. But to be a good writer, you first must be a good reader. McDonald believes that literacy is essential at every age, so whether you’re reading to your child, working through your first chapter book, staying up until 2 a.m. with a page turner, or crafting your very own written creation, McDonald wants to celebrate you! Join her at Reading Rocks in Rockford, August 10 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Krause Library!  

AT&T is again ACE sponsor for Volley for Mitchell

July 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Ruth Gaudard from AT&T presented the Peterson Family and some of the directors of VFM with a check for $5,000.  This makes AT&T the “ACE” sponsor for the 7th annual Volley for Mitchell charity and volleyball tournament. “AT&T has been so generous. This is two years in a row that AT&T had been our main or ACE sponsor!” said Pete MacGregor, one of three co-founders of VFM. This year’s tournament is Saturday, August 3 at North Rockford Middle School (youth brackets) and The Score Restaurant and Sports Bar (adult brackets). To register for the volleyball tournament go to and download an entry form, and mail it in.  Entry forms are needed by July 31.  

Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

July 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Terry Konkle – President I received this note a couple of months ago from Phyllis Arver Hessler. She addressed it to the Rockford Area Museum and she wrote: “I wrote this story for the writing class I belong to at Clark Retirement. I live here now in Grand Rapids. I may not have all the facts right but my Fellow Writers should enjoy it. I would like to visit the new museum when it’s ready. I’m happy there are devoted volunteers who, also, love Rockford. You may not be able to use this story. I’m a faithful fan anyway. Sincerely, Phyllis Arver Hessler” I am sure that readers will enjoy the letter and the content follows: “Growing up in Rockford there wasn’t any museum. Later, with the push of some older residents they started a small one. It was in an older building downtown near the river and the railroad tracks. Several citizens became interested and formed a Historical Society. For a small fee anyone could become a member. Many volunteers were busy setting up displays and collecting items for the shelves. There were many records. The former newspaper called the ROCKFORD REGISTER had been put on tapes and you could view select items of interest. Several of the volunteers were former school teachers who stayed to live in Rockford. The displays were of old time pictures and items: an old buggy and mannequins dressed in the style of former days. As the years passed school children visited the building and visitors to the city looked inside. Later many items could not be seen because of lack of space. Walking through one day I found my husband’s Great Grandfather’s picture on the wall. That influenced our family to become society members. Several years ago a new District Courthouse was built on Main Street. The city fathers were pleased to have more people coming to the city. By some geographical error county officials decided the District Court had to move to Grand Rapids Township. There was a lot of arguing about that but the ruling held. The court moved. The building stayed in Rockford. The Historical Society was interested immediately in the building. They put their heads together and made plans to raise funds to finance […]

Rockford family gives back in their time of loss

July 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Evans family of Rockford is turning their grief and loss into an opportunity to reach out to needy children all over the world.  Their precious 11-year old Lily passed away this winter after a long illness.  Lily’s family is honoring her memory by donating her stuffed animal collection to Operation Christmas Child. On Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30, friends, family and fellow shoe box packers will gather at Crossroads Church at 8331 Myers Lake to pack shoe box gifts in honor of Lily.  These boxes will join over 100 million shoe box gifts that have been packed since 1993. Lily’s family is hoping that the stuffed animals included in these gifts will bring hope and joy to other kids.  For many of these children, this will be the first gift they have ever received! Please join us at this event as we honor the life of Lily Evans and hear firsthand stories of how these simple gifts are transforming the lives of children around the world.

Gilda’s Laughfest and Cirque De Fairfield place friendly wager on attempt to beat fake mustache record

July 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Loser to don winner’s wear Let the competition for the most-mustached begin. Grand Rapids’ Gilda’s LaughFest today placed a friendly wager with Fairfield, Iowa’s Cirque de Fairfield’s attempt to break LaughFest’s Guinness World Record for the most people wearing fake mustaches. Fairfield’s attempt will take place on July 26, 2013. LaughFest and Cirque de Fairfield are all in, placing pride as well as themed goodies and swag on the line. Not only will the loser have to send the winner a basket filled with branded loot, but the loser will also consent to being photographed publically in the winner’s wear. On March 7, 2013, hundreds gathered near Rose Parks Circle in Downtown Grand Rapids, joining LaughFest to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people wearing fake mustaches. The successful record breaking event kicked off the beginning of LaughFest 2013, the nation’s only community-wide festival of laughter, as an astounding 1,532 individuals wearing fake mustaches represented the community. “When we learned about this challenge to our World Record, we knew we had to do something to up the stakes,” said Wendy Wigger, president, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and LaughFest. “The community had a great time kicking off LaughFest 2013 with this event and we want to keep the crown in our community. We know at least two others have already tried to break our record and have not been successful. If by some rare chance our record goes down, well, at least we are going down with a smile and a laugh.” This year, Fairfield is hosting RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, as they finish their week long ride. When more than 20,000 bikers and support crew ride into town next Friday, they will be greeted by a number of community members wearing fake mustaches. Fairfield is aiming to have 4,000 people donning the false mustaches.

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