Community Services

The public is invited to Archery center groundbreaking

July 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Algoma Township and the West Michigan Archery Center invite the public to the groundbreaking of an Olympic-style archery center on Monday, July 8 at 6 p.m. Parking will be at the new section of Wolven Avenue south of Ten Mile Road at Wolven. Join WMAC board members, local supporters, donors and project partners Algoma Township and Plainfield Township. The archery center has been the result of collaboration and cooperation between the two townships. The facility will be the Easton Foundation’s West Michigan Archery Center and will allow archery year around and bring competition from across the state and beyond.

Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

June 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Terry Konkle – President Progress continues on our new museum project. In the last couple of weeks we have completely emptied the “Burch Room” at the old museum and moved the contents to the research areas in the new building. A group of tireless volunteers did much of the work with “Two Men and A Truck” transporting the heavier files along with some cabinets, a record player and a player piano. The society hired the company and they did a nice job. Some work still needs to be done to put things away and to get the office area ready. The history room of the new museum is taking shape. The forest graphics are on the new display and the river graphics are next. The frame of the house which will display a kitchen and living room area is built and in place. The store storage area is enclosed and three other large display areas have been built and are in place. Signage and placement of artifacts will follow. The museum has a new sign ready which will be mounted on the outside west wall facing Main Street. The sign is similar to those used to identify other buildings (city hall, library) and will go up soon. Another sign is planned for the front of the building. On Sunday, June 23, Jon and Carlene Stamp, two of our loyal, hard working society members celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary with an Open House/ Picnic at Townsend Park. Many readers will recognize them as long time teachers at Rockford High School or perhaps as an active couple on antique car tours. The invitation to the event shows two hand drawn older cars with the caption “Touring Together For Fifty Years”. One of the instructions on the announcement stated: Card Box available—Donations to the Rockford Historical Society in lieu of gifts. This gesture on their part is very remarkable and, of course, much appreciated. I have known both of them from before they were married up to the present time, and on behalf of myself and also the historical society, I congratulate them and wish them many more happy, productive years together. They are another example of what is “right” about our Rockford area. Thank you Jon and […]

Feeding the Hungry at North Kent Community Services

June 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

During the year, many parents are comforted knowing that their children are receiving hot and healthy meals at school each day thanks to government programs. What happens when the children come home for the summer? Parents who are working hard to make ends meet often have a difficult time providing needed food for their children. North Kent Community Services (NKCS) provides child-friendly food bags for school-aged children through their Summer Lunch Bag Program. The Summer Lunch Bags contain wholesome, nutritious food like milk, cheese, eggs and fresh fruits and vegetables, in addition to non-perishable items. Last year NKCS distributed 1,500 bags of healthy food to 800 hungry children, helping them stay mentally sharp and ready for the school year by feeding their bellies throughout the summer. Faith, a single mother who had fallen on hard times, came to NKCS with a friend. She lost her house, struggles with diabetes and has trouble finding work. During the summer, it’s difficult to put food on the table for her two daughters. “I think North Kent is just fantastic,” she said. “It’s helped me a lot. I literally ran out of food.” NKCS is the largest food pantry in northern Kent County, serving struggling families from 6 Mile to 22 Mile roads, and east and west to the county lines. They help families in Rockford, Sparta, Cedar Springs, Belmont, Sand Lake and Kent City. “Thank you to the generous donors who helped us reach our goal of $10,000 for the Summer Lunch Bag Program,” said Claire Guisfredi, executive director of NKCS. “Our community always steps up in time of need. It is truly neighbors helping neighbors.” Any additional funds received will be used for the School Backpack Program to help children begin the school year with the necessary supplies for success. For more information on North Kent Community Services, please visit Follow us on Facebook at North Kent Community Services and on Twitter at @nksc.

Summer reading program at Belding Library

June 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Monday, June 17, marked the official start of the Summer Reading Program at the Alvah N. Belding Memorial Library featuring stories, music and crafts. Children of all ages were treated to a special surprise visit from Fire Chief Greg Moore and his fire engine from the Belding Fire Department, and Officer Marce Cooper and her patrol car from the Belding Police Department. Coloring books and stickers were handed out to the large crowd that gathered to see the vehicles. Summer Reading Program at the Alvah N. Belding Memorial Library runs through July 31, with many fun programs planned for children, teens, and adults. All programs are free and open to everyone who registers for the Summer Reading Program. Please call the library at 794-1450, or visit the web site at www.belding.michlibrary,org for more information.  

Local companies give back to veteran with free car

June 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

“She worked hard and got a job, she earned her degree, she went back and earned her master’s degree.” Richard Mcdonald, Heath Care for Homeless Veterans counselor, was speaking of Elaine, a former Marine Corps servicewoman who received a very special thank you at the Rockford American Legion post on Wednesday, June 12. Mcdonald said Elaine came to him asking him if he could help her find a reliable car. She didn’t have much of a budget to work with, however. The mother of three’s plight came to the attention of Hansen Collision, Progressive Insurance and the Rockford American Legion Post. “She had just talked to me and then we had an offer that someone wanted to help a veteran and we knew just who we could help,” Mcdonald stated. The Hanson Collision staff is confident in their ability to put people and families back on the road with confidence. They recognize the importance of reliable transportation and how it affects the way we live. When the opportunity arose to partner with Progressive Insurance, supplying a vehicle to a deserving veteran, the company was on board. Progressive Insurance identified and supplied a damaged vehicle that could be repaired and returned to the road safely. The 2007 white Chevy Impala was repaired with parts secured through Hanson’s collection of vendors and suppliers and then supplied the hours to repair the vehicle to excellent condition for the new owner. Hanson’s collision technicians gave their time free of charge. Elaine is a courageous veteran who has shown great personal strength in overcoming personal struggles and lovingly provide for her three children. Those who have reliable transportation may not realize how transportation worries can cause additional financial and personal stress to any parent. “With her children by her side, she is one step closer to getting back on track,” said John Morris, chief operations officer at Hansen. By recycling cars and partnering with local charities to place vehicles with needy families, these organizations are helping to improve the lives of others. “This is now our fourth event, giving back to some fantastic families in West Michigan,” said Morris. “Elaine, our recipient, is a strong and deserving individual who has the determination to build a brighter future for herself and […]

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