Surprise lessons show beauty of bats

“Bat man” Dale Smart feeds a bat mealworms while the audience at Wild Birds Unlimited looks on.

“Is he trying to kill you?” was one question offered by a youngster during a presentation on bats held at Wild Birds Unlimited, 5426 Northland Drive, Grand Rapids. The question came while youngsters and adults were able to admire first-hand a number of bats at a talk on animal adaptation. Bats are more closely related […]

Welcome home!

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Welcome home, LtJG Taryne Williams of Rockford and Captain Adrian Haskamp, her fiancé. We are proud of you and your service in Afghanistan and Iraq. We love you dearly. —All your family and friends

OLC kids collect winter gear for giving

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Kindergartners and preschoolers of Our Lady of Consolation School in Rockford learned about Christian charity this Advent season. After reading a recent article printed in the Advance newspaper stating the need for children’s coats, Mrs. Huffman and Mrs. Milan decided to take action. The children learned about giving from the heart and helping others who […]

Assumption School wraps up Advent

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This year, the Assumption School’s Advent Outreach Project was the collection and delivery of approximately 175 care packages to the children at Metro Health Breton Clinic. The Assumption students tied fleece blankets for the project and used the blankets to wrap up a pair of pajamas and a children’s book as Christmas gifts for the […]

Valley View students give to animals this Christmas

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With the thought of giving instead of receiving, Mrs. Osborn’s third-grade class at Valley View Elementary School collected supplies for the Kent County Animal Shelter. They loved the idea of bringing in dog food, cat litter, blankets and bleach for the shelter. During their class Christmas party—which they themselves decorated for with dog decor—the animal […]