Planning ahead for snow, ice ensures delivery, safety It’s hard to stay ahead of bad weather. The snow and ice always seem to know when we have plans, special things we need to do, or when we just want to stay inside where it’s warm and toasty. No matter when bad weather comes, it’s important to act. We each owe it to our families, our neighbors, and our letter carriers to make sure our property is safe and accessible. “Make sure to keep pathways and stairs clear, as well as all walkways and the approach to your mailbox free from snow and ice. This will prevent injuries and allow postal employees to provide the best possible service, even in the worst weather,” said Sabrina Todd, Greater Michigan Postal spokesperson. “Mail delivery in rural areas and on private and secondary roads can be especially challenging for rural carriers due to snow removal not being as immediate as on primary roads. Most carriers on these delivery routes utilize their own private vehicles and often times can get stuck or cannot access the mailboxes due to snow and ice build-up. Removing the snow from around these mail receptacles will definitely be appreciated,” added Todd. Additionally, customers in rural areas can benefit from renting a post office box at their local post office. Post office boxes can be rented for six- or 12-month periods and provide consistent delivery, even in inclement weather. The Postal Service delivers to more than 142 million homes, businesses and post office boxes. This includes mountains, valleys, door-to-door in the Everglades by boat, and lower still, to the bottom of the Grand Canyon by mule train. And in doing so, letter carriers encounter every kind of bad weather our nation knows. The Post Service realizes that their customers desire to get their mail delivered consistently regardless the season. With your help, the Postal Service can provide you with uninterrupted service this and every season.
Rockford keeps tasting better and better. Find out for yourself at Old World Olive Press, which opened for business Black Friday, November 27 at 65 Bridge Street. The old-world European flair of the store is like stepping into a shop in Italy, and the walls are lined with bottles of olive oil and Balsamic vinegars, but it is the taste of the products mixed together that star in this venture. Business partners and Rockford residents Shasta Fase and Cory DeLong are great fans of the flavor and health benefits of olive oils and Balsamic vinegars. Their store offers over 30 different olive oils and 15 to 20 different Balsamic vinegars, as well as a variety of rubs and sea salts. By pairing the oils with the vinegars, however, the variety of flavors for salads, marinades, dipping mixes and drizzles are nearly endless. You can even pour a blueberry oil over ice cream for a delicious and unexpected dessert. According to the pair, everyone should have a well-stocked kitchen with oils and vinegar on hand to give a European flavor to everyday meals. “We love the concept and wanted to bring it to Rockford, “said Fase, whose dream is to go to a cooking school in Italy. Shoppers can tour the world right here through the labels on Old World Olive Press products—Australia, Italy, Chile, Spain and even the United States with oils from California. “We came up with this concept through our travels,” Fase explained. ‘With the new restaurants in Rockford, we feel a store like this is a good fit.” The two love the town and want to open their business right here where they live. The Old World part of the name is a homage to the long history of Rockford, founded in the 1800s. The decor is in deference to the origins of the products. The price, $15.95 for a 375 ml bottle of either oil or vinegar, is not just simple, but affordable. The fun is in the multiple uses and tastes that can come from the pairings, which have recommendations on cards throughout the store. Cantaloupe and watermelon are good with a drizzle of the vanilla bean oil from Modena. White truffle oil is good in pasta or as a finishing oil for steak. The blood […]
Proceeds will benefit local Special Olympics Michigan athletes The holiday season is a time for giving. This holiday season several local musicians are giving back to the community by banding together. They’ll perform a concert on Dec. 14th at 7 p.m. at the Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. to help benefit Special Olympics Michigan athletes. These well known local-musicians will perform original and traditional holiday songs on the spectacular Fountain Street Church sanctuary stage to raise funds for Special Olympics Michigan athletes. Some of the artists participating in the event include, The Concussions, Nobody’s Darlin’, Members of Domestic Problems, J. Oscar Bittinger and Friends, Spencer Mulder and some special surprise guests will also be on hand! This concert is a treat for all ages, so bring the whole family and enjoy the best Grand Rapids has to offer. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and children 5 or younger will be admitted for free. Tickets are available at Vertigo Music on Division, Fountain Street Church and the Special Olympics Michigan Southwest office. For more information, or to set up an interview with a musician or local athlete contact Jim Taylor at (616) 583-1202 or email@example.com. Special Olympics Michigan Inc. (SOMI) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Athletes build physical fitness, develop self-confidence and prepare for participation in society.
Second guessing The Democrats mostly don’t like the President’s plan for the war in Afghanistan. The Republicans mostly don’t like it, either. Raise your hand if this stuff surprises you. GM = Generous Money The new head of General Motors has a salary cap of $500,000, almost $10,000 a week. Sounds like enough to buy groceries and pay the rent, which you can’t say about the incomes of lots of other Americans. He heads up a company that lost $millions, and he makes more than the President of the United States. We tax-paying citizens now own most of that company. Let’s hope he’s worth our money. GM = Generally Mental • Why do psychics have to ask you for your name? • What happens if you get scared half to death twice? • Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened. • Just remember, if the world didn’t suck we’d all fall off. • How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage? • This year I had the chance to do the traditional thing of shooting my own turkey for Thanksgiving. You should have seen the people scatter in the meat department. Parking I went Christmas shopping in the city the other day. I was in the store for only about five minutes. When I came out, I saw a traffic officer writing an expired parking meter ticket. So I went up to him and said, “Come on, how about giving a man a break?” He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. So I called him a pencil-necked Nazi. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for also having parked partially on the pavement. So I called him a son of a mutant pig. He finished the second ticket and put it on the car with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more I abused him, the more tickets he wrote. I didn’t give a darn. My car was parked around the corner. Kid joke A young boy enters a barbershop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in […]