Soldier shares birthday with Lakes pen pals

PFT Berli’s unit have been pen pals with the Lakes Elementary class of his nephew, Brennon Shupe (in blue in center). During Berli’s leave, during which he celebrated his 21st birthday, he visited the class to tell how important their letters and packages have been.

Army Private First Class (PFC) Andrew Berli, a 2006 Comstock Park High School graduate, is used to going into hostile and uncertain situations while on duty in Iraq, but when entering Lakes Elementary School in Rockford on Wednesday, May 20, Berli was nervous for a whole different reason.  He was going to meet his fifth […]

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Birthday haircut a gift for someone

Marissa Bouwkamp

  Marissa Bouwkamp waited her whole life to do this. The 10-year-old Parkside Elementary student donated 13 inches of her hair to Locks of Love.  Marissa’s grandfather died of cancer and the girl wanted to do something to help others fighting the disease. Bouwkamp has never had her hair cut, and started to get cold […]

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Family Vacation in England

Rich Raphael and son Gidion Raphael.

Ursala Raphael took this photo during their trip to England in April. Pictured are her husband (Rich Raphael) and their 3-1/2 year old son (Gideon Raphael) holding the Squire in front of Bamburgh Castle while visting her family

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Library offers unique program for children, dogs

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The Kent District Library (KDL) and the West Michigan Therapy Dogs Association have been partnering since 2002 to pair young readers with therapy dogs. Ruff Readers is a unique read-aloud program at KDL that pairs kids ages 6 and up with trained therapy dogs and handlers who love to hear a good story. Kids can […]

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Michael Lee to perform in Rockford

On Friday, June 12, at 7 p.m., Michael Lee will be performing at the Frenz Coffee House in the Promenade on Bridge St. in Rockford. Michael Lee is a singer-songwriter from the Boyne area of northern Michigan, whose vocal and lyrical style won him first place in the 2008 Mid North Michigan Blues Challenge in […]

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