The Crime Prevention Association of Michigan (C.P.A.M.) voted Officer Dave Robinson, of the Rockford Police Department, to a two year term as their president for 2010. Officer Robinson, a sixteen year veteran, who oversees the Rockford Police Department Community Policing Programs, most recently served as Secretary for C.P.A.M. the past two years. The Crime Prevention Association provides training and crime prevention resources to police and sheriff departments throughout Michigan. The association, which boasts over 100 members, is recognized as the leader in crime prevention practices.
LIFELIKE ARTISTRY—Floyd Riegling, a Rockford carver, created a replica of the huge small mouth bass caught by Dr. Carl Stites this summer. His carvings allow anglers a life-sized memory of their catch while allowing the fish to go free. When you want to let the big one get away, Rockford man has the answer When Floyd Riegling retired from his upholstery business, his wife Carol wondered what he would do. He is enjoying his second career as a “starving artist” with his new passion of carving fish from photographs. “I always wanted to carve,” he said. Self-taught, the artist can re-created an angler’s favorite catch in about 25 hours and result in a product that is life-like but didn’t cost the fish its life. He works from either basswood or foam and has developed his own techniques. The teeth of a sturgeon and whiskers of a catfish are actually nails he embedded and filed to shape. Onion bags under the paint give his foam fish scales. On wood they are burned in. He recently presented Rockford eye doctor Carl Stites a duplicate of a fish Stites caught this summer. Riegling saw the photo in the Squire and took it upon himself to make the carving. “It’s very flattering, actually,” Stites said. He took the fish on a crawler harness in Intermediate Lake in Bellaire. It was 22-1/2 inches and he took it at about 5:45 a.m. and earned him a master angler’s patch for the catch. “I let it go so maybe someone else can have the fun of catching it,” Stites said. Riegling said he enjoys the work so much he would rather carve fish than go fishing now. Fish range from under $100 to over $500, depending on the size, because of supplies and the amount of time they take. The carver showed his work at Art in the Park and sold several pieces. He has many at his Rockford home to show people interested in hiring him to carve their favorite catch. To find out more, give him a call at (616) 454-7847. He just doesn’t have any examples of fish he’s caught himself. “I never caught anything big […]
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Jack-o-lantern pumpkins are the symbol of Halloween and for the past month nowhere have pumpkins been more evident than at Rockford’s hugely popular Farm Market. The calendar has conspired this year to have Halloween fall on this season’s last Farm Market. This coming Saturday is your last chance to say good-bye to your favorite vendors and stock up on the abundant bounty of a successful fall harvest. Along with carving pumpkins their display tables will be heavily laden with late season crops that store well and can be bought in volume. Vendors are more than happy to share their knowledge of storage techniques—just ask. Many, but not all, of the produce items available will be: pie pumpkins, squash and potatoes of all varieties, late harvest greens including broccoli and multi-colored cauliflower, cider, and apples, apples, apples! The Michigan apple harvest this year was one of the largest and most successful on record. Many varieties of apples can be stored for months in a cool dry environment such as a basement or a garage that stays above freezing. Again, vendors can advise which varieties store the best. Farm Market vendors are in general agreement that this year’s Rockford Farm Market season was the most successful ever. Even on the few days of inclement weather, faithful market goers showed up in good numbers. This year brought the addition of the Market’s newest regular vendor, Earthkeeper Farms. Practicing strictly sustainable and organic farming methods, Andrew and Rachelle Bostwick, found their farm’s offerings so popular that at times they had to double the size of their stall. Not only were they busy harvesting their crops; Rachelle harvested their first child, a bouncing baby boy (future farmhand) Liam Isaac Bostwick. Toward the end of the season a vendor couple appeared sporting a huge copper kettle. Throughout the morning the kettle produced an instant Market success—Old Fashioned Kettle Corn. As they stirred the contents in the heated kettle, the aroma produced caused huge lines to form to sample and purchase the sweet treat. The Rockford Lions Market Masters were also busy popping theater popcorn in this year’s newly placed Market Master Mini-barn. Bags of popcorn were available for just a dollar to support the good works of […]
“You won’t come in my store to see what is on sale and get a great deal. You will come into my store and find what you want and get a great price,” Randy VanderWerp, owner of Rockford Floor Covering described his philosophy of pricing. “We don’t hold sales and we never mark up prices, to mark them down in front of our customers. We have always, consistently kept our pricing low, so I guess you could say that everything is always on sale, if that’s the way you want to view it,” stated VanderWerp. The volume of Rockford Floor Covering’s sales is what allows him to negotiate for the best pricing, said VanderWerp. “That definitely gives us an edge, to pass that savings on to our customers. The other thing is that we don’t play games with our pricing—no “razzle-dazzle”—no “you get this for free,” or “only $99 labor” on a job you know will realistically cost more. That one really gets me. Most people are very aware that workers need to be paid a certain level, so if someone is not charging you for their labor, they must get that money somewhere else,” said VanderWerp. There are a lot of games Rockford Floor Covering refuses to play with its customers—games to make it sound like customers are getting a better deal. “It sounds better if you sell carpet for $1 a foot than $9 a yard. If I tell you a carpet is $2 per (square) foot, you are more apt to like that pricing rather than the $18 per (square) yard. It’s human nature,” according to VanderWerp. “We recommend that people get complete estimates, listing costs for each individual item, and have more than one person measure the space. They stick to the formula that has worked for them since the store first opened in 1981; having a great selection, having knowledgeable salespeople who can help customers choose the type of products that will perform the way the customer needs, having consistently low pricing, offering great service, and continuing to be there after the sale is over. Rockford Floor services a vast array of customers, including remodelers and builders from all over the state of Michigan. A testimonial from a sales representative […]
Beware of flying spatulas! Your ticket to Deanna House’s annual Holiday Cooking show in Rockford doesn’t come with a disclaimer, but maybe it should. House warms up the crowd by throwing out “prizes”-maybe a spatula, a package of napkins or even a pot holder. Deanna House has given presentations in Rockford for 16 years and says that “this crowd is unusually faithful and supportive.” House has done presentations for groups from 50 to 500 for churches, community groups and fundraisers. She has been putting out cookbooks for over 20 years. House’s specialty is recipes that use “real” ingredients and are quick. One of the most anticipated features of her show are the door prizes. House gives away the food that she makes that night and, in addition, has several servings already made up and frozen to give away. Each person attending receives a ticket and hopes that their number is drawn when the time comes to give away food. It’s not all about the food, however. There’s a lot of humor and camaraderie. House even takes the opportunity to poke fun at Martha Stewart. Join in for an evening of fun and entertainment along with taking home several new recipes. Deanna’s show will be held on November 3, 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Rockford Freshman Center. Register on line at www.rpssignmeup.com. or call Rockford Community Services at 863-6322. Cost is $10.