Accessories Ltd. buddies up with Merle Norman She’s back, and she’s not alone. Shoppers may remember Sharon Serschen, former Rockford retailer who sold her business and left town four years ago. On October 10, 2009, she opened doors again in her newest store—the sixth for this die-hard boutique owner—but this time she isn’t going it alone. Serschen has teamed up with Wendy Barnes of Merle Norman, who herself just made a move from her most recent location on Courtland Street to 25 Squires Street. Serschen is offering jewelry, handbags and other clothing accessories from the location with her new business, Accessories Ltd. “We’ve really been talking about it for years,” Barnes said of the joint operation. “It happened like God planned it.” She believes the Merle Norman concept of personal attention and “try before you buy” will fit in with Serschen’s boutique. The two friends from Serschen’s years in Rockford look forward to sharing the space along the White Pine Trail and near many other retailers. Serschen said she is “either smart or dumb,” opening another store, but said she isn’t ready to retire and watch television. “I want to die on my feet,” she stated. “I also really enjoy the customer contact. I’ve really missed that.” Serschen took four years off, leaving Rockford for Traverse City to spend time with an aunt with health problems. “Now she is back in Florida and I’m back in Rockford.” Serschen said she will not miss Traverse City and hates that it snows every day up there. She also said the town is much more seasonal, which is harder for boutique owners who have to pay rent all year around. Rockford, in her opinion, is not seasonal at all, and the location couldn’t be more prime. She said she chooses her inventory based on what she likes. “I have very good taste,” she remarked. Free gift-wrapping was one of the customer service perks she offered before and plans to continue that at Accessories Ltd. Going into business for yourself is always a risk, but Serschen believes she is prepared for success. “People have the misconception that you start making money right away,” she said. “It can be four or five years and you still aren’t making money.” With a […]
Rockford Intramural program offers many opportunities by MIKE WESTGATE Assistant Principal East Rockford Middle School A comprehensive education calls for learning both in and outside the classroom. Co-curricular activities are not a diversion but rather an extension of a good educational program. Study after study shows that students who participate in these types of activities tend to have higher grade-point averages, better attendance records, lower dropout rates and fewer discipline problems than students generally. For these reasons (and many more), Rockford Public Schools offers a wide variety of co-curricular activities to promote active student participation. An opportunity you may not know enough about is our outstanding secondary Intramural program. Rockford’s Intramural program started in 1992 as an after-school basketball league at the high school. It has since evolved into more than 20 organized activities at all four secondary buildings in the district. Some of the successful opportunities have included: water polo, dodgeball, “Forrest Gump” Ping-Pong, snow football, golf, cross country, Guitar Hero, and archery, just to name a few. The philosophy is to maximize participation and accommodate a wide range of interests and abilities by offering team and individual activities to all secondary students. District Intramural Coordinator Adam Burkholder continues to look for ways to meet the needs of our students and provide these types of co-curricular activities. His primary objective is to increase student involvement with a safe, fun and positive experience. Most of these activities are organized and supervised by Rockford teachers and coaches who share that passion for getting our kids involved. For more information on Rockford’s many Intramural opportunities, check out the Intramurals page under Athletics at www.rockfordschools.org.
Laughter and learning fills the gym as Jim Mitchell from 6+1 Writing Fun visits Chandler Woods Charter Academy in Belmont. Students from kindergarten through sixth grade were exposed to all 6+1 writing traits with interactive examples of how the traits apply to their own compositions. 6+1 Writing Fun is an upbeat, live action language arts elementary school assembly program. Students learn all 6+1 traits of writing by seeing, hearing and doing.
Three local Hope College graduates have been recently awarded graduation honors for outstanding academic accomplishment during their four years of study. Cara Hahn and Jacquelyn Lewis, both of Rockford, have been awarded summa cum laude honors for achieving a minimum cumulative 3.9 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Camden Brieden, also of Rockford, has been awarded cum laude honors for achieving a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
Continuing a tradition that began in 1977, Rockford United Methodist Church (RUMC) will be holding this year’s autumn pasty sale from Monday, Nov. 2 through Thursday, Nov. 5. The twice-yearly sales are the church’s largest fundraisers. In a labor of love over four days, 100+ church volunteers will joyfully gather together to turn the church’s kitchen into a beehive of activity. After the production’s certification by the Kent County Health Department, volunteers under the 10-year leadership of food service trained Kris Hassan will produce an astounding 6,000 pasties (5,400 were made and sold at the spring sale). For the uninitiated a “pasty” is a half moon pastry case filled with meat and vegetables that is extremely popular in the U.P. The RUMC pasties will require 1,100 lbs. of flour, 800 lbs. of USDA lean ground beef and pork, 700 lbs. of peeled and shredded baking potatoes, 150 lbs. of rutabagas, 100 lbs. of mild onions, and other closely held “secret” ingredients. The filling of each pasty is then wrapped in pastry dough and baked to a golden brown needing only to be reheated when serving. Each pasty is a generously portioned and delicious meal in itself. At this time of year hunters at deer camp especially enjoy them. Presto! One has only to reheat a foil-wrapped pasty in the campfire, add a topping of choice (if desired) and enjoy. Hassan has deferred personal praise over the years to the hundreds of church volunteers that have made this fundraiser a huge success not only for the church but also for the greater community as a whole. “Without enthusiastic volunteers who return every year, this would not be possible,” said Hassan. From the beginning RUMC has always donated 10% of the net proceeds to local charities. This year, as in recent years, a check representing 10% will be donated to North Kent Service Center. NKSC will use the monies to multiply their buying power to stock their shelves with foodstuffs. This delicious mealtime entrée will go fast. All 6,000 will be sold by the end of the four-day sale. So come early and stock your freezer for the cold winter months ahead. Pasties are a real value at $3.00 each ($7.25 in the U.P.). Monday and Tuesday […]