Businesses work together for Relay fund raiser

WORKING TOGETHER—Dave Parish of D.A.D.’S Tents and Dave Brickner of Ric’s Food Center team up for Relay for Life.

WORKING TOGETHER—Dave Parish of D.A.D.’S Tents and Dave Brickner of Ric’s Food Center team up for Relay for Life.

It’s said two heads are better than one, and two businesses may be as well. Ric’s Food Center at first planned a nice open house and customer appreciation day, but  has now partnered with D.A.D.’S Tents for an event the two businessmen hope will result in a doozy of a donation for Relay for Life. What started out as a simple customer appreciation day on Saturday, May 2 from noon to 5 p.m. has turned into a Relay for Life fundraiser.

Dave Brickner, store director of Ric’c Food Center, 6767 Belding Road, lined up many of his store vendors to offer samples and hoped to provide some food outdoors at the store. When he started talking to Dave Parish, of D.A.D.’s Tents and Party Supplies, the two cooked up more ideas.

Ric’s, a company that believes in being involved and supportive of the towns their stores are in, realized quickly how big a deal Relay for Life is in Rockford.

“In Mount Pleasant, the town is all about Special Olympics, and that’s what we do there,” he said of the store’s parent location.

“Here in Rockford, it’s Relay. I’ve been approached by more than 20 Relay groups,” Brickner said. From the get-go, Ric’s has been supportive of local efforts, and donates all their post-dated bakery goods to Lean on Me, a local charity. Brickner said that after opening doors at the store, the store owners hoped he would get Ric’s involved in the Rockford community.

Brickner learned about some of the biggies here, such as Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford, and supports as many as possible. Of course, he found out about Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society and is wildly successful in Rockford.

Dave at D.A.D.’s Tents is just as passionate about Relay. From the beginning or Relay six years ago he has had his tents at the event. “The first year we had maybe eight tents. The next year we participated. It was a life-changing experience.”

He is so dedicated to the cancer-fighting effort that he has ordered a $2,000 big, bright pink tent and will always donate the rental to Relay.

The D.A.D.’S Dave and Ric’s Dave decided to work together to make the Ric’s event a Relay event. D.A.D.’s is donating 100 percent of the $300 tent rental to Relay. In addition to the events for the open house, Ric’s will be selling hotdogs and pop for $2 to give to Relay. An American Cancer Society representative will be on hand to talk about the efforts to find a way to stop cancer.

“This has really snowballed,” said Brickner. “We are all really excited about this, and it’s the Relay aspect of it that has everyone so enthusiastic.”

Watch for the tent on May 2 and stop in for the open house/Relay fundraiser at Ric’s Food Center.

            Others who rent the tent will understand the point when the tent arrives. It comes with a banner explaining it purpose. It is in memory of those who have passed, in honor of those who have survived and in thanks to those who care.

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The Squire travels to Animal Kingdom

Rockford Squire visits Animal Kingdom

Rockford Squire visits Animal Kingdom

DISNEY ADVENTURE

Ryann, Camden and Hope Deuel (l–r) stop to check out the local Rockford news while visiting Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.


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Wildfire consumes Nelson Township home

HOME BURNS—A woman and her

HOME BURNS—A woman and her

by JUDY REED

Nelson Township resident Brad Smith knew something wasn’t right when he saw a plume of smoke rising into the air as he drove west on 18 Mile near Shaner about 2 p.m. Thursday, April 16. “I’d seen fires around from people burning but this was different,” he said.

Smith headed in the direction of the smoke, finally finding the source on Wildwood Court, a private drive east off Shaner, just south of Coan. “The roof was on fire, and there was a woman at home, so I helped her get her dog out,” said Smith.

While the home of Nancy and Steve Hazen was destroyed, their sister-in-law, Jean St. Charles, and the dog, made it out safely.

Firefighters were called to the scene about 2 p.m. with DNR aerial support reporting a 5-acre grass fire moving toward the house. Crews from seven fire departments, including Sand Lake, Cedar Springs, Algoma, Solon, Spencer, Howard City, and Courtland Fire Departments, battled both the house fire and the wildfire that ignited it for several hours Thursday afternoon. Four tankers of water were brought in to quell the blaze.

Sand Lake Fire Chief Ed Holtzlander said it was definitely the wildfire that started the house on fire, and not the other way around. “It started in the northeast tract and moved up behind the house,” he explained.

Wildfires were rampant last week because of dry, windy conditions, and officials originally theorized that someone burning brush might have sparked it. However, the state fire marshal inspected the scene Monday, and was not able to determine the exact cause of the fire. The DNR used their GPS tool to estimate that the fire scorched about 17-18 acres, including the home. Other homes were not damaged. 

According to the National Fire Interagency Center, there were 412 wildfires in Michigan in 2008 that burned 2,675 acres. Nationally, over 80,000 wildfires burned over 5,254,000 acres last year.

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A cool ten thou, a new car, a million bucks could be yours

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT—2009 Committee Members (l-r) John Decker of John Decker Chevrolet, Inc.; Bob Kleinsteiber of LSS Holdings; Jason Rop of Blakeslee, Fry and Scales PC; Lance Carlson of New York Life Insurance Company; Tim Offer of National City Bank; Kristi Robins of Comerica Bank; and Juan Martinez representing Blythefield Country Club. Camera shy—Thom Arends of Thom’s Hair Design; Doug Kliewer of Prudential Financial; Kate Swendrowski of RAI; and Tim Saladin of Independent Bank.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT—2009 Committee Members (l-r) John Decker of John Decker Chevrolet, Inc.; Bob Kleinsteiber of LSS Holdings; Jason Rop of Blakeslee, Fry and Scales PC; Lance Carlson of New York Life Insurance Company; Tim Offer of National City Bank; Kristi Robins of Comerica Bank; and Juan Martinez representing Blythefield Country Club. Camera shy—Thom Arends of Thom’s Hair Design; Doug Kliewer of Prudential Financial; Kate Swendrowski of RAI; and Tim Saladin of Independent Bank.

Chamber 14th annual golf outing offers big opportunities

by CHRISTINE BIGNEY

Blythefield Country Club is hosting this year’s 14th Annual Community Golf Outing sponsored by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce on Monday, May 4.

This is the first year that John Decker from Decker Chevrolet will be giving away a brand new car as the grand prize for a hole-in-one on hole # 5. “We’re not giving away a lease this year, we’re giving away the car,” Decker said. Decker drove the 2009 white Chevy Impala LT Sedan, loaded, valued at $28,000 up to the clubhouse.

“The men are at a minimum of 165 yards, and the women are at a minimum of 150 yards. Juan Martinez, representing Blythefield Country Club, said he thought he should mention that Blythefield had 15 hole-in-one’s last year, with one guy getting three of them. “So your car may not be safe, John,” Martinez joked. Independent Bank is once again sponsoring the “Putt Fore Cash” as they have done for the last 18 years. At 6:00 p.m., golfers at the event can try to win $10,000 by sinking a 50′ putt.

Tim Offer, Vice President Branch Manager of National City Bank said that for the third year in a row, someone has a chance to win $1,000,000 in the Million Dollar Shoot-out.

Brenda Davis from the Rockford Chamber of Commerce encouraged early RSVP by Monday, April 27. Cost is $105 per person which entitles participants to 18 holes of golf, cart, hole events, box lunch, strolling dinner, and awards. Chamber members will receive a “perk” on the day of the event.

Proceeds will support several community and chamber events.

Registration starts at 11:30 a.m., hole assignments at 12:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. There will be lots of events. Davis said there is a RSVP by April 27 to participate in this great networking opportunity and fun event.

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Two injured in rollover crash

CRASH CAUSES INJURIES—A rollover accident rerouted traffic at Northland Drive and 14 Mile in the early afternoon Monday.

CRASH CAUSES INJURIES—A rollover accident rerouted traffic at Northland Drive and 14 Mile in the early afternoon Monday.

The construction at Northland Drive and 14 Mile may have played a part in a rollover accident Monday, April 20.

According to the Michigan State Police, an 85-year-old woman from Pierson was driving her Oldsmobile eastbound on M-57 about 12:30 p.m. Monday, when she turned north on Northland Drive and into the path of a westbound Geo driven by a 20-year-old Sparta woman. A witness reported to police that the older woman looked like she was going to turn south, saw the road was closed due to construction, and then turned north instead, crashing into the younger woman. The impact of the crash caused the Geo to roll and land sideways against a telephone pole on the northwest corner of the intersection.

Both drivers were treated at area hospitals but were not seriously injured, according to police. Algoma Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance assisted at the scene.

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