Double Take Resale will be hosting its first Homecoming Dress Swap event this Sunday, Sept. 20 from noon to 5 p.m. Cindy Palmreuter, owner of Double Take, said “We’ve had tons of interest in buying or selling homecoming and prom dresses during our first year in business, but since our model involves purchasing mainly casual clothing outright, we had to get creative with this.” Palmreuter is asking girls and their moms to dig through their closets and bring all of their formal dresses, shoes and accessories down to the shop at 31 Courtland St., Rockford. Dresses will be accepted until Sunday at 12:45 a.m. Beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, the swap will commence. “Dresses will be organized by size, and girls will have the opportunity to look for dresses they wish to try on and trade or purchase.” Double Take hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (616) 884.0331.
Thursday, Sept. 17 “Apprentice for Life” Lecture Series—1 p.m. at Plainfield Senior Center. Floyd Havemeier, owner of Herman’s Boy, will give a coffee lesson on what makes a good cup of coffee and where coffee comes from. Dessert will be served. Cost is $2 per guest. For reservations and bus pick-up times/locations, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322. Friday, September 18 Blood Drive—1 to 6:45 p.m. at Rockford Sportsmans Club, 1115 Northland Drive, Rockford. Saturday, Sept. 19 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants. Party Like a Pirate!—7 a.m. to 12 a.m. at Sparta Moose Lodge #50, 11510 N. Division, Sparta, in celebration of National Talk Like a Pirate Day. Enjoy a live band and costume contest. Cost is $5. Public welcome. Proceeds to benefit Mooseheart Charities. Visit www.mooseheart.org. Sat.–Sun., Sept. 19–20 Grand Rogue Living History Encampment—9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, at Grand Rogue Campground, 6400 West River Dr., Grand Rapids. View first-hand what life in early America was like in this timeline event featuring military and civilian living historians demonstrating our country’s history from colonial times to present. Free admission. For more information, visit www.grandrogueencampment.com. Sunday, September 20 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4195 13 Mile Rd., Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3.50 for children under age 12. Enjoy all-you-can-eat roast beef, potatoes, corn, beans, roll, dessert and beverage. Visit www.rockfordvfwpost3946.org. Fall Family Festival—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford. Learn about our many programs, clubs, events, classes and service opportunities for adults and children. Visit over 40 interactive booths with games and goodies, and enjoy an outdoor grilled lunch. Special entertainment includes popular illusionist David DeJesus of Matthew’s House Ministries, music, puppet show, short dramas, and more. For more information, visit www.rockfordreformedchurch.org. Monday, Sept. 21 Free Food for Needy Families—5 p.m. in the Mobile Food Pantry at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Dr., Rockford, providing free food for needy families in the North Kent community. For more information, contact the church at (616) 866-1556. Tue.–Fri., Sept. […]
by ANDREW GREMEL, J.D. The Gremel Group While health care reform has been at the forefront of our public debate these past months, the underlying issues have been plaguing business owners and individuals for well over a decade. As an independent insurance and employee benefit firm, we are keeping a close eye on developments coming out of Washington and Lansing alike. This week has been full of news related to various proposals. To say that health care reform is confusing and controversial would be an understatement for sure. At the core level, we are dealing with decisions involving life and death, privacy, the distribution and redistribution of resources as well as our nation’s competitiveness in the global economy. Our firm and our colleagues are often asked for our take on what is evolving in Washington. Here are some of my random thoughts on the current situation: The Gremel Group agrees with many of the reform ideas that President Obama presented recently to the joint session of Congress. Reigning in health care costs so that more Americans can afford health insurance needs to be the key driver of any comprehensive health care reform package. We strongly support President Obama’s proposal to eliminate pre-existing condition exclusions and provide tax subsidies for low-income individuals and small-business owners who cannot afford to offer health insurance to their employees. These market-driven sensible reforms will go a long way in controlling costs and improving access to the health care system. We are also encouraged by President Obama’s remarks on the need for meaningful medical malpractice reform. The Department of Human Services estimated that medical liability and defensive medicine reforms alone could save the health care system up to 500 billion dollars. While we continue to disagree about the need for a government-run public plan, we were very heartened by the President’s clear willingness to compromise on this issue. A public option may seem like a clever way to expand insurance coverage and lower costs, but our existing public options prove that another government-run health plan will only raise the cost of private insurance and crowd out private alternatives. The pattern of systematically underpaying doctors and hospitals through the Medicare and Medicaid programs have raised the average family’s premiums by $1,800 a […]
Technology update for summer 2009 by PETER YOUNG Director of Operational Technology On behalf of the technology department of Rockford Public Schools (RPS), I would like to thank the community for the support of the May 2008 bond issue and the difference this is making for students and staff in the district. Through the use of bond monies, last summer we installed new workstations and student computer labs and updated the district’s network infrastructure to support the demands of new technology. During the past few months, we have continued improving and expanding the use of technology in the district by installing projection systems in classrooms and sound systems in all K-8 classrooms for improved learning, have purchased new equipment for the auditorium and have also expanded and purchased adaptive technology for special needs students. Another of the concepts we researched and are now in the process of implementing is a device called a multi-function printer (MFP). What in the past was a one-function printer has now been expanded to include the functions of scanning, copying and faxing. With high speed networks, the ability to combine these everyday functions into one device makes great economical sense. We can reduce the space requirements with a smaller footprint of one device compared to four. For example, we are able to eliminate two printers, a fax machine and copy machine in each building by installing a multi-function printer. We also reduce the number of service contracts or calls from many vendors to one. Other economic savings are in the cost of printing consumables, such as paper and toner. Printing and copying capabilities on the network allows for many users to share the resources at one time, which in turn reduces our operating costs. The finishing capabilities of these devices allow users to create professional-looking documents right from their workstations. Scanning with these devices is a newer function that all staff members will have access to use in their buildings. The ability to scan a document introduces a whole new way of distributing material without having to print, copy and distribute manually. For example, we now have the capability of scanning a document and sending it directly to a shared network resource or we can e-mail the document directly to […]