Win Cash, Meet Neighbors at EXPO this Saturday

Rockford Community EXPO

More than 11,000 people enjoyed last years EXPO. This Saturday visit and learn more about your community (and win stuff).

CARSTAR of Rockford is giving away a 37-inch television. Rockford Dry Dock will have some samples of different foods they sell. Nugent Builders can tell you about the good reasons to invest in improving your home now. Four people will win $500 in cash. Why wouldn’t you go?

Last year 11,000 people took the time to enjoy the Rockford Community EXPO, scheduled for this Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to Brenda Davis, executive director of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, this year’s event is again a sell-out with more to offer than ever. There will be over 180 booths inside and outside Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes.

The EXPO underscores the Chamber’s re-investment in its members and surrounding businesses.  Last year’s blockbusting event attracted more than 11,000 people who enjoyed the day discovering the breadth of what Rockford-area businesses have to offer.  “Last year’s event was a complete success and we are building on our experience again this year to make it even better,” said Davis.

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‘At This Point Nothing is Off the Table’

Residents ask tough questions about WWW properties

Rockford City Manager Michael Young spoke to residents on Thursday, March 12 at City Hall about the future of the tannery property. Residents asked about saving jobs, seeking new, clean industry, and other possibilities for the Wolverine properties.

Rockford City Manager Michael Young spoke to residents on Thursday, March 12 at City Hall about the future of the tannery property. Residents asked about saving jobs, seeking new, clean industry, and other possibilities for the Wolverine properties.

Rockford City Manager Michael Young spoke to residents on Thursday, March 12 at City Hall about the future of the tannery property. Residents asked about saving jobs, seeking new, clean industry, and other possibilities for the Wolverine properties.

City leaders invited homeowners adjacent to the properties up for redevelopment when Wolverine closes tannery operations in Rockford, but many others also showed up for the first of many open house-style meetings.

According to City Mayor Chi Chi Rogers, future meetings will likely be held in a larger venue-such as one of Rockford’s middle schools-in order to accommodate what will likely be a large crowd.

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Presidential Letters Go All the Way to the White House

Zach Juliena and Kameron Ford have a few things to say to President Obama. Their letters will be published in a book and presented to the President.

Zach Juliena and Kameron Ford have a few things to say to President Obama. Their letters will be published in a book and presented to the President.

Who wouldn’t like the chance to steer our highest elected official in the right direction for the United States? For two Meadow Ridge Elementary students, words to the country’s new president are to become a page in history. All three fifth-grade classes at Meadow Ridge took part in a nation-wide project by kidthing, Connecting Kids Project in partnership with the National Education Association. Students sent letters to President Obama expressing their thoughts and hopes for the future. From over 4,500 submissions, 150 were to be chosen to be published in a book.

With such odds, students set to their task, but had no guarantee any of the Rockford letters would make the cut.

Teachers Christine Stall and Mr. Frasier were surprised when their students Zach Julien and Kameron Ford came in to school with letters of congratulations. Their letters were among the few chosen by kidthing to be included in the publication, available free on-line, as well as in a limited print edition to be presented to President Obama at the White House.

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Grattan Deaths Considered Suspicious

Sheriff Department investigating

Kent County Sheriffs Department deputies reported Tuesday, March17, an investigation of the suspicious deaths of two individuals in Grattan Township. Two people were found dead in their residence at approximately 3:30 p.m. Investigators from the sheriff’s office were on the scene Tuesday afternoon and were in the process of obtaining a search warrant.

According to Lt. Kevin Kelly, “This investigation is in its infancy. Information will be disseminated to the media as it becomes available.” The names of the individuals were not released as of press time Tuesday.

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Diversity Dinner a Free Family Event with Cross-Cultural Twist

CAJUN STYLE--—Kaylee and Scott Koslowske are about to try a new Cajun recipe for this year’s Bridges dinner.

CAJUN STYLE--—Kaylee and Scott Koslowske are about to try a new Cajun recipe for this year’s Bridges dinner.

Continuing a tradition going on nearly a decade, the Rockford Diversity committee invites the public to another fun day at the Wolverine World Wide YMCA in Belmont on Sunday, March 22. Beginning at 1 p.m., the YMCA, 6555 Jupiter Road, will again graciously allow free access to all their facilities including the rock climbing wall, basketball courts and the swimming pool.

To provide a better understanding of the diverse cultures in and around our community, the committee has invited Rick Wilson from WTKG’s Radio in Black and White to facilitate fascinating interactive activities for guests of all ages. Visitors will be able to choose from several workshops that Rick has found to be highly successful in the Word-Up/Word-Out program which has helped thousands of students be more aware of hurtful stereotypes not only among races, but social cliques as well.

The talented Reverend David May has also accepted the invitation to be this year’s keynote speaker. Reverend May was instrumental in launching the faith-based Institutes for Healing Racism through GRACE (the Grand Rapids Area Center for Ecumenism).

As always, everyone is encouraged to bring a dish reflecting their own heritage to share at the potluck dinner which takes place between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Beverages, utensils and tableware will be provided. For those uncomfortable cooking for a crowd, bring a store-bought item or come without and enjoy the wide array of different food.

The members of the Rockford Diversity committee believe that it is difficult to find opportunities for families in the Rockford area to interact with people from other cultures. That is why they are hoping everyone will take advantage of this free and fun family event.
For more details call Diane Karasiewicz at (616) 863-6556 or visit www.rockfordschools.com/diversity.

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