HELP WANTED Retail Sales Apparel—part-time, no nights, no Sundays. Retail clothing sales experience required. Send resume to PO Box 163, Belmont, MI 49306. p37 ______________________ IF YOU CAN SELL and you would like to make a decent commission, this could be a great job. Work in and out of the office for a local weekly newspaper. More than just sales, this is a great way to learn and understand marketing in the local field. No long-distance travel, established accounts included. Must have valid driver’s license. For more information call (616) 696-3655 (ask for Lois) or send e-mail and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. ftfn ______________________ Mystery shoppers earn up to $100 per day. Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail and dining establishments. Experience not required. (877) 715-3339. p36cp ______________________ FOR SALE Antique desk with hutch, cubby holes, shelves, doors, beautiful condition. Dated late 1800s. $775. Call (616) 866-1478, leave a message. ftfn ______________________ GARAGE SALE Multi-family sale—bikes, home decor, craft books and supplies, fabric, furniture, clothing, books, surround sound system, vacuum, waterbed, household items and more! Friday, September 4, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 5, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please, no early sales. Corner of 18 Mile Rd. and Pine Lake Avenue. b36cp ______________________ FOR RENT Rockford—2-bedroom in mature adult modern four-plex. Heat, trash, water, carport included. No smoking or pets. $590/mo. (616) 887-8501 or (616) 291-3078. p38cp ______________________ Lake Bella Vista apartment—two-bedroom, air, garage, free lake access. Seniors welcome, no pets. $575/mo., plus utilities. Call (616) 874-7871. b36 ______________________ PUBLISHER’S NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act and the Michigan Civil Rights Act which collectively make it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, age or marital status, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To report discrimination, call the Fair Housing Center at (616) 451-2980. The HUD […]
by SARAH READ Scattered showers may have slowed down a few of the activities for the 45th Annual Danish Festival in Greenville, but the crowds refused to let a little rain spoil their fun Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21-23. An arts and crafts fair, marketplace, various parades, bed race, games, Thrill of the Grill contest, theater performances and a family fun day with pony, camel and elephant rides were just a handful of the festivities that filled the three-day schedule celebrating Greenville’s Danish heritage. The Grand Dansk Parade, which took place on Saturday, featured countless floats, multiple marching bands, local and greater area veterans, classic car clubs, a dozen different clowns throughout, along with all surrounding area queens and courts in addition to the 2009 Danish Festival Queen, Chelsea Kreiner. The theme for this year’s festival was Hans Christian Andersen’s “Thumbelina.” Performances of the children’s fairytale story were held at the Greenville Community Center. Weather improved over the duration of the weekend and the festival-goers continued to increase accordingly. Festival officials were reportedly pleased with the outcome and are looking forward to next year’s event, held the third full weekend of August.
Lions welcome new member Rockford Lion Jan Strauss received a standing ovation as she was named Lion of the Year during the club’s July 25 annual picnic. Awarded for outstanding service to the Rockford Lions Club and the community, Strauss earned this recognition for her highly successful year as club president in building a better, stronger club. To cap off the club’s strong membership growth, Lion Rose Scheidel was inducted, with her husband John doing the honors of slipping on her new Lion vest. The new Lion year started Thursday, Aug. 27, with a visit to Camp Tuhsmeheta, located on Lincoln Lake Road. This year-round camp for the blind and vision-impaired works to build confidence in the camper’s skills to function successfully in our sighted world. If you are interested in serving the needs of our community, call (616) 866-4193 and “serve.”
Great Danes assist with Reading Rocks in Rockford Tater Tot and Dexter are both therapy dogs and Great Danes. According to Chris Brundidge of Grand Rapids and West Michigan Therapy Dogs, there are many breeds in the program you might not expect, such as pit bulls and rotweilers. Dexter, 36 inches at the shoulder and weighing about 150 pounds, is gentle and wonderful with children, such as those at Devos Children’s Hospital, where he visits.
by BETH ALTENA Former Rockford runner and two-time Olympic athlete Dathan Ritzenhein placed sixth in the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany, in the 10,000-meter race on Monday, August 17. It is an amazing accomplishment: the fourth-fastest time ever run by an American in the event, the second-fastest ever by a native-born American. Ritzenhein said after the race he was very happy, and this event is somewhat of a milestone. “It was tough, but I felt very good and was able to hang in there and run very well. I feel like it was sort of a breakthrough race for me,” he stated. “What got me so excited is that I closed the gap and made the thought of winning medals at the Olympics and World Championships seem a real possibility. The advance I made over this summer has been dramatic and I am so excited about just being competitive again. I recall in Osaka in ‘07, I was ninth, but I got lapped and was way out of contention. This time I was able to stay in contact, and really hung in there. The race was difficult because we started at a modest pace, but the middle was incredibly fast. I think I averaged 64-second laps for a couple miles.” Ritzenhein began running at age ten, his father Jerry Ritzenhein said. “He wasn’t very fast at first. He had to work hard and keep working hard. Pretty soon he came into his own.” Ritzenhein married his high school sweetheart and another Rockford running star, Kalin Toedebusch. They now have a daughter, Addison and reside in Oregon. Ritzenhein’s father said distance runners peak in their mid-thirties, so Dathan has plenty of career ahead of him. He is hopeful his son will compete again as an Olympic athlete. “This is his life career. He has a long career ahead of him and has an Olympics or two in his future. That’s his hope.” He also said part of Dathan’s success was the great start he had in Rockford athletics. “He had a great time here in Rockford.” “The life of a professional distance runner is not always easy,” Ritzenhein commented. “There is a lot of hard work and pressure to perform, it can be monotonous, and […]