Over 30 vendors to offer samples, savings by BETH ALTENA “This is our chance to showcase what we are capable of,” said Ric’s Food Center Store Director David Brickner. He refers to the winter Taste of Ric’s to be held this Saturday, December 4, from noon to 4 p.m. at Ric’s, 6767 Belding Road. The event is also a celebration of the store’s three-year anniversary. “We’ve had our share of problems. Being here three years, maybe people will realize we are here for the long haul and plan to be here to serve them into the future.” Brickner said the Taste of Ric’s, which the store holds in summer and in winter annually, continues to be a huge success—if you consider giving away a ton of free food a success for a local grocery store. Brickner does. In addition to serving, for example, a hundreds pounds of meatballs during the Taste of Ric’s, the store supports the community by daily donating to local outreach center Lean on Me. A food drive held at Ric’s recently allowed the public share in supporting people who are struggling financially, and Brickner said volunteers who staffed the event were very grateful for every bit of food and monetary donation. The Taste of Ric’s is also a community outreach, in a way. Brickner said for both the store and the vendors who participate, it is a chance to shine and invite people to try something new. Loyal customers appreciate the events and those who have never, or not recently, visited the store will be reminded of what Ric’s has to offer. “It is really a joint venture between us and the merchants,” Brickner said. Many of the store’s vendors are Michigan companies, and the person-to-person interaction during the Taste of Ric’s allows customers to see the people who are providing their food and vendors to see who they are serving. “People don’t realize many of these are locally-owned businesses, he said. An example is Sweet Tooth, a store right in downtown Rockford which specializes in homemade caramel corn and other goodies. “They offer a really good product and market it well,” Brickner said of the Sweet Tooth owners. Others—Keebler/Kellog, Schuil Coffee, Max and Emily’s Cheesecake, Chuck and Dave’s Salsa, Pop’s […]
The jolly old elf himself will be waving to crowds this Saturday, November 4 during the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s 67th annual Santa Parade beginning at 11 a.m. From noon to 2 p.m. visit Santa, enjoy free milk and cookies and participate in fun activities at the Rotary Pavilion located at the corner of Squire and Courtland streets. There will be free horse drawn trolley rides around town, caroling and a chance to enjoy Rockford in all its holiday splendor.
Numbers add up in commute, too A group of former Wolverine World Wide tannery workers gathered back in Rockford during the final days of the demolition of their old workplace. Enjoying a midday meal at Sam’s Joint on Monday, Nov. 22, the group ranged from as few as 20 years in the tannery up to an amazing 45-and-a-half years at Wolverine. The “winner” in the experience category is Karen Kindel, who began working in the tannery in 1962. Kindel said the last 20 years she worked in the tannery she commuted from Ithaca—a daily round trip of 120 miles. Kindel, who had retired from the company before the tannery was shut down, said she feels terrible about the demolition, and working there was like working with family. Her best memories from her days there were her coworkers, she said. Cindy Koomen was a machineoperator for 34 years with the tannery. She said it was nice to get together with her friends and said it was a little bit sad watching the buildings come down. From Casnovia, Koomen has been taking pictures of the summer demolition. Nancy Fifield of Pierson worked for Wolverine World Wide for 42-and-a-half years and was a supervisor. She met her husband Roger while working there, and the two will be married 40 years next April. She started work in 1967 and said there were a lot of memories in the old buildings. “It’s surprising how much land they took up,” she said of the open space left by the demolition. “Even though the tannery is torn down the friendships there last forever,” said Koomen When added up, the years of tannery/Wolverine experience represented by the friends comes to a whopping 575 years.
There were over 200 customers in the first hour of Rockford Ace Hardware’s storewide sale last Tuesday, November 23. According to Inventory Coordinator Katie Buick, the Edenpure heaters on hand were gone in the first minute. “I love this sale, it’s my favorite,” Buick said. An employee at Ace for four-and-a-half years, Buick said she likes the excitement and fast pace of a big sale and this one was no exception. “I like it when it is busy—time flies and it gets people in the holiday spirit.”
Resurrection Life Church Rockford is excited to announce that Mike Evans will be speaking during the three Sunday morning services on December 5, 2010. Everyone is invited to attend this special event at 8:20, 10 or 11:40 a.m. at the church located at 3233 Ten Mile Road, just east of US-131. Michael David Evans is an award-winning syndicated journalist who has served as a confidant to leaders in the Middle East for more than two decades. He has appeared on hundreds of network television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Cross Fire, Nightline and The Good Morning Show (Great Britain), and appears frequently on the Fox Network, CNN World News, NBC, ABC and CBS. He has won more than 15 national awards for his prime-time specials based on his books. Evans’ book, Showdown with Nuclear Iran, became a New York Times and Amazon.com bestseller. He is also the author of 24 books, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, USA Today, Amazon number one and Barnes and Noble.com number one bestseller, The American Prophecies, as well as the New York Times bestseller, Beyond Iraq: The Next Move, and the Time Magazine bestseller, The Return. Evans has produced 18 documentaries. His most famous, “Let My People Go,” spotlighted Natan Sharansky, who was at the time in a gulag in Russia. Evans asked President Ronald Reagan to seek Sharansky’s release, and the release of some 400 Jewish prisoners from President Mikhail Gorbachev. Evans also worked with a Dutch government official to encourage them to open the doors of the Dutch Embassy in Moscow to the Jews of Russia. Evans’ newest book, The Final Move Beyond Iraq, is being published by Strang Communications, and had been produced into a network documentary. The documentary contains interviews with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, CIA director James Woolsey, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, General Hugh Shelton, Mort Zuckerman, owner of U.S. News and World Report, UN Ambassador Dan Gillerman, and a host of others. Evans spoke at the World Summit on Terrorism in Jerusalem (with Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister) and to students at the Kennedy School of Law at Harvard University. As a writer, he has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, […]