Cub Scouts from Pack 3285 at Crestwood Elementary School took part in the 9/11 Remembrance Salute at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in downtown Grand Rapids. This year over 3,500 Scouts took part in the salute. “We had a wonderful turnout this year, in spite of the rainy weather,” according to Ryan Kreisch, Eagle Spirit District Executive. “The number of participants continues to increase every year.” Each year since 2002, the salute is held to honor those who lost their lives and those who gave so much love and help following the terrorism attack on September 11, 2001. The sun-up-to-sun-down salute conducted by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, law enforcement, area fire services, EMS, active military, veterans and citizens is the only memorial held in the nation for the entire day.
Type O negative blood needed The American Red Cross has launched local public appeals for blood donors to combat a decline in the number of people giving blood this month. The American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region is currently in desperate need for Type O negative and new blood donors to help them be good stewards of the blood supply. City of Rockford offers fall tree planting program The City of Rockford will once again be offering a 50/50 fall tree planting program. Residents who are interested in participating in this program are asked to contact City Hall to make arrangements for the type and location of the tree to be planted. The City offers this program for parkway trees, where the City pays 50 percent of the cost and the resident pays the other 50 percent for the trees planted between the sidewalk and curb area. Once the chosen location is determined to be appropriate for a parkway tree, the City will schedule Miss Dig in advance of City crews planting the trees. Trees to be offered as part of this year’s fall planting program will include Superform Maples at a cost of $40 per tree to the resident, and Red Sunset Maples at a cost of $50 per tree. This program is available to City of Rockford residents only. Please contact City Hall at (616) 866-1537 to reserve your tree today.
D&W Fresh Markets, Family Fare offer flu, pneumonia vaccinations Local D&W Fresh Markets and Family Fare neighborhood stores are providing seasonal flu and pneumonia vaccinations. This provides convenient locations for area residents to receive low-cost seasonal flu and pneumonia vaccinations and educational materials. The Rockford D&W at 201 Marcell Drive will provide flu and pneumonia vaccinations on October 5 and 7 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Family Fare store at 4175 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, will provide both vaccinations on October 6 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “We urge area residents to take advantage of this low-cost community service and protect themselves against both influenza and pneumonia,” said Eddie Garcia, director of pharmacy for Spartan Stores. “According to the Centers for Disease Control, the single best way to protect against the seasonal flu is to get your vaccination each year.” The cost of a seasonal flu shot is $24.99 while the pneumonia vaccine, available at select locations only, is available for a $50 charge. Participants may pay with cash, check or money order. Medicare part B is also accepted unless the participant has a supplement insurance provider. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/, in general, anyone who wants to reduce the chances of getting the flu should get vaccinated every year. Annual vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or people who live with or care for high-risk individuals. People who are at high risk for complications from seasonal flu and should get a seasonal flu vaccine each year are: • children 6 months through 18 years of age, • pregnant women, • people 50 years of age and older, • people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, and • people who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from seasonal flu and should get a seasonal flu vaccine each year are: • household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu (see above), • household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated), and • healthcare workers. The […]
Tuesdays, through November 2 Pajama Storytime—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For families who can’t come to the library during the day. Pajama Storytime offers an evening of stories and fun. Bring your teddy bear or other snuggly friend; pajamas optional. For children ages 3 to 6. Wednesdays, through November 3 Toddler Time—10 to 11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop his or her language, motor and social skills. For children ages 3 and under with a caregiver. Thursday, October 7 Rockford Area Historical Society Meeting—7 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Polly Bolt will present “Alaskan Culture and Traditions.” Hostesses will be Geri Winegar and Meradel Eberlein. Saturday, October 9 Parkside Walk-A-Thon—11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a DJ and lots of food and fun. Everyone is welcome. Flu Shot Clinic—9 a.m. to 12 noon at First Congregational Church of Rockford, 192 East Bridge Street. Flu shots available to 50 people ages 18 and over. Bring medicare insurance card or $30 to cover the cost. There will be five pneumonia vaccines available for $35 or medicare insurance if you are a person over age 60. While at the church you are invited to browse the Books, Bling and Children’s sale in the lower level. Tuesday, October 12 Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Thursday, October 14 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Adult Book Discussion—6:45 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. Thursday–Saturday, October 14–16 Howard City Friends Of The Library Used Book Sale—10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 15, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 16. Book donations are needed and appreciated. You can leave donated […]
Skidmore-Saxton The marriage of Sheryl Saxton and Brandon Skidmore took place on August 5, 2010 on Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe. Sheryl, the daughter of Toni Call and Brad Saxton of Morgan, Utah, is a 1997 graduate of Morgan West Minster High School and will graduate with a masters degree from the University of Utah in 2011. She is a fourth-grade teacher at Rolling Meadows Elementary School in West Valley City, Utah. Brandon, the son of Pat McCombs of Rockford and Fred Skidmore of Belmont, is a graduate of Rockford High School and a 1999 graduate of Ferris State University. He is employed by Wavell Huber in Salt Lake City, Utah. The couple honeymooned touring the northern California area, and reside in Salt Lake City. A reception is planned for August 2011 in Grand Rapids.