The City of Rockford will be conducting the annual spring Hydrant Flushing and Maintenance Program beginning April 18, 2011. This process will be completed by May 6, 2011. During this time you may notice an occasional decrease in water pressure and possibly some slight cloudiness in the water. Most residents will see no change in their water supply. If you should notice a change in the appearance of your water, merely let the water run until it clears, usually within several minutes. There is no cause for concern with respect to the safety of your water supply, and the City performs this service twice a year to maintain a safe, reliable and abundant supply of water for residents. This program also ensures that the fire hydrants in the City are operating correctly and available for use in an emergency. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dennis Brinks at the City of Rockford at (616) 866-0560.
April 14 2011
If you are ready to start a business or buy a business location, please “Ask SCORE” by doing so at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce or attend an “Overview for Planning and Starting Your Business” workshop in Grand Rapids. The SCORE workshop covers topics from how to register your business, marketing and sales, and financial information to seeking a business loan. The workshop has a small fee. To “Ask SCORE” there is no charge at anytime. For further workshop information, contact SCORE at their office, located in the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce facility, 111 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, or call (616) 771-0305, or online at www.scoregr.org, or by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. To “Ask SCORE” in Rockford, contact the Rockford Chamber of Commerce at (616) 866-2000.
Every day of every week, people need blood for emergency and ongoing medical care. It’s a need that doesn’t take a break, despite the season. About 39,000 blood donations are needed daily by hospital patients undergoing treatment for serious diseases like cancer and sickle cell, for surgery, and for trauma and burn care. “Collecting blood from volunteer donors isn’t something that can be put on hold or caught up on later since the need for blood is constant,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “We’d like everyone who can to consider donating blood now or in the next few weeks to celebrate spring. It could be a great way to renew yourself, and to bring the gift of life to someone in need.” The challenge, Red Cross officials say, is that while blood needs are constant, blood donors sometimes take a break, particularly during peak travel times like early spring. Blood donors who would otherwise give may wait until later to make and keep an appointment. In an effort to help increase donor turnout, the Red Cross has partnered with Meijer to offer every person who comes out to donate, the chance to win free groceries (a $250 value). In addition, everyone who attempts to donate in April will receive a free sample of Pacific Shaving Company’s shaving oil and a chance to win a Mother’s Day Out package (a $125 value) at a local salon and spa. In May, everyone who comes out to donate has a chance to win a $125 gift card to Lowe’s for dad as part of a “Dad’s to-do List” promotion. To schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or 1-800-733-2767, or visit www.RedCrossBlood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age, or 16 with parental permission in some states, meet weight and height requirements—110 pounds or more, depending on their height—and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.
The Rockford Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, in the community room, 159 Maple St., Rockford. Advanced master gardener Nancy Hoovler will explain how to identify plant problems, dry plant specimen examples, and suggest accurate corrective solutions. The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.rockfordgardenclub.htmlplanet.com/index_1.html or call Karen Chickering at (616) 874-0186.