by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Last Friday afternoon found the Kent County Assessors Association (KCAA) in Rockford holding their annual summer picnic. They hung up their taxman hats to enjoy an afternoon of food catered by Dam Dogs and Arnie’s Bakery Café (desserts) along with an expert fly-fishing demonstration. Jeannie Kolenda, an appraiser in the Tax Equalization Department in Kent County, said, “We assessors regularly meet to provide one another with useful information related to assessment practices and to promote justice and equity in the distribution of the tax burden.” The picnic itself was held in the cozy confines of the Rockford Rotary Pavilion, after which the members moved to the banks of the beautiful Rogue River to receive, first hand, a basic tutorial in fly-fishing techniques from fisherman and outdoorsman extraordinaire, Rockford’s Glenn Blackwood. The 30+ members of the KCAA, representing various communities throughout Kent County, put current tax matters on the back burner while thoroughly enjoying themselves and Rockford.
Katie Underwood’s first-grade students learned firsthand about people in their community as they toured Rockford in search of gingerbread men they had made earlier in the day but had come up missing. The youngsters had read Jan Brett’s book “Gingerbread Baby” as part of their curriculum to learn about community workers. The children visited locations downtown to meet the people who work there. They visited the library, City Hall, Ward’s Hair Care and other locations, each time receiving a clue to the next stop. The final clue brought them to Arnie’s, where they were able to decorate their gingerbread men and eat them.