August 11 2011


August 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

SCHOOL BEAT New school year brings bussing changes by JACQUIE FASE Director of Transportation Rockford Public Schools It’s been quite a busy summer down at the bus garage. I was given the challenge to think “outside the bus” to contain rising costs and to keep our level of service acceptable. As a perpetual positive thinker, I did not back down from the challenge. Change is inevitable if we want to succeed. I learned that fact years ago as a seamstress. Each bride who contracted a custom gown had her own idea; I had to make changes to fit the dream, but the end result was always the same:  Provide a service, stay within the budget and keep the customer happy. Faith Baldwin said, “Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.” As time goes on and expectations change, so must we: With the Early Childhood Center now at Meadow Ridge, we will be providing shuttles to all the developmental kindergarten (DK) students. The shuttle buses will come from each elementary school and back again in the afternoon. We will be providing color-coded tags for each group of students to help save confusion. These tags will correspond to the bus they ride. The ECSE students will have their own routes. It is our goal to keep as much consistency as possible for these tiny tots. They, too, will have their own color-coded tag. There will be additional shuttles for students attending special education programs within our district as we mainstream these students onto general education transportation. We will also be bringing back midday kindergarten routes every Friday. With all these additional transportation expectations, we quickly came to realize that there is limited time to complete these routes. To make all of these changes work with in the time frame allowed, we will be requiring many secondary (6-12) students to walk to a common bus stop. This will allow our many routes to remain on time throughout their morning schedule. Woodrow Wilson said, “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” I understand that many parents will have concerns about common bus stops. It is certainly not our goal to upset the apple cart. However, if we can work together, we can continue to serve all […]


August 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

Two Michigan farm markets leading national contest  Dear Cliff and Nancy, I just got off the phone to the editor of our local paper, the Pioneer Tribune, and he is going to allow me to write an op-ed for the August 11 edition about the America’s Favorite Farm Market contest and for asking Manistique Market supporters to please vote for Rockford as well. We are excited to partner up with you in our endeavors to bring a little good news to Michigan. The post is already up on our website and we’ve been tweeting and facebooking it to our supporters. My mom graduated from Rockford High School in 1942 and I know if she were still alive, she would be excited to see a connection between Rockford and Manistique! We are proud to help. Here is a shortened URL to direct the folks to the vote page for Manistique: Here is the shortened URL I created for the Rockford vote page: it! Kerry Ott, Market Master Manistique Farmer’s Market

CLASSIFIEDS—August 11, 2011

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HELP WANTED Grand Valley Plumbing—Plumber’s apprentice/helper. Full/Part time. No experience needed. Must have own transportation. Call Grand Valley Plumbing (616) 874-3009. Leave a message.        p32 ______________________   Rockford—The Frame and Mat Shop in Rockford is looking for a motivated person with sales and picture-framing experience. The Frame and Mat Shop is dedicated to customer service and great designs to both retail and commercial clients. A position in sales and hands-on work experience for someone who possesses good communication skills, math, computer, and problem-solving skills for ever-changing projects. 8-20 hours per week. Some Saturdays. Apply in person at the Frame and Mat Shop, Rockford.    p32 ______________________   FOR SALE Chairs—two living room chairs without arms. Good for reupholstering. One living room chair multi-color checked. $20 each. Call (616) 422-3118 or e-mail     p32 ______________________ GARAGE SALES Rockford—lots of items including boys clothes. Saturday, Aug. 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., 208 South Main St., Rockford.     p32 ______________________   Rockford—Rummage sale, August 12 and 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and bake sale August 13 only from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Rogue Valley Towers, 59 Main Street, Rockford.        p32 ______________________ SERVICES Do you want a sparkling clean home weekly, every other week, or just a one-time cleaning? Give me a call! I can also help with gardening. References available. Call (616) 433-8124.        ftfn ______________________ LOST AND FOUND LOST—men’s Trek bicycle, 26″, gray and silver. It was taken from our home in the 13 Mile and Summit area. Please call (616) 866-4731.    f32______________________   FOUND—iPod Touch in downtown Rockford. Call to identify with first name and passcode. (616) 874-2067.      f32 ______________________   FOUND—small, black and white, female dog on Bostwick Lake. Found on Wed., Aug. 3. Was not wearing any tags. She was taken to the Walker Humane Society on Tue., Aug. 9.     f32 ______________________   LOST—7-year-old female cat. Declawed, tiger-striped, multi-color white, brown and black. Last seen July 15 in the Algoma and 13 Mile area. Reward. Please call (616) 292-4775.      f31 ______________________ LOST—VW remote key on the White Pine Trail near Belmont. (616) 401-7363.       f28 ______________________   FOUND—jacket in downtown Rockford. Call to identify (616) 916-6778.    f27 ______________________   LOST—Yorkie terrier, dark […]

Grattan fire fighters receive gift of fitness

August 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

In celebration of National Fire Fighters Health Week–August 14-20 Grattan Township Fire Department is an all volunteer department led by Fire Chief Lou Kirkbride. The men and women volunteers give of their time freely in the call of duty. It is very important for them to be fit to serve their community and be fit for themselves. Fighting a fire demands physical strength and energy. Getting fit and remaining fit can be a challenge. 50 percent of all firefighter line of duty deaths result in heart attacks and strokes. “It’s all about being in the right place at the right time,” says Safety Officer Art Ward. Art along with his wife Ann, Deputy Chief, were concerned with their fitness and began working out with personal trainer Jorge Rodriguez, owner of International Bodyworks Fitness in Cannon Township. In conversation on the need to be physically fit and have the stamina it takes to perform in the line of duty, Jorge had a plan that would help these 26 firefighters achieve their goals, by donating to a complete circuit training gym to the department. The equipment is designed to provide a complete workout in just 20 to 30 minutes a day. On Tuesday evening, August 2, Captain George Smith III introduced Rodriguez with the statement “Safety starts with personal fitness.” Jorge gave a presentation to motivate and inspire them on the importance of health and fitness. “It is very important for them to be fit in order to serve their community and also be fit for themselves,” stated Jorge. He also gave a demonstration on how to properly use the equipment to achieve maximum results. The building that houses the fire department is owned by Grattan Township. “It is very important that people know the township allows us to use this wonderful facility,” stated Ward.

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