August 13 2009

Community gathers for fun at Grattan Raceway

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Grattan Academy students Anna~Maria Zook, Amber Clouse, Madison Cox and Mary Ricards take a spin around the Grattan Raceway during the school-sponsored Bike Night on Monday, August 3. For the second year in a row, Grattan Academy invited the community to join them for a fun evening at the Grattan Raceway. Participants of all ages enjoyed riding bikes and scooters, skateboarding and rollerblading around the two-mile track located in Grattan Township. Grattan Academy is a tuition-free charter school with locations in Belding and Greenville.

Lock-ins no fun in summer sun

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Plainfield Fire Lt. Jeff Drake advises drivers to be extra careful of leaving animals or children in automobiles in the summer heat. The department unlocked this car on Wednesday, July 29, after the keys were accidently locked in with a child in the vehicle. “It adds a little more danger,” he said of sunny days in summer. Drake said the department responds to “too many” calls for aid where children or pets are left in vehicles. Even on cooler days temperatures in cars can heat up quickly to dangerous levels.

Double Take Resale hosts annual fall fashion show

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Double Take Resale in downtown Rockford is hosting their second annual fall fashion show in the Rotary Pavilion on Saturday, August 22 at 2:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “Fall For Resale,” and the show will feature fall fashions from the three Rockford resale boutiques, Double Take Resale, Gumballs and Overalls, and Gild the Lily. The goal of the fashion event is to showcase how local Rockford families can make the most of their fall fashion budget, and also earn money by selling their outgrown items. The three Rockford-based resale shops will feature current fashions for a spectrum of clothing sizes, from infants to teens to plus-size women. Attendees of this fun event, will receive exceptional offers from the local resale boutiques, and have an opportunity to shop fashions at deep discounts. This is the first time in Rockford’s history that families and women of all ages have three shops where they can recycle, save money and earn money by selling from their own stuffed closets! According to Cindy Palmreuter, owner of Double Take Resale, an average family with three kids can save up to 70 percent on their back-to-school shopping bill just for shopping at her store. A family that spends $500 at the mall, can now only spend around $150, saving almost $350! Since items in the store are just like brand-new, Palmreuter urges families to seriously consider resale this fall. Double Take also pays cash on the spot for your gently worn, name-brand clothing and accessories for preteens through young adults. “No appointment is needed to bring items in, and we buy all seasons, all year round!” said Palmreuter. Shopping at these fun boutiques not only saves families a lot of money, but can also be a great way to make money. Teresa Patteuw, owner of Gumballs and Overalls, states that “an average family can earn as much as $500 per season consigning their children’s outgrown items. Just by re-selling their like-new children’s items, consignors can purchase a whole new wardrobe for their children!” Kim Johnson, owner of Gild the Lily, said, “We know that life involves change—we are changing careers, sizes. At Gild the Lily, we want to celebrate that change! Recycling your clothing at resale and consignment shops gives you that boost to get […]

Send a text, receive a fine

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  Bill to be considered to eliminate texting while driving by MITCH HARVATIN Student reporter State legislators are pushing a ban on texting while driving. If the law doesn’t pass, Michigan could lose up to 25 percent of its road funding in the near future. Statistics aren’t clear on exactly how many accidents are caused by using cell phones to talk, text or e-mail while driving, because in most accidents the individuals involved aren’t forthcoming in telling the police officer that they were using a cell phone while driving. Police cannot go through the driver’s phone without a search warrant. In a 2008 MSNBC report, six states have bans on talking, texting, e-mailing or gaming on an electronic device while driving. Those states include Alaska, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, Washington and District of Columbia. Sixteen other states are considering passing this ban, and Michigan is one of them. According to, “In Michigan, Senator ‘Buzz’ Thomas (D-Detroit) introduced Senate Bill 783, which would stick drivers caught reading, typing or sending text messages on a cell phone or electronic wireless device, such as a BlackBerry, with a $100 fine. The punishment would be a secondary offense, meaning police could only ticket drivers for violating the rule if they were pulled over for another reason. The bill was last referred to the Committee of Energy Policy and Public Utilities.” The Rockford Squire placed a call into Sen. Thomas’ office, but has not heard back from him yet. The National Transportation Safety Board investigated a Los Angeles Metrolink commuter train crash last fall, which left 25 people dead and 128 people injured. Published reports conclude that the train engineer was texting. That train ran a stop signal and crashed into an oncoming freight engine. Michigan State Police and local law enforcement agencies cannot write a ticket for texting while driving, but can issue a ticket for careless driving, which would include the driver weaving in and out of their lane or speeding. Research has shown that driving response while texting is as bad as while driving drunk. Lieutenant Chris McIntire, Post Commander for the Michigan State Police in Rockford, agreed. He feels very confident that this bill will be passed in the near future. “My troopers know it […]

Humane Society Kibble Konnection

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The Humane Society of Kent County’s Kibble Konnection pet food bank has helped over 350 families and over 1,000 animals since its first distribution date in March 2009. However, with the demand for the Kibble Konnection program increasing each month, donations of pet food are critical. “We distribute around 7,000 pounds of pet food to families in need each month,” said Karen Terpstra, executive director for the Humane Society of Kent County. “The program is funded solely through donations from the community, and as long as there is food available we will be able to continue to help as many pets as we can.” All pet food donations are accepted, but dry dog and cat food are the most essential. “We have seen so many people who without this program might have to consider relinquishing their animals to a shelter,” Terpstra explained. “We hope to be able to continue to help them and keep these pets in their homes where they belong.” Individuals can drop off food Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 7 p.m. or Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Humane Society of Kent County, 3077 Wilson NW, Grand Rapids. There are also nine additional donation drop-off sites in the Kent County area. A list of these drop-off sites is available at or by calling (616) 791-8066.

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