August 9 2012


August 9, 2012 // 0 Comments

HELP WANTED Experienced Dental Assistant, cross trained to assist front office. NE Grand Rapids office, 4-day week, Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Could start ASAP. Send resume to 2730 5 Mile Rd. NE, Suite 102, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.       p32 ______________________ Waitstaff/Server available to work lunch and dinner hours. Whitefish Lake Golf and Grill, 2241 Bass Lake Rd., Pierson, or call (616) 636-5260.       b32 ______________________ Experienced help wanted: pizza maker, waitress and kitchen help at Vitale’s Restaurant, downtown Rockford. Apply within.       b32 ______________________ Drywall finisher with 2 years experience required. Painting experience would be helpful. Call after 6 p.m., (616) 866-7943.       p32 ______________________ WORK WANTED Experienced Christian caregiver looking for a part-time or more position. Would be ideal to help care for an elderly parent or individual. Great references, Red Cross training, cooking, errands, etc. Please call Brenda at (505) 504-1617.      f28 ______________________ NOTICES Kent County Gun & Knife Show at the Deltaplex. Saturday, August 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, August 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 22 rifle door prize. J&J Sport Shows, (800) 968-5016.       p33 ______________________   Free—Inspirational book: Freedom from fear. The Quest for Glory, For hard copy, e-mail address to       p32 ______________________ PRODUCE Come visit us at Mr. Greengene’s Farm. Lots of produce. Located on 13 Mile Rd., 1/4 mile west of Northland Drive. Look forward to seeing you.       p35 FOR SALE Bed—new queen pillowtop mattress and box spring set. Still in plastic with warranty. Must sell! $150. (616) 805-9282.       p34 ______________________ Outdoor wood furnaces—Eliminate your heating bills with central boiler outdoor wood furnace. Summer sale. Call SOS, (616) 554-8669.       b35 ______________________ GARAGE SALES Rockford Barn Sale—5208 11 Mile Rd., off Courtland Dr., Thursday-Saturday, August 9-11, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. We have a barn full of antiques and tools. Massey Ferguson diesel tractor with lift scoop back blade, snowplow attachments, Kubota diesel lawn mower.       p32 ______________________ 6798 Pleasantview (corner of Belding Rd. and Northland Dr.). August 10 & 11, 9 a.m. to ?. Miscellaneous furniture, filing cabinet and a little of everything else.       p32 ______________________ Moving Sale—August 10 & 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bedroom set, other furniture and much more. 6641 Bella Vista Dr.       p32 ______________________ FOR RENT Duplex—clean, 2 bedrooms, garage, basement, […]

Rockford woman takes organization that helps with adoption costs national

August 8, 2012 // 0 Comments

by CINDY M. CRANMER A Rockford woman has put together an organization that is helping athletes come to the aid of abandoned and orphaned children worldwide while doing the activities that they enjoy. Rebecca Cruttenden, Team Orphans founder, expanded the organization nationwide in February. Team Orphans also partners with organized events. They are an official charity partner for the Grand Rapids marathon, half marathon and relay on Sunday, Oct. 21, as well as the 5K and 10K events on Saturday, Oct. 20. “It’s a charity campaign for athletes,” Cruttenden said. “There was nothing I could see out there as a benefit for adoption and orphans.” She added, “Anybody picks a race they want to do. It can be biking, walking, running, a triathlon. They set a fundraising goal and 100 percent goes toward child adoption grants.” They work with Brittany’s Hope, a Pennsylvania-based organization helping unite special needs children and families throughout the United States, who want to adopt but are burdened by the cost. Special needs children means kids older than the age of two, sibling groups who want to remain together, to kids who have medical or other special needs. International adoption costs about $30,000 and there are 153 million orphans. Domestic adoptions cost between $10,000 and $15,000. Cruttenden was a 2003 grant recipient when she and her husband, Tom, got their children who were three, four and five. Rosa is now 12, Andre 13 and Sasha 14. Brittany’s Hope has helped 350 children be adopted through grant assistance. About $13,000 has been pledged from 33 team members in 12 different states since February. Brittany’s Hope gives grants primarily to seven different adoption agencies. Bethany Christian Services is one of the larger agencies they work with. Cruttenden, who has raised more than $17,000 personally for Brittany’s Hope in the past two years, will compete in a third Ironman race in November 2012. “When I was in Texas for Ironman, I was excited about raising money. I couldn’t find anyone else who was doing it for a cause,” Cruttenden said. “It’s a huge, huge commitment to do an Ironman. God put it on my heart to give them a cause.” An Ironman is 140.6 miles of biking, swimming and running that has to be […]

Local dancers perform well in Orlando

August 8, 2012 // 0 Comments

It is with great pride that the Rockford School of Dance (RSOD) competitive dance teams report an excellent showing at the Danceamerica National Competition in Orlando, Fla. in July. A total of 613 different dance routines were selected and performed throughout the four days of competitions. These performances were selected from the fall/winter regional competitions from across the country. Each of these 613 dance routines were performed before a panel of judges, in direct competition with each other, vying for first-, second- and third-place awards, along with other “special” awards. The prestigious Richard Disarno Director’s Award was presented to Laurie Host, owner of RSOD, for the outstanding performance of the Mega Production number, “The Jet Set.” Best Precision was awarded to the Primary Team for their tap number entitled “Family Tree.” In addition to these awards, a highly celebrated and special honor was the ability for dancers to be selected to perform on the Beauty and the Beast stage at Hollywood Studios. Including both group and solo performances, this honor was given to only 32 different dances throughout the four nights, roughly eight to nine dances per night from the 613 performances. “What a huge honor to know that every single member of the RSOD competitive team was selected to perform—all 60 performers!” commented Host. The Primary team performed their specially awarded Best Precision tap dance, “Family Tree,” while the rest of the competition teams (a combination of the junior, intermediate and seniors groups) performed their awe-inspiring Opening Number for Recital entitled “The Jet Set.” “Just wondering: do you think someday we’ll see some of our RSOD performers on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’?” asked Host. “With these odds at nationals, we just may!”

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