Student volunteers from Rhythm Dance Center (RDC), located in Belmont Michigan, celebrated the winter holiday season with residents at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community for the second year in a row. The group of dancers, ages 9 – 16, spent weeks preparing an evening of dance numbers, songs and musical performances to provide seasonal entertainment to residents in late December. “Music and dance are gifts to share with others – especially during the holiday season and I am so proud of these young dancers for giving of themselves, their talent and their time to brighten the evening for the folks at Bishop Hills,” said studio owner, Jen Hanes. “It’s our way of giving back to our community, to share our blessings.” Rachel Kooiman, Director of Life Enrichment at Bishop Hills, helped coordinate the event and reported that the residents really appreciated the kids for taking time out of busy schedules to make a visit and put on a very uplifting show. “Our residents really enjoy it when visitors come in from the community and the sing-along at the end of the show was a crowd favorite.” The dancers that participated are all members of the RDC Competitive team and they regularly travel to perform. Volunteering and community service are important elements of the team spirit inspired at the studio and this visit is an expansion of that effort which was started last year under the guidance of RDC instructor Sarah Maxim-Gerard. “Considering others and looking beyond our own immediate circle is part of our philosophy at RDC,” Maxim-Gerard added. “We strive to encourage students to consider ways to contribute to the well-being of others and that touches back to our goal of helping develop healthy, well-rounded individuals who just happen to share the love of dance.” RDC is committed to excellence in offering contemporary dance styles and the principal mission is to create a fun, healthy educational and creative environment for dancers of all ages and skills.
Bishop Hills has hosted a local art show for many years in April. The winners from every elementary school in the Rockford area are on display. The residents are always impressed with the extraordinary talent of these young art students. Thursday, April 14, a reception was held. The residents, teachers, parents and friends were able to meet the students behind each piece of art. There are photos on Bishop Hills’ Facebook page or you can stop by Bishop Hills throughout April, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents of Bishop Hills gave each artist a special certificate.
Hydrant flushing to begin soon The City of Rockford will be conducting the annual fall hydrant flushing and maintenance program beginning September 20, 2010. This process will be completed by October 1, 2010. 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. 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. Bishop Hills thanks Rep. Tom Pierce at annual pig roast Jim and Sue Bodenner took the opportunity at their annual Bishop Hills Pig Roast to thank Rep. Tom Pearce for his service to the 73rd District. He was presented with a Rotary 4-Way Test Plaque and a ceramic cookie jar. “He has been so easy to contact whenever we have had a question or a need from his office,” stated Sue. Pearce was not able to rerun for the office because of term limitations. “Tom knows the community so well and really welcomed input from everyone in order to be more thoughtful and collaborative in the legislative process, and we just wanted to thank him for the way he served.”