December 2 2010

Goodwill Industries breaks ground in Rockford

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Grand Rapids Goodwill opens second LEED-certified Goodwill store in Michigan Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids Inc. broke ground on its second LEED-certified retail store in Rockford on November 17 at 9:00 a.m. This marks the second Goodwill Store in Michigan and the third retail store in Michigan to be LEED-certified. “We evaluated the demographics and influence of our customers when choosing a location for our second LEED store,” said Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Jill Wallace. “We are excited to have a presence in a community with a small-town appeal to provide affordable retail options. Now more than ever, Goodwill is in need of donations. With our mission-based programs of assisting people with barriers to employment through job training and placement, the call for donations is great.” The Rockford Goodwill store, to open in Spring 2011, will feature a similar design to the Standale store that opened in December 2009. The build-out with Pinnacle Construction Group will follow Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) commissioned components. Guidelines will be followed in building products, energy usage, water usage, and more to earn the certification. “In addition to the LEED certification, this Goodwill store features the everyday shopping experience that our customers enjoy,” said Wallace. The Rockford store, located at 8390 Belmont Ave. NE (at the corner of 10 Mile Road), is the 15th Goodwill retail store to open in the greater Grand Rapids community. Proceeds from Goodwill stores help fund employment and placement programs for individuals with barriers to employment.

MAIN STREET — by Roger Allen, publisher — December 2, 2010

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Is it just me?   Does time go faster, or seem to, when you get old? I’m raising my hand here. Yup, time sure flies. I just heard a radio talk by a woman whose grandmother had lived entirely off the products of her family farm, with all homegrown foods. Closer to home, Courtland Township did not have electricity until 1937. That’s all within living memory. The editor of this paper is a good illustration of the time flies phenomenon, and she’s not very old. She was brought up on a farm, killed chickens, helped butcher a pig, enjoyed a fridge full of fresh milk from our cow and made butter from that milk. She took care of her horses: fed them, cleaned up, checked their feet. She runs this paper, which is created on a computer, but she still remembers how to milk a cow. Fast forward: Her kids would be lost without Twitter and Facebook and may never have ridden a horse. Monday was “Cyber Monday,” a shopping spree of online buying. Some estimates put sales for that day alone at $1 billion. Nope, it’s not just me. Technology is riding Change, spurring it on without a buggy whip. Where will we be in 20 years? I’d love to be here to see, even though I’m breathless from all this speed.  Priority story A group of friends went out deer hunting and separated into pairs for the day. That night, one hunter returned alone, staggering under a huge buck. “Where’s Harry?” asked the others. “He fainted a couple miles up the trail,” came the answer. “What? You left him lying there alone and carried the deer back?” “It was a tough decision,” said the hunter. “But I figured no one is going to steal Harry.”  Problem-solved story The construction boss ordered one of his men to dig a hole eight feet deep. After the job was completed, the boss came back and said an error had been made and the hole wouldn’t be needed. “Fill ‘er up,” he ordered. The worker did as told, but ran into a problem. He couldn’t get all the dirt packed back into the hole. A mound remained on top. He explained the situation at the construction office. The […]

Bus drivers union food drive feeds six families

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For the third year, the Rockford bus drivers union gave back to the community by donating food and money. Working with North Kent Community Services to make the best use of monetary donations, the group was responsible for feeding six families this holiday season. Union President Craig Morrow said the group, which is technically known as Rockford Education Support Personnel Association (RESPA), knows many in the area are having a hard time financially. He said they put up a poster representing six families and list the staples of a holiday meal. Union members either donate those items or sign up to make a financial contribution for the cost of the food. The two-week drive included all 66 Rockford bus drivers. Morrow said next year the union members plan to increase their giving and adopt a family from each of the elementary schools for which they drive.

Birthdays — December 3–10

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3rd Sarah Barton, Stephanie Barton, Jack Bartish, Taylor Hone, Amy McGaugh, Houston Moyer, Franklin Wegel 4th Esther Haynes, Winnie Knight, Michael Thompson, Rick Sivins 5th Carole Beckman, Isabella Grace Karrip, David Mawby, Bud Oppenneer, Hannah Ferguson 7th Mary Babcock, Dawn Hone, Janeen Maurer, Rose Schnipke, Joslyn TenBrink  8th Tom Pugh 9th Hazel Bond, Stacey Caylen, Joan Doyle, Julia Gould, Maxine Gould, Brenda Sagraves 10th Chris Bauer, Karen Hone, Nolan Rice, Joshua Rodriguez

Rockford Register — December 2, 2010

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Thursday, December 2 Rockford Area Historical Society Christmas Potluck—6:30 p.m. at the Community Cabin. Bring your own table service and a dish to pass. Hostesses will be Pat Frye and Carla Blandford. Intro to Digital Memory Keeping—9 to 11 a.m. at The Memory Boutique, 925 Northland Dr., Rockford. Free workshop designed to help you get started with the My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software program. Sign up at or call (616) 828-2402. Fri.–Sun., Dec. 3–5 Food 4 Soles Holiday Food Drive—a benefit for North Kent Community Services, at the Rockford Footwear Depot, North Main Street in downtown Rockford. Donate a non-perishable food item and get a coupon for 20% off any one item. No limit on food donated; limit of 10 coupons per customer. Valid for in-store purchase only Dec. 3-5; not valid on employee purchases, online purchases or gift certificate purchases.  Saturday, December 4 Santa Breakfast—8:30 to 10 a.m. at John Ball Zoo, in the “ballroom” featuring all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit and beverages, including a personal visit with Santa, a take-away souvenir, and an up-close demonstration with three animals. The breakfast is limited to 100 people; all seats must be reserved. Call (616) 336-4326. Cost is $15 per adult and $13 per child for non-members, or $12 and $10 for zoo members.  “Books Are Fun” Sale—noon to 4 p.m. at Rockford American Legion Post, 330 Rockford Park Dr., hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary. 28th Annual Fine Art and Craft Holiday Sale—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lowell High School, 11700 Vergennes (just east of Ada), Lowell, sponsored by the Rogue River Artisans, featuring more than 100 juried artists and craftsmen. For more information, visit 29th Annual Crafty Christmas Bazaar—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 505 S. Lafayette St., Greenville. Unique gifts, hand-crafted items, homemade baked goods, lunch and raffles. For more information, call (616) 754-4194.  St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Annual Cookie Walk—9 a.m. until the cookies are gone, 310 E. Division, Rockford. Proceeds from the sale of their homemade cookies go to various mission projects sponsored by the Ladies Guild. For more information, call the alumni office at (616) 526-6142. Monday, December 6 Blood Drive—noon to 7 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin, Rockford. Tuesday, December 7 Crafts Around the World—6:30 […]

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