Melissa Brower and Michelle Wordens, owners of Halfway Restaurant, located on M-57 halfway between the CedarRock business district and Greenville, would like to thank the community for support and donations to help neighbors in need this holiday season. The restraurant offered a free Thanksgiving dinner to patrons who were unable or did not care to cook that day and took donations during the event. “We served over 150 people, which is a higher number than we served last year, the first year we offered the Thanksgiving meal for free,” said Brower. The event raised over $1,000 and many donations of food. Half of the money and food donations will be going to Lean On Me Outreach Ministry located in Rockford and the other half went to Hands of Jesus, an outreach located in Greenville. The restaurant will continue to collect either non-perishable food items or money for these two worthy charities through December 19. Brower and Wordens also would like to thank all the volunteers who helped that day serving the meals. They appreciate the strong community support and look forward to another successful year.
December 9 2010
Grand Dental seeks nominees to receive braces “We will be changing someone’s life by giving away a free set of braces for the holidays,” said Ron Riebschleger, DDS, owner of Grand Dental Care in downtown Rockford. Riebschleger said the business gives away plenty of free services in an unofficial way throughout the year and wanted to do this officially. He is seeking nominations for a person from the ages of 8 to 80 who could use the service, valued at over $5,000. “As part of being a general dentist, we are able to offer many services in addition to providing braces that specialists do not offer,” Riebschleger said. Many specialists choose to send their braces patients to another office for general dental work, but general dentists such as Riebschleger can provide the braces in addition to providing cleanings, fillings, extractions and other dental services. This saves their patients lots of time and money. When needed, Riebschleger still occasionally calls in the services of a local specialist. “Charity starts at home,” Riebschleger said. His business, which celebrates its 20th year this holiday season, is doing well and Riebschleger wanted to do something more to give back to the community. Braces are expensive, and many people cannot afford them—even the ones lucky enough to have dental insurance. He emphasizes that the benefits of having properly aligned teeth are much more than just a pretty smile. “We’ve seen it hundreds of times,” Riebschleger stated. “We see people go from shy and embarrassed to confident and happy, leading to better grades, a better job, a better quality of life.” Braces are not just for aesthetics, either. A correct bite helps a person avoid Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) problems and the associated headaches—literally. A correct bite also ensures better overall gum health. Straight teeth and correct occlusion lead to cleaner and healthier mouths as well as to better overall health. “The latest science says irritation or inflammation of the gums leads to increased chances of serious health problems such as diabetes and stroke,” Riebschleger noted. He would like people wanting to nominate someone for consideration for the free braces to write one to two paragraphs about how they could benefit from having braces and, if possible, include a photo of that person […]
by BETH ALTENA The holidays never tasted so good, with music, sleigh rides and Santa, too, during the holiday Taste of Ric’s held Saturday, Dec. 4 at Ric’s Food Center, 6767 Belding Road in Rockford. Store director Dave Brickner said the turnout was fantastic with an estimated 4,000 people showing up to sample hot kielbasa and meatballs, fresh produce, tasty deli sandwiches and wraps, and much more. A visit with Santa and plenty of holiday music and activities for children made the day seem like a party. “I don’t know how it just keeps getting bigger and better, but it does,” said Brickner. Andy Woodrick, owner of the store, took in the sights and sounds and the busy activity of the day. The store hosts seasonal “Taste” events, but the Christmas theme of the December one found visitors in happy moods. “This holiday one really seems to have taken off,” Woodrick stated. “It’s nice to see our neighbors.” Ric’s Food Center is a Michigan family business, offering traditional full-service neighborhood grocery stores. Ric’s has been operating since 1977, when founder Richard Woodrick opened the first store in Mt. Pleasant. Today, under the direction of Richard’s son Andy Woodrick and his wife Monica Reynolds, Ric’s proudly serves the communities of Interlochen, Ithaca, Hemlock, Mount Pleasant and Rockford.
Seventeen singers from the Rockford High School (RHS) choirs have been chosen for the Regional Honors Choir of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA). Rockford students represent the highest number chosen from any school in this region and almost 20 percent of the Region A High School Honors Choir, which consists of 91 singers from 31 different high schools. The following students performed at Flushing High School on Saturday, Dec. 4: Emilee Bodien, Cameron Brown, Mackenzie Guest, Jeremy Hagedorn, Rachelle Knapp, Kevin Kruizenga, Corlene Laing, Julian Mondragon, Jill Nelson, Doni Owens, Lydia Rinzler, Megan Sanders, Christine Scales, Hannah Schroeder, Alyssa Scrimger, Brett Wiesenauer, and Christian Wojtowicz. Bodien, Brown, Kruizenga, Mondragon, Nelson, Rinzler, Scales, Schroeder and Wiesenauer were also chosen for the State Honors Choir of the MSVMA. These students will perform at the DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids in January as part of the Michigan Music Conference.
Please join us to celebrate Marie Norman’s 90th birthday. It will take place on December 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Leisure Village Lodge, 5305 Circle Drive, Belmont. No gifts please. Marie’s children are Gail, Ethel, Andy, Shirley and Phyllis. Marie is a lifelong Rockford resident and a 1938 Rockford High School graduate. If you are unable to attend, you may send her a card to: PO Box 346, Rockford, MI 49341.