More than 50 children showed their incredible talent for The Rockford Squire newspaper’s coloring contest for Harvest Fest. The judges had a difficult time selecting the winners, because everyone did such a great job. However, after much discussion, the following claimed the prizes for the contest: • ages 3-5: first place, Liliana Dunbar, 5; second place, Caitlin Brechting, 3 • ages 6-8: first place, Hayley Nowak, 8; second place, Isabelle Rogers, 7 • ages 9-12: first place, Elise Jendritz, 10; second place, Drew Modzeleski, 10. A special thanks goes to Aunt Candy’s Toy Company, D&W Fresh Market, and Polly’s Passions for donating prizes for the winners.
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Winning a new car for the cost of a $25 ticket, and all for a good cause is probably a great feeling. This year’s Rockford marching band program fundraiser was a raffle for a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. According to Chris Vanzee, band booster president, this is the first year the band tried to raise funds by raffling a car. Volunteers sold a total of 1,344 tickets for the fundraiser, which supports the sixth- through 12th-grade band programs. “We would love to thank the community for their support of our fine band program,” Vanzee said. “It takes lots of hard work and creative fundraising to bring in enough money to put together a competitive marching band show. Thankfully we have several volunteers to help us with this great task. We had people who were eager to pound the pavement and contributed to the success of this raffle. We also appreciate Ric’s grocery store, D&W Fresh Market, The Score, Thunderbay car wash, Buffalo Wild Wings, and the City of Rockford for allowing us to bring the car to their locations and sell tickets.” The winner, Karen DeBlaay, is a great-aunt to one of the band’s trumpet players, Travis Van’t Voort. It was very exciting for their entire family to see someone they knew win the car. DeBlaay was very excited and was shocked that she had won. She had stated that she didn’t intend to win, but just wanted to help the band. She is very excited and would love to see the marching band perform at their next competition, the Lakeshore Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Ted in Rockford.
D&W Fresh Markets, Family Fare offer flu, pneumonia vaccinations Local D&W Fresh Markets and Family Fare neighborhood stores are providing seasonal flu and pneumonia vaccinations. This provides convenient locations for area residents to receive low-cost seasonal flu and pneumonia vaccinations and educational materials. The Rockford D&W at 201 Marcell Drive will provide flu and pneumonia vaccinations on October 5 and 7 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Family Fare store at 4175 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, will provide both vaccinations on October 6 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “We urge area residents to take advantage of this low-cost community service and protect themselves against both influenza and pneumonia,” said Eddie Garcia, director of pharmacy for Spartan Stores. “According to the Centers for Disease Control, the single best way to protect against the seasonal flu is to get your vaccination each year.” The cost of a seasonal flu shot is $24.99 while the pneumonia vaccine, available at select locations only, is available for a $50 charge. Participants may pay with cash, check or money order. Medicare part B is also accepted unless the participant has a supplement insurance provider. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/, in general, anyone who wants to reduce the chances of getting the flu should get vaccinated every year. Annual vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or people who live with or care for high-risk individuals. People who are at high risk for complications from seasonal flu and should get a seasonal flu vaccine each year are: • children 6 months through 18 years of age, • pregnant women, • people 50 years of age and older, • people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, and • people who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from seasonal flu and should get a seasonal flu vaccine each year are: • household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu (see above), • household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated), and • healthcare workers. The […]