February 19 2009

Former RHS Cheerleaders Compete in National Competition in Orlando

February 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Four former Rockford High School Cheerleaders competed at the 2009 College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Competition at Disney World in Orlando, Florida on January 16, 2009. All four girls are currently cheerleaders for Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The Cheer Team sent in A video of their routines and were ranked 14th out of 28 and were invited to participate in the competition. This was the second time that the CMU cheer team was invited to the National Competition and this year CMU placed 10th overall.

Food Stimulus

February 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Mrs. Barton’s fourth-grade class from Meadow Ridge Elementary took time during their Valentine’s party to decorate sugar cookies for families in need of a little “heart.” The residents of Vern Barry Place in downtown Grand Rapids enjoyed being served a spaghetti lunch followed by the beautifully decorated heart-shaped sugar cookies. In the economic times we are facing, the kids felt good about doing something for families to brighten their Valentine celebration.

SowHope Continues to Care for the Most Needy Women of the World

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Western Michigan and beyond It hardly went noticed in the hustle and bustle of activities that surround the international nonprofit charitable organization SowHope, but the growing organization celebrated its third birthday Saturday, January 31. A fast-growing international organization started by women for women in 2006, it is dedicated to inspiring and supporting women around the world through wellness, education, and economic opportunities. The organization’s “method of operation” is unique and really works. SowHope is one of the only international organizations specifically focused on addressing the basic needs of women internationally by partnering with local leaders, using local solutions to solve local problems. These leaders already have the reputation for helping women. SowHope collaborates with their partners by funding measurable, time-limited, and outcome-based projects that match SowHope’s three program areas. “It has been amazing to realize our dream of helping women in the Third World,” shares SowHope’s president and founder, Mary Dailey Brown. “During of first three years, we have had the privilege of impacting over 6000 women through AIDS care and prevention, literacy classes, and micro loans.” Dr. Diana Sharp, associate vice president, Harper College, Batavia, IL, says she became involved “because Mary asked her” and is now president of the SowHope Board. Having known Mary for 30-plus years, she said from the beginning SowHope’s mission was very compelling, and she believed in the cause of helping the most oppressed women of the world, facilitated locally by those working side-by-side with these women. “However, I stayed involved with SowHope,” stated Dr. Sharp, “Because I continue to be impressed with the documented progress of the women in our programs and to be in awe when I hear about the progress continuing to be made and the care and concern that goes into decision making and goal setting for our organization.” Ainur Nutai, Khazikstan Grand Valley State University International MPA student and SowHope Board Member agrees. Graduating this spring, Ainur will be going back to her county, but will stay involved in SowHope. “I have seen the needs of women first hand,” says Ainur, “and I want to continue to do my part to support this local thinking and global acting organization”. The Honorable State Representative Tom Pearce is another SowHope Board member with strong convictions to […]

Polish Tradition is as Close as Your Local Bakery

February 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Fat Tuesday time for paczki Filled with the traditional prune or with less “Old World” but more popular cherry, raspberry, custard cream cheese or blueberry, paczki is a taste of Poland that has in many ways been Americanized. Bostwick Lake Bakery owner Mike Moyer believes that the popularity of paczki would radically increase if people tasted those made at bakeries, where authentic dough is used and a variety of fillings are offered. His bakery was formerly owned by a polish man who, ironically, didn’t make paczki. In the last ten years Moyer has sold paczki prior and during Fat Tuesday, the Tuesday before the Catholic tradition of Lent. This year Fat Tuesday is February 24. Fat Tuesday is the day of feast before Lent, a time when Catholics give up sweets for 40 days before Easter. Paczki is a Polish tradition with a strong American following. Traditionally prune-filled, the treat features a dough heavier and richer than a bizmark, and is filled now with many fruit or even custard or cheese filling. Moyer said his bakery often offered paczki for a month prior to Fat Tuesday, but now sells them for about a week. The annual treat will be available at the bakery now. With a traditional, religious and flavorful reason to try this taste of Poland, there is no excuse not to enjoy this annual pastry.

The Kent Conservation District is Now Accepting Orders for its Spring Seedling Sale

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The Kent Conservation District is taking orders for its spring seedling sale through March 31, 2009, for delivery on April 18 and 19, 2009. The funds generated by this sale are used by the Kent Conservation District to provide the county with a wide variety of conservation programs, along with educational and technical assistance to its landowners. The trees purchased through the sale also serve a valuable purpose. They are used in reforestation efforts and other conservation plantings throughout the county. For residential purposes trees beatify the home, raise property values and provide habitat for native wildlife. Trees also provide for many environmental benefits including soil stabilization and storm water control. This year’s sale boasts our largest selection ever, with nearly forty species of conifers (evergreens), hardwoods and wildlife shrubs. We have also added native wildflower seed mixes, backyard composters, rain barrels and much more to our catalog. We can accommodate plantings from 10 to 10,000 seedlings. We also have options to fit anyone’s budget as well with ten seedlings starting at only $10 and 1,000 seedlings starting at only $225. The catalog and order forms are available online at: www.kentconservation.org. For more information please contact the KCD office at administrator@kentconservation.org or by calling (616) 942-4111 ext 100.

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