February 2 2012

Speese Painting Company earns coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award

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Award reflects businesses’ consistently high level of customer service Speese Painting Co. has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service and health providers. Dave Speese, owner of Speese Painting Co., said, “We are certainly pleased to receive this award. We truly care about our customers and are very proud of our team of professional employees.” “Only a fraction of the businesses rated on Angie’s List can claim the sterling service record of being a Super Service Award winner because we set a high bar.” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “The fact that Speese Painting Co. can claim Super Service Award status speaks volumes about its dedication to consumers.” Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their clients and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.  


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Buttleman-Wilcox Earl and Linda Buttleman of White Cloud, together with Louise Wilcox and the late Great Jack Wilcox of Fort Meyers Beach, Fla., are happy to announce the engagement of their children Samantha Buttleman and Don Wilcox. Don is a 1994 graduate of Rockford High School and is employed by DTE Energy of Grand Rapids. Samantha is a 2003 graduate of White Cloud High School and studied health care administration at Baker College. She is employed by Family Health Care. A May 5, 2012 wedding date is set.

$1,000 scholarship available

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The Rockford Garden Club is offering a $1,000 scholarship to any local current graduating high school senior or recent graduate majoring in horticulture studies, landscape architecture, environmental science, conservatory management, organic farming or associated, related fields. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one student attending any college in the fall of 2012 and can be used for tuition and/or books. The scholarship is sent directly to the attending school. Applications are available at the Rockford High School guidance office or the club’s website at www.rockfordgardenclub.htmlplanet.com. A short essay is required and application details are available on the website or by contacting Shelley at (616) 874-3196. The scholarship is open to all area graduates and recent graduates. Scholarship certificates will be awarded in May. The essay/application deadline is March 31, 2012. The Rockford Garden Club does not discriminate by race, color, religion or gender.

Public Meeting on Stewardship Activities in the Rogue River Watershed

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Meeting to learn about the organizations working to protect the Rogue River Watershed near Grand Rapids. The Rogue River and its tributaries is a rare environmental and economic asset. The Rogue River Watershed is just a short drive north of Michigan’s second largest metropolitan area, Grand Rapids. As a major coldwater tributary to the Grand River and its close proximity to a large population center, the Rogue River is an extremely important trout fishery resource in southern Michigan. The Michigan DNR conducted spring and fall angler surveys above and below the Rockford Dam during 2002 and 2004. The survey estimated a total combined effort of 60,559 angling trips during this period. The combined value of these angling trips to the Rogue River was 1.45 million dollars or approximately $485,000 per year. A variety of organizations and citizen groups are working to protect and restore this unique natural resource. To highlight these efforts, the Rogue River Watershed Council is sponsoring a public meeting on Monday, February 20 at the North Rockford Middle School cafeteria. Presentations include: The Home Rivers Initiative, trout-stream habitat improvement, wet lands protection, invasive species removal, and natural shoreline protection practices. In addition, a number of environmental organizations and ongoing initiatives that impact this watershed will be represented. If you live, work, go to school, “play” in, or care about, The Rogue River Watershed, please feel free to attend on February 20. Doors open at 6:15; presentations from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. For more information, e-mail Gretchen at: prairieplanter@gmail.com  

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