February 9 2012

Student donates hair to Locks of Love

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Kaelyn Kramarz, 10, a student at Assumption B.V.M. School, grew her hair out for one-and-a-half years so she could donate it to Locks of Love. She says, “I did this so some child with cancer can have my hair.” Kramarz is so happy to have done this. Her hair was cut by Shandra Scheidel from the Heitz Salon in Comstock Park. Kaelyn’s parents own Custard by the Dam and Dam Dogs in Rockford.


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Organizer praises Hill article Dear Editor, Please pass this on to Cliff and Nancy Hill. They are to be applauded for this week’s G-R-E-A-T article supporting the Historical Society and the New museum fund drive. I have read it twice and all I can say is “WOW!” The tone of the article went straight to the heart of the attitudes that make Rockford the terrific place that it is, and to the reasons everyone in the area should be proud to help out. More important than capturing the essence of what the museum project is all about, it included an impassioned call to action that I’m sure will cause many people to get their checkbooks out in support of this worthwhile cause. I am a newcomer to the Historical Society, but I have been as active as I could be and am proud to do so.  In the short time I have been involved, I have seen a lot of activity and  have been impressed by the people who have been so effective in preserving our history despite difficult conditions and relative lack of interest on the part of most area residents. I am amazed by the hard work that Terry Konkle does as the Society’s President, and Paul Krupp’s efforts as the head of the fund raising committee.  Sometimes I feel like I am busy with the Sound of Sinatra show, but I feel like an incredible loafer when I compare myself to either of them. I have to say, however, that I honestly feel that Cliff and Nancy’s article may have done more than any other single thing I have seen, or anything I may have done, to “rally the troops” in support of the new museum. Please congratulate, (and thank,) them for me. Now, if, in the next 16 days, I could find as effective a way to encourage people to buy show tickets, I’d be a very happy camper. Al Pratt Sound of Sinatra organizor  PS:  You deserve kudos as well. We wouldn’t be making the progress we are without the Squire’s strong support. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU Editor’s Note: For readers who may have missed Cliff and Nancy’s article on the Rockford Area Historical Society and their efforts […]


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Groundhog Day revisited You may have read here recently that Punxatawney Phil got laid off. Now we’ve discovered the reason: it’s best not to make a big deal about your job dissatisfaction.       Valentine’s Day Ah, love. We’re always looking for it or trying to improve it, and we feel lost without it. We have only one holiday about it, but it’s a biggie. Giving valentines is one of the great ideas of the western world. I never get cards for Labor Day, President’s Day, or the Fourth of July. A question of taste A ranger catches a guy eating a bald eagle. At the man’s trial, the judge asks, “Do you know that eating a bald eagle is a federal offense?” “Yes,” says the man, “but let me explain. I got lost in the woods and hadn’t had anything to eat for a week. Next thing I see is a bald eagle swooping down at the lake for fish. I thought if I followed the eagle I could maybe steal a fish. Unfortunately, in the process of taking the fish, I killed the eagle. I figured I might as well eat it since it would be worse to let it rot on the ground.” After considering the man’s answer, the judge says, “Due to the extreme circumstance and because you didn’t intend to kill the eagle, the court will dismiss the charges. But if you don’t mind the court asking, what does a bald eagle taste like?” “Well, your honor,” says the man, “it’s hard to explain. The best I can describe it is maybe a combination between a California condor and a spotted owl.” In due course An out-of-towner in New York at the height of the tourist season decided to revisit an uptown restaurant he’d enjoyed on a previous trip to the city. Service was slow. Finally catching the eye of an overworked waiter, he began, “You know, it’s been over five years since I first came in here…” “I’m sorry, but you’ll have to wait your turn, sir,” replied the waiter. “I can only serve one table at a time.” Heads up A little kid is flipping a coin while taking a true-false test. At the end of the test, […]

Hiccup in filing city tax returns

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The Grand Rapids Press is causing some consternation in the Coon household. My habit is to read selected portions of the Press, such as the sports and the business sections. I glance at the front page and usually read the “Perspective” section with the opinions and letters to the editor. However, Deb’s habit is to read through the entire Press every day. It’s something she looks forward to or, should I say, used to look forward to. From now on, Deb will only be reading the Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday papers. She is not a happy camper because she won’t be reading the Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday papers. Going to m-live.com and reading those missing days on the Web isn’t quite the same thing as sitting down on the couch and perusing the Press. Oh well, you might say, that’s progress. It’s the green way of doing things. It’s the wave of the future. We have all read the explanation of the changes as provided by the management of M-Live Media Group. The explanation hasn’t made Deb any happier. Is this really the wave of the future with the Grand Rapids Press being the first of many newspapers to follow suit? Or is this a Classic Coke, a Ford Edsel, a Lions hiring Matt Millen, a Boston Red Sox trading Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees, a Hunt Brothers believing they could hoard all of the silver in the world, or one of a multitude of other similar decisions that will go down in history as one that was not so good? We will find out soon. I know Deb would love to see the Press going back to being delivered every day, but I’m not holding my breath. Either the management is brilliant and has M-Live on the cutting edge or they have made a slight error. I’m an optimist at heart, but what other city in the United States the size of Grand Rapids has a daily newspaper that is delivered only on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday? I’m thinking none. Good luck to the Press in pulling this one off. This tax season isn’t going off totally without a hitch or two. We haven’t been able to electronically file city tax returns […]

BIRTHDAYS — February 11–17

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11 Lois Hall, Edna Schumaker, Ethel Steakley, Don Zimmerman 12 Betty Cantile, Dolly Kronemeyer, Shanna Smallegan 13 Angie Mainville 14 Beth Altena, Lauren Brasure, Riley James, Mike Mervenne, Lucille Tasma, Jeannette Weiland 15 John Abshire, Ruthe Graves, Mara Knochs, Peggy Rogell, Rick Rozelle 16 Bill Altena, Bob Douglas, Jim Drenton, Jameson Hernandez, Brett Western 17 Gerri Aley, George Keller, Lauren Kostus, Pat Muth

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