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Food, Family, Fun — October 28, 2010

October 28, 2010 // 0 Comments

Local dentist takes stand against sweets this Halloween “Our goal is to collect a half ton of candy,” said Dr. Nylaan. Dr. Nylaan is leading this anti-decay movement by inviting the tooth fairy to his office to give out dollars, toothbrushes and toys in exchange for cavity-provoking candy. Also, the first 100 children will be offered dental Toothprints. Dental Toothprints are a thermoplastic wafer, which records the size and shape of a child’s teeth, the tooth position within the arch, and the relationship between upper and lower jaws. Like fingerprints, dental imprints are unique to every person, so bite impressions serve an accurate method of identification. Toothprints impression also captures saliva, which provides a DNA sample. Candy will be exchanged for cash at the office of Brian S. Nylaan, D.D.S. on Monday, Nov. 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. Children will receive one dollar for each pound of candy. Candy must be unopened. All of the collected candy will then be shipped to soldiers serving in the Middle East through the Operation Gratitude program. “Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well. Plus, the toothbrushes and goodie bags we’re giving out are really cool,” said Dr. Nylaan. Dr. Nylaan offers general family dental care as well as cosmetic procedures and implant placement. The dental office can provide more information at (616) 361-7317 or online at Cedar Rock Dental Care buys back your candy Collected candy supports troops overseas CedarRock Dental Care will be paying one dollar for every pound of unopened candy turned in to them after Halloween. This is part of Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that will collect the candy, package it all, and ship it to our troops overseas. If possible, they would love to have the children also bring a letter or card to send along with the candy, wishing our soldiers well and hoping they enjoy the candy. They will also send Beanie Babies and phone calling cards. The soldiers not only love the candy and other items for themselves, but they also give them out to the children in the communities they patrol—winning hearts and minds all over the world. Please help CedarRock Dental Care send an enormous amount […]

Food, Family, Fan — May 27, 2010

May 27, 2010 // 0 Comments

Family fun is around the bend and along the trail Summer is prime geocache time It isn’t just about the trinkets kids can collect at the end of the search. Geocaching is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and summer is a perfect time to get started. For the small investment of a global positioning system (GPS) and a can of bug spray—under $100—families can begin finding “treasure” all around. Geocaching has become increasingly popular and GPS prices have dropped since the hand-held devices first came out. Here in Rockford, geocaching can offer tidbits of history and direct hikers to new vistas. By visiting and plugging in coordinates to caches, anyone who can hike can find a variety of treasures. Some geocaches are handicap accessible as well. Geocache hiders can leave behind the traditional ammunition container or be creative with Tupperware, other plastic containers and even “micros,” such as the film canister hidden on the property of The Rockford Squire office at 331 Northland Drive. Many caches are on public land but some, like the Squire’s, are on private property with permission. Here at the newspaper office we love to see geocachers searching around out building trying to figure out where the cache “Free since 1871” is hidden. Our cache is a good example of how geocaching can educate residents about the history of their community. “Free since 1871” refers to the fact that the Squire, formerly the Rockford Register, is the oldest business in the city. The first issue came out February 1, 1871. While geocaching during business hours, we invite anyone to pop in, say hi, and see what the first page of the first issue looked like. We have it framed on our wall. Another in-town cache is at Pioneer Cemetery. This one is a multi, which means finding the first set of coordinates is just stage one. You use the information on the gravestones to figure out your next set of coordinates. While completing the mutli-stage cache, searchers receive a mini history lesson on some of Rockford’s earliest residents. Caches in Rockford include Pickerel Walk View (in Pickerel Park), Indian Joes 7, also in Pickerel. Who remembers when the property was known as Indian Joes and the resident used […]

Food, Family, Fun — October 22, 2009

October 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

Local dentist takes a stand against sweets this Halloween Candy to go to troops One area dentist is redefining the phrase “put your money where your mouth is.”  This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Belmont Dentistry, PLC in Belmont and receive $1 per pound.  Dr. John Klooster is leading this anti-decay movement by giving away dollars and toothbrushes in exchange for cavity-provoking candy. “Ditch the candy, that’s what we’re saying.  Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great preventative measures, but doing away with excess sweets would really give your teeth a healthy boost,” says Dr. John Klooster from Belmont Dentistry.  “Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well.  Global sugar consumption for kids increases by about two percent annually and currently sits at 50 million tons per year, which means parents need to be sure their kids teeth are being cared for more than ever.  Candy, as well as hurting children’s teeth, can lead to hyperactivity and weight gain.  In some cases, the wrong types of candy can also lead to broken teeth and damaged braces.   Candy will be collected at Belmont Dentistry the day after Halloween only from 3pm to 5pm.  The candy must be unopened. Please no bites.  It will then be shipped to troops overseas.    Belmont Dentistry is general dental practice committed to providing exceptional dental care for the whole family. Dr. Klooster and the Belmont team is available to provide more information at 616-284-3200, or visit them on-line at