Caitlin Wilson celebrated for 11th birthday this year on 1/11/11. Caitlin was born is San Diego, Ca. Caitlin and her family relocated here in Rockford in 2004 when she was four. Cailtin attends Our Lady of Consolation school and is in fifth grade. Caitlin celebrated her birthday with friends over dinner. Caitlin will be traveling to San Diego this summer for vacation. Caitlin is on the Our Lady of Consolation volleyball and basketball teams. She enjoys the outdoors and all outdoor activities.
January 27 2011
Children’s book author/illustrator Robb Johnston signs a copy of his new book “The Woodcutter and the Most Beautiful Tree” for Rockford resident and Northview School District third-grade teacher, Mary Lou Ohnsman. Last Saturday, Robb sold and autographed 70 copies of his book at a successful Herman’s Boy-hosted book-signing event. A limited number of books are still available for purchase at the store.
Sparta Mel Trotter mission gives 100 holiday dinners With Christian-based help all year around for those who struggle, help is perhaps especially appreciated during the holidays, when merriment and gift-giving is not on everyone’s agenda. At the Sparta outreach center and retail store operated by Mel Trotter Ministries, those who struggle financially this year were all smiles as they picked up a grocery cart full of dinner items, from a large turkey to the desserts and toppings. “It’s extremely helpful,” said one of the people waiting to load up the items. “I am a single mom and disabled.” Another who was at the Sparta location prior to putting together the holiday meal, said she appreciated the help as well. “I am always donating items. Now I have had my hours cut at work and my husband’s hours were cut.” She said her job is cleaning houses, and people who have had to reduce their spending often stop that service. “I just learned today I lost a huge job. That’s going to hurt.” Mel Trotter Ministries was founded in West Michigan in 1900 with the mission of helping restore faith and lives. On February 24, 1900, Mel Trotter and a group of community leaders opened a mission at 95 Canal Street in Grand Rapids. Since then, hundreds of thousands of men and women have found Jesus and restored their lives, thanks to the loving support they found at Mel Trotter Ministries. The Mel Trotter store at 538 S. State Street in Sparta, open to the public, had a grand re-opening in November 2010. The store is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shoppers will find new and used items including clothing, housewares, sports equipment, books and more. Donations of gently used items are also appreciated.
Justice may be blind but at Wolven and Coonen, PLLC, located at 6250 Jupiter Avenue in Belmont, every client is treated with equal respect and attention and ‘’each matter is given our best”. The general practice law firm members, Edmond R. Wolven and Rose A. Coonen, are inspired by a desire to provide quality legal service in the area in which they have always resided. They believe clients appreciate high quality service without the hustle and bustle of a large firm. Senior attorney Ed Wolven has been providing legal services in private practice for over 54 years. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Schools of L S & A, 1953 and Law, 1956. Rose Coonen, partner, is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and attained her Juris Doctor degree from Cooley Law School, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Assisting are Bobbi Barnes as associate attorney and Patti Sargent as legal secretary. Bobbi received her undergraduate degree from Davenport University and her Juris Doctor from Cooley Law School. Bobbi took top honors when she graduated from Cooley Law School, Cum Laude. Both Rose and Bobbi worked for Ed during their tenure in law school. While Ed’s practice includes working on a wide variety of legal matters, he recently has been spending more and more time working with seniors in the areas of probate/elder law, wills and estate planning and business organization and management. Ed is an experienced lecturer speaking on “Elizabethzan Who Dunnit” (who is the author) and “The Illegal Trial of Christ.” Rose’s emphasis is on bankruptcy law, estate planning, family law and corporate law. Bobbi, like Rose, is a skilled and knowledgeable attorney who is friendly and attuned to the community. All three lawyers strive to offer services expected from a large firm but with a hometown feel. “Challenges are as varied as could be found anywhere,” said Rose of the scope of issues confronted. “Here our clients are treated like real people, not just names on files. If you have a legal problem or think you have need of an attorney, give us a try. Our fees are reasonable and competitive and we get the job done with attention to you personally”! The team at Wolven and Coonen is proud […]
Thursday, January 27 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Saturday, January 29 A Visit to China—11 a.m. at Women’s City Club, 254 East Fulton, Grand Rapids. Dr. Perimin Ni from Grand Valley State University will present “China—Yesterday and Today” along with a calligraphy demonstration and Chinese fashion show. A Chinese buffet will follow the program. Cost for the program and buffet is $20 for adults and $6 for children ages 5-12. Prepaid reservations required. Call (616) 459-3321. Monday, January 31 Blood Drive—noon to 7 p.m. at Rockford Area Donor Site, Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe Street, Rockford. Babytime—11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Delight and stimulate your baby with songs, a story and playtime. Get to know other families and help your baby develop listening and language skills. For babies from birth to 18 months with a caregiver. For more information, call (616) 784-2007. Tuesday, February 1 Pajama Storytime—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For families who can’t come to the library during the day, this offers an evening of stories and fun. Bring your teddy bear or other snuggly friend; pajamas optional! For children aged 6 and under with a caregiver. For more information, call (616) 784-2007. Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. A Visit to China—5 p.m. at Women’s City Club, 254 East Fulton, Grand Rapids. A musical program featuring traditional folk and minority dances by the Culture Performance Team of the Chinese Association, vocal and instrumental performances, plus the Lion Dance by members of the Oriental Martial Arts Center will follow a Chinese dinner. Cost for the program/dinner is $30 for adults and $8 for children ages 5-12. Prepaid reservations required. Call (616) 459-3321. Wednesday, February 2 Preschool Storytime—10 and 11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Preschoolers enjoy stories, rhymes, music, movement and more as they build their early literacy skills and develop a love of reading. For […]