Hayes Mrs. Nadine Hayes, age 86, formerly of Rockford, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2010. She worked for the Rockford Register newspaper and really loved her job; she also worked in the tannery office of Wolverine World Wide, retiring in 1985. Nadine was a member of the Rockford Historical Society, the American Legion Merritt Lamb Unit #102 Ladies Auxiliary, and ABWA. Throughout her life she was always a hard worker. Nadine was an avid reader of all types of books and loved to work crossword puzzles. The greatest joy and pride of her life was in raising her children and being a grandmother. Nadine was a lovely lady who always cared about the welfare of others. She is survived by her family, Marsha and Gary Watkins of Grand Rapids, Randy and Mary Hayes of Roseville, Minn., Connie Hayes and William Hayes, both of Rockford; grandchildren, Gabriel Dale Hayes, Meredith (Kurt) Hayes, Kimberly Sommer and Derek Wheeler, Tory Sommer, Arron Hayes, Sara Hayes, and Ashar Hayes; her sister, Mrs. Maxine Alber of Grand Rapids. Her husband, Dale Hayes, who was the love of her life, preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her son, Gary; her brothers and wives, Ron and Ollie Smith, Terry and Maxine Smith; and brother-in-law, Bernie Alber. The memorial service for Mrs. Hayes was Saturday, May 22, 2010, at the funeral home with Pastor Richard Riley officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider Spectrum Health Rehab and Nursing Center, 750 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
June 17 2010
The Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA invites community members to attend the grand opening and open house for the new team-building challenge course. This event will be Wed., June 23 with the grand opening from 9 to 10 a.m. and the open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The new challenge course is a creative team-building and leadership program. The YMCA is welcoming all groups, businesses, school leaders, organizations, and anyone else interested in this new state-of-the-art program to join this event. Community members will also be able to meet the staff, gather information and actually try out the new course. If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Molly Schmid at (616) 855-1447.
Dog issue raised by reader Dear Editor, While shopping at the Rockford farm market Saturday, I had to get out of the way of a man with a large Doberman on a leash. The dog was huge and must have weighed over 120 pounds. I reported it to a police officer on site only to learn that the Rockford City Commission had rescinded the no dog rule at the farm market. In my opinion, this was a justified rule and dogs are out of place at this crowded market. The commission made a poor decision when rescinding the no dog rule. Bill Kury Rockford resident Rockford Hardware a source of old-fashioned values Dear Editor, When I was a little girl, I used to love to go to the feed store with my dad to pick up baby chicks. I loved the smell of hardwood floors, seed and fertilizer. The men behind the counter would tease me about my freckles until I squirmed (and I hated it). Then they would hand me a sucker or a penny for the gumball machine and I forgave them. When I walk in to the Rockford Hardware, there is still that smell in the air that bridges the 230 miles between me and my dad. It’s like he’s right here. I needed polyurethane the other day and literally had to drag my moaning kids out with me. I promised to stay in Rockford and be quick. We walked in and the greeter pointed us to the exact spot we needed. The gentleman helping me then took the kids to a big gumball machine and offered them each one. Their eyes were as big as the gumballs. As if that weren’t enough, since it was Saturday, we each got a free bag of popcorn. Rockford Hardware has managed to keep the feeling (and smell) of a real hardware while offering everything I need. They have also managed to bring together three generations with one sniff. It is the kind of feeling that keeps Rockford quaint and makes me want to spend my money right here in town. Thank you! Julie A. K. Lovelace Rockford resident
Darolyn Mogg and her husband Brian filled out many giveaway slips at the Rockford Community Expo last March, never expecting to actually win anything. Then they received an e-mail from Brad Carey of Brad’s Window Cleaning, telling them they had won an interior/exterior window cleaning package with an estimated prize value of over $250. “I have never had my windows professionally cleaned before. I was very happy with how great it turned out,” said Darolyn. “I think I invited everyone who came by my house that day to come in and see how amazing they looked!” Darolyn said she will definitely use Carey’s services again and has already recommended them to family and friends. Brad’s Window Cleaning is a local business that provides window cleaning, gutter cleaning and power washing. For more information about their services please call (616) 745-5753 or visit their website at www.bradswindowcleaning.com.
June 14–August 7 KDL Summer Reading Club—Make reading fun and rewarding this summer, and sign up for the “Make a Splash at your Library” Summer Reading Club at any Kent District Library branch—for kids entering grades five and under, readers and pre-readers. For more information visit www.kdl.org. Friday, June 18 Rockford Summer Jam at the Ted—7 p.m. at the Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium, “Home of the Rockford Rams Football Games.” $15 general admission, $30 VIP seating (limited supply). Purchase tickets at the Rockford Community Services offices, administration building, or by calling (616) 863-6322. Saturday, June 19 Memorial Service for Dave Kendall—2 p.m. at Rockford Baptist Church located at 221 Courtland Street, Rockford. Service will be informal as we share and enjoy accounts of Dave’s stories and jokes, his music, and above all, his intimate walk with God. All are invited to the service and the luncheon afterwards. Sunday, June 20 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at VFW Post 3946, located at 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults; $3 for children. Monday, June 21 Free Food for Needy Families— 5 p.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Drive, Rockford, with a Mobile Food Pantry providing free food for needy families in the North Kent community. For more information, call the church at (616) 866-1556. Summer Carnival—2 p.m. at the Krause Memorial Library at 140 E. Bridge Street, Rockford. Celebrate summer! Celebrate reading! Join us for games, crafts, prizes, and tons of carnival-style fun! For children of all ages and their families. Tuesday, June 22 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. Wednesday, June 23 Jewelry-Making with Cindy Burkle—2 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Make an even-count peyote bracelet for yourself or a friend. Registration is required and participation is limited. For grades 6-12. Call the library at (616) 647-3940. For more information, visit www.kdl.org. Summer Beach Party—5-11 p.m. at the SCORE. Live Jimmy Buffet type music, BBQ, tropical beverages, contests, dancing in the sand, spectator beach volleyball, sand sculptures, kids games, an abilities obstacle course, and auction. […]