June 2 2011

‘Hop a Mile to Help a Child’ fundraiser a success

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Benefiting W.A.R. International Quack-Back.com sponsored the first ever “hippity hop relay” at North Rockford Middle School, raising $1,665 and a basket full of underwear for Women At Risk’s orphanage in Haiti. Due to gray skies and intermittent rain, the event was moved indoors, but team spirits weren’t dampened a bit. Crash from the Whitecaps led the contestants in a WhiteCap water relay and Red from Red Robin Restaurants handed out free shake certificates to attendees. The first QuackBack triathlon brought laughter to all and awarded prizes donated by MC Sports and Olga’s. Texas Roadhouse from Grandville won the relay and took home the coveted “Duck Cup,” which was no easy task as they had to take down the “Princess Warriers,” “Pickle Power” and Texas Roadhouse Kentwood for the victory. There were many businesses who jumped on board and donated prizes for the participants. A complete list of sponsors can be found by clicking on the “Hop a Mile to Help a Child” link at quack-back.com. Next year, organizers aim to triple the amount raised for Women At Risk (W.A.R.) orphanages. QuackBack LLC donates $1 of every online purchase to W.A.R. With a mission to encourage all of the women in your life in a unique and fun way, the dollar donation also sends encouragement to a woman around the globe. Read more about us at quack-back.com and view the featured W.A.R. items. Further information regarding W.A.R.’s mission and boutique locations can be found at WARInternational.org.  

Rockford staff pass up negotiated pay raises to help city

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As part of their regularly scheduled May meeting, the Rockford City Council approved the 2011-2012 budget. The City of Rockford’s fiscal year runs from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. The budget adopted by City Council represents a balanced budget and maintains the City’s strong financial position. “We have been able to present this balanced budget with significant reductions in staffing,” said City Manager Michael Young. “We have reduced out full time staff by nearly twenty percent over the last several years, including reductions of personnel in nearly every department. I am very proud of this budget but perhaps what I am most proud of are how our employees came together and agreed to wage concessions, recognizing the financial reality all communities face in Michigan.” The Rockford Police Officers Association, which represents all full and part time police officers, gave back a two percent wage increase that was included in their contract. The Public Works Union also agreed to a wage freeze. Police Chief Dave Jones reiterated, “The police union could have easily turned down our request for wage concessions and stuck to the terms of their current bargaining agreement. Our officers see the big picture and know that only by working together can weather this difficult financial situation.” The City of Rockofrd’s millage rate will remain at 10.9 mills, continuting a twenty-two year trend of maintaining or lowering the City’s millage rate. The City of Rockford’s millage rate is the third lowest in the county, and the City of Rockford is one of the only communities in Kent County that does not levy a property tax administration fee. The 2011-2012 fiscal year budget also includes no increase in water or sewer rates. With the uncertainty at the State level, the new budget includes a 75-percent reduction in State Shared Revenues continuing an eight year trend of reduced state funding. “Reductions in State Shared Revenue, property tax revenue, and investment income has created a very challenging situation, which has required us to be very creative in our service delivery,” stated Young. “Still, this budget maintains the high level of services to which our residents have grown accustom.” For any questions regarding the City’s budget, please contact Rockford City Manager Michael Young at (616) 866-1537 […]

Luncheon scheduled for June

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The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to present the June installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. The event is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 6 at the Rockford Ambulance building, 8450 Shaner Avenue NE. Lunch will feature the delicious fare of Cannonsburg Grist Mill. This month’s luncheon will be an overview of the new format of the luncheons, which will feature more networking opportunities for the participants. The Networking Committee has worked hard to research ideas so the membership can enjoy unique opportunities for networking and expanding their circle of contacts. Representatives from the committee will present the changes planned for the bi-monthly luncheon format. Also on the docket is an overview of Chamber University. “Chamber U” will be the educational arm of the RCC. Chamber membership will have the opportunity to attend classes sponsored by the RCC, and “students” will be able to explore a variety of subjects to help them get the most out of their businesses. Tuition will earn participants an overview of such subjects as the art of networking, marketing, business planning and social media. This educational opportunity is exclusively for RCC membership. To attend this informative luncheon, please call the RCC office at (616) 866-2000, or e-mail to membership@rockfordmichamber.com to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. Please note that if you have registered and are unable to attend, you must call and cancel prior to the event or you will be charged. The Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series is a wonderful way to enjoy good food and excellent company in a relaxed atmosphere. Drawings for prizes are conducted at the conclusion of the event. The luncheon is a great networking opportunity, so participants are reminded to bring their business cards.  

Auction includes Michigan authors, sports, fine arts, more

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The Nelson Township/Sand Lake Library will kick off its second-ever “Awesome” Silent Auction June 1. Items will be available for bidding in the library until June 18 at 5 p.m. The silent auction is a side-shoot of the 7th Annual Plant Sale & Oral Auction sponsored by the Friends of the KDL Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library, held on Saturday, June 11 at 9 a.m. with the auction at 2 p.m. Silent auction items are from local businesses, patrons, authors and other generous companies. Some items for bid include an autographed collection of books by popular Michigan authors Jonathan Rand and Patricia Polacco, Griffins lower bowl tickets, blueberries from Sandy Bottom Berries, a trip on the SS Badger, horseback-riding lessons at R Place Ranch, certificates for Cedar Springs Mill & Supply, passes to local museums and orchards, handcrafted artwork by local artisans and an autographed photo of Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions’ tight end. Gift certificates and items will be on display inside the library. Bids will be accepted at the library, 88 Eighth Street, Sand Lake, and all proceeds will be used to meet the “growing” needs for increased information, resources, programs and technology in the community. Items are still being accepted for this great cause. To make a donation or for more information, contact KDL Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library at (616) 636-4251 or volunteer event coordinator Jennifer Sylvester at (616) 636-8151. Check out the library’s website at www.kdl.org.  

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