May 12 2011

Mazur farewell celebration packed with officers, family

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by BETH ALTENA A bittersweet goodbye celebration ended the career of long-time Rockford Officer Lt. Scott Mazur Friday, April 29 at Rockford City Hall. It would apparently have been a good time to commit a crime, as it seemed every law enforcement officer in the county was present, from Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent to Michigan State Police Post Commander First Lieutenant Chris MacIntire. City Manager Michael Young put the timeline in perspective, noting the changes that have occurred since Mazur joined the City of Rockford as a rookie cop in 1991, when Young said he was in his second year in middle school and sporting an “incredible mullet.” “Gas was $1.25 a gallon,” Young said. “The best TV you could buy was a 19-inch color for $399. The Federal Reserve interest rate was 15.3/4. The average household income was $20,000.” Young went on, noting the average rent was $300 per month, the Titanic had just been found, Ronald Reagan was the president, and Lady Diana married Prince Charles that year. MS Dos was just released, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Cannonball Run” were in the movie theaters. The hit music was Dolly Parton, Blondie, and Olivia Newton-John with “Let’s Get Physical.” Rockford Fire Chief Mike Reus complimented Mazur, and also thanked Mazur’s family, pointing out that firefighters and officers, perhaps more than many other professions, need strong support to be able to do their jobs. Rockford Police Chief Dave Jones complimented his second-in-command for his dedication to the community, not only as a police officer but also a member of the board for the Krause Memorial Library and the Rockford Community Federal Credit Union where, as part of his duties, he originally hired Connie Taylor. “He gave this organization stability during a time of change and his historic knowledge allowed us to integrate programs into the community,” Jones said. In a gesture of honor, Jones presented Mazur with his service revolver and his badge as a memento of the time he served as a Rockford officer.  

LifeForce Yoga to manage your mood

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Growing numbers of us suffer from depression and search for a way to deal with it. Veteran yoga teacher, Amy Weintraub, author of the book “Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga” (Broadway Books, 2004), will lead a workshop on Yoga for Anxiety and Depression, May 20-22 at Expressions of Grace Yoga, Northland Drive NE, Grand Rapids. Weintraub will show how yoga practice can reverse depression, which will be the second biggest world killer by the year 2020, according to the World Health Organization. The workshop will include yogic breathing techniques, guided meditations, tools for managing mood from visualization to toning, and easy yoga postures that are suitable for all levels of practitioners. Weintraub was once an award-winning television producer, suffering from a depression so severe she was cognitively impaired. “I couldn’t put two shoes in a shoe box or fold a folding chair. Once, instead of sending the amount on the invoice I was paying for my health insurance, I sent the entire balance of my checking account.” That changed in 1989 when she began a daily yoga practice. Within nine months, Weintraub was able to withdraw from the antidepressant medication that her psychiatrist had said she would likely need for the rest of her life. Weintraub is the founder of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, is a consultant to Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, and writes frequently on mental health and yoga for national magazines. For more information about this workshop, please visit or call (616) 361-8580.   Registration Details: •            LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood: Clearing the Space—Friday evening, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. •            LifeForce Yoga to Get You off the Couch!—Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 to 5 p.m. •            LifeForce Yoga to Meet Anxiety—Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. •            LifeForce Yoga for Yoga Teachers, Psychotherapists and Health Care Professionals—Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. Workshop Pricing and Options: •            Friday, all day Saturday, Sunday morning—$230 (11 hours) •            Friday, all day Saturday, all day Sunday—$265 (14 hours/teachers and therapists) •            Friday night only—$45 •            Please call for other workshop options and combinations.  

Seven Mile/Northland complex unanimously approved

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Advantage Health to be first tenant in medical development by BETH ALTENA There was little fanfare as the Plainfield Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved changing the zoning on acreage on the northeast corner of Seven Mile and Northland Drive from Rural Residential to Planned Unit Development (PUD) with a proposed medical complex of six buildings and future senior housing. Ground won’t likely be broken this summer for the first phase of the project, which will be an urgent care facility, parking and a curb cut entrance on both Northland Drive and Seven Mile. According to Mike Berg of Dykema Excavators—who spoke on behalf of the project on Monday, May 2, when the vote was taken—there are still many steps to be taken before construction commences. Al McAvoy, who was a principal player in a very visible opposition to a 2007 development plan that included an all-night gas station and a Family Fare store, had minor questions about the plan and reported that neighborhood comments about the new proposal were positive. The 27-acre PUD would be built in phases that could include an adult day care facility and an 80-bed senior housing facility. The first phase, slated for the western portion of the property, would include the urgent care facility and offices for specialists. Dr. Fred Reverts, who currently works from the Plainfield Avenue Advantage Health facility, said patient feedback shows people would like access to specialists to be located on-site with urgent care doctors. He used the example of a person referred to a specialist who could then just see that specialist within the same building, rather than to travel to a downtown Grand Rapids hospital. This concept of “coordinated patient care” offers convenience and the location is also in a very convenient area, he said. He stressed the facility would not be a surgical center, would have evening hours but not all-night hours, and would not be the destination for ambulance patients, although patients could be transported from the facility by ambulance. “We look at this as meeting the needs of the community,” Reverts said. He said typical hours would be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with weekend hours until 10 p.m. “In addition, we see an aging population. We look for their […]

MacGregor votes for school budget proposal, fights for smaller cut to K-12

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State Rep. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, recently made the following statement after voting in favor of House Bill 4325, the budget proposal for school aid, community colleges and higher education: “I ran for office to do the job of getting our state back on track—rightsizing our state government. We have significant spending issues and there were many difficult decisions that had to be made in these first few months to balance the budget, but the governor’s proposed cuts to schools were too steep. After much negotiation, we were able to restore $50 million back to the K-12 portion of the School Aid Fund, and I know there will be additional money available after the May 16 revenue estimating conference. It’s only halftime in the budget process.” MacGregor added, “Though I don’t agree with the decision to fund universities and community colleges out of the school aid fund, I understand the bigger picture and knew that if we didn’t, other areas would be cut further, like community and mental health, state police or senior programs. I fought to get additional per pupil funding for K-12 because the districts in West Michigan are doing a lot of things right and I feel we can address systemic and structural problems through good public policy—some of which I have already introduced.”  

Garden club holds perennial plant sale, auction

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The Rockford Garden Club’s major fundraising event of the year is a great time to stock up on quality plants. Garden club members sell their homegrown assortment of “garden goods” including perennials, native plants, ground covers, quality small bushes/shrubs, annuals, herbs, bulbs, and vines. Members will be on hand—many are master gardeners—to answer questions and assist with your gardening questions and selections. Funds earned from the plant sale go for community enhancement projects and student scholarships. Check out the new location, with easy parking, near the new Community Gardens—rain or shine. This year’s sale will be Saturday, May 21 at 350 N. Main Street, enter off Lewis Street. The sale begins at 9 a.m. with an auction of remaining plants beginning at 10:45.  

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