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McDaniel earns prestigious Scout rank

June 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

Tyler McDaniel, a 2009 graduate of Rockford High School, attended his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony on May 14. He earned the prestigious Scout rank in September 2009. To earn this honorable rank, McDaniel built a set of benches for the Veterans Home cemetery in Grand Rapids. McDaniel’s Scouting career began in Pack 3264 as a Cub Scout. He complemented his career with Troop 264 and has earned 31 merit badges, along with completing all six levels of advancement to Eagle rank. McDaniel and his family also attended the Eagle Scout recognition dinner in February. This event recognized 209 of the 2009 newly ranked Eagle Scouts. This year is the 100th year of Scouting and was a very memorable event for all newly raked Eagles. McDaniel would like to thank all the Scouts, leaders and friends who have helped him with his journey to Eagle rank.

Kids ages 17, under invited to swim, bike, run with officers

June 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

Having a great time with lots of law enforcement officers is just one benefit of signing up for this year’s Triathlon to be held at Rockford High School Saturday, July 10 starting at 9 a.m. Kids who participate—with or without their parents—will enjoy a well deserved sense of accomplishment when they have completed the three-part race and earn their medal. “They have a blast,” said Sgt. Kevin Sweeney, a Michigan State Police trooper who helps organize the annual event. “We have had kids as young as two, with their parents.” Kids ages 17 on down are invited to challenge themselves on foot, in the high school pool and in a bike section of the triathlon. Lengths of the race are adjusted for age, and every child who completes the race will receive an engraved medal. T-shirts are covered in the $20 cost to participate if registration is done prior to race day. After-race refreshments will be provided. Registration early guarantees a shirt while 8 a.m. day-of sign ups will not include a shirt.             Sweeney said the event is designed to promote physical fitness but also serves as a community outreach for law enforcement. “It is important for them to see us in a positive way, not just out writing tickets or things like that,” he stated. In addition to officers, troopers and deputies, there will be volunteers from the Explorers, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services, Medical Reserve Corps, D.A.R.E. officers and the Civil Emergency Response Team. To find out more visit or call Sweeney on the race hotline at (616) 863-0669.

Duncan Disposal’s ‘Cart for the Cure’ hopes to trash breast cancer

June 10, 2010 // 0 Comments

Duncan Disposal Service announced recently the launch of its “Cart for the Cure” program which supports the efforts of awareness, prevention and the cure of breast cancer. Customers will have the option to exchange their standard green trash carts, typically supplied by Duncan Disposal, for a specially produced bright pink colored waste and recycling cart displaying the breast cancer awareness ribbon and made from recycled plastic. Special pricing will allow Duncan Disposal customers to contribute part of their monthly trash fee to breast cancer awareness charities, enabling households and businesses companywide to make a significant and visible demonstration of their support for the fight against breast cancer. Cascade Engineering, based in Grand Rapids, is producing the cart for Duncan Disposal. “We are excited to join in with the fight against breast cancer and believe this pink cark initiative has the opportunity to allow the curbsides of our communities to promote the message that breast cancer doesn’t always mean an end; it can be the beginning of learning how to fight, getting the facts, and finding hope,” said Tom Duncan, president of Duncan Disposal Service. “This program continues to reflect Duncan Disposal’s longstanding dedication to making a positive social and environmental impact while providing an innovative way to get involved in raising awareness about a disease that continues to effect women’s health nationwide.” Duncan Disposal’s pink waste cart displays the powerful pink ribbon symbol to honor breast cancer survivors, remember those lost to the disease and support the advancement in the ongoing battle against breast cancer. In 2009, more than 154,000 women learned they have breast cancer, and more than 40,000 died from the disease, making the chance of dying from breast cancer 1 in 35. Customers of Duncan Disposal who request the “Cart for the Cure” will voluntarily contribute an additional $5.00 to their monthly rate, which will be directly forwarded to the American Cancer Society or other breast cancer foundations in the name of the customer making the contribution. There will be a required minimum one-year commitment to participate in the awareness program. Duncan Disposal is making this feature available to all single-family residences which it serves on an individual subscription basis. Current and new customers may contact Duncan Disposal at (248) 437-8600 to […]

Rockford’s veterans remembered

June 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rockford’s earliest veterans were remembered on Memorial Day Monday, May 31 at Pioneer Cemetery, at North Rockford Middle School, visible from Ten Mile Road. Flags were placed on graves by members of the Rockford Historical Society. This year will be a great time to visit the cemetery, which is now being generously maintained by the City of Rockford.

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