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Tree story continues at Kimberly’s Boutique

May 27, 2010 // 0 Comments

When Lucille was a little seedling Little did she know That when she fully matured She’d have two children in tow. Their life began in a greenhouse Where they were nurtured and watered Lucille beamed with pride As she watched her son and daughter. One day a woman came And walked down all the aisles She chose Lucille and her children And in a truck they were piled. They found themselves in her studio And with clippers she began to form Their heads and arms and torsos They found themselves reborn! Lucille was proud of her new waist And to her great surprise Her children now could wave to her She couldn’t believe her eyes! Once again a truck arrived But to Lucille’s dismay, She was left behind And her children were taken away. Lucille was overcome with grief And solemnly made a vow To reunite with her children Someday, somehow. In a few days The same truck returned Lucille was lifted in Now would her fate be learned? She saw a sign reading “Rockford” Lucille was afraid to peek The truck stopped in front of a store Named Kimberly’s Boutique. Lucille was proudly potted And placed in front of the store She quickly realized Her task was to greet shoppers at the door. “What a lovely little town” Lucille felt so very proud She showed off her new hat and purse While waving to the crowd. Lucille turned her head And looked across and down the street A post office, a toy store Candy and sweets! Lucille let out a gasp As she saw the store filled with toys For there standing watch outside Were her darling girl and boy! She called, “My precious little cedars” As tears filled her eyes And when they finally saw her They began to cry. What a celebration It compares to no other When these little cedar sapiens Were united with their mother! If you wander to downtown Rockford The cedar sapiens you should greet Head to Aunt Candy’s and Kimberly’s Both on Courtland Street. You’ll be happy to know Lucille and her children are together You’ll discover them outside In any kind of weather. And even though you may say: You’re talking about a tree They are […]

Discover nature at Discover! Pickerel Lake

May 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 15 for a free and fun discovery program at Pickerel Lake/Fred Meijer Nature Preserve! Just pull on your comfortable shoes or hiking boots, gather the family and make your way along Ramsdell Road to one of Kent County Park’s hidden gems, Pickerel Lake. This experiential family event for kids of all ages runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It includes a scavenger hunt where kids get a trail guide to be stamped and entered into a drawing for a free “Discover! Pickerel Lake” t-shirt. There will be a series of narrated stations where participants will be able to explore and enjoy nature while learning about the truly unique ecosystem and natural resources that surround Pickerel Lake. Come learn about the birds and beavers that make their home Pickerel Lake, the variety of native and non-native trees around the lake, the tamarack swamp and turtle dock, wildflowers and native plants growing in the area, the history of the area and stories of Indian Joe, and examples of local reptiles and amphibians will be on display. The Discover! Pickerel Lake event is a partnership between the Kent County Michigan State University Extension Office and its Master Naturalist program and the Kent County Parks Department. Information can be obtained at

WWW Family YMCA to sponsor Chamber After Hours

May 6, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Wolverine World Wide (WWW) Family YMCA as sponsor of its May After Hours networking event. The event is a special evening for the Rockford-area business community and is scheduled for Monday, May 10. WWW Family YMCA, located at 6555 Jupiter Avenue in Belmont, will start the two-hour event at 5:30 p.m. Bev Thiel, executive director of the facility, and her staff are excited to be hosts of the event and look forward to sharing their state-of-the-art facility for a relaxed evening of networking, food and fun. The organization has been serving the local area for more than four years and has grown in size, membership and programs. The YMCA features programs that reach people of all ages, from children to seniors. On average, the facility is visited 23,000 times each month by members and guests taking advantage of the variety of programs it offers. The Belmont location has hosted many fundraisers for area organizations, this includes the Hats and Mittens Project, the Migrant Worker Project, adopting families for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and operating as a referral pantry through the North Kent Service Center. Not losing sight of its own membership, the YMCA provides financial assistance to those who could not afford to be members through its Strong Kids Campaign. “When we received the [Chamber’s] Quality of Life Award, we realized the impact that we make in the community and that the community responds to our work,” Thiel said. “What a gracious community we live in and what a wonderful way to say ‘thank you’ by opening our doors to our chamber peers and the community, and share our services and opportunities.” There is no charge to attend Chamber After Hours. However, in order for the WWW Family YMCA and its staff to properly plan for this event, the Chamber requests reservations by May 7. Please call (616) 866-2000 or e-mail to Participants are encouraged to bring business cards and be geared up to meet amazing business leaders.

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