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News Bits — March 18, 2010

Rockford Lions hold first annual chili cook-off

The Rockford Lions enjoyed a change of taste recently with their first-ever chili cook-off.

Pictured are (l–r) left to right John O”Dowd (best chili), President Dianna Robach-VanAntwerp, and Chairperson Warren Sibilla.

The chili cook-off was held at the American Legion on Thursday, March 1.  It was open to other Lion clubs in our district and attendance was about 125 hungry Lions.  

This fundraiser was a great success and a good time was had by all. Next year the Rockford Lions will open this event up to other Lion Clubs for the best tasting chili. 

Regular monthly meetings are held at the Community Cabin on the second and fourth Thursday starting at 6 p.m.

News Bits — March 11, 2010

Applications available for Garden Club Scholarship

The Rockford Garden Club 2010 Scholarship is available to high school seniors planning to study horticulture, landscape architecture, environmental sciences or related fields. It is a $500 scholarship that will be awarded to a student attending college in the fall of 2010. Applications are available at the Rockford High School guidance office or by contacting Shelley Plambeck, scholarship chairman, at (616) 874-3196. Deadline is March 31, 2010.

District urges–plant a tree!

The Conservation District of Kent County is holding its bi-annual tree sale, with orders due on April 2, 2010. The catalog is available for download on their website at www.kentconservation.org, and includes many native Michigan trees and shrubs like spicebush, redbud and dogwoods. Pick-up dates will be April 16 and 17.

Support our Conservation District by planting a tree (or a hundred!) on Earth Day, April 22. Please call our office at (616) 942-4111 ext. 100 for further information.

YMCA to host diversity dinner, activities

Continuing a tradition going on nearly a decade, the Rockford Diversity committee invites the public to another fun day at the Wolverine World Wide YMCA in Belmont on Saturday, March 13. Beginning at 5 p.m., the YMCA, 6555 Jupiter Road, will again graciously allow free access to all facilities including the rock-climbing wall, basketball courts and swimming pool. There will also be a craft-making opportunity for younger kids.

As always, everyone is encouraged to bring a dish reflecting their own heritage to share at the potluck dinner which begins at 6:15 p.m. Beverages, utensils and tableware will be provided. For those uncomfortable cooking for a crowd, bring a store-bought item or come without and enjoy the wide array of different food.

To provide a better understanding of the diverse cultures in and around our community, the committee has invited Martha Gonzalez-Cortes to kick off interactive discussions and activities for guests of all ages during and after dinner.

The members of the Rockford Diversity committee believe that it is difficult to find opportunities for families in the Rockford area to interact with people from other cultures. That is why they are hoping everyone will take advantage of this free and fun family event. For more details, call Diane Karasiewicz at (616) 863-6556. Online registration is encouraged, but may be done at the door. For directions or to register online, visit www.grymca.org/wolverine/news.cfm.

News Bits — March 4, 2010

Free educational workshops to be offered at EXPO

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce recently announced the presentation of 10 free educational workshops to be held at Rockford’s 6th Annual Community EXPO.

Businesses with various backgrounds are excited to share their knowledge with the community. Topics range from Financial and Estate Planning, to Tax Developments, to How to Stay Young the First 100 Years, to Fruit Juice, and Monsters! The half-hour presentations begin at 9:30 a.m. and will end at 2:30 p.m. during the EXPO on Saturday, March 20, at Rockford High School.

Holistic Care Approach embraces technology with facility expansion

With the addition of new technologies Holistic Care Approach (HCA), Grand Rapids, embarked on a construction project to add 1,200 square feet to their existing building. This expansion adds six additional treatment rooms for the many new services now being offered under the guidance of HCA’s new medical director, Dr. Laura Tinning.

Growth of services into areas of technology by adding high-tech equipment while maintaining a foundation of hands-on services is the business’ vision. Rockford Construction plans completion of the project by early March, and an open house is being planned for this spring.

HCA is a multidisciplinary wellness center specializing in natural health care. The center is located at 3368 Beltline Ct. NE, Grand Rapids, and also features nutritional products and health and wellness classes. For more information, call (616) 361-9221 or visit www.holisticcareapproach.com.

John Ball Zoo reopens

After being closed for a little under three months for the first time ever, John Ball Zoo has reopened for the 2010 season on March 1. The zoo closed on December 6, 2009, due to Kent County budget restrictions. The zoo will host a “Welcome Back” event on Saturday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to mark the grand reopening. The event will feature strolling animals, kids activities and special discounts in the gift shop and concession stand.

Spring admission prices apply now through May 7, 2010. They are an affordable $3.50 for adults, $3 for children 13 and under, and free for kids under 2. The zoo is located on Fulton Ave. NW, one mile west of downtown Grand Rapids. Current spring hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.johnballzoosociety.org.

News Bits — February 25, 2010

Aquinas College professor to receive award

Susan Haworth-Hoeppner, Ph.D., director of the Aquinas College Jane Hibbard Idema Women’s Studies Center and Associate Professor of Sociology, has been selected to receive the 2009 Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award. Haworth-Hoeppner is being honored for her outstanding contributions to community service-learning and to Girls Empowering Together (GET). GET is an after-school leadership program for Grand Rapids high school girls. The award was presented on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the Grand Traverse Resort.

Haworth-Hoeppner is a Rockford resident.

News Bits — January 21, 2010

Hens, ice rink maybe coming soon to Rockford

A local resident has asked the City of Rockford to revitalize ice skating in the old mill pond located off Rum Creek Trail between Monroe and Courtland streets in downtown Rockford. A City skating rink near the Community Cabin was closed last year due to repeated vandalism of the liner, which cost several thousands of dollars to replace.

At the Monday, January 11 City Council meeting City Manager Michael Young said the City is considering flooding the pond using a fire truck and having Department of Public Works supervise the safety of the pond. There are bathrooms for public use at the Cabin and the City may decide to light the pond.

Also at the meeting Young told council and guests that the City is closer to approving a fowl ordinance that would allow hens to be raised in City limits. Last year a resident asked about having a few hens for his family for fresh eggs.

“We are at the point where we have a draft,” Young said, of the ordinance. He said the City has been taking the best of other municipalities fowl ordinances and will likely have a document to vote on soon. Young said the ordinance is stricter than most he’s seen in terms of what the coop must look like. Roosters will not be allowed.

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