Discover cool plants at Howard Christiansen Nature Center Discover the pretty wildflowers and cool plants (55 kinds!) that grow at Howard Christensen Nature Center with interpretive instructor Kare Greenup at the center’s “I Spy Cool Plants” program on May 8, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about what animals and people do with these plants—fun and exercise for the whole family. Cost is $3 per person or $10 per family. To reserve your spot, please contact the Nature Center at (616) 675-3185 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Howard Christensen Nature Center is located at 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City.
Bayes named MWQA president The Michigan Water Quality Association announced recently that Terry Bayes of Bayes Water Treatment in Sparta has been elected their Association president for 2010. For more information about the Association, visit their website at miwqa.org. Seminar explores vaccinations myths, truths Independent vaccination researcher Mary Tocco will be the speaker at a seminar featuring a variety of questions regarding vaccinations and immunity. The seminar will be held Thursday, April 29, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Rockford American Legion, Merritt Lamb Post, 330 Rockford Park Drive, NE. Topics covered: Do vaccines cause autism? Is the H1N1 a safe flu vaccine? Should pregnant mothers get vaccines? Do you have a choice? Vaccine Ingredients & Production Natural Immunity Gardasil and our teenage daughters Micro-Vascular Strokes Abortion and vaccines Mary Tocco has been an independent vaccination researcher for over 30 years. She is currently on the boards of the American Chiropractic Autism Board (ACAB) and the World Association for Vaccine Education (WAVE), she is the Director of Vaccine Research and Education for Michigan Opposing Mandatory Vaccines, and is helping to manage Hope for Autism (HFA). Mary is also an “Ask the Expert” columnist for Mothering Magazine. Mary’s mission is to reach parents through any means necessary to help them make informed vaccination decisions. She believes parents need to know their healthcare options, promoting health without toxic medications and drugs. Mary’s goals include empowering and encouraging parents to learn how the human body was meant to develop and function so they do not live in fear of infectious diseases, to study unvaccinated children to compare them with their vaccinated peers and to organize multi disciplinary treatment centers for those injured by vaccines. Visit www.childhoodshots.comw for more information.
Wolverine World Wide, Inc. announces $200 million share repurchase program, declares quarterly dividend Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) announced that its Board of Directors approved a new share repurchase program at its regularly scheduled meeting February 11, 2010, authorizing up to $200 million in share repurchases. The share repurchases are to be made over a four-year period at times and amounts deemed appropriate by the Company, based on a variety of factors including price and market conditions. Over the last ten years, the Company has returned over $450 million to its shareholders through previously approved repurchase programs. In addition, the Company announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on May 3, 2010 to stockholders of record on April 1, 2010. “Our continued active stock buyback program and dividend payout underscore the confidence we have in our business model, which is based on a portfolio of vibrant and dynamic global lifestyle brands,” said Blake W. Krueger, Chairman and CEO. “Even in challenging economic conditions, we continue to consistently generate solid operating results and significant cash flow. This financial strength and flexibility permits the Company to invest in new business initiatives, such as the Cushe and Chaco brands that we acquired last year, while continuing periodic share repurchases and paying quarterly dividends to our shareholders. These announcements illustrate our confidence in the long-term growth prospects of the Company and our commitment to return capital to our shareholders.”
City to flush hydrants The City of Rockford will be conducting the bi-annual Hydrant Flushing and Maintenance Program beginning April 12, 2010. This process will be completed by April 30, 2010. During this time you may notice an occasional decrease in water pressure and possibly some slight cloudiness in the water. Most residents will see no change in their water supply. If you should notice a change in the appearance of your water, merely let the water run until it clears, usually within several minutes. There is no cause for concern with respect to the safety of your water supply, and the City performs this service twice a year to maintain a safe, reliable and abundant supply of water for its residents. This program also ensures that the fire hydrants in the City are operating correctly and available for use in an emergency. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dennis Brinks at the City of Rockford at (616) 866-0560. Huntington National Bank named SBA Lender of the Year The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Michigan District Office presented its fiscal 2009 lender awards at the 12th Annual Michigan SBA Lenders’ Conference held in Lansing recently. Huntington National Bank was named Michigan Lender of the Year, SBA’s award for the best overall performance. Huntington National Bank approved 184 SBA loans worth more than $24 million in fiscal 2009. “Although it was difficult to select only one lender, Huntington National Bank did a very good job of marketing our loan programs in a difficult year,” said Richard Temkin, SBA Michigan District Director. “In addition to also being our SBAExpress Lender of the Year, it was a contender for several other awards.” In fiscal 2009, the Michigan District Office guaranteed 1,285 loans worth more than $312 million. Over the past five years, SBA has provided guaranties on 13,615 loans worth almost $2.4 billion to small businesses in Michigan. For more information, please call the Michigan District Office at (313) 226-6075 x225 or visit www.sba.gov.
Free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms available From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday March 31, the Rockford Fire Department will be teaming up with the Webelos Scouts of Cub Scout Pack 3282 to distribute free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Scouts will be going door to door on Main Street and will also be at the fire station, 7 South Monroe Street, for people that want to stop by and pick an alarm up. In 2001, according to the National Fire Protection Association, 3,100 persons were killed by fire in the US and fire caused $5.5 billion in property damage. 85% of the deaths occurred in residences. Smoke detectors, if properly installed and maintained, can greatly reduce these risks. Carbon monoxide is a colorless odorless gas that is poisonous. It is produced by appliances that use natural gas, and anything that burns fuel, including wood. It is responsible for 1,500 deaths in the US each year. Having a carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your house can alert you to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide from a malfunctioning appliance. Local agent earns statewide sales honor Jim Abplanalp, a local agent for Farm Bureau Insurance in Comstock Park, was honored for his sales and service to clients during 2009 at the recent Multi-Line Marketing Convention held in Traverse City February 25-27. Abplanalp, who earned two awards, was recognized by Farm Bureau Insurance’s Executive Vice President Jim Robinson, CLU, FLMI, LLIF. Robinson said, “We are very proud to have agents of Jim Abplanalp’s caliber representing us and helping their clients. Jim Abplanalp is a trusted advisor for clients, building relationships based on trust, expertise, and a caring attitude.” Farm Bureau Insurance, one of the state’s major insurers, has a statewide field force of 450 agents, serving more than 450,000 policyholders.