This fall, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is embarking on a new campaign to defeat hunger in West Michigan: the Million Meal March. It begins on Saturday, September 29, with a 10-kilometer hike from the Food Bank to Belmont and back along the White Pine Trail. The Million Meal March is a multi-faceted fundraising push that runs from September through March. Feeding America West Michigan hopes to raise enough money to send an additional one million meals to local hunger relief agencies in the coming year. Food insecurity remains high in Michigan. Statewide, 1.87 million people worry about purchasing enough food to feed themselves and their families. In our service area, from Benton Harbor to the western Upper Peninsula, more than 354,000 people are food insecure; one-third of them under 18. “A community effort is essential if we’re going to meet this need,” said Ken Estelle, CEO of Feeding America West Michigan. “We encourage everyone who hikes on the 29th to raise $100 for the Food Bank.” Every dollar raised enables Feeding America West Michigan to distribute four meals to people in need. Those interested may register online at MillionMealMarch.org. In gratitude for their hospitality and to help preserve this indispensable West Michigan trail, five percent of the proceeds from the September 29 hike will be donated to Friends of the White Pine Trail. A host of West Michigan organizations are sponsoring the Million Meal March: Friends of the White Pine Trail, The Corner Bar, Reds on the River, Kent District Library, Wolverine Worldwide, Country Fresh, BISSELL, Meijer, Crowe Horwath LLP, ARC Michigan, MLive, GR Outdoor, Family Fare, D&W Fresh Market, Eastown Veterinary Clinic, Old Orchard Brands, Lighthouse Group, and Forest Hills Foods. The Million Meal March Trail Hike begins at Feeding America West Michigan in Comstock Park, 864 West River Center Drive. Local bands Hawks and Owls, Chinese Baseball and Suburban 5 & 10 will perform throughout the day, and The Corner Bar and Country Fresh are providing lunch and refreshments. The hike begins at 10 a.m. Participants can begin signing up, dropping off donations, and, for those who have raised $100, picking up their Million Meal March T-shirts at 9 a.m. This is a family-friendly event. Children and pets are welcome, though […]
by BETH ALTENA Latitudes and Steelheads Tavern is a split-personality establishment which combines two separate eating and drinking establishments into one really amazing “gastro pub.” The term gastro pub is describing a pub or tavern where customers can drink, but also serves great food. Located in a century-old quaint historic hotel in Howard City, the restaurant/bar is only a short drive from Rockford and worth the trip. Owners Max P. Frank Zamarripa and Abby Zamarripa, saw an opportunity for a really rockin’ restaurant and bar in a very cool historic city and opened the doors of Latitudes and Steelheads Tavern on December 18, 2003. Frank has traveled extensively, eating and dining at many different restaurants, and had a vision that he believed would be a good fit in his community. Time has proved him right. “We have the best customers,” explained Abby. “They have been with us since we opened and are very loyal. We enjoy our business because we feel a sense of accomplishment and giving back to the community.” Latitudes and Steelheads has two separate doors entering into two areas: a casual fine dining restaurant at Latitudes and a rockin’ Chicago-style tavern through the Steelheads door. Both places serve customers by treating them well with friendly service, good pricing and plenty of quality offerings. Secrets of success in dining and drinking establishments are fresh, wholesome food, good cold drinks and all at a reasonable price. The restaurant purchases food locally produced when possible, including Ingraberg Farms of Rockford for fresh, seasonal produce, hand-cut beef from Berghorst Farms, cheese from farms in Lakeview, fruit from local orchards, and Zoye Soy Bean oil for frying from a supplier in Zeeland. They choose the soy bean oil because it has zero trans fat—just one of many decisions to be health conscious for diners. “We try to have all our specials be seasonal with what is fresh and try hard to support and buy from Michigan farmers,” noted Frank. He said the restaurant also raises money for community fundraisers, recycles as much as possible and is in the process of becoming a certified “green” restaurant. There is live music on weekends and karaoke on Thursday nights. Among the offerings for which Latitudes and Steelheads has become well known, […]
The Cedar Sapien family is growing! Have you noticed these tree people growing around town? Well, there is a new Cedar Sapien kid at the Re/MAX United office on the corner of Courtland and North Monroe streets. This Cedar Sapien tree was presented to Tom and Tracie Rich of Re/MAX United from Rockford Community Federal Credit Union and ELTAB Processing LLC. The newest tree kid on the block was given to the newest business on the block. If you have not noticed these trees around town, come take a walk and you will be able to find them outside Aunt Candy’s Toy Store, Kimberly’s Boutique, Rockford Community Federal Credit Union, The Grist Mill in Cannonsburg, as well as around some family homes, and now outside the new Re/MAX United office. Thank the artist/creator of the trees, Georgia Donovan, for bringing more fun and whimsy to our already magical town of Rockford!
Shelley Plambeck presents an award certificate to Brent Willett of Cedar Springs High School. Willett was the Rockford Garden Club’s 2012 scholarship recipient. The scholarship award was $1,000. Willett plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College in the fall for two years, then on to Michigan State University. He will be majoring in agribusiness management along with agriculture food and natural resources education.
The Spectrum Health Medical Group continues to expand access to Spectrum Health clinical neurosciences programs and services with the addition of three board-certified neurologists. Neurologists Shan E. Abbas, MD, and Ayman Haykal, MD, are fellowship-trained epileptologists. They will see patients in Grand Rapids and, beginning in September, also at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial in Fremont. Cynthia Hingtgen, MD, PhD, specializes in neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that affects the peripheral and central nervous systems. Her office is located in Grand Rapids. Dr. Abbas earned his medical degree from Dow Medical College, University of Karachi in Pakistan, and completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology (EEG/epilepsy) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. His clinical interests include exploring the bio-psycho-social implications of neurological disorders and epilepsy, as well as surgical options for the treatment of epilepsy. Dr. Haykal earned his medical degree from Damascus University School of Medicine in Syria, and completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he served as chief epilepsy fellow. Dr. Hingtgen earned her doctorate and medical degrees from Indiana University. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system in West Michigan offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of nine hospitals including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, a state-of-the-art children’s hospital that opened in January 2011, and 190 service sites; the Spectrum Health Medical Group and West Michigan Heart, physician groups totaling more than 700 providers; and Priority Health, a health plan with 600,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer with more than 18,000 employees. The organization provided $176.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.