The skit with the granny who tottered—walker and all—into the Rogue only to be rescued by the Rockford Fire Department stole the show and the first place group win in this year’s Sweetheart Splash. They knocked Rockford Quick Lube out of the winner’s circle despite their elaborate circus skit. Seventy-nine jumpers in all went in, with four single participants, seven couples and eight group contestants. There were more people watching than ever before and the event raised a whopping $5,500 for North Kent Service Center, with more coming in. More than 60 blankets were collected for the Center, which is seeing a shortage under record requests this year. Rotary Club President Ramona Hinton started the jumping by leading the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday Rotary” celebrating the 105th birthday of Rotary International. Singles winner was Rev. John Jason Hubbard of Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. Couples winners were Jenny Frasco and Jody Jernigan who gave a lively performance of “All That Jazz.”
North Kent Service Center
Officers of Rockford Chapter #215, Order of the Eastern Star (OES), Janet and Rex Denslow and Claudia Zimmerman presented Sandy Waite of the North Kent Service Center with their annual donation. Additional donations were made to honor two recently deceased members. OES is a fraternal organization associated with the Masonic Lodge.
Reader offers solution to NKSC dumping Dear Editor, To solve this problem (see photo; article entitled “Thefts, dumping plague Service Center,” from issue no. 51, The Rockford Squire, Dec. 17, 2009), I believe that the North Kent Service Center (NKSC) will have to install a locked gate right at the front entrance by the street. Andrew Schaub Grand Rapids resident EDITOR’S NOTE: A locked gate at the street would probably solve this problem. The fencing installed around the sides and back of the building were to deter dumping. However, the building shares a driveway with another business to the south and cannot block that access. We do appreciate your concern and suggestion.
Despite security cameras and surrounding fencing installed to stop people from dumping garbage items and stealing donated items, the North Kent Service Center, 10075 Northland Drive, continues to use precious dollars and staff time cleaning up. According to John Leale, warehouse manager at the center, 99 percent of the items dumped at the center on the weekends are trash. Security cameras are in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but have not proven a deterrent to the behavior. Director Sandy Waite said there are plenty of open hours, but people continue to show up on weekends when the center is closed. They leave items and pick through donated items to take things they like. The center is open for donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the last Saturday of every month—with the exception of December—and is always closed on Sundays. If it rains or items get wet, even nice donations are ruined. “We do get many generous donations, but if they are wet and could mildew, we can’t bring them into the building. We have food in here and have no facility for drying them out. Waite said the staff spends 45 minutes every Monday removing items left while the center is closed on Saturday or Sunday. The center is open for business 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and donations are welcome. Waite said she pulled into the center recently and found a woman packing items into her vehicle. “You aren’t taking that are you?” She asked the woman, who said she was. Waite told her that was stealing and the woman said a person who had just dropped the items said the center throws things out anyway so she might as well take what she wanted. “I told her that wasn’t true,” said Waite. Waite said these days there is a lot going on at NKSC. On Thanksgiving we provided food baskets for 246 families totaling 1,347 individuals. In the holiday season, Thankgiving and Christmas, the center provided food baskets for 5,136 individuals. The center has a Christmas store which allows people to chose items, and donations needed for Christmas and throughout the year, include the following items: Books, toys, underwear, socks, mittens, hats, scarves and stocking […]
On Tuesday, Oct. 20, stylists from Hair Taylors (Northland Drive at 15 Mile Rd.) came to the North Kent Service Center and provided clients with free haircuts. Stylists Dawn, Scott and Susan provided their services to approximately 25 clients, who were all thrilled. One gentleman said he hadn’t had a haircut in about six months. Another client had her camera ready when her two-year-old daughter received her first haircut.