November 10 2011
Staff offers over 40 years experience to downtown location by BETH ALTENA “When you love what you do, it is amazing how well you can work together,” said Teri Hostler, ABO optician at In Focus Eyecare, 25 North Main Street, Rockford. The staff celebrates one year under the ownership of Mark Swan, OD, MEd, FAAO, who purchased the practice October 18, 2010. Dr. Swan and Ms. Hostler together are continuing the passionate customer service and dedication to eyecare and eyewear formerly provided by the previous owner. Swan is an establishment to the downtown Rockford practice and, when the former owner decided it was time to pursue other interests, was thrilled to purchase the business. Swan is a professor of optometry at the Michigan College of Optometry, located at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., where he serves as chief of the Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Service. To accommodate patients on a daily basis, Swan brought in Hostler to help manage the busy practice. Both have over 20 years experience in the industry and share a love of serving customers with the most advanced and comprehensive care. During Rockford’s Holiday Open House events November 15, 16 and 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. In Focus Eyecare invites the public to stop in the office and see the newest look—both in the redecorated office and with the latest styles in frames, which will be 50 percent off during the open house. Enjoy style shows each day with new frame styles brought in by featured designers. Also, enjoy refreshments on Tuesday evening during the Holiday Lighting Ceremony. While strolling beautiful downtown Rockford during the holiday seasons, it is easy to imagine the town is a snippet of Americana of days past, but is in fact also home to professionals involved in the most current aspects of their industries. Swan and Hostler are no exceptions to this truth. Swan, in addition to his role as a professor, is also the chief of the optometry service at Saint Mary’s Health Care in Grand Rapids. He has served the profession of optometry at the national level having been appointed to several volunteer and leadership positions in the American Optometric Association including the Aviation Vision Committee, Health Information Technology and […]
Taking it easy My humor column research crew was pretty productive this week, so I didn’t have to do any thinking. (Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off NOW.) Not so sharp A butcher shop employee in the German town of Braunschweig inadvertently handed a customer a bag containing more than 2,000 euros ($2,750) in cold cash rather than the cold cuts she usually gets. Sharp A woman, reporting her car as stolen, mentioned that there was a car phone in it. The policeman taking the report called the phone and told the guy who answered that he had read his ad in the newspaper and wanted to buy the car. They arranged to meet, and the thief was arrested. Fender philosophies • Give me ambiguity or give me something else. • Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot. • He who laughs last thinks slowest. • Puritanism: the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. • Okay, who stopped payment on my reality check? • I used to have a handle on life, then it broke. • Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else. • It’s lonely at the top, but you eat better. Power of prayer The new army recruit was serving his first guard duty. He did his best for a while, but about 5 a.m. he went to sleep. When he opened his eyes he found the day officer standing before him. Remembering the stiff penalty for being asleep on guard duty, this clever young man kept his head bowed for another moment, then looked upward and reverently said, “A-a-a-men!” Cyberspaced A businessman dragged himself home and barely made it to his chair before he dropped, exhausted. His sympathetic wife was right there with a tall cool drink and comforting words. “My, you look tired,” she said. “You must have had a hard day today. What happened?” “It was terrible,” her husband said, his eyes rolling back. “The computer broke down and all of us had to do our own thinking.” Newspapers: read your own headlines! • If strike isn’t settled quickly it may last a while • War dims hope for peace • Smokers are productive, but death cuts efficiency • Cold wave linked […]
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The Kent County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Police Academy is a vital program allowing the citizens of the county to become more familiar with their sheriff’s office. The intent of the academy is to help the residents of Kent County know more about the men and women who are protecting their communities and why they make the decisions, they do. Citizen’s Academy participants will come to class with a variety of backgrounds, ages, questions and philosophies regarding both life and law enforcement. Academy participants will be provided with informational presentations as well as some limited hands-on training experiences, including a ride-along with a patrol officer, and a correctional facility tour. The Citizen’s Academy is also designed to provide a multifaceted educational experience. While the citizens will learn what sheriff’s deputies do on a daily basis, deputies will also gain insight from the participants as to their perceptions and concerns. The Citizen’s Academy should be a very interesting, worthwhile experience, and will be even better with your participation. The academy will be held at the Sheriff’s Office, 701 Ball Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The academy will run for 11 weeks and will start on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. Attendance at all sessions is strongly urged. Space is limited, so please apply today. If you have any questions or would like to apply, please feel free to contact Sandi Jones at (616) 632-6221.