November 3 2011

Morris Builders carpenter wins Lead Carpenter of the Year

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Seth Walter of Morris Builders Inc. in Rockford has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Members Choice Awards, Remodelers Advantage. Walter “is the “front line” in achieving the company’s goals of superior product quality and superior customer satisfaction. “Seth insures customer satisfaction through professional appearance, expert workmanship and polite communication. He is the first to volunteer with any community work or special events,” said Darci Mierendorf, office manager for Morris Builders. “Congratulations, Seth. You deserve it.”

New holiday tradition launched with contest

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There are always memories built by families that hold a special place in the heart. Whether it is crafting snowmen, going ice skating or just spending time reminiscing around the Christmas tree, those traditions always hold a spot in the holiday lineup. Heart of Rockford Business Association is starting a new event this year, and it falls beautifully in line with those traditions. It is a Gingerbread Contest. There are different divisions, with the contest featuring gingerbread houses—and gingerbread people for the younger set. The entries will be showcased in the downtown stores, and will add another decorative dimension to the holiday tidings. “We are very excited to start this new event,” said Marge Cavender, owner of Rudy Kazoody’s and organizer of the event. “It is a great way for families to spend time together and offers a creative opportunity that is not only unique, but also fits right in with the holidays. We are hoping the community will come into the shops, enjoy the wonderful entries and vote for their favorite.” The entries will be judged by a panel made up of local chefs and media personalities, and there will also be a People’s Choice award, where the public will vote for their favorite entry. The three divisions—open, ages 13-18, and ages 5-12—will enable the entire family to showcase their talents. The 5-12 age group will feature entries of Gingerbread People, allowing the little ones to enter their own creation. On Saturday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m., Tracy Webber at Grand Cakes, 46 East Bridge St., will be hosting a demonstration on how to make a gingerbread house so that entrants can find out tips and tricks. The contest runs from December 2 through 18 with winners announced on December 19 on the Chamber website. The first prize for the judged open division is a $250 gift card for the family to Double JJ Resort. Please go to for information, a list of contest rules and a registration form. The Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Heart of Rockford Business Association, and The River 100.5 FM invite you to capture the magic of the holidays in this delightful—and creative—way.


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Hills earned tough national honor Dear Editor, As the farm market year comes to a close, I would like to give kudos to Cliff and Nancy Hill. They faithfully set up shop at the farmers market in June, July and August to collect e-mail addresses for voting purposes. Due to their dedication, Rockford came in first place to win as America’s Favorite Farmers Market. What an honor for all of Rockford, not to mention the farmers, bakers and popcorn makers. I know I am looking forward to next year at our favorite farm market to buy the freshest homegrown foods in the state. Green Thumbs Up! Michelle Jennings via e-mail Wounded warrier runner thanks all who made fundraiser possible Dear Editor, I want to thank everyone for your support, both financially, and for the notes and calls offering encouragement toward completing this run to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. We started at 5 a.m. on Friday morning from Forest Hills Foods right here in Cascade, and finished 62 miles later at 4:54 p.m. at the north end of Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. It was a long, windy day but fortunately the 20-30 mph winds were at our back just about the entire way. I found myself reflecting often during the run on how fortunate I am to be able to undertake an adventure like this. In the later stages of the run when my legs were sore, I thought of how minimal, and temporary, that pain was compared what so many of our veterans deal with on a daily basis. Thank you for being a part of this cause. Your support made a huge impact! To date your donations to the Wounded Warrior Project for this event total about $3,500 between the website and the checks I have received! I am awed by the support you have given. I hope that this run has helped increase awareness of the Wounded Warrior Project and their mission. I hope that you will continue to support the cause in the future. Tim Klaes

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