October 14 2010

Public, pets invited to run, to raise money for parks

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The 2010 Bailey’s Doggie Dash is being held on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Wabasis Park, 11220 Spring Hill Dr, Greenville, at 9:00 a.m. This 5K run/walk for owners and their dogs is held as a benefit for the Kent County Parks Foundation. For a registration form or for more information please contact Kevin Sweeney at (616) 863-0669 or e-mail at sweeneykevin10@yahoo.com. Pictured are Steve Stowe, Barbara Hoag and Pam Spencer.

WWW sample sale West Michigan’s largest United Way fundraiser

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“You can’t create a monster like this and turn it over to someone else,” Michael Bohnsack, director of Merrell Retail, a division of Wolverine World Wide (WWW), said of the annual sample sale held Thursday, Sept. 30 at WWW headquarters on Courtland Drive, Rockford. The sample sale, in its third year, was opened to the public this year for the first time ever. With prices on footwear including all the WWW brands, as well as sports apparel, up to 90 percent off, organizers weren’t sure what to expect for a turnout. With a slight drizzle in the morning, Julie Townsend, corporate social compliance analyst for WWW, thought poor weather might botch the success of the sale. Turns out, it didn’t. “We had security to help direct traffic, but they had to call in help from the Rockford Police,” Townsend said. The Rockford Police then called in the Michigan State Police to help because there were so many cars. “Traffic was backed up past Peppino’s.” Although the public portion of the sale didn’t begin until 4 p.m., by 2:30 the vast parking area at Wolverine was full and cars were lining up and down Courtland Drive. Lines of people wrapped around the warehouse where product was unpacked. Townsend said she and others on the sample sale team have a goal of increasing their donation to United Way by 10 percent each year. This is a lofty goal considering donations are down and charity organizations are receiving more requests for help than ever before. The parking lots and roadsides were full of cars by 1 p.m. and at about 2:30, three or four people got out of their cars to get in line. “I thought I was going to throw up,” Townsend said of her reaction to so many people waiting to shop. “We didn’t have volunteers scheduled to check people out until four. I felt like we were torturing people, making them wait.” “Our goal was to raise $85,000 for United Way. We decided we’d be ecstatic if we reached $90,000,” The sale was advertised by newspaper articles only in The Rockford Squire and the Grand Rapids Press. At the day’s end, the total raised for United Way, not including the six percent tax, which Wolverine […]

Harvest Festival ends with smiles, prizes

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Aunt Candy of Aunt Candy’s Toy Company was thrilled with the turnout during the last weekend of Harvest Festival, especially the tons of kids in the annual costume contest. Cars lined the streets of Rockford right up past the business district for Saturday’s events, which included free horse-drawn hayrides, a petting zoo, mascots and more.   The Heart of Rockford Business Association organized the third weekend of Harvest Festival, which was a great success. A petting zoo at Garden Club park with pony rides drew children. Mascots, such as Roo Bucks from the Rockford Community Federal Credit Union, spread cheer among the crowd.

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher — October 14, 2010

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Out of Iraq They say the long war is over in Iraq. It started with a sweep of military might, which left the enemy army in shambles. Then we took over the job of turning the country into a democracy and rebuilding the damage from the war. It’s all over now and we didn’t do such a good job of it. They are still killing each other for religious or political reasons and they don’t have enough electricity. Now we are trying the same in Afghanistan. The Russians tried it and gave up. We could do it if we want to take another 10 or 20 years and all our money and troops. I think the results would be worse. And then we have Pakistan!  Hole in the Earth There is a big hole in the earth behind the downtown Post Office. It used to be the Wolverine plant, which has just been torn down. I understand Wolverine came to Rockford in 1905 and put a generator on the dam and provided electricity to the plant and the City. They grew and expanded and built more buildings (Remember the Outlet Mall?) and became a significant part of Rockford. Along came Hush Puppies, which are still a favorite. It’s a hole in the world now, but the City has done good things with the riverfront, and Wolverine has done good things for Rockford. It will be interesting to see what develops.  Blondes have more… A young man wanted to get his beautiful blonde wife, Susie, something nice for their first wedding anniversary. So he bought her a cell phone. He showed her the phone and explained to her all of its features. Susie was excited to receive the gift and adored her new phone. The next day, Susie went shopping. Her phone rang and, to her astonishment, it was her husband. “Hi Susie,” he said, “how do you like your new phone?” Susie replied, “I just love it! It’s so small and your voice is clear as a bell, but there’s one thing I don’t understand.” “What’s that, sweetie?” asked her husband. “How did you know I was at Wal-Mart?”  Another blonde There was a blonde that lived in a small house on the corner of 4th […]

North Kent Service Center changes name

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by JUDY REED It’s been around for almost 38 years, serving the northern Kent county community—from 6 mile north to the county line—with food, shelter, utilities support, clothing, counseling and more. Technically known as the Rockford community services center, it began being called the North Kent service center sometime in the 1980s. However, effective October 1, the center changed its name to North Kent Community Services. “We wanted to put ‘community’ back in our name to better reflect what we do,” said executive director Sandy Waite. “We are blessed to have the opportunity to help our neighbors in need in northern Kent County, but we also want to emphasize that we are a part of the local communities in which we serve. We want our influence to extend well beyond the walls of our facility.” As part of the name change, NKCS unveiled a new identity, with a new logo that reflects its heritage and mission, said Waite. “We believe our new identity highlights our ongoing mission to love our neighbor. We are blessed to be able to do so.” Their hours will remain the same, open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The donation area will be open, however.

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