October 27 2011

Rockford hires Linda Lehman as finance director

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Rockford City Manager Michael Young is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Ms. Linda Lehman, as the City’s new Finance Director. Linda comes to the City of Rockford after spending ten (10) years as the Finance Director/Treasurer for the City of Cedar Springs. Linda has a Bachelors of Business Administration from Davenport University and a wealth of experience from both the public and private sectors. “We were looking for a homerun with this hire and we got a grand slam. Linda understands the intricacies of government financing and the unique responsibilities of working in a small town where you often have to wear numerous hats,” said City Manager Michael Young. “In addition to her obvious strong financial skills, Linda will also assist our various departments in a wide variety of projects and programs. Her attention to customer service was also something we were looking for. Customer service is critically important to us, said Young. As a quality of life community, we strive to create a sense of place here in Rockford and Linda is going to be a great member to our Rockford Team. Linda will begin her new position with the City of Rockford after the Thanksgiving Holiday. Linda’s commitment to the City of Cedar Springs and making sure that she leaves there with the Finance Department in order says a lot about her character. When you see Linda around town, please take a moment to welcome her to our wonderful community.

Students take team-building river ride

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Chandler Woods Charter Academy’s seventh-grade students recently enjoyed a school rafting trip. They went to Baldwin and took rafts down the Pere Marquette River. This is a great team-building activity for the kids. Pictured are (left) Brianne Hammond, Ashley Stoutjesdyk, Kaitlyn Landon, Devon Burse and Mrs. Hammond,  


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Thursday, October 27 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Free Meal for Northern Kent County Families—6 to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, every Thursday. No charge; no registration required. Provided by a partnership between Our Lady of Consolation Parish and God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan. Friday, October 28 FREE Female Urinary Incontinence Seminar—10:30 a.m. at Spectrum Health Medical Group Offices, 4069 Lake Drive SE, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Grand Rapids. Free parking in Lot K. Seminar presented by Dr. Philip Hoekstra, Division Chief, Spectrum Health Medical Group Urology. Call (616) 267-8432 to RSVP. For more information, visit shmg.org. Saturday, October 29 LAST WEEK of the Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. 5th Annual Halloween Party (G.R. Home for Veterans Benefit)—doors open at 7 p.m.; live music by Mustang begins at 8 p.m. at Rockford American Legion Post 102, 330 Rockford Park Dr., Rockford. Open to the public, ages 21 and over. Enjoy cash bar, food and a costume contest. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of, and are available at the Legion Lounge. For more information, call (616) 866-2001. Fall Fest—1 to 4 p.m. at Resurrection Life Church, Rockford, for a family-friendly, free Halloween alternative Western-style afternoon of food, fun, games and candy. Over 35 carnival games, Dixie Twister, Moonwalk, Dual Lane Slide, obstacle course and famous “Chuckwagon” food tent. All food and drink items just 50¢ each. For more information, visit www.rockfordres.org or call (616) 866-3377. Happy Hounds Dog Walk—9 a.m. at Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford, presented by Hyer Luv Kennels, Chow Hound and Rockford Animal Hospital to raise funds for future Rockford Dog Park. This family-friendly event is open to dogs and their owners of all ages. Two walks to choose from. Register your dog at www.rpmoll.com/happy hounds. Other events same day include dog-friendly vendor booths, demonstrations and a dog costume contest. For more information […]

West Michigan Rehab & Pain Center expert in migraine pain management

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Local, independent medical practice, West Michigan Rehab & Pain Center is one of the few offices in West Michigan that provides Botox therapy for migraine pain. The FDA approved Botox for the treatment of chronic migraine headaches in adults in 2010. According to the FDA, Botox injections have been shown to be effective in the prevention of migraines, which are debilitating headaches that affect about 12% of Americans. Migraine pain is often referred to as a “sick headache” because in addition to head pain, it can also cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and sensitivity to light and noise. People who suffer from headaches more than 14 days per month with pain lasting three hours or more are often diagnosed with migraines. Although Botox has been used to treat muscle spasms, sweating, uncontrollable blinking and facial wrinkles, it has only recently been approved for the treatment of migraine pain. Botox migraine treatment consists of a series of multiple injections given over a 12-week period. Some patients have been known to find immediate relief as well as decreased pain that lasts several months. Under the direction of Ramin Rahimi, DO, West Michigan Rehab & Pain Center has been using Botox therapy since it was approved by the FDA. “The use of Botox helps to relax the muscles that are causing tension around the head. This helps to relieve headache pain,” commented Dr. Rahimi. “I have seen patients experience a decrease in frequency and intensity of migraine pain as early as one week into treatment.” For specific diagnosis related to migraine treatment, call Dr. Rahimi at (616) 447-4090. More information may also be found online at www.rehabpaincenter.com.

REF awards grants totaling more than $36,000

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A total of 51 grants supporting educational opportunities from choral composition to composting were approved by the Rockford Education Foundation (REF) during its fall grant sessions. The grants, given to Rockford schools and organizations, totaled more than $36,000. Some of the more innovative grants included support for creation of an original choral work by sophomore girls choir students and a renowned composer, and a River Valley Academy program that will teach science principles and provide compost for the Rockford Community Gardens. “Once again we were impressed by the passion and dedication of our teachers and others who are creating innovative learning opportunities in our schools and community,” said Theresa Webb, REF trustee and chair of the Grants Committee. Since its founding in 1991, REF has awarded more than $942,000 in grants to teachers, schools and community organizations. The REF raises funds throughout the year to award grants each October and January. The REF was established to provide resources for increased educational opportunities for people of all ages in the Rockford community. The REF is an independent, nonprofit corporation, governed by a volunteer board of trustees from the community. Teachers, students and community members with innovative ideas have received grants for wide-ranging, educational purposes. Grants are awarded twice yearly based on the merit of the request and its ability to promote educational excellence. For more information, visit www.rockfordschools.org/ref.

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