October 27 2011

Historic Rockford school on holiday tour

October 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

Wilson School, 3992 Kroes NE, (corner of Kroes and Brewer in Rockford) a one-story, one-room, front gable yellow brick building, is on a holiday open house tour. Eight homes and the Plainfield Senior Center will be part of the two-day event on Friday, November 4 from noon until 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for both days, including lunch at the senior center, with proceeds to benefit Northview Senior programs. This year the senior center hopes to purchase a van or bus for senior outings. Also on the tour are seven private homes which have been professionally decorated for the holiday season. Wilson School has a shed roof and a full-façade front entry porch. It was updated in the 1930s as part of a WPA project, which makes it unique for its history and as an example of the 1930s WPA construction. A furnace and restrooms were added to the building. It was originally constructed in 1899 by A. McComb of Grattan. The school’s floor plan followed the basic guidelines. Classes began in the structure on January 15, 1900. Wislon School served 25 to 30 students in grades Kindergarten through eighth grades from the rural community of Childsdale in Plainfield Township. In 1962 it was closed and students were sent to consolidated schools in the Rockford District. The Wilson School building currently contains antique school desks, a teacher desk and chair, a green chalkboard with cork border across the top and many other antiques of the area. On October 17, 1996 Wilson School was designated Michigan Historica Site No. L2001 and was listed on the state register. The school is privately owned by Leona Kroes Benson, who generously, with the help of her husband Leroy Benson, open the building for special community events. Visitors to the open house will also be able to see a Reed organ, a classic typewriter, a spinning wheel, an uupright floor model Victrola and many more interesting historic pieces. Directions and addresses are to the other locations if residents want to visit them in order of one through eight. 4655 Catamount Trail, Ada, decorated by Kennedy’s Flowers and Gifts: .09 miles east of E. Beltline and Knapp, south/east on Knapp Court, […]

Local restaurant and sports bar offers flavors straight from Italy

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Uccello brothers expanding new business by BETH ALTENA David and Daniel Uccello, ages 20 and 25, were confident the location at 1259 Post Drive was a winner for their new restaurant and sports bar, and after four months of success and even expanding the business, their confidence has been proven. Florentine Pizzeria Ristorante and Sports Bar is not only doing good business, but has expanded to offer banquet facilities for parties of up to 120 people. The restaurant and sports bar is hopping with sports fans watching the games on the large plasma screens and with dining fans enjoying the authentic recipes and flavors from Italy. “We draw from Rockford, Sparta, Comstock Park and Northview,” said David. “This is in the heart of those areas.” David and Daniel had reason to expect their establishment to do well. Their family is in the restaurant business with father and uncles as owners of 10 restaurants in West Michigan. The entities are known for authentic Italian flavors, also with good reason. The Uccellos come from Sicily, Italy, where both David and Daniel were born. Their father, Salvatore Uccello and mom Franca, moved the family to West Michigan because his brother was making a success here of the first Uccello’s family restaurant. David was just seven when he moved here, Daniel 12. David started working in the family business at age 15, making pizzas, with his brother alongside, also learning the trade. David is grateful for the opportunity to continue with the restaurant he and Daniel co-own. “He came here for a better life,” said David of his father’s move to the United States. David said owning a business in the old country means doing business with the mafia, paying for “protection.” Sicily in particular is known for the strong mafia presence. West Michigan, by comparison, is a better place to own a business. Still, the two are able to visit family remaining in Italy, and appreciate the cooking of their two grandmothers, who passed recipes on to Salvatore. “My dad taught us to cook and our mom, too,” David noted. “My mom couldn’t cook. Most people assume it’s the other way around.” David said that when he visits Italy he tries to incorporate some of the recipes from […]


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              The Castle at Canadian Lakes in Stanwood, Mich. was the setting for the June 25, 2011 wedding of Meghan Kleeves, a Rockford High School graduate, and Brandon Teenier of Holly, Mich. Parents are Brett and Colleen Kleeves of Stanwood and Richard Teenier and Diane Teenier, both of Holly. Pastor Rick Tigchon of Rockford Reformed Church officiated. Maid of Honor was Carey Rademacher. Bridesmaids were Amanda Cowe, Betsy Bunch, Jackie Reider, Samantha Wang, Ashley Brauker and Meghan Calligan. Best Man was Adam Teenier. Groomsmen were Kevin Stewart, Adam Sefanski, Ray Lubilah, Brandon Kleeves, Cody Kleeves and Roger Michel. The couple resides in Austin, Texas, where Meghan is a middle school teacher and coach of three girls sports. Brandon is a senior corporate accountant.

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