Residents are reminded to vote Tuesday, Nov. 3. On the ballot is a renewal of non-homestead millage for school funding. It will not increase taxes or affect homeowners. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. This renewal represents seven percent of the Rockford Public School’s operating budget. To find out more, go to Rockford Schools.org and click on Nonhomestead Millage Renewal to the left of the homepage.
October 29 2009
Thursday, October 29 Free Seminar—Health is a Choice, Learn how to choose it with Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, Ph.D., International Bodyworks Fitness 8830 Belding Rd. Rockford 874-5933 Friday, October 30 3rd Annual Halloween Party—8 p.m. at Rockford American Legion Post 102, 330 Rockford Park Dr., Rockford, to benefit Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Live music by Clockwork starts at 9 p.m. Win $200 cash and a night at the casino by entering the costume contest. Enjoy a cash bar, food and raffles. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and are available at the Rockford American Legion Lounge (must be at least age 21). For more information, call (616) 745-4896. Saturday, October 31 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (last market of the year), in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 31–Nov. 1 RSC Annual Sight-In Days—10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rockford Sportsmans Club, 11115 Northland Drive, Rockford (between 13 and 14 Mile roads). There will be 25-, 50-, 100- and 200-yard ranges, pistols, shotguns, rifles and muzzleloaders. A donation of $5 per gun is requested. For more information, visit www.RockfordSportsmansClub.com. Monday, November 2 Babytime at the Library—11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Enjoy one-on-one bonding time with baby while you enjoy songs, rhymes, stories and play time. For caregivers and babies 0-18 months. For more information, visit www.kdl.org or call (616) 647-3940. Tuesday, November 3 Mended Hearts Meeting—7 p.m. at Spectrum Health Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, in Room 8815 on the eighth floor. Mended Hearts, a volunteer nonprofit support group affiliated with the American Heart Association, offers hope, information and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers through those who have experienced heart disease. For more information, contact Jim Oldfield at (616) 891-9395. North Kent Toastmasters Club Meeting—7 to 8:45 p.m. at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr., Rockford. Join members who are interested in brushing up on public speaking and presentation skills. For directions, call Angela at (616) 560-4726 or visit www.nkctm.org. “Rain Gardens & More” Lecture—6 to 8 p.m. at Kent Conservation District office, 3260 Eagle Park Dr., Grand Rapids. Learn […]
Accessories Ltd. buddies up with Merle Norman She’s back, and she’s not alone. Shoppers may remember Sharon Serschen, former Rockford retailer who sold her business and left town four years ago. On October 10, 2009, she opened doors again in her newest store—the sixth for this die-hard boutique owner—but this time she isn’t going it alone. Serschen has teamed up with Wendy Barnes of Merle Norman, who herself just made a move from her most recent location on Courtland Street to 25 Squires Street. Serschen is offering jewelry, handbags and other clothing accessories from the location with her new business, Accessories Ltd. “We’ve really been talking about it for years,” Barnes said of the joint operation. “It happened like God planned it.” She believes the Merle Norman concept of personal attention and “try before you buy” will fit in with Serschen’s boutique. The two friends from Serschen’s years in Rockford look forward to sharing the space along the White Pine Trail and near many other retailers. Serschen said she is “either smart or dumb,” opening another store, but said she isn’t ready to retire and watch television. “I want to die on my feet,” she stated. “I also really enjoy the customer contact. I’ve really missed that.” Serschen took four years off, leaving Rockford for Traverse City to spend time with an aunt with health problems. “Now she is back in Florida and I’m back in Rockford.” Serschen said she will not miss Traverse City and hates that it snows every day up there. She also said the town is much more seasonal, which is harder for boutique owners who have to pay rent all year around. Rockford, in her opinion, is not seasonal at all, and the location couldn’t be more prime. She said she chooses her inventory based on what she likes. “I have very good taste,” she remarked. Free gift-wrapping was one of the customer service perks she offered before and plans to continue that at Accessories Ltd. Going into business for yourself is always a risk, but Serschen believes she is prepared for success. “People have the misconception that you start making money right away,” she said. “It can be four or five years and you still aren’t making money.” With a […]
Rockford Intramural program offers many opportunities by MIKE WESTGATE Assistant Principal East Rockford Middle School A comprehensive education calls for learning both in and outside the classroom. Co-curricular activities are not a diversion but rather an extension of a good educational program. Study after study shows that students who participate in these types of activities tend to have higher grade-point averages, better attendance records, lower dropout rates and fewer discipline problems than students generally. For these reasons (and many more), Rockford Public Schools offers a wide variety of co-curricular activities to promote active student participation. An opportunity you may not know enough about is our outstanding secondary Intramural program. Rockford’s Intramural program started in 1992 as an after-school basketball league at the high school. It has since evolved into more than 20 organized activities at all four secondary buildings in the district. Some of the successful opportunities have included: water polo, dodgeball, “Forrest Gump” Ping-Pong, snow football, golf, cross country, Guitar Hero, and archery, just to name a few. The philosophy is to maximize participation and accommodate a wide range of interests and abilities by offering team and individual activities to all secondary students. District Intramural Coordinator Adam Burkholder continues to look for ways to meet the needs of our students and provide these types of co-curricular activities. His primary objective is to increase student involvement with a safe, fun and positive experience. Most of these activities are organized and supervised by Rockford teachers and coaches who share that passion for getting our kids involved. For more information on Rockford’s many Intramural opportunities, check out the Intramurals page under Athletics at www.rockfordschools.org.
Laughter and learning fills the gym as Jim Mitchell from 6+1 Writing Fun visits Chandler Woods Charter Academy in Belmont. Students from kindergarten through sixth grade were exposed to all 6+1 writing traits with interactive examples of how the traits apply to their own compositions. 6+1 Writing Fun is an upbeat, live action language arts elementary school assembly program. Students learn all 6+1 traits of writing by seeing, hearing and doing.