They wind through the countryside, effectively threading an imaginary needle with their group. The bikers ride in perfect formation, staggered, yet still taking up less space in a lane than a single car. Motorcycles are an everyday sight in Michigan during the summer, but not a lot of them stage their rides out of a church. The Res-life Riders, a motorcycle ministry based out of Resurrection Life Church in Rockford, do just that, and are hoping to change the way people think about both bikers and God. One of the ways they are putting their name out is the third annual Fun-Run. It is basically a poker run, which is a biker staple for fundraising, but with a Christian twist. They don’t go to bars, they don’t drink alcohol, and they don’t focus on the competition. They instead ride to county parks, drink juice and water, and focus on the fellowship and camaraderie. For the past two years, the Fun-Run has raised funds for Lean on Me Outreach Center, a place that provides for those families that cannot always seem to make ends meet. The first year, they rode in perfect weather, and last year, they rode in thunderstorms. It doesn’t matter if they get a little wet, they realize that what they are doing is changing the lives of whole families. Last year, riders came from as far as Ionia and rode for the cause, not for the comfort. On August 4, 2012, they are doing it again. Rain or shine, they will buckle their vests, lace up their boots, strap on their helmets and ride to raise money for those in need. Therefore, there is an official call to action to all: Attend the Fun-Run and do your part to help local families. If you have a motorcycle, show up between 9 and 11 a.m. to register. The $20 fee to participate may not seem like a lot to you, but it will help so many people who just need that extra nudge. If you don’t have a motorcycle, ask how you can help. Contact the Lean on Me Outreach Center and ask what you can do to change the lives of people all around you, people you may know, but may not […]
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Road commission hears from public, board to meet by BETH ALTENA People spoke up on both sides of the proposed widening of Ten Mile Road from the Rockford Meijer driveway to Childsdale. Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) Director of Engineering Wayne Harroll met with residents Thursday, March 31 at Resurrection Life Church. The meeting was the second-to-last chance for the public to offer their input before the construction begins in July. Harroll said the KCRC had three choices regarding Ten Mile Road up to the Rockford City entrance. “We could do nothing, make it a three-lane or a five-lane,” Harroll said to residents. Harroll said the road already exceeds the number of vehicles daily for a three-lane road (15,000 per day or fewer for a safe three-lane) and the commission believes expanding to a five-lane road with two paved bike/pedestrian paths will accommodate traffic through the next 20 years. In 2010 there were 22,225 vehicles per day on the section of road under consideration. “In 2030 we estimate 33,025 vehicles per day,” Harroll said. From January 1, 2005 to December 2009 there were 159 accidents, 55 of which were rear-end. This indicates a need for a left-turn lane, Harroll said. Resident input on the plan that came from a July 13, 2010 meeting led the KCRC to alter the original plan by adding a four-foot paved pedestrian/bike path on each side of the road and not having Ten Mile completely closed during parts of the construction. Responding to feedback, a traffic signal at Childsdale was also added. The home at 273 Ten Mile qualifies for historic preservation, although it is not currently designated historic, according to the State Historic Preservation Office revue, and Harroll said he had to guarantee the mature trees in that home’s yard would not be removed as part of this project. He said environmental assessments were performed to make sure a minimum of wetlands was affected and that no endangered or threatened species would be affected by the project. Harroll said a sound study showed that 19 of 21 sites studied did exceed the recommended sound limit of 66 decibels, but the cost of mitigation, at $40,640 per residence, was not reasonable or feasible. Harroll said the problem with containing sound […]
Public invited to help others in need When Ric’s Food Center planned opening their doors three years ago, they knew there would be extra product—produce, deli and more—that would go unsold yet still be perfectly good. The family-owned company looked around Rockford for a deserving charity and found Lean on Me Outreach. “We give them about $1,000 worth a day,” said Ric’s Store Director Dave Brickner. Brickner said the store’s dedication to offering fresh, perfectly presented items from baked goods, produce and deli—and even the products on the shelf that shoppers might not think of as having expiration dates, such as cereal, pastas and canned goods—mean there is good food and non-food items as well to be donated to Lean on Me. Brickner said Ric’s is inviting the public to give if they are able during a food/product drive on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Lean on Me truck will be at the Ric’s Food Center, 6769 Belding Road, open for donations. “We do this at all our Ric’s stores,” Brickner said of the company. Being actively involved in the community in which each of the five stores is located is a philosophy that is particularly evident at the Rockford Ric’s. The store sponsors the Rockford High School Athlete of the Week each week in The Rockford Squire and stepped up in this year’s Community Expo, offering free food samples. A Taste of Ric’s—coming up soon on December 4 at the store—is a big event with free food samples from dozens of vendors and live entertainment, all free to the public. Brickner said the store donates not just food, but product the store decides not to sell. When the store switched brands of non-food product, it was decided not to keep the old brand on the shelves with the new, and all that product—shampoo, toothbrushes, diapers and more—went to Lean on Me. Lean on Me director Lisa Shaffer said the facility, the outreach ministry of Resurrection Life Church, is unique among charities in that it does not require people to prove need in order to receive aid. Located at 11555 Edgerton Avenue, Lean on Me offers food box and other product pick-up three days a week, no questions asked. She […]
A Community Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy a day of food, music and great deals! Don’t miss this great opportunity to sell your own goodies and make some extra cash! The event will be held in the parking lot of Resurrection Life Church of Rockford located at 3233 10 Mile Road. (Just east of US 131 between Meijer and Wolven Ave.) Proceeds from the event will go towards a Christmas outreach program organized by Lean On Me Outreach Center of Rockford. Sellers – Take advantage of this prime location and sell your own items during this one-day event. You keep all that you make! Purchase a 18′ x 18′ spot for only $40 or purchase a double spot for $60. Crafters welcome! Limited space is available therefore spots will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Email email@example.com to sign up or for more information. Donations – We welcome any gently used clothing or household items that you would like to donate. These will be sold during the sale with proceeds going to the Christmas outreach program. Any items left over at the end of the sale will be donated to Lean on Me Outreach Center for distribution to those in need in the community. Tax donation slips are available. Donations can be dropped off in the parking lot behind the church (by the northeast entrance doors) from 9:00 a.m. to noon on April 18, April 26, May 2 and May 9, between Sunday services on April 19 and May 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on May 5 and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on May 7.