Ten-year-old’s transplanted organs failing by BETH ALTENA Lily Evans would love to ride a horse, stay in a cabin with her family, have a girl party with friends and see a movie in a theater. According to her doctors, she has just six months to one year to do any of these things. Lillian Josephine Evans was born in 2002 and diagnosed early with conditions that made her survival dependent upon a donor for a heart and double lung transplant. According to family friend Christine Leasher, Lily received the transplant five or six years ago and has been struggling with rejection ever since. “She struggled with degrees of rejection but it was controllable,” said Leasher. Now, at age 10, Lily suffers from damaged kidneys, and doctors have given her six months to one year to live. “She has a bucket list of things she would like to do,” said Leasher. As a fundraiser for the bucket list, friends of Lily will hold a lemonade sale at Ric’s Food Center, 6969 Belding Road, Saturday, August 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to Leasher, her family is hoping to raise money for Lily’s wish list of things she would like to do. “They would love to get a cabin on Lake Michigan and have a family vacation together,” Leasher said, listing some of Lily’s hoped-for events to experience. She said one of Lily’s wishes, a dog that she can actually hold and pet, has come to be in the form of a hypoallergenic Bichon Frisé. Lily’s mom, Sue Evans, said her daughter is under Hospice care already. “This will probably be her last regular summer, so we’d like to be able to do everything she wants to do. We are hoping for a little more time to be with her, to enjoy her.” Leasher said there is a post office box for donations or correspondence, since the family experienced unexpected visits of well-wishers to their home in the past, which isn’t good for Lily’s frail condition. She has to be extremely careful of exposure to germs and other things that might make her sick. “One of the things she wanted to do is have a girls party out, getting pampered with her friends and be […]
Ric’s Food Center
“We chose Ric’s because of the amount of Leinenkugel they sell here,” explained Ellie Leinenkugel of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. Members of the family and their cool touring motorhome spent a day at Ric’s Food Center Thursday, July 19 during a nationwide road trip. Store Director David Brickner sported a Leinenkugel cap and joined the family and staff with free samples of the company’s unique products, such as Summer Shandy, the lines of berry beer and Big Eddy Imperial India Pale Ale. Brickner said he was excited to have the family visit personally and said it is the first visit for a non-Michigan beer company to the Rockford Ric’s for a tasting event. Despite catching a time slot in the summer’s first rainfall, the event went well with a meal deal special on an outdoor grill, the beer tasting and samples. Summer Shandy is one of the store’s best-selling Leinenkugel beers, with a summer taste that brings images of lounging on a beach and soaking in the sun. Brickner said the store is very event-oriented with beer and wine tasting every Saturday from ? to ?, secret sales held pretty regularly, and the popular Taste of Ric’s events, which have become a customer favorite event. Dick Leinenkugel was beyond philosophical about the rainy-day event. “I’m not complaining about the rain. It makes me want to drink more Leinenkugel beer,” he said. He also noted that the barley used to make the beer badly needed the watering. Ironically, hops, also an essential ingredient in beer, is grown in the Pacific Northwest and loves hot, dry weather. Leinenkugel said hops country looks more like desert than farmland. The barley and corn grown here in the Midwest, however, requires more rainfall than we have received to date this dusty summer. “I love the rain, and it is going away for the weekend, making for a wonderful weekend to drink Leinenkugel beer,” said Leinenkugel. Ric’s Food Center is in its fourth year at the Rockford location at 6969 Belding Road. In addition to being known for the stellar meat department, Ric’s has one of West Michigan’s most diverse beer and wine departments, featuring a wide variety of Michigan beer and wine as well as specialty products such as […]
The famous Leinenkugel family of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company will be at your local Ric’s Food Center, 6767 Belding Road on Thursday, July 19 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy meeting the beer legacy family in person, have autographs signed, play games, have pop and a hotdog for $2, and more. Free samples will also be offered. Store Director Dave Brickner said he is very excited to have the family stop at Ric’s, which is known for the wide selection of beer and wine as well as weekly specials and an outstanding meat department.
David Brickner, store director at Ric’s Food Center, 6767 Belding Road, is pleased to announce another of the store’s super popular Super Secret Sales on Friday, June 8. “Maybe it is because it gives some new people a chance to see what a terrific store we have, or the really super hot values, but people love these sales,” Brickner said of the popularity of the events. The store is becoming known for the frequency of timely events and specials, from the Taste of Ric’s free sampling days to Saturday afternoon beer- and wine-tasting, and now the secret sales. Limits are restricted on the amounts of the sale items to ensure that patrons throughout the day are able to take part in the “secret sales.” According to Brickner, four or five items from each of the grocery store’s departments are offered at “super hot values.” This upcoming super sale is the fourth for the Rockford Ric’s store, which are offered about once every two months. Be sure to stop in and see what the sale items are and check out the store’s other great regular values.
‘We almost have too many vendors who want to be involved’ by BETH ALTENA Expect over 50 vendors offering free delicious samples this Saturday at the Spring Taste of Ric’s at Ric’s Food Center, 6969 Belding Road from noon to 4 p.m. One lucky visitor will receive dozens of delightful samples of deli, meat, grocery and more—a Treger Grill, valued at over $700, will be given away during a free drawing, which will take place after the end of the Spring Taste of Ric’s event. “We almost have too many vendors who want to be involved in this,” said Dave Brickner, store manager. Brickner said he looks forward to each of the store’s departments to line up four or five vendors to offer free samples, but more like seven or eight manage to get an invite. This enthusiasm is wonderful for shoppers who turn out for the twice-a-year Taste of Ric’s, but become a little problematic logistically. “It’s probably hardest in the meat department where they have such a narrow corridor to set up in,” explained Brickner. Brickner said the event compliments the anniversary of the store opening four years ago, but is a customer appreciation day as well as a chance to show people how much the store has to offer. “We are so grateful and happy for the support the community has shown us,” Brickner said. “Our customer base is growing all the time. We couldn’t be happier. We had such high hopes when we opened four years ago and then the economy took a dive. It’s probably in part a matter of time, people have learned that we aren’t ordinary. Our customer base is growing every year, but also further out as word gets out we are a pretty special store.” Brickner said it is the special events his staff plans for—one day weekly specials, the taste events, holidays such as the upcoming Mother’s Day—that add to the store’s appeal. “Mother’s Day is a really big holiday here,” he noted. “The special dinners people prepare and have a big family gathering, for us it is almost as big as Easter.” Weekly wine and beer-tastings are another example. Each Saturday (with the exception of May 5 because of the Taste of Ric’s) from […]