Whaley-Ingraham In the fine company of close friends and endeared family, Wendy Whaley, a 2007 graduate of Forest Hills Eastern, and Will Ingraham, a 2005 graduate of Rockford, shall commit their lives together before Almighty God in marriage. The couple will be married on August 8, 2009, and will reside in Grand Rapids. Terry and Ellen Whaley of Ada and beloved sister Stephanie will accompany the beautiful bride to the altar. Brian and RuthAnn Ingraham of Rockford, with beloved sister Lyza, will be proud to witness this sacred union. Will is a geek in the I.T. department at Amway International, and Wendy is pursuing a creative career in photography from Grand Rapids Community College. Psalm 150!
Facts, figures not reported Dear Editor, I am in full agreement with Neil Blakeslee’s letter a couple weeks back in which he chastised local media for not keeping citizenry properly informed. Sorry to do this, but I have to also add to the criticism. When are we residents going to see some news that is important to us as taxpayers? The City recently passed a budget-which I bet involved some very interesting discussions, given the loss of a major source of revenue (Wolverine World Wide)-but you would never know it by what we read or didn’t read in the local papers. City budget used to be a series of stories because it is so important. It is even more important to us citizens now, in these fiscally strained times. Last week, both local papers printed front-page stories on an award received for an addition to the City parks system (namely, the boardwalk). Lots of facts and figures regarding elevations, etc., but two important facts were left out: how much did it cost and who paid for it? In recent months, a new staging area has popped up on the east side of the river by the dam. Lots of work was done there also, but if one word of that work or the money it cost or who paid for it was in either local paper, it was well hidden. I dearly wish one of our local newspapers would cover this kind of hard news, especially reporting important information such as cost. If space is the real concern and you don’t want to omit the girls getting their hair cut, maybe you could cut the home improvement or other canned copy. Tammy Bergstrom Rockford resident Facts, figures not reported Dear Editor, I am in full agreement with Neil Blakeslee’s letter a couple weeks back in which he chastised local media for not keeping citizenry properly informed. Sorry to do this, but I have to also add to the criticism. When are we residents going to see some news that is important to us as taxpayers? The city recently passed a budget—which I bet involved some very interesting discussions, given the loss of a major source of revenue (Wolverine World Wide)—but you would never know it […]
Thur.-Sat., July 16-18 Rockford Sidewalk Sales-starting at 10 a.m., downtown Rockford, sponsored by HEART of Rockford Business Association. See pages 4 and 5 of this week’s Squire for individual store sales! Saturday, July 18 Rockford Farm Market-8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants. Rogue River Artists Association 5th Annual Garden Art Sale/Show-11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the home of Shirley Dean, 9620 Summit, Rockford (look for signs). Members’ artwork will be on display and for sale, featuring watercolors, acrylics, oils, mixed media, pottery, woodcarvings and jewelry. For further information, contact Lila Harmon at (616) 866-0523 or e-mail email@example.com. Yard Sale and Bake Sale-8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 7711 Young Ave. NE, Rockford, to benefit Rockford Scout Venture Crew 2228. Pig Roast-5 to 7 p.m. at the Heritage Methodist Church, 19931 W. Kendaville Rd. (corner of old 131), Pierson, sponsored by Friends of the Timothy Hauenstien Township Library. Cost is $7.50 for adults; $3 for children under 10. Tickets available at the library or at the door; all proceeds benefit the library. Annual Mentoring Youth Range Day-registration at 9:30 a.m.; shooting begins at 10 a.m. Young people will be mentored in different shooting venues that the Rockford Sportsman’s Club offers, including BB gun, 22 rifle, archery, skeet, pistol, trap and cowboy shooting. Cost is $5 per event. Proceeds benefit the Algoma Twp. Fire Department youth programs. To register, call Judy Mayhak at (616) 540-1099 or visit www.rockfordsportsmansclub.com. Lunch will be available. Sunday, July 19 Roast Beef Dinner-11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3.50 for children under age 12. Enjoy all-you-can-eat roast beef, potatoes, corn, beans, roll, dessert and beverage. “Best dinner in town… Bring the whole family!” Visit www.rockfordvfwpost3946.org. Monday, July 20 Free Food for Needy Families-5 p.m. in the Mobile Food Pantry at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Drive (corner of Northland Drive and Rogue River Rd.; entrance on Kuttshill), Rockford, providing free food for needy families in the North Kent community. For more information, contact the church at (616) 866-1556. Summer […]
Lisa Shaffer, director of Lean on Me outreach center, appreciates all the donations that keep the center helping residents through tough financial times. Recently, patrons of the Sand Bar in Sand Lake held a chili cook-off and raised some funds. A promise of matching the funds was made by a northern Kent County store, and nearly $1,000 of merchandise was purchased for donation to the center. Household goods, food and items such as toilet paper were all received in a shipment of hundreds of boxes, every bit of which will go, free of charge, to families in need. “We are here to just love on them,” said Shaffer of the center’s clients. “We don’t worry about what they are receiving from other organizations. We are just here to help anyone who asks.” The outreach center has the vision to take what society considers outdated, expired or damaged and offer it for free to those who want and need the items. The center relies on donations from businesses, individuals and organizations to provide food and items. On the day of the Sand Bar donation, 135 people had been through the doors. Weekly, the center helps 1,600 people. Shaffer cites items such as toilet paper as an item that is always needed and rarely donated. “You don’t think about something like that that we all need, every day,” she commented. Office hours are 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Food box distribution hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday. Donation hours are 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Saturday. The center is located at 11555 Edgerton Road, Rockford. To find out more about Lean on Me, call (616) 866-3999 or visit online at leanonmeoutreach.org.