Rockford Community


September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

The parents of Samantha Lowe of Indianapolis and Rory Vidal of Rockford are pleased to announce the engagement of their children. Samantha is the daughter of Dennis and Judy Coffey. The bride-to-be graduated from Miami of Ohio University and is currently an elementary school counselor. Rory is the son of Bob and Kathye Vidal and is a graduate of Butler University. The future groom is currently employed as a CPA at the Exact Target Marketing firm. Rory and Sam are planning a September 29 wedding.


September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

HELP WANTED RN, part-time for NE Plainfield Allergy clinic. We offer work-life balance in a positive team setting with respect for the individual. Fax resume to (616) 988-8512.       b38 ______________________ Part-time 3rd shift resident assistant at Bishop Hills Elder Care. Please call Katie or Julie at (616) 866-8227.       b37 ______________________ Old World Olive Press is hiring. The perfect person is someone with a passion for food, events and excitement! Join our team of individuals who enjoy our private in store parties, various wine dinners, working with customers while demonstrating our products in stores, farmers markets, and many other exciting employment opportunities. A positive attitude, and the desire to help develop an energetic and welcoming environment a must. Sales experience preferred, and a knowledge of cooking a plus.       f37 ______________________ Weingartz is looking for a part-time service/set-up person at our Cedar Springs location. Responsibilities include maintenance, prep and light repair of various outdoor power equipment and various shop maintenance duties. Position could be seasonal or year-round with more hours available in the spring and summer. EOE. Please apply in person at: 11875 Northland Drive, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, (616) 696-2913.       b37 ______________________ WORK WANTED Experienced Christian caregiver looking for a part-time or more position. Would be ideal to help care for an elderly parent or individual. Great references, Red Cross training, cooking, errands, etc. Please call Brenda at (505) 504-1617.      f28 ______________________ NOTICES Big Rapids Gun & Knife Show at the Fairgrounds. September 22 & 23: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 22 rifle door prize. J&J Sport Shows, (800) 968-5016.       p38 ______________________ Thank you St. Jude for prayers answered.       p37 ______________________ FOR SALE Outdoor wood furnaces—Eliminate your heating bills with Central Boiler Outdoor Wood Furnace. Fall sale. Call SOS, (616) 554-8669.       b37 ______________________ Bed—queen pillowtop mattress set. Still in plastic with warranty. Must sell! $150. (616) 805-9282.       p38 ______________________ WANTED TO BUY Buying Cars!—Bel Air Auto Service is looking to buy running or non-running vehicles for repairable projects or parts. Please call us for a chance to buy your unwanted cars and trucks, (616) 647-8699.       p46 ______________________   FREE Free J&J Recycling has now expanded to the Rockford area! We take all household appliances, cars, boats, snowmobiles, batteries, etc., […]

Student door-to-door donation drive nearly doubles goal with 16,000

September 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

‘This is an example of Rockford students giving outside of their community’ “What did you do on your summer vacation?” This ageless question can be answered unexpectedly by two Rockford students and a host of their classmates. They knocked on over 5,000 doors asking for a small donation for underprivileged kids and ended up with more than $10,000 worth of school supplies. It started as the vision of one Rockford High School senior, John Malley, now attending Notre Dame University. He envisioned donating school supplies to the attendees of the Grand Rapids Boys and Girls Club, a school which works with the Grand Rapids Police Department to help underprivileged or at-risk students. When Malley graduated and left the area, his sister Megan Malley thought the project so worthy that she took up the cause, joined by friend Alison Lang. Today, because of their efforts, there is a new school-sanctioned club in the Rockford district with 21 students working on the cause and with a whopping donation of over 16,000 individual school supplies donated to the Boys and Girls Club. Advisor Marcy Mayle, a teacher at the Rockford Freshman Center, is the overseeing adult of the club, but admits she doesn’t have much to do. “Basically I am just opening my door to these kids. They are doing all the work.” The club, Rockford RH, for Rockford Honors, meets at the center where students are already making plans for next summer’s collection efforts as well as a winter donation drive for hats, gloves and socks. The girls had a unique and smart plan for their collection efforts. With a hot-pink flier in hand they went door to door, starting in the Bella Vista area where John Malley had begun with his project, and asked residents to donate a dollar to buy school supplies or to leave school supplies on their porch for a future pick-up date. “We asked them to staple the flier to the bags so we would know they were for us,” explained Megan. The response was overwhelming and overwhelmingly positive. Four people gave the girls $50 checks, one person gave them a check for $50 and a popsicle each. “We took the popsicles—it was hot,” admitted Alison. “It was pretty amazing,” Megan said. […]

Courtland man arrested on CSC charges

September 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

A Courtland Township man and former firefighter has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct (CSC). According to Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess, the incident allegedly occurred at the home of Terry Lynn Welch, 51, the evening of August 16, or the early morning hours of August 17, and involved a juvenile. Welch was arrested and arraigned that same day, August 17, in 63rd District Court. According to the court, he was charged with one count of CSC second degree (relationship), one count of CSC second degree assault, and with being a habitual offender, for already having a felony on his record. Bond was set at $20,000 cash/surety, and he bonded out. He has a preliminary hearing set for this Friday, September 7, at 10 a.m. Prior to the incident, Welch was deputy fire chief at Courtland Township. According to Fire Chief Mickey Davis, Welch resigned immediately from the fire department, and Steve Mojuk is now deputy chief. Welch was previously arrested in November 1988 and pled guilty in 17th Circuit Court on August 28, 1989, to attempted breaking and entering an occupied dwelling with intent. He received 24 months probation and $1,321 in fines and costs.

Bikes and Smiles were the order of the day at Wolverine Worldwide YMCA

September 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL The Kent County Sheriff Department, in collaboration with the Wolverine Worldwide YMCA and Devos Children’s Hospital Safe Kids Coalition, conducted a bicycle give-a-way and safety event for 29 area children on Tuesday, August 28. Making it all possible were 29 new or gently used bikes that had come into the possession of the Kent County Sheriff Department. Bikes needing repair were completely refurbished to safe operating conditions by Kent County Jail inmates. “The inmates take a great sense of pride and ownership by playing a part in this worthwhile program,” said Sheriff Larry Stelma who was on hand for the give-a-way event. “It’s a win-win for everyone involved today including the inmates.” “The 29 children chosen to be recipients of the bikes had been identified by the Wolverine Worldwide YMCA as area kids who lack the financial means to afford a bicycle,” said Toni Szczepanski, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Rockford area YMCA. Thrilled kids received an age appropriate bicycle that had been previously tagged for them, and them alone. Before they were allowed to test-drive their bikes around the parking lot, the kids had a sit-down bike safety lesson. After which, each was personally fitted with a brand-new bicycle helmet provided by Devos Children’s Hospital Safe Kids Coalition. Personally attending to that task was Amy Horn, the hospital’s Safe Kids Program Assistant. With helmet in place, each kid on his new ride headed through a mock riding course, complete with orange cones, which had previously been set up by Sheriff Deputies. Also on hand were two Deputies and their beautiful chestnut horses from the Kent County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit. For some of the kids (Sienna Gorby, 8, in particular) the horses were the highlight of the day. “Today’s presentation was but one of many community service and outreach events provided by the Kent County Sheriff Department every year,” said Sheriff Stelma. As the afternoon’s festivities drew to a close, the new bicycle owners loaded the bikes up to return home for many years of out-of-doors riding pleasure. Enjoy kids, and to quote Roy Rogers (and Fred Meijer) “Happy trails to you”.                

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