Public invited to Garlic Mustard Pull at Brower Lake

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

Please join the Land Conservancy of West Michigan for a volunteer workday.  There will be a Garlic Mustard Pull at Brower Lake on Saturday, May 9, from 9 to 11 a.m. Meet at 8748 Je Ne Be Drive, Rockford. All events happen rain or shine unless otherwise noted. We are making progress! Through years of volunteers pulling the garlic mustard at Brower Lake, the amount has significantly declined. Come make a big difference by helping put an end to the garlic mustard. Work gloves are recommended.  Advanced registration is not required but would be appreciated.  Please call 616-451-9476 or email

Meijer and its shoppers team up to feed the hungry

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

Grocer’s food donation program raised nearly $300,000 for food pantries last December With local food banks facing shortfalls this spring, supercenter chain Meijer is re-launching its Simply Give food donation program to help restock the shelves of local food pantries, including the North Kent Service food pantry. The announcement was made by Hank Meijer’s co-chairman and CEO of the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based retailer. “The need to restock and replenish our local food banks and food pantries is greater than ever, so we are encouraging our customers to join us again in reaching out to lend a helping hand to those in need,” said Meijer. “We’re committed to making a difference in all the communities where we do business, and this is just another example of the importance we place on being an active member of the community. The program, which will runs through May 30, encourages Meijer’s shoppers to purchase a $10 Meijer food pantry donation card at special displays throughout the store, as well as inside Meijer gas stations and convenience stops. The donation card will then be converted into Meijer Gift Cards given to local food pantries selected by the store. (The $10 amount reflects a typical bag of groceries at Meijer.) Meijer will once again seed the program with overall donation of $100,000 in grocery gift cards that will be divided equally among all the participating food pantries. As part of the program, each Meijer store selected one local food pantry to receive its donations. The program was initially introduced this past November in all markets served by Meijer. The program, which ran through the holidays, raised nearly $300,000 for local food pantries, as Meijer customers donation of $187,000 and Meijer contributed $100,000 in grocery gift cards to 185 local food pantries. “The North Kent Service Center has been selected as the recipient store for the Rockford Meijer and the newest Meijer’s store opening in Cedar Springs on May 6, 2009. “The North Kent Service Center was the recipient of the ‘Simply Give’ program during the 2008 holiday seasons and received $3,000 from the community Meijer in Rockford. These funds were our saving grace during the Christmas season and assisted us purchasing a large portion of the food needed for the 1,000+ […]

Women’s soccer league competes in Lowell tournament

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

A group of Rockford residents have joined together to play in the Rockford Community Services Women’s Soccer League’s second soccer tournament in Lowell in the 30+ Women’s Division. The team supports Rockford by wearing the color orange.

Michigan House recognizes Belmont youth volunteer

April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

Pearce invites ‘Spirit’ recipient Courtney Fedeson to Lansing State Rep. Tom Pearce welcomed to the Michigan Capitol today Courtney Fedeson of Belmont, one of two top youth volunteers to receive the 14th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Fedeson, a 12-year-old seventh grader at North Rockford Middle School, was recognized during today’s Legislative session by the full House chamber for her accomplishment and was presented a House of Representatives’ resolution of congratulations. “I congratulate Courtney on her accomplishment and for becoming a role model for other youths who want to make a difference in their communities,” said Pearce, R-Rockford. “I was especially impressed with her maturity and graciousness during our visit to make sure it was understood her Girl Scout troop and other volunteers deserve recognition too. This is a tremendous example of how our entire community embra- ces volunteerism.” Fedeson helped lead her Girl Scout troop to beautify the front entrance of her school. The project included designing, raising funds and installing new landscaping, concrete sidewalks and a brick sculpture base. Fedeson and her parents Brian and Jodi Fedeson also had lunch with Pearce while in Lansing. As a state honoree, Fedeson received $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and she will travel to Washington D.C. in May for national recognition events with all other states’ honorees and the naming of America’s top youth volunteers for 2009.       The program was created in 1995 by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals to emphasize the importance of service to others and contributing to communities.

Bagging a bird

April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

  The 2009 Michigan spring turkey hunt is underway April 20 – May 31. Hunts last from 7 to 42 days, depending on the hunt unit.  According to the DNR, there are 48,138 square miles of Michigan open to spring turkey hunting. Pictured at right is Rockford resident Ken Chettleburg who bagged this 25 lb. beauty of a tom turkey at 9:30 a.m. last Saturday morning. Not wanting to divulge any secrets, Chettleburg would only tell us it was taken from a location just east of the Rockford City limits.  Assisting Chettleburg in the display of the turkey is his proud father Bob.

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