September 1 2011

Rockford Floor Covering takes top honors in national contest

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Mohawk Industries and Dupont ran a sales promotion from June 15 to August 1, 2011—the challenge being to see how many yards of Mohawk carpet made with Dupont Smart Strand yarn could be sold. Over 3,000 salespeople nationwide entered the promotion. Of over 3,000, only 15 made the Elite category. Congratulations goes to Brian Tobey of Rockford Floor Covering on being one of the top 15 salespeople in the country! Currently 60 percent of all Mohawk carpets are made from Dupont Smart Strand yarn. Visit Rockford Floor Covering, 41 Courtland Street in downtown Rockford, and learn about the best from the best.

Reading Rocks festival recognized by Governor Snyder

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Governor Rick Snyder is a fan of Reading Rocks in Rockford, a Rockford Rotary festival, which just completed its second year. He sent an award of recognition for the reading festival, applauding the effort to promote literacy and the fun of reading in a day-long event with authors, celebrity readers, mascots, games, prizes, acting and more. Pictured is organizer and Rockford Rotary President Sue Bodenner with State Representative Peter MacGregor and Kent District Library’s new director Lance Wener.

Be prepared for emergencies—American Red Cross observes National Preparedness Month

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The American Red Cross is among a coalition of organizations encouraging Americans to observe the Eighth Annual National Preparedness Month this September by doing simple things that make a difference when every second counts. The Red Cross recommends three things most everyone can do to prepare for disasters or other emergencies: Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed. Supporting blood donation or giving blood is also critical to any community preparedness plan since hospitals need blood on the shelves to respond to patient need. Hospital patients need about 40,000 blood donations each day for ongoing or emergency medical needs. And when adequate supplies of blood are available every day of every week, the Red Cross can help ensure a swift response when and if blood needs intensify. Blood is typically available to patients 24 to 48 hours from the point of donation because of the various steps involved in testing, processing, and distributing components like red cells, platelets and plasma. While many people roll up their sleeves during times of disaster, the key to a strong blood supply, Red Cross officials say, are steady and consistent donations throughout the year. “It’s human nature to want to help when disasters strike,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “By taking some precautionary steps today—like donating blood—you’ll be helping, too, since you’re empowering yourself and our nation to face the unexpected.” As an added incentive for donors, everyone who attempts to donate blood or platelets in August has a chance to win a $250 Meijer gift card, a $125 Meijer gas card, and a $500 Best Buy gift card. Every person who attempts to donate in September will have a chance to win a $250 Meijer gift card and a $125 Meijer gas card. For more information about these promotions or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit Two American Red Cross blood drives are scheduled for Kent County in September. The first takes place at American Red Cross, 1050 Fuller Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1. The second will be at Cornerstone University, 1001 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, from noon until […]

Work underway, funding needed for pavilion remodel

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Building is at the heart of downtown  by BETH ALTENA Visit downtown Rockford any day of the week and you are likely to find people hanging out in the Rotary Pavilion, reading a book, eating or talking. On any given weekend in the summer—and sometimes in the winter—the building will be the site of an auction for a good cause, a chicken BBQ dinner—coming up quick; buy your tickets from any Rockford Rotarian—a business event, a costume contest, concert and more. The structure, however, has seen better days and is due for a remodel. Sponsorships for the project are still available, as fundraising for the project has not yet reached the level required. According to Rick Schroeder of Nugent Builders, who is the chair of the project, Rockford Rotary Club has committed $12,000 toward the remodel and so far the community has pledged $5,600. The building was built on city property 25 years ago and badly needs repairs, a new paint job, and would benefit from a heating system to make it usable year around. Also planned are overhead doors with glass windows for lighting. Currently the building has limited use when the weather turns cold. The club has picked out a weathervane that would add a lot of class and charm, but funding for that has not yet been realized. “There is a lot we can do if the sponsorships come in,” Schroeder stated. “Mostly what we have done is fix and repair,” said Schroeder. “The cupolas needed work. The paneling needed replacing. We’ve been scraping and prepping for painting.” Nugent Builders has donated planning and staff hours for the remodel, and Schroeder is sure other area businesses will step up to help fund this project. The structure is located in the heart of downtown Rockford and is the focal point in so many events held there. “We are taking donations on a sponsorship level so Rotary can work on this and other projects for the community,” Schroeder stated. To find out about options, call Schroeder at his work at (616) 866-7663. In addition to being a sponsor at a gold or silver level, a way any business can help is to purchase Rotary Chicken Dinner tickets for the Harvest Fest event. All businesses that […]

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