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Kim McKay, City of Rockford Treasurer, was awarded the 2012 Professional Recognition in Municipal Excellence (PRIME) Award by the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association (MMTA) during their annual Fall Conference.

Annually the MMTA recognizes one individual for outstanding service to their profession, their community and the MMTA by awarding its most prestigious honor, the PRIME Award. Kim was awarded this honor by a majority vote of the membership.

Kim has been a member of the MMTA Board of Directors since 2007, currently serving as the Immediate Past President. She has chaired multiple committees including the most recently formed Professional Development Committee and the Michigan Certification Committee. Santa will be welcomed in downtown Rockford with a parade and then he will go to the Rotary Pavilion to listen to kids’ wish lists. Also on hand will be Trolley Rides and kids activities in the pavilion. Free milk and cookies will be available, along with photos with Santa.

If you would like to be part of the Santa Parade, download the application and send in to the Chamber office.

Thousands of Kent County teens will soon have the opportunity to channel their inner Academy Award contender at their local library.

Kent District Library has received a $6,000 Community Grants award from electronics retailer Best Buy to purchase film editing software and hardware. The film editing suite, which includes two editing stations, will be housed at KDL’s Cascade Township branch and is scheduled to be installed sometime in November. KDL was one of more than 3,600 organizations that applied for the most recent round of grants from Best Buy’s Children’s Foundation.

Written by Joe Boomgaard

ROCKFORD Two decades of merger experience have prepared Wolverine World Wide Inc. for the biggest acquisition in the company’s history and one of the largest and most complex deals ever in the footwear industry.

The Rockford, Mich. based footwear company’s role in the $2.0 billion acquisition of Collective Brands Inc. should yield considerable growth for the company that makes Hush Puppies and Merrell shoes. Company executives proudly claim the transaction, which was finalized last Tuesday, makes Wolverine the third largest footwear company in the world, trailing only Nike Inc. and Adidas AG. The acquisition is expected to add $1 billion in annual sales to Wolverine’s top line in 2013, pushing its total revenues to more than $2.5 billion.

If your child is full of questions (and aren’t they all?), make sure they don’t miss out on all the educational fun at Curiosity Day with Curious George!
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The Man with the Yellow Hat will guide inquisitive kids through a variety of games and activities designed to pique their curiosity. Children ages 6 and younger will receive kid friendly information on a host of topics animals, cooking, stories, art and more!Saturday, October 20, 10:00 AM Krause Memorial branch

Monday, November 5, 10:30 AM Alto branch

Hockey season is just around the corner! Use your Kent District Library card to get a great deal on Grand Rapids Griffins hockey tickets.

For every Sunday and Wednesday home game during the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 2012 13 regular season, present your Kent District Library card at the Van Andel Arena box office on the night of the game or at The Zone anytime during the store’s regular business hours to save $7 off the price of a Lower Level Faceoff ticket (regularly $18 in advance and $20 day of game). Limit four tickets per card per person, subject to availability. (Offer excludes Dec. 30 outdoor game at Comerica Park.)

Check out the Griffins’ schedule and plan a fun night out for a great deal!

Go Griffins!

Approved earlier this year by the Rockford City Council, a crumbling stretch of narrow asphalt pathway along 10 Mile Road will soon be replaced with a five foot wide concrete sidewalk.

Located along the north roadside, between Childsdale and Oak Street, the broken asphalt surface is not pedestrian friendly and its overgrown narrow width forces users dangerously close to the heavily trafficked 10 Mile Road.

The new sidewalk will connect with a recently completed five foot wide concrete sidewalk that was installed this past summer as part of the 10 Mile Road reconstruction project.

When finished the two sections of sidewalk will allow residents of the Highlands neighborhoods safe pedestrian passage from Highlander Dr. to River St. and downtown Rockford.

Additionally, at the recent October Rockford City Council meeting councilors approved a sidewalk/boardwalk to be constructed along a 240 ft. stretch of Oak St. drainage swale. marijuana businesses raidedMan faces armed robbery charges after hold upDeputies: Man robs workers outside massage business
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