QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“It’s important that we act as community partners to solve the issues of poverty, homelessness and anything else that prevents people from leading meaningful and productive lives. This initiative is a wonderful way to let people know we’re here for them.”

— Marc Williams, who represented Professional Staffing Solutions, an agency that has been in Big Rapids for just two years on the first Agency Resource Fair held Thursday at the Mecosta-Osceola Career Center.

 

“I want to be able to share with my staff and say, ‘Do you know that this even exists and how it works?’ I think that will help make them better teachers and be better leaders for our kids. For me, seeing the whole picture is not just about leading my staff and making sure they get their lesson plans done. (We need to improve communications), because they’re raising these kids and they’re part of our education system.”

— Lenore Weaver, Big Rapids Middle School Principal. She didn’t realize how much behind-the-scenes collaboration was involved in responding to a 9-1-1 call but learned about it as a member of the 2011-12 Leadership Mecosta class. The group held its first of eight training sessions on Thursday at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety building.

 

“I think over the course of the season, the offense is going to see an uptick. There are still going to be nights where we have a hard time scoring. This team has a chance to score some more goals, though.”

— Ferris State hockey coach Bob Daniels. Several members of a junior class for Ferris State that is looking to establish an offensive presence this season, including Kyle Bonis, Travis Ouellette, Matt Kirzinger and Eric Alexander. The quartet of juniors accounted for 11 points last weekend.

 

“It’s a day filled with a lot of fun and kids games. People should come to give their kids a great Halloween experience, which includes getting dressed up, being in a parade and playing games. If you don’t want to take your kids trick-or-treating, this is a great alternative.”

— Rex Schuberg, organizer of the annual Downtown Big Rapids Fall Festival. The two-day festival kicks off on Oct. 28 with a chili cook off featuring recipes from local restaurants and caterers. The festival continues on Oct. 29 with a children, parents and pet costume parade through downtown. Lineup for the event begins at 9:45 a.m. in the Big Rapids Cinema parking lot, located at 213 S. Michigan Ave. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at the theater and culminates at city hall where a variety of family games and activities await.

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