Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Beautiful Rockford, WA Stuns Lamont By Holding Rival 'Social Event' In Same Calendar Year

The charming, strategically located and annoyingly well-managed Town of Rockford stunned the lowly, shockingly self-absorbed Town of Lamont, the 2nd smallest Town in the State, by announcing that they, too, would be putting on an exciting event in this calendar year - on May 1st, 2010 - in spite of the fact that Lamont thought that they had 'dibs' on the year 2010 and thus could expect no competition to their 100 year festival from anywhere in the State. (What collective self-delusion!) "Well, I guess times are changing around here!" said the huffy Mayor who tends to crumble when faced with competition of any kind. "So when I got wind of that surprisingly clever Sadie Hawkins/May Day dance on May 1st - held in Rockford's own fairgrounds (what show-offs! We don't even have a public bathroom and they have an entire fairgrounds? Oh yea, life is fair!) - of course I was consumed with envy and angst" said the brooding public servant. "Sure, we naturally look up to towns like Rockford with all of their fancy trees and stores and restaurants and all of that - but a dance? The only way that the citizenry of Lamont could ever work up the courage to dance in public would somehow involve a jug of moonshine and the woeful siren call of a lone banjo or whatever. But these Rockfordians are organizing a whole event around dancing! What nerve! What bravery! What unbelievable gumption! And what’s with their smarty-pants Mayor - Micki Harnois? She is a doggone genius! And then there's that amazing over-achiever Clerk/Treasurer they have - that iconic Darlene! Dang! How are we ever supposed to compete against that? But anyway, I still thought we had 'dibs' on 2010! Is nothing sacred anymore? Let me guess, they don't resolve disputes with the time-honored 'Scissors, Rock, Paper" method anymore, either! Oh, I just wish I was the Lamont mayor back in our heyday - the year 1911. Things were just so much simpler! " he sniveled.The inspired and lovely Town of Rockford (known as the Gateway To The North Palouse!) is located on SR 27 about 15 miles south of Spokane Valley - and will be holding their really cool dance at the Rockford fairgrounds (the money raised will go to support the fairgrounds which is a darn good cause in these budget cutting times! Go help!) on Saturday, May 1st from 6:00-10:00 pm. Lamont, on the other hand, is having their 100 year festival in the town park (that we need to rename 'The Lamont Fairgrounds', for Pete's sake! Why don't we have a fairgrounds?) on Saturday, June 19th at 11:00 AM. Mark your calendars for both events! The strength and beauty that is America is contained in its small towns - so stop being so busy and come savor the vibrant beauty we all once took for granted. You can ease into the richness that is Americana by going to the Rockford event first then plunge yourself back 100+ years by attending the Lamont festival on June 19th. (Going straight from the modern world into Lamont might be too shocking to all but the most robust nervous systems - so it is better to ease into it via Rockford first! Better safe than sorry, as we always say!)Besides stores, restaurants and businesses of any kind, some other cool things that Rockford has and Lamont does not includes: Little League baseball, a really smart, socially robust Mayor (who is on the AWC Board of Directors, too, for crying out loud!), an annual Frog Race, basketball, horsemanship, summer movies in the park, a Saturday Farmer's & Flea Market and teen organized dances (there is that dancing AGAIN!). And the summer culminates (that means finishes up or something) with the Southeast Spokane County Fair where three lovely young ladies are crowned Queen and princesses. This amazingly complicated organizational effort (by Lamont standards) also includes exhibits, entertainment, concessions, rides, vendors, and booths manned by civic groups serving wholesome (what?) homemade foods in the fairgrounds and Town Park. (they have a park too? Isn't the fairgrounds enough? Dang!) Oh yea, and they have a streetlight, too! (darn their eyes!)

Taken from The World of Lamont, Washington

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Micki Harnois sworn in as New Mayor

On January 2, 2010 the Rockford City Hall was filled with family, friends and associates as Micki Harnois was sworn in as the new mayor of Rockford. RUMC Pastor Kathy Barrick opened with an inspirational blessing and Clerk-treasurer Darlene Lashaw performed the ceremony.
Micki has been involved with the Rockford Horizons program since the beginning including the Study Circles, Leadership Plenty and the strategic planning. She has been involved in various community organizations for many years.
The highlight for her was doing a presentation about the Rockford Horizons program at the Inland Northwest Partners conference last fall. One of the board members was inspired by the effort to reduce poverty and the local donations for the recent stream bank project that he nominated the Town of Rockford for a Community "Hometown Heroes" Award which we received in November. This plaque is proudly on display in the Rockford City Hall.

Horizons Leadership Meeting- January 4, 2010

Present: Todd Hart, Mary-Lou Benson, Vivian Plank, Sean Hart, Micki Harnois, Jeff Barrett
Called to order at 6:45 pm.

Community Gardens:
There will be a separate garden meeting soon to plan the crops, placement, discuss what we learned from last year, raised beds, greenhouse covering.
Keith Wigen has said that the church garden (#2) should be expanded. There is also a need for more "weeders" this year.
The raised beds that are made of pine should be lined with plastic.
Micki said that there are water meters available but need to be adapted which Todd agreed to do. The twelve meters were donated by Consolidated Irrigation District #19 in Spokane Valley.
The Osterberg's have a heated greenhouse that may be available for use.
The tomato/peper crop in the Stevenson's garden (#3) will need weeding and care. Terry Bennett did it last year and will take a much deserved break.
The people who volunteered last year will be notified and asked to participate this year.

Farmers Market:
It was suggested that there be a sign-up book for the visitors to the market so they can be contacted and sent a thank you.
The vendors from last year will be contacted by letter.
Mary-Lou and Vivian will attend the Washington State Farmers' Market Association Convention in Tacoma again this year.

We need to determine: 1) the printing cost, 2) will the two restaurants/bars (Fredneck's and the Harvest Moon) be willing to buy them, 3) how are we going to get advertisements and 4) how much will the charge be for ads?

Micki will be attending and presenting at the Horizons state-wide conference on March 19th and 20th in Moses Lake.

Mary-Lou Benson

RCC Meeting Minutes, January 6, 2010

Members present: Sean Hart, Todd Hart, Mary-Lou Benson, Micki Harnois, Jeff Barrett
Called to order at 6:05 by Chairman Todd Hart
Minutes of previous meeting not read.
No Treasurer's Report offered
Old Business:
The status of the 501 c 3 application was discussed and completed with minor adjustments to be made by Vivian. It should be in the mail before the deadline of January 29, 2010. Once the 501 c 3 status is established, the RCC will fall under the jurisdiction of the Leadership/WSU Horizons umbrella. Meetings will be in the City Hall once that occurs.
New Business:
Todd announced that half of the building beside his store can be used as the Community Center because he has rented the other half. RCC will need to have heat and lights before it can be utilized. The members will examine the building and its needs before proceeding.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:45 pm.
Respectufully submitted,
Mary-Lou Benson

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Rockford Horizons Receives Community Award

On November 18, 2009 the Town of Rockford received a Community "Hometown Heroes" Award from Inland Northwest Partners. We were nominated by Paul Kimmell of Avista for the stream bank work (funded by local donations) as well as the Rockford Horizons program. The award was presented at a luncheon in which Mary Lou Benson (pictured) received the plaque from Joe Tortorelli, Board member of INP. Our group sincerely appreciates this recognition for our community and it is stimulating that the our endeavors are being noticed.