Community news and notes: Week of May 26-June 1, 2010

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture in Rockford recently donated a 50-gallon bin of discarded hair to Matter of Trust, an organization using hair to help clean up the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is Tricoci’s first time donating hair, according to Laura Pierce. “When we tried to donate the first time, Matter of Trust had too much hair and not enough volunteers,” Pierce said. “As a company, we’re big on giving back; and this industry is about making people’s days, so giving back comes naturally to us.” … The Rockford Park District recently elected Jack L. Armstrong the new president of its Board of Commissioners. Also elected at the Board of Commissioners annual meeting were Tyler Smith, vice president, and Chuck Brown, Ph.D., secretary. The three newly-elected members will serve from May 2010 through May 2011. … Rock Energy Cooperative recently announced Jenna Boggs, of Hononegah High School, and Alyssa Hess, of South Beloit High School, as their 2010 scholarship winners. Boggs and Hess will both receive $400 to assist with educational expenses at an accredited college or technical school. Rock Energy Cooperative awards 10 scholarships each year to graduating seniors living in its service territory. Funds for the scholarships come from unclaimed capital credits. … Kristan McNames, co-owner of Grace Funeral & Cremation Services in Rockford, attended the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) convention, where she was certified as a cremation arranger. The ICCFA certified cremation arranger program provides education to understand cremation consumers, how to arrange and create meaningful tribute services, unique options for memorialization and ways to communicate information with consumers. Kelly Nokes of Rockford and Dan Bohn of Rockton became independent consultants with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring easy-to-prepare foods.The independent business owners offer food samples at home taste-testing parties. …   Forest City CEO Fred Young spoke about growing global markets at the National Contract Manufacturers Association Symposium 2010 on March 23 at the NIU Conference Center in Rockford. The symposium focused on International contracting: Winning Business in Emerging Global Markets. …  Three Fehr-Graham & Associates team members were accredited as LEED Green Associates: Andrew Jarrett, environmental specialist; Chris Posey, project manager; and John Vendel, project engineer. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building rating system provides standards for environmentally-sustainable construction. The rating systems reference building design and construction, interior design and construction, operations and maintenance, LEED for homes and LEED for neighborhood development guides.

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From the May 26-June 1, 2010 issue

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