Need a Rotary raffle ticket? Call me

Published 1:54 pm Saturday, May 27, 2006

By Staff
The Rotary Club of Niles-Buchanan is hosting its annual scholarship raffle on Monday, June 5, at Orchard Hills Country Club.
The Rotary Club has provided thousands of dollars in scholarship money to our community's young people. This annual raffle helps fund that effort.
Only 200 tickets are sold at $125 each. Cost of a ticket gets you dinner for two at Orchard Hills on June 5 as well as a chance to win cash prizes of $5,000, $2,000, one of two $500 cash prizes and four $250 cash prizes.
Tickets are available. If you would like to purchase one, give me a call at 687-7700 and I'll hook you up.
I had a manicure last week at Tippy Toes, the new business in The Gallery building on Second Street in Niles.
What a great way to spend a lunch hour!
Vicky Williams, its owner, has created a wonderful, relaxing environment. She does manicures and pedicures on natural nails only. Her focus is on cleanliness and helping her clients keep their nails strong and healthy. My manicure was just great - and you certainly can't beat her prices.
Give her a call at (269) 684-3394.
In addition to Tippy Toes, many things are happening in Niles and its downtown. County Down Pastry and Deli is open at 113 N. Third Street. It's getting great reviews. The Children's Center is opening in June and will provide child care and education services for children ages 1 to 12 years. It's opening at 210 E. Main St. Chemical Bank Shoreline had a groundbreaking ceremony to note the beginning of construction of its new facility on Main Street between Fourth and Fifth streets. Fifth Third Bank is beginning construction on a new facility on South 11th Street near Rural King.
Niles' annual Memorial Day parade begins at 10 a.m. on Monday at the YMCA and will continue up Main Street until it reaches Silverbrook Cemetery, where the American Legion La Rue Messenger Post No. 26 will host a ceremony honoring our veterans.
June 1 is my 17th anniversary of living and working in Niles. Seventeen years! Time flies when you're having fun.
I've said many times in this space, I don't think people who were born and raised here fully appreciate just how wonderful our quality of life is simply because we live in Niles. Niles is my home. It's where I was meant to be. I thank God every day for bringing me here.
The Fourth Annual Niles Bluegrass Festival is June 2 through 4 at the Riverfront Park amphitheater. For more information, go to
Apparently I'm not the only 40-something woman who is fed up with constantly coloring my hair to hide the gray.
I can't remember a recent column that produced so much response, mostly from women who said they are cheering me on in my effort and who shared their own stories of embracing their aging.
However, I did hear from one man, Bill Alford Sr. of Niles. Bill called this week with an interesting suggestion for me.
Now that's a thought!