For all you grocery shoppers, I’m delighted to announce the ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 pm this evening for the official unveiling of the newly renovated ACME Fresh Market located at 1709 SR 59 in Kent. If you haven’t had reason to wander down ACME’s aisles recently prepare to be amazed. I remember when I first cheered ACME on for its decision to spend $3 million in store improvements but they’ve really outdone themselves and exceeded my expectations. The store may not be quite as large as their proto-type store but they’ve taken all the good things that you typically find in their new stores and built it into the Kent store. It looks terrific and I can’t contain my enthusiasm for this great corporate neighbor. Go see for yourself.
But if great prices, great selection, great convenience, and great people aren’t enough to get you in the Kent store, go to support the company that makes little league baseball and softball in Kent possible. ACME is the major corporate sponsor for Kent Parks and Recreation baseball and softball teams which means they provide the majority funding that keeps Kent’s fields of dreams busy all spring long with the sounds Kent kids playing America’s favorite past-time.
This past weekend Kent Parks and Recreation held opening day ceremonies for the little league teams at Fred Fuller Park. It was quite a site to watch each team parade onto the field decked out in their game colors anxious to get the season started. After a few short speeches and a ceremonial first pitch thrown by Mayor John Fender (which was a strike from my vantage point) the games began.
(Mayor John Fender… his leg kick may not be as high as it used to be but he still got great form)
Standing in the infield hearing all the team names announced it was a who’s who of Kent’s best community businesses. So while ACME is the major sponsor, there a many more smaller business sponsors that are worthy of our gratitude and thanks.
In between all the festivities, Parks and Rec also held a special ceremony honoring the memory of Frank Stalnaker who recently passed away after retiring with 30 years as a Kent Parks and Recreation employee. The ballparks were Frank’s labor of love so it was only fitting to invite the community to say thanks in a tribute to Frank for all he did for Kent baseball and softball. Two new batting cages were added at Fuller Park in memory of Frank and with the playing of taps in Frank’s honor there wasn’t a dry eye in the place.
I learned some interesting Kent history too compliments of Paul Bradden (owner of Woodsy’s) about Kent’s Mud Hens who had some great softball championships back in the day (late 1970’s). Paul (shortstop) and Frank played together as did local architect Pete Paino and a number of other prominent Kentites many moons ago. They broke out the old memorabilia in honor of Frank. Great stuff.
Even if you can’t make the ACME Ribbon Cutting, please support the Kent store!