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Business Notebook: Stage Two open, taking donations

STERLING – Stage Two Resale shop has made its move from Rock Falls to 205 St. Mary’s St., just south of Kroger’s in Sterling.

This week will be its third in the larger store, the former Video Villager.

It’s packed to the rafters with merchandise of all kinds, at insanely good prices, and is more than happy to accept donations of leftover yard sale items, spring cleaning castoffs, stuff that doesn’t fit in the moving van, and all those weird old things your parents gave you in a vain attempt to be helpful.

Don’t send your stuff to the dump: Stage Two benefits Self Help Enterprises, which provides employment training and residential support for adults with disabilities.

The thrift shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Call 815-626-7323 for more information.

30 years of Mercy

ROCK FALLS – Mercy Nursing Services, 229 First Ave., is celebrating 30 years of providing 24-7 in-home care and other services to Sauk Valley residents.

Mercy's 80 CNAs and other staffers cover nine counties: Whiteside, Lee, Ogle, Bureau, Carroll, Stephenson, Jo Daviess, LaSalle and Winnebago. Headquartered in Rock Falls, it also has satellite offices in Prophetstown and Dixon.

Mercy also offers CPR and first-aid training, for anyone who wants to learn, and also will go to businesses to provide training. All skill levels, from beginners to professional rescuers, can be accommodated.

Its sister service, Drug-Free Solutions, provides drug tests for individuals or businesses, in the same office. Its parent company is Corporate Resource Services, in New York, which provides staffing and recruitment services.

Theresa Moen is Mercy's agency supervisor and manager; Wendy Sofolo is its administrator. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Go to or call 815-564-0977 for more information.

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