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Ott graduates from Marine Corps Recruit Training

Chelsea Ott, a native of Saginaw Township and current resident of Rockford, recently graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. Private Ott is a 2006 graduate of Forest Hills Eastern High School and three-year attendee of Central Michigan University.

As a Marine, Private Ott went to Camp LeGuene, N.C. for additional combat training and received a Meritorious Mast Certificate for Excellence and graduated in the top five percent of her class. She is currently training for her Military Occupational Specialty which is electronics maintenance in California.

Private Ott is the daughter of Bernie and Stacy Sunday of Rockford, sister to proud brother Benjamin Ott of Rockford, granddaughter to proud grandparents Philip and Donna Bird of Saginaw Township, and Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Sunday of Rockford.

The Marine Corps is proud to have her serving in its ranks.

Neville graduates from basic training

Army National Guard Spec. Kenneth E. Neville has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

He is the son of Gordon and Barbara Neville of Rockford, and is a 2009 graduate of Cedar Springs High School.

Reda graduates from ROTC

Jesse Reda of Rockford has recently graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) leader’s training course at Fort Knox, Ky.

The four-week course is a leadership internship for cadets that can lead to the ultimate goal of becoming an army officer. College students experience and examine the army without incurring an obligation to serve in the army or ROTC, and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers and attend the advanced ROTC course at their college.

Cadets are observed and evaluated during classroom and field-training exercises to determine their officer potential in leadership abilities and skills. The cadets are trained to have a sound understanding of traditional leadership values during the challenging, motivating “hands-on” training. The training develops well-disciplined, highly motivated, physically conditioned students, and helps improve the cadets’ self-confidence, initiative, leadership potential, decision making, and collective team cohesion. The cadets receive training in fundamental military skills, rifle marksmanship, small arms tactics, weapons training, drill and ceremony, communications, combat water survival training, rappelling, land navigation and squad-level operations field training.

Reda is the son of Ken Reda and Cheryl J. Reda, both of Rockford. He graduated in 2004 from Rockford High School, and received an associate degree in 2008 from Grand Rapids Community College.


Zac Ellerbroek

Zac Ellerbroek

Ellerbroek joins Founders Bank & Trust

Founders Bank & Trust recently announced that Zac Ellerbroek has joined the bank as Mortgage Originator working primarily out of the bank’s Northland Drive branch. Ellerbroek brings more than eight years of mortgage origination experience to the team.







Wayne Bobeldyke

Wayne Bobeldyke

Farm Bureau Insurance welcomes new agent

Wayne Bobeldyke of Rockford has joined Farm Bureau Insurance as a new agent serving this area from 6740 Cascade Road, Grand Rapids.

Bobeldyke recently completed an extensive career development program for new agents, which prepared him for the state licensing examination and provided instruction in all areas of property/casualty and life insurance. His training included the agent career school at the Farm Bureau Insurance home office in Lansing. Farm Bureau agents are licensed to sell all lines of insurance, including life, home, auto, farm, retirement, and business.

Prior to joining Farm Bureau Insurance as an agent, Bobeldyke had an extensive career in local business ownership/international marketing specialist.

Bobeldyke joins a statewide force of 400 Farm Bureau Insurance agents serving nearly 450,000 Michigan policyholders.

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