Pick up a free park pass at any Kent District Library branch The Kent District Library (KDL) is participating in the Park & Read Program through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Park and Recreation and the Library of Michigan. KDL cardholders can visit any of the 18 branch locations—including Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford—to borrow a book and a one-day vehicle permit good at any Michigan state park and recreation area. Many parks will also have hammocks available for Park & Read participants, so they can fully enjoy a great book in Michigan’s great outdoors. Michigan’s park system includes 285,000 acres of land, 13,500 campsites, 879 miles of trails, and nearly infinite opportunities for outdoor adventures. The Park & Read certificate will give people the opportunity to visit one of these many parks for the day—for free! To participate, library cardholders should look for the Park & Read posters and displays in KDL branches. If there are any cards available, take one to the library desk to check out a pass. You will then get a certificate good for a one-day park entrance within the next seven days. Passes cannot be reserved ahead of time, and they cannot be renewed. Each KDL branch will have two passes available for check-out. So grab a book, pick a park, and enjoy a relaxing day of outdoor reading. For more information, visit www.kdl.org or www.michigan.gov/dnr.
Articles by Squire News
Friday, August 7 Debbie Reynolds Show for Seniors—at the Drury Lane Oakbrook Theater, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. The performance includes storytelling, songs, movie clips, bloopers and impressions. The day includes coffee and sweet rolls, complete lunch, and matinee performance (all taxes/gratuities included, plus motor coach driver). Cost is $119 per guest, payable in full to secure your reservation. For a detailed itinerary and registration form, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322. Saturday, August 8 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants. Blood Drive—9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hope Community Church, gathering room, 7000 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. Register to win a family “Staycation.” Rockford Celtic Fest—all day, vendors offer a wide array of Celtic merchandise, including foods, jewelry, clothing and more. The traditional beer tent appears beside the pavilion, with both domestic and special brews (Guinness and Harp from Ireland). Entertainment includes Celtic-flavored bands, the Grand Rapids & District Pipe Band, step dancers and audience participation “set” dancing from Scotland and Ireland. Also, a children’s area in the Garden Club Park features storytelling, historic re-enactments, face-painting and a blacksmith! 4-on-4 “Volley for Mitchell” Volleyball Tournament—starting at approximately 8 a.m. at The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar, 5301 Northland Dr., Grand Rapids (rain date: Aug. 9). Rally-style scoring, mandatory one female per team (all-girl teams welcome), two matches guaranteed, and first place wins a prize. Entry fee is $60 per team; deadline is Aug. 5. All proceeds go to Parent Project MD. Visit www.volleyformitchell.org. Sunday, August 9 Breakfast—8 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post #102, 330 Rockford Park Drive, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads on Northland Dr.). Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5 for seniors over 70, and $3 for kids, which includes eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Tuesday, August 11 Huntington Rogue River Blues Series “After the Blues”—7 to 9 p.m. at the Garden Park Stage, along the White Pine Trail near the dam, every Tuesday through August 11. This week features Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys (honky tonk). Blood Drive—3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Oakfield Baptist […]
Cutler Mr. Dale “Bruiser” E. Cutler, age 63, of Rockford found peace with God and died on Monday, July 27, 2009. Dale was a graduate of Rockford High School. When the call of his country was heard during the Vietnam War, Dale answered. Self was forgotten and, as a brave young man, he marched away to serve his country in the U.S. Army. He had a fierce loyalty to his men and stuck up for them whenever necessary. On every Memorial Day, you would find Dale proudly marching with his flag. Dale had a way of taking responsibility for everyone’s safety, often times endangering his life for the safety of others. He was the most decorated Native American from Michigan during Vietnam, earning two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and one Army Commendation Medal for Valor. Dale was a member of the elite Wolf Hound Unit when he was awarded his first Bronze Star in Vietnam by General Westmoreland. After the war he became a member of the Merritt Lamb Post #102 American Legion and was well-known for his loyalty. He worked in construction as a drywall installer. Dale was one of the most kind-hearted individuals you could ever meet, always focusing on helping others who were in need. In his leisure time he loved listening to country music and following NASCAR racing. Dale is survived by his children, Dale Cutler Jr., Kyle Cutler-Hess and her husband Tony Hess, and Kit Cutler and his fiancée Rosemary; his grandchildren, Dominic Cutler and Corrie Cutler; brothers and sisters, Clifford (Phyllis) Cutler, Robert (Judy) Cutler, Elma Jean Wakeman, Shirley (Al) Firovich, Floyd (Georgia) Cutler, John Cutler; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Arlene Cutler, Mrs. Marion Cutler; nieces and nephews; and many special friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Corey; his siblings, Monroe Cutler, Susie Miles, Donald Cutler, Patsy Lee Cutler, Angie Pyne, and an infant brother, Richard. The service for Mr. Cutler was Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home. Military honors were under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Interment is in Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes Inc., P.O. Box 150251, Grand Rapids, MI 49515-0251. Arrangements were made […]
Chiara Wysong Howard 8/1/98–7/18/08 “Perfect,” say your brothers. “The Best sister Ever,” says your sister. “Great Love of my life,” says your Momma. Your last heroic act of sacrificing your life to save your sister’s will be admired by us for all time. You are remembered always and forever as we are challenged every minute of every day to continue without you. In your honor and for your birthday today, my love, the Chiara’s Quiet Grace Foundation is born as we continue your quiet work spreading and teaching selfless acts of kindness. Loving you more today and everyday, Momma, Giles, Landon and Elyse
Audio, visual enhancements to be installed by PETER YOUNG Director of Technology Rockford Public Schools Students learn better when teachers support a variety of learning styles. To provide that opportunity for teachers, multi-media projectors and sound amplification systems will be installed this summer in classrooms to enhance the visual and audio learning experience. These classroom enhancements are made possible by the funds provided by the millage renewal bond from the spring of 2008. Currently, a teacher’s computer screen is projected onto a 32” TV monitor mounted in the corner of most classrooms. These are being replaced with new ceiling mounted multi-media projectors that can project whatever is on the teacher’s computer onto a large eight-foot screen. The new projectors will also include a sound system that will amplify whatever audio programs are being used on the teacher’s workstation. This will allow all students to see and hear what is being shown from all corners of the room. Projectors can be used in many ways to share information with students. They can encourage group participation by projecting live video of experiments or lab work, or by viewing image-intensive websites suitable for class discussion, or allow a student to display their own presentations to the rest of the class. These multimedia projectors are perfect for this generation’s visually oriented youth because they help make abstract concepts easier to understand and remember. In addition to the projector installation, all classrooms from kindergarten through eighth grade will be receiving classroom audio technology systems. With this new technology, the teacher wears a wireless microphone that is connected to a sound amplification system, which allows his or her voice to be heard evenly throughout the classroom above other background noise. There are many benefits to this for both teachers and students. While not actually making the classroom louder, the teacher can use a quieter tone of voice and still be heard and understood, while not getting fatigued by the end of the day. The bottom line is that both students and teachers benefit by both hearing and being heard during instruction time. Both of these new technologies are exciting innovations in teaching tools that will provide an improvement in student attention and participation, enthusiasm and motivation for learning, and ultimately increasing […]