Grand prize two-night stay at Little River Casino and a Go-pro camera for lucky drawing winners Italy never tasted as good as it will March 28 in downtown Rockford. Explore Bowdacious Designs, 27 N Main Street to find Easter eggs, visit Kimberly’s Boutique to “cake walk” exotic locales and win prizes, try a tasty trio of treats at Ramona’s Table at 17 Squire Street—sangria, chicken taco and a dessert, all for three dollars. Old World Olive Press will feature a Taste of Italy at their new location at 28 N. Main Street. Great Northern Trading Company is going with a pineapple theme with discounts, refreshments, fun and tons of Hawaiian decorations. Plus a door prize every half hour. “It went so well last year we decided to open it up to all our Rockford Chamber of Commerce members said Jane George of Kimberly’s Boutique. Jane said the idea was met with overwhelming enthusiasm and eighteen of Rockford’s downtown shops/restaurants are participating. Last year Kimberly’s Boutique celebrated the tradition of an exotic spring break location, but brought the tropics on home within reach of Rockfordites. In Kimberly’s, Caribbean music and decorations set the scene, and when a bell rings, shoppers in the store are encouraged to look to the floor and select an icon of an exotic location to stand on. As in a cake walk, the person on the right one, drawn at random, wins a prize. “Everyone loved it,” Jane said of the chance to win a prize. “Even the men in the store looked down and jumped on.” San Francisco, Daytona Beach—if you aren’t going there, then you need to find them here in Rockford’s participating locations. Barb Stein, of Great Northern Trading Company said everyone is looking forward to an upbeat, fun, musical, tasteful, tasty chance to look at the new spring products merchants are ready to sell. With the vacation theme and many stores offering discounts, refreshments and their own take on spring break, she believes it is a great time to celebrate coming out of a brutal winter and being able to walk around outdoors again. Hours vary by store, and participants are the following: WAR Chest, Rockford Brewing, Sassy Pants, Ramona’s Table, Bowdacious Designs, Paper Doll, Glik’s, Aunt […]
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Terry Konkle – President When fire destroyed Rockford High School in February of 1922, a new building was constructed beside Rockford Athletic Park on North Main Street. This one story structure housed all of Rockford’s students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. The school’s main entrance faced Main Street and many classrooms were located to the left and right of the entryway. Each end of the structure had a wing of classrooms going east. The school was kind of “U” shaped. In the middle of the “U” was a large all purpose room. It was called that because many at that time were not real excited about having a gymnasium. The all purpose room had a stage on the east end and could be used for school and community presentations. It served as a large area for meetings, dinners and assemblies. The room was also our first school gymnasium with its wooden floor and boy’s and girl’s locker rooms. Classes in physical education took place in the room during parts of the school day. In last week’s column I mentioned Charles Harris. In the 1921-22 school year Rockford Public Schools decided to hire and pay coaches. Prior to that time coaches were not compensated by the school but by other means. Mr. Harris was our first paid coach with boy’s football, basketball, baseball and track being the areas that he would mentor. He also taught physical education. When the students moved into the new school during the 1922-23 school year, Mr. Harris was a teacher, coach and athletic director. It seems as if he was also responsible for the placement of a Grantland Rice saying on the west wall of the gymnasium/all purpose room. “When the one Great Scorer marks against your name, He writes not that you won or lost but how you played the game.” is painted inside a banner above the old scoreboard. I have spoken over the years with many Rockford students who were educated in the building including some from the earliest classes, and they all remembered the saying being on the wall. Many had no idea how the saying came to be in place, but a few felt that Charles Harris probably had had it painted there. Some readers might […]
I believe it’s time for me to write an article concerning the coming May 5 vote on Proposal 1. Whether or not to pay some tax and fix our roads is the question that will be answered on May 5. There are plenty of organizations promoting the negatives of the proposal. They are right in that there are a few big negatives. However, there are also quite a few off-setting positives as well to the proposal. In the interest of full disclosure, all of you know that my day job is running Action Tax Service, a tax and accounting business. My other job, albeit non-paying, is acting as the Mayor of Rockford. If Proposal 1 passes, the tax professional Jerry Coon, just like everyone else, will pay more tax. However, it is also true that if Proposal 1 passes, the Mayor Jerry Coon will benefit because the City of Rockford will receive more infrastructure funding. The projected revenue increase could be approximately $270,000 annually by the year 2018 that will be used to fix and maintain our City of Rockford roads. In this instance, I’m going to have to say that Jerry, the Mayor, out-weighs Jerry, the tax professional. The residents of Rockford deserve well-maintained roads. Proposal 1 will help to make that happen. What exactly will happen if Proposal 1 passes? A number of actions will occur that will eventually raise $1.3 billion of additional revenue per year. First, our sales tax will increase from 6% to 7%. Second, gasoline and diesel fuel tax will be increased and will be adjusted annually for inflation. Third, vehicle registration fees will be increased. Fourth, revenue received by the State of Michigan will be dedicated to roads and public transportation. This is important. Future legislatures will not be able to raid the fund and re-allocate those dollars. Fifth, education will benefit by increasing the dollars allocated to the School Aid Fund. Approximately $300 million new dollars will be injected into the education system. Simultaneously, higher education funding will be removed the School Aid Fund. Sixth, the Earned Income Tax Credit will be increased from the current 6% up to 20%. Seventh, road work will be required to be competitively bid and required to be warranted by […]
Terry Konkle – President Last week’s column mentioned the importance of volunteers and wondering if there should be a day set aside to honor them each year. I received an e-mail from Marlene Moulton which directed me to a website dealing with National Volunteer Week. This year it occurs from April 12-18 with the thought being that people should use that week to actively find a cause to help. It is a “Points of Life” program with emphasis on making a difference through donating your time. The idea seems like a good one, but I still thought “Volunteers should be recognized and thanked somehow” but further brainwork led me to another thought “Most volunteers do not give of their time seeking recognition”. Maybe through a simple thank you, volunteers could be recognized all the time. My thanks to Marilyn for responding! Three readers, Lue Hawkins, Carole Holden Christensen and Bob Boyer, responded to the last “Nugget of Rockford History” question. They all knew that Rockford High Schools’ first graduating class of 1881 had three members. Here is a new five part multiple choice “Nugget” to consider. Number your paper from one to five and write down the letter of the correct response! Which of the following was not a “playing” member of the 1928-29 Rockford High School basketball team? A. Lyle Squires – B. Arnold Paepke – C. Harold Wolven – D. Lyle Bennett Which of the following was not a Rockford High School baseball coach? A. Harvey DeGood – B. Jerry Fox – C. Ralph Munger – D. Jim DeRyke Which athletic conference did Rockford never belong to? A. Grand Valley – B. O.K. Blue – C. Tri-River – D. O.K. Red Which township was the Little Red Schoolhouse in before being moved to its present location? A. Algoma – B. Courtland – C. Cannon – D. Plainfield Which lake was the popular swimming resort “The Pines” located on? A. Bostwick – B. Sunfish. – C. Brower – D. Silver Please contact me by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 616-866-0530. Recently, I received a note from Jack Carpenter, who grew up in Rockford and now lives in Colorado. His mother, Mary Carpenter, was a 1922 Rockford High School graduate. She lived to […]
The lecture is free and open to the public. In honor of Women’s History Month, on March 19, author and anthropologist, Barbara Rylko-Bauer, Ph.D., will deliver her speech, “A Polish Doctor in Nazi Camps.” WHAT: Writing Women’s History: “A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps” WHEN: Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Aquinas College’s Wege Ballroom; 1607 Robinson Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 COST: Free and open to the public. In her talk, “Writing Women’s History: A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps,” Dr. Rylko-Bauer combines the history of World War II, the hardships of female concentration camp prisoners, and personal family narrative in discussing the research and conversations that contributed to her most recent book, “A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps: My Mother’s Memories of Imprisonment, Immigration, and a Life Remade.” Rylko-Bauer’s book was recently named a 2015 Michigan Notable Book and won the Biography/Autobiography Prize in the New York Book Festival. Other recent publications from Dr. Rylko-Bauer include a chapter on “Structural Violence, Poverty, and Social Suffering,” written with Paul Farmer in The Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Society; and “Global Health in Times of Violence,” edited with Linda Whiteford and Paul Farmer. This event is hosted by the Aquinas College Jane Hibbard Idema Women’s Studies Center and is co-sponsored by the Aquinas Departments of History and Sociology.