Community Services

Blood drive at NRMS will save lives

June 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Rockford High School Interact Club is hosting a blood drive at North Rockford Middle School on Wednesday, June 26 from 2:00 to 7:00 pm for Michigan Blood. According to coordinator Rebecca Avella, a Rockford High School student, summer is a time of high need and low donations of blood. “The summer blood drive is usually quite slow because most people do not know it is happening,” said Rebecca. She said the group has a goal of 25 units of blood.

Local businesses team up to keep the Rogue River beautiful

June 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Volunteers needed for the June 8 event   Wolverine Brand and Rockford Footwear Depot will sponsor a community effort to keep the Rogue River banks free of trash and other debris on Saturday, June 8 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Rockford Footwear Depot (235 N Main St, Rockford, MI.) “Whether used for fishing, kayaking, canoeing or simply admired from the White Pine Trail or Red’s on the River, the Rogue River is an irreplaceable community resource that we are lucky to have in Rockford,” said Ben Gallagher, president of the trout and fly fishing club Sons of Dagon, who initiated the project. “We hope our community will join us in this effort to keep the river clean and beautiful so we can continue to enjoy it today and well into the future. Our goal is to have 200 volunteers participate.” Volunteers are encouraged to pre-register at When they arrive on June 8, volunteers will be assigned to a team with a project leader and provided supplies for the day’s activities.  Volunteers should bring comfortable shoes (that can get dirty), layered clothing, bug spray and refillable water bottles. Wolverine will provide t-shirts for participants and Rockford Ace Hardware will provide gloves and trash bags. All volunteers will also be eligible for coupons and giveaways from Rockford businesses. The activities will be followed by lunch at the Rockford Footwear Depot, courtesy of the Corner Bar. Trout Unlimited and NOMAD Anglers will also be hosting a free fly fishing casting demo at the riverbank near the store and will be providing information on fly fishing and other river conservation projects. “Maintaining and preserving outdoor spaces is incredibly important to the Wolverine Brand,” said Kelly Redinger, Wolverine Brand Marketing Director.  “We’re excited to partner with the Rockford community to care for the Rogue River and protect the beauty and recreational activities it offers.”  

Rockford youth joins the “Brotherhood of Eagle Scouts”

June 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Court of Honor was recently held in the sanctuary of Rockford United Methodist Church (RUMC) to recognize a 17-year old Rockford youth for achieving the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouting – the rank of Eagle Scout. A large gathering of family, friends, fellow Scouts from Rockford’s Troop 264, Scout Masters, and officials from the President Ford Council were present to honor William “Will” Avery Zimmerman in achieving BSA’s highest award. Will, a soon-to-be Rockford High School senior, was about to join the elite 2% of all Scouts who earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate Scout Spirit exemplified through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, along with service and leadership. The final requisite for achieving Eagle Scout rank is an extensive service project – the Eagle Project – which the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages successfully to completion. The Eagle Scout Service Project is the opportunity for a Scout to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of any religious institution, any school, or his community. The project may not benefit the BSA and cannot be of a commercial nature or be solely a fund-raising project. Will chose as his project the construction of a pair of 6 ft. long, beautifully hand-crafted cypress benches to grace the narthexes of RUMC. No easy task, the entire project from start to finish required some 400 demanding hours of labor from Will and his Scout Troop 264 team. During the Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony Michael Sulgrove, Chief Executive Officer of the President Ford Council of the BSA and an Eagle Scout himself, lauded Will for his accomplishments. Sulgrove said, “Will is joining the ranks of the likes of President Gerald R. Ford and Neil Armstrong. Both men prized their Eagle Scout titles as crowning achievements. Astronaut Armstrong was the first man on the moon. Who can forget his famous words ’The Eagle has landed’?” (Armstrong himself named the lunar-lander, Eagle I, to recognize the brotherhood of BSA Eagle Scouts.) “Armstrong prized his Eagle Scout medal so highly that he carried it on board during his mission to the moon and left it there in a little box on the moon’s surface as a memento […]

Rockford Area Historical Society

June 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Terry Konkle – President The preparation for moving to the new museum is not just a matter of taking things from one building and placing them in another. For readers not familiar with the old museum, the building consists of three areas leased by the Rockford Area Historical Society. One large room is used to display artifacts in several exhibits. This room is entered through the main door (only door) which is located roughly in the middle of the east wall. There is a wooden ramp outside which leads to the entrance of the building. There are no steps. The furnace is located in a small space on the inside north wall. There is a closet in the main room and it is packed with stuff. To the north of the main area is a second room which was built on by society volunteers when we first moved in. That room is called the Burch Room after Homer Burch a well- known Rockford historian and writer. Homer Burch was one of the founders of the historical society. His book “From Sawmill To City” along with his weekly column in the ROCKFORD REGISTER did a great job of educating people on the history of our town. It was very fitting that a room be dedicated to him. The Burch Room is used mostly for storage of research material along with some pictures and maps. Office space is also in the room along with space for people to work on various things. Some other things are also stored in portions of the room. Many filing cabinets and bookshelves line the walls. Under the Burch Room is a basement area which houses all of the things that do not fit upstairs. The entrance to the basement is at ground level on the west side. A sliding wooden door with a lock protects the area with a sliding metal screen door also available. Some readers might recall that the basement door used to be opened and visitors could view a display of an early Rockford area mail buggy through the screen. The lower room over the years has become a place to put all kinds of things. The room is divided into two parts and both sections have become […]

Rockford Education Association selects scholarship recipients

June 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

The future looks bright for education if the Rockford Education Association Future Teacher Scholarship recipients are any indication. Competing against several qualified candidates, four young ladies were granted scholarships at the Honors Convocation Thursday, May 23 at Rockford High School. Two of them are planning careers in special education; the other two, in secondary education. Kayla Brower, the daughter of Donna Brower, is heading to Central Michigan University in the fall to pursue her dream job: teaching special education. To prepare for her future in the classroom, this compassionate young lady has already dedicated much time to teaching and working with children. She helped to start a Special Olympics swim team in Rockford called S.O.A.R. and has coached the athletes weekly in preparing them for competition. Additionally, she has taught Sunday School to preschoolers, creating lesson plans, fun games, and songs that reinforce the lessons. While a student at RHS, Miss Brower participated in the marching and concert bands and the swim team for four years and ran junior varsity track for two years. She has also been a lifeguard and a swimming instructor. Someday, she hopes to teach overseas. Shannon Kelley also plans to pursue a degree in special education. The daughter of Michael and Amy Kelley, she will begin her studies this fall at Grand Valley State University. Miss Kelley has been active in many organizations during her high school years, including Student Council, Impact Team, Peer Ministry, National Honor Society, and the Rockford Varsity Dance Team. She has taught dance to youngsters at Rockford School of Dance, and she has also been volunteered in the community at God’s Kitchen, Relay for Life, North Kent Community Service, and Habitat for Humanity. Miss Kelley has been placed successfully in many leadership roles over the years, including captain of the dance team and executive treasurer for Student Council. Her passion, talent, and dedication to the task will be a plus in the classroom. Katherine Tasma, the daughter of Louis and Becky Tasma, plans to study Secondary Classical Education and English as a Second Language at Hillsdale College in the fall. Miss Tasma has been quite active in the Rockford High School drama programs in her time at RHS, as well as in the choir program […]

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