On Wednesday, May 15, The Rockford Lions proudly watched how their funding helped make it possible for six physically challenged children to wield golden shovels in breaking ground for Rockford’s new Nate Hurwitz Miracle League Baseball Field. Now children with disabilities will have their own venue and league allowing them to enjoy playing America’s game of baseball. A true Miracle, thus field name, tailored to meet the needs of the disabled, is well underway with opening day scheduled for Sept. 27th. The Rockford Lions thank the citizens of Rockford for their continued support of Lion fund raisers. Your dimes and dollars allow us to serve the needs of our community and help launch great projects like this Miracle League Baseball Field.
Terry Konkle – President For many years Kathy Cornwell was very active as the volunteer leader of our Rockford Area Museum. She was the director for some time and then the curator for awhile. Health issues slowed her down in recent years, but last week she called to give me some information concerning Russell’s Café. I asked how she was feeling and she said much better. That is great because her knowledge of certain aspects of Rockford history is second to none. Readers, who know Kathy, are aware of her love for the Civil War veterans from our area. She wanted to tell me that she thought that Russell’s Café was located in a house on property that was once was the “Perry” farm. “I am almost certain” she said “that civil war soldier Peleg Perry was from that family.” I enjoyed speaking with her and am glad she was willing to share her knowledge. Thanks Kathy! Each year the second grade students from Rockford schools tour City Hall, the Little Red Schoolhouse, the fire department and the Museum. These excursions usually occur in May or early June. This year we were hoping to have the new museum ready for the tours, but we did not make it, so the students and their teachers and chaperones are visiting the old museum. Our historical society volunteers, who so ably conduct and educate the groups, have had to work around the fact that some artifacts have been removed from the old museum. Most of the Indian lore and lumbering materials are at a different site being worked into a new display. Some other things are also not available for viewing right now. Many people help supervise the presentations and answer questions while Linda Critchell, Kathy Christensen and Carlene Stamp usually do the educational discussion. They are all volunteers helping to make our area a better place. Thanks to them all. The last “Nugget of Rockford History” question dealing with the Ranger Company asked what the company made and then also wanted to know if readers knew which Krause family member attempted to buy the business in order to keep it going. Six readers knew that the Ranger Company made fishing reels and three of the six knew […]
Cinco de mayo continued into Monday, May 6 at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce “After Hours” event hosted by RE/MAX United. A packed house of more than 70 Chamber members plus other guests were in attendance at the recently remodeled building on the corner of N. Monroe and Courtland. Members and guests enjoyed great Mexican themed food from Twisted Vine as well as cocktails and networking with Rockford area businesses. Owners Tom & Tracie Rich, along with their agents, shared good news about the rapidly improving local housing market, pointing out the drastically reduced number of homes available and steadily improving home prices. Tom Rich, speaking briefly about RE/MAX United’s approach to serving clients, said “when people hear the over used term great customer service it’s like hearing the old saying ‘tastes like chicken’. We provide truly memorable service to our clients by educating our agents on industry trends and concerns and inspiring them to confidently problem solve and serve their clients at a high level.” RE/MAX United opened in June of 2012 by Tom & Tracie Rich has steadily grown with the addition of 8 full time Realtors and through April of this year has closed more real estate transactions than any other Rockford based brokerage in 2013. Also, RE/MAX of Michigan recently named the brokerage the New Franchise of the Year for Michigan.
For most Americans, Memorial Day signifies the beginning of summer and an opportunity for remembrance of those who have served our country during times of war and peace. Do you know that only seven veterans at the Grand Rapids home for Veteran’s make all the poppies for the whole state of Michigan? They can earn $60 for each thousand poppies made. In one case, a veteran usually made 2,000 poppies a week, thus helping him with additional expenses. Poppy contributions meet the continuing needs of our veterans and should be the concern of every American who values his or her freedom. One hundred percent of the contributions go to our veterans/Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. The American Legion Auxiliary promotes the poppy as a symbol of the many sacrifices of life and health that our military have made and is a symbol to open people’s hearts for our vets. So when you see a “poppy” person, please contribute by caring and sharing. Poppies are also available at the American Legion Post 102 (Rockford) and will be available at the Rockford cemetery entrance, at the parade on Memorial Day, and through mailings to all members of the Rockford Post 102.
‘The support and excitement continue to be inspirationally overwhelming’ Music, food, games and entertainment for a great cause are all elements of the Rockford Relay for Life 24-hour event, which kicks off at the North Rockford Middle School’s track field this Friday, May 17 at 3:00 p.m. The Rockford Fire Department and Rockford Public Safety officers take the first lap, leading the way for an amazing 24 hours. Visitors to Relay are invited to take a lap around the track, cheer on 24 hour walkers, play games and buy tasty treats of hot food or snack items or just stroll the grounds to see the creative booths prepared by this year’s teams. This is the eleventh year for Relay in Rockford and it is the largest, most successful Relay for a community the size of Rockford. Raising money for cancer, showing support for cancer survivors and remembering those lost motivate teams—this year 75 teams and 528 individuals—to camp out for the night and take part in the many activities that take place from the opening ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday until the clean-up after closing ceremonies at 3 p.m. Saturday. “After eleven years the support and excitement the community has for Relay continues to be inspirationally overwhelming,” said long-time coordinator Carol Delp. She has long credited the success of Relay nationwide as an American Cancer Society fundraiser to the deep toll the disease has had on our country. It would be a surprise to find any individual who does not know a loved one affected by cancer and the Relay is a chance to make a difference in finding a cure. This year’s Relay theme is Dance Party, so those who take the time to attend will find plenty of bling and disco in the decorations. Fun fundraisers include a cakewalk at 4 p.m., opening ceremonies at 6 p.m., the ever popular Miss Relay contest as one male per team appears dressed up as a disco diva. Pick your favorite, and every dollar raised results in the winner with the highest tally. At 9 p.m. one of the most emotional events takes place during the luminaria lap where those lost to cancer are remembered during a silent lap around the track. The evening’s activities […]