Terry Konkle – President Our Rockford Area Historical Society meeting at the Community Cabin on Thursday, May 2, 2013 was once again well attended as about sixty people enjoyed the evening. Floyd Havemeier, owner of “Herman’s Boy”, was the featured speaker giving a history of the business. His presentation was well-received and was packed with personal history including numerous moments of humor and life changing events. Floyd has a real passion for history and his support of our society and our museum project has been outstanding. He emphasized the role of “good fortune” in his life, and I could not help but feel that our historical society has been fortunate to have him as a loyal member and supporter. We have one more meeting before our two month summer break. On Thursday, June 6 the annual picnic will be held at the Community Cabin at 6:30. We will also elect our officers for the 2013-14 year. In the months of July and August we do not have regular meetings, but on September 5 we start again. Jan Konkle is our program chair and has consented to continue in that position. She has done an excellent job in finding speakers, and the society continues to enjoy the results of her efforts. I should emphasize that all of our meetings are open to everyone and not just to members. The last “Nugget of Rockford History” question asked for the name of the restaurant that used to be on the Northwest corner of East Main Street and Northland Drive. Several readers responded with the correct answer of Russells Café. Raquel Reyna knew a lot about the business because she was a member of the family that owned it. She recalled the restaurant being on the first floor and living up above it. Her grandfather was the Chef, and she remembers that the business was open every day but Monday. Later, as the owners aged, the hours were shorter. Several readers thought the Café was only open on weekends. Many readers mentioned the chicken and turkey dinners, and Raquel told me that she and her brothers often had to pick cherries during the season because “Cherry Pie” was a featured Sunday item. “We did not like having to pick […]
Northern Physical Therapy will be hosting their third annual Women’s Health Educational Event at their Sparta clinic (31 Ida Red) on Thursday, May 16 from 5:30-7pm. The open house-style event, which coincides with Women’s Health Week, will feature wine and desserts, and guests are encouraged to bring a friend. Physical Therapists and Women’s Health Specialists will be on hand to discuss balance & falls, joint protection, athletic injuries, lymphedema, spine care, incontinence, and other women’s health topics. RSVP for the event, which is free of charge, by May 13 by visiting www.northernpts.com/rsvp. Call 616.887.5152 for more information. Northern’s Sparta clinic has two staff members who each have over 25 years of physical therapy experience: Julie Blodgett who is a Physical Therapist, and Cathy DeBerti who is a Physical Therapist Assistant. Blodgett is hoping this open house will answer questions regarding issues that many women face. “Sometimes women’s heath topics can be embarrassing to talk about in the open, or they get overlooked,” she says. “We’re providing an open and friendly environment to educate people on issues that may be concerning them.” Northern Physical Therapy is a physical and occupational therapy rehabilitation facility with five locations. In addition to therapy they also provide prevention and wellness services such as massage, pool classes, athletic training, aquatic therapy, and functional capacity evaluations. More at www.northernpts.com.
Hospice of Michigan is accepting applications for Camp Good Grief, a day camp designed to help children cope with the loss of a loved one. The free one-day camp is being held on Friday, June 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Camp Newaygo, located at 5333 Centerline Road in Newaygo. Children ages 8-17 are invited to attend. “At a time when they’re trying to fit in, the death of a loved one can make kids feel different and alone”, says Tangela Zielinski, grief support service manager at HOM. Camp Good Grief allows children to connect with others that are in a similar situation. Hospice of Michigan grief professionals and trained volunteers facilitate the camp, which is open to all children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Space is limited. For applications and more information, call Tangela Zielinski at 231.527.0913.
Wolverine Brand, the makers of authentic work boots, shoes and apparel, is making a donation to the Rockford Area Historical Society in addition to the gift from the Wolverine Worldwide Foundation of $25,000. Founded in 1883, Wolverine has a long history in the city. “Museums are a constant reminder of history,” said Carrie Hill, Wolverine Senior Designer and Rockford resident. “We are lucky to have the Rockford Area Historical Museum to help us uncover clues into Wolverine’s past and use its artifacts and treasures for inspiration when we’re designing shoes.” Located downtown, the museum features a variety of artifacts, ranging from the prehistoric to the historic, representing more than 150 years of Rockford history. The museum houses a library of photos from Wolverine’s tannery and the people who worked there, many of which Hill used for inspiration. “The Rockford area’s history can’t be told without also telling the story of Wolverine Worldwide,” said Al Pratt, Managing Director of the Rockford Area Museum. “Both Wolverine Worldwide and the City of Rockford have benefitted from a great relationship over the years that we hope and expect will continue long into the future.”
By Cindy M. Cranmer Anyone who believes that one woman can’t make a difference has never met Chloe Haddad. Haddad raised about $700 to fight cancer by donating her time, talents and items. Some friends joined her at her fundraising event with their wares bringing the expected total at more than $1,000. Additional items also will be sold by Haddad’s eight-year-old daughter, Lile, and Lile’s friends on Friday and Saturday during Rockford’s Relay for Life. The relay runs for 24 hours from 3 p.m. Friday, May 10 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at East Rockford Middle School. Haddad, who is a certified personal trainer, also donated her services to hold boot camp classes at Powerhouse Gym. All the proceeds went to Relay for Life. Haddad was a 24-hour walker at Relay for Life last year. Her son, Eli, 11, had a classmate, Claire Kowroski who lost her five-year battle to cancer last spring. Kowroski’s battle is where the concept became a part of her son Eli’s life, her family’s life and the lives of the families of other Valley View Elementary students. Haddad has also been a supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She had a cousin who received a wish before dying from Cystic Fibrosis and remembered her smile when she got her wish. “You cover that last mile exhausted thinking you’ll never do it again then you cross the finish line and see the kids smiling and grateful,” Haddad said. “Knowing I can help put smiles on kids’ faces like the smile on my cousin’s face with these wishes just touches my heart.” Rounding out the family event are Haddad’s husband, George and six-year-old son, Rowan. Lile was definitely a boost to the fundraising selling magnets, raffle tickets and scarves and leg warmers made by Haddad’s mother, Jan Langton, and great aunt, Sandra Patch. Lile and her friends, Jordan and Taylor Rogers, also made pens with duct tape flowers and bows to sell. 100 percent of their sales went to fight cancer. “Raising money is really nice,” Lile Haddad said. “It feels really good to pay it forward.”