Terry Konkle – President The new museum project is currently nearing the end of the renovation part of our plans. The two main rooms, the hallway, the bathroom and the entryway and windows have seen a lot of work. To bring readers up to date, I am listing the areas that have been addressed and the current status of each one. Rooftop Heating and Cooling Units – New units are done and working. Electrical Updates and additions – All electrical work is done New Insulation – Completed Drywall of ceiling – Completed New light fixtures – completed and working New drop ceiling and ceiling tile – Mostly done Walls fixed and skimmed – Completed New windows – Completed New Entry windows and doors – Completed Breaking and removal of concrete risers – Completed Concrete floor and removal of dirt for floor under risers – Completed Removal of pipes that are sticking up from floor – Completed Bathroom repairs and other work – Mostly completed Painting of wall, doors and molding – Mostly completed Carpeting of two main rooms – Will be done shortly Roof repair – Completed The carpet is ordered and ready to be installed when we are ready for it. When the carpeting is complete, we will be able to start the next phase which will be putting the exhibits in place. Some exhibits will need construction while others will not. Jerry Adams and his company, MEDIA RARE, have helped us over the last year and a half. The museum design is done and can be adapted if needed. Jerry Adams has shown great patience and understanding, as we have worked at raising the needed funding. Our original plans called for about $320,000 to cover all that we wanted to do. We faced some opposition at first because many wondered whether we could raise much money at all. So far, our donations and pledges have reached the $270,000 level which is great. We have made some changes to our original estimates and have enough funding to pay for all of the renovation and get a good start on exhibits. We could still use further donations to put everything in place. We have received tremendous support, but there still may be some out there […]
February 18 – The Titanic – Rob Schuitema, Education Manager for the Grand Rapids Public Museum, will be the guest speaker. Information on the Titanic exhibit will be shared during this session about all the items on display at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Lunch is $6.50, at the Community Cabin, and will be catered by The Corner Bar. Please call Rockford Community Services at 863-6322 to register.
Terry Konkle – President Sometimes things happen which change the plan that I have for a column. This week I was going to cover the “Nugget of Rockford history” question, but I am going to do that next week. Why? Because I received a letter from Helen Hessler, a 1932 Rockford High School graduate (Helen Kies), that details a part of our town history as she lived and recalls it. Here is what she wrote: Terry Konkle January 2, 2013 In thinking of the photograph of Main Street and Bridge Street, I thought you may be interested in some other information of what that corner used to look like. I attended the first and second grades in a two-room school, located behind a grocery and dry goods store which is now the Rogue River Tavern. This school was situated on the alley that ran between Bridge and Courtland Street, and at the back or east side of the businesses on Main Street. There was a small yard on the Bridge Street side of this school. I wanted to start school in September of 1919 since my sister (two years older) would be going to school and I didn’t want to be left at home. At that time I was only three years old. The rule was that you could start school at age four. I turned four in November and entered the first grade in January of 1920. In the Spring of 1920, the district did away with the half-year program and the teachers decided which students would be able to skip the last half of that grade and which needed to stay behind. I entered the second grade in the Fall of 1920, still at age four until I turned five in November. All first and second grade students attended this school, while third grade and up went to the big two-story school on the corner of Main and Division. This is, until that school burned. A resident of Rockford had traveled to California and came back telling of seeing one-story schools out there. That began the process of building a new school on North Main St., which was already under construction when the two-story school burned. I remained in the small school on […]
And perhaps some age identity problems? Well, the American Legion has the answer! They are hosting the band Mid-Life Crisis for their annual Cabin Fever party! The gig takes place Saturday, Jan. 12, with the doors opening at 7 p.m. and the band starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. There will be a cash bar, food available in the Legion Lounge and 50/50 drawings. Wear your favorite beach wear (it might be cold outside, but once the dancing starts it warms up real fast!) You will hear an awesome band – Mid-Life Crisis was voted “Best Band” in a Grand Rapids Magazine readers’ poll for six years running! Call (616) 866-2001 to order tickets and start warming up your winter.
Just the Winter Blues? During this season of short days and cold dark nights, the rates of depression, stress, and thoughts of suicide may increase. A number of factors, including unrealistic expectations, financial pressures, and too many commitments, can exacerbate such feelings. Some people may feel mildly depressed during the winter months due to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sometimes referred to as the winter blues. UV light therapy can be an effective treatment for those suffering from this disorder. Additionally, the stress and sadness associated with SAD may be alleviated by setting realistic goals, revising expectations, accepting support of friends, sharing tasks with family members, finding inexpensive ways to enjoy oneself, and helping others. It is important to seek assistance for yourself or another if depression persists and there is a feeling of hopelessness or a suggestion that suicide may be a viable option. Indications that a person may be considering taking his or her own life include: *Feeling hopeless or trapped- like there is no way out *Heavy use of drugs or alcohol *Obsession with death, such as talking about harmful things such as pills, guns or knives, writing suicide notes, or drawing death themed pictures. *Spending too much time alone; withdrawing from family and friends *Giving away possessions *Exhibiting behaviors that swing from aggressive to docile *Sleep disturbances, sleeping too much or not enough *Seeing no reason for living or having no purpose in life If you suspect someone you know is contemplating suicide, try to find out whether the person: *Has a weapon or medications that could do harm *Has already determined a time or place to end his or her life *Believes that suicide is the only way to end the mental anguish. Stay with the individual until the crisis passes and try to convince him/her to seek professional help. Arguing or challenging the person only makes it worse. It is better to talk openly about the situation and make it clear you do not want him/her to die. Other options include calling 911, or a toll free suicide hotline (National 1-800-273-8255), (Local 1-800-749-7720), Teen to Teen line (1-877-968-8454). Interventions do help and lives can be saved, but we must first acknowledge our mental health needs and be willing […]