Contestants from “American Ninja Warrior” take on Rockford obstacle course

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By Cindy M. Cranmer Almost two dozen American Ninja Warriors took to the Rockford Ninja Warrior course over a two-day community event including two individuals who came to participate and completed and placed in the competition. American Ninja Warrior is a heart-racing obstacle course competition where competitors try to complete a series of obstacles of increasingly difficult stages. The televised show has been a fan favorite since 2009. The Rockford Ninja Warrior was developed as an idea to bring the community together while giving back as a fundraising event. Brian Pankratz, lead elder at Bridgeway Community Church, decided the growing church needed a unique way to raise funds for a youth community center. The second Rockford Ninja Warrior event took place on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18. See related story. Rockford’s professional level course featured six obstacles such as a quintuple step, metal links, Cannonball Alley, and a 14-foot warped wall. Dan Banura, who was competing Monday, July 20 on the current season of American Ninja Warrior, placed first in the competitive event with a time of 56.159 seconds while Kevin Hogan, also competing in the Kansas City Finals of American Ninja Warrior on Monday, placed second with a time of one minute and 19.742 seconds. The American Ninja Warriors that showed up to entertain their fans while doing the course included Joe “The Weatherman” Moravsky, Kevin Bull, Michelle Warnky, Andrew Karsen, Mia Lazarewicz, Drew Drechsel, Elet Hall, Paul Kasemir, Andrew Lowes, Karsten Williams, Jamie Rahn, Leila Noone, Ryan Stratis, Evan Dollard, Trevor Parks, James McGrath, Brandon Mears, Daniel Gil, Dustin Rocho, and Tyson Faifer. Karsen, originally from Grand Rapids and who has been on American Ninja Warriors six of the seven seasons, said the ninjas took the course a little slow because of the rain. By the end, the rain was pouring down causing some of the ninjas to not make it through the obstacles and the event to ultimately be finished early. “It was a lot more fun to get in the water if you miss,” said Andrew Karsen, who has been on American Ninja Warriors six of the seven seasons. “This course was great and an outstanding level.” Rockford Ninja Warrior is based off of American Ninja Warrior, which is […]

Whoop, whoop, whoop, bang

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It’s only funny until someone gets hurt. Given all parties were alert and walking around, it seems at least ironic that in a 4.8 square mile city, two city employees would crash into each other, both department of public safety members. In front of the Squire Newspaper office Wednesday, July 15, a Rockford Safety officer in one of the new Ford Explorers fired up the roof and started the siren. We heard the vehicle siren three times and then a loud bang. Turns out the Department of Public Works director, who is also a police officer and firefighter, pulled out of Fatso’s Pizza in his personal vehicle to be struck by the officer on duty. Responding to the scene was a Rockford Fire Truck and Rockford Police. The Ford Explorer was removed by flatbed truck by Rockford Towing. On the scene were several Department of Public Safety officers, including Chief Dave Jones. We are happy no one was apparently injured in the incident.

UK dignitary visits downtown Rockford, Michigan

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It is interesting the strange ways people’s lives converge and the relationships that happen. This was evident when Rockford raised Melissa Schutte, now living in our nation’s capital, returned to Rockford for a visit and brought along a family she grew to know in Washington. London-born Philip Barton spoke to the Squire before lunch on Thursday, July 16 to talk about his visit to Rockford, his travels and his thoughts about the different countries he has lived in. Barton met Melissa while both were working in the United States, he as a the United Kingdom’s Deputy Head of Mission to the United States. Barton’s kids and Melissa’s kids went to school together and the families became friends. Below are several online descriptions of Barton’s career. While in Rockford Barton and his family, with Melissa and hers, visited the dam, enjoyed ice cream at Rocky’s and from here headed up to Mackinaw Island. When asked what it is like to work in different countries, Barton said, in general people are friendly and welcoming. He said he has lived in Venezuella, Cyprus, Pakistan (see below for additional countries where Barton has worked. He said his family visits him in Pakistan, but don’t live there. Here in Rockford they loved the river and how beautiful it is. He and Melissa’s parents enjoyed the ice cream (he likes chocolate). They also visited Charlevoix, Glenn Arbor, Grand Rapids. In Mackinac Island they rented bikes, had a carriage ride and went to the fort. Barton was asked about his travels in the United States and which country, of all he’s visited, stood out. He said the American west has amazing variety and splendor. He said life as a civil servant includes meetings and talking to people and he recommended the foreign service as a career for people who would like to see the world. Below is an article about Barton when he was appointed to the position as the United Kingdom’s representative to Pakistan and below that is his official biography from the United Kingdom’s governmental website.   Dream job Philip Barton, who arrives in Islamabad on Wednesday as the new British high commissioner to Pakistan, described his new posting as a “dream come true”. He certainly impressed me at his eve […]

Metro Health Expands Heart & Vascular Practice in Greenville

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In response to increased demand from patients, Metro Health is expanding its award-winning Heart & Vascular practice in Greenville. Metro Heart & Vascular is located at 1915 W. Washington St. in Greenville. The practice is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and will soon be expanding service hours. The development has more than doubled the size of the practice, which expanded from 2,300 square feet to 6,000 square feet. The expansion has also more than doubled the number of exam rooms, growing from three to eight. The practice offers consultative visits, nuclear cardiology, vascular ultrasound, echocardiography, stress testing and other services, as well as provides clinics for hypertension, Coumadin and device checks. Metro Heart & Vascular is growing rapidly in Greenville, said Mike Faas, president and CEO of Metro Health. Expanding the practice and our range of service will allow our physicians to continue to meet the needs of our patients. Metro Heart & Vascular opened in 2009. The practice currently includes eight cardiologists and is adding two additional cardiologists this month. The practice provides services at its main office inside Metro Health Hospital as well as in satellite offices in downtown Grand Rapids, Greenville, Sheridan, Holland and Allegan. The Greenville office is staffed by Dr. Paul Kovack, Dr. John Key and Paul Albright, P.A., as well as nurses and office staff. The team sees general cardiology patients as well as those struggling with vascular disease such as peripheral arterial disease, or PAD. PAD is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries block the blood flow to arms and legs, causing numbness, leg pain and tissue damage and can lead to amputation. Metro Health Hospital has developed a nationally recognized specialty in the treatment of PAD and amputation prevention. Led by Dr. Jihad Mustapha, Metro Heart & Vascular physicians utilize leading-edge technology to clear blockages and restore circulation in even the most challenging of cases. The practice regularly attracts patients from around Michigan, across the U.S. and around the world

State Police Investigating Triple Fatal Crash

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Troopers from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Rockford Post are investigating a triple fatal, two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Maple Island and Evanston Roads in Egelston Township, Muskegon County. Preliminary investigation shows that a Nissan Versa, with three occupants, was traveling westbound on Evanston Road and pulled into the path of a south bound pickup truck with two occupants. The three occupants of the east bound vehicle were killed and have been identified as Allen and Jolene Ames of Casnovia and Beatrice Amen of Ravenna. The two occupants of the southbound vehicle were transported to Hackley Hospital with unknown injuries. Their names are not being released at this time. The Michigan State Police were assisted at the scene by the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department, Fruitport Police Department, Egelston Fire and ProMed Ambulance.  

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