Ram girls stay in the hunt in OK Red with 48-33 win over Bucs

February 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Things started a bit on the slow side for the girl’s basketball team from Rockford High School when they made the trek to Grand Haven to face off with the Buccaneers on Friday, February 13th. It appeared that neither team was ever going to mount much of anything offensively as Grand Haven led 8-6 after the first quarter and the two teams went to the locker room tied at 15-15 at the halftime break. “I told the team that we needed to keep up the defensive intensity we showed in the first half when the second half began,” said Rockford Coach Jessica Yonkers. “We have several players who are consistent shooters and I knew the shots would begin falling at one point or another. Grand Haven has a scrappy team and they were right there with us going into the final quarter, but we started to pull away over the final eight minutes. It is always tough to win any game in the OK Red, and even more difficult when it is on the road.” Rockford began to establish a little control in the third stanza and took a 31-27 lead into the final quarter after sporting a 16-12 edge in the third. The final quarter was all Rockford however as they used a 17-6 edge in points to eventually claim the important 48-33 OK Red win. Leading the way for Rockford was Logan McCane with 13 points. She was ably abetted by 11 points from Tiana Colovos and eight from Maddie Watters. The Win moved Rockford’s record to 10-6 on the season overall and 4-2 in conference play. The Rams ares still very much alive heading into the final two weeks of the 2014-15 season. This week will feature a pair of difficult contests when Rockford hosts Hudsonville on Tuesday, February 17th (too late for press) before venturing to East Kentwood on Friday, February 20th to meet up with the Falcons.

Rams fall to Grand Ledge before thumping Grand Haven

February 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

The boy’s basketball team from Rockford continued their tour of some of the top teams in the state when they hosted an unbeaten contingent from Grand Ledge on Tuesday, February 10th. The Rams fell to the powerful Comets at Rockford by a score of 61-44 to fall to 5-9 on the season. The game marked the fifth tilt this season for a young Ram team against top ten teams in Michigan in Class A. That gauntlet included Muskegon, East Kentwood, Forest Hills Central, Kalamazoo Central and the aforementioned Comets. “That is an excellent team they have there from Grand Ledge,” said Rockford Coach Nick Allen. “They took it to us from the opening possession and were firmly in control from start to finish. We need to refocus and work on some of the things we struggled with tonight.” After finding themselves in only a three-point hole after the first quarter (12-9), the second and third quarters proved disastrous for Rockford. Grand Ledge outscored the Rams 38-22 over that time frame to take a 50-31 lead into the final eight minutes. They then coasted from there to eventually take home the 61-44 triumph. Michael Peterson led Rockford with 12 points and Jason Majerle tossed in nine. The Rams rebounded in a big way when they returned to OK Red action with a trip to Grand Haven on Friday, February 13th. Rockford drained nine three-pointers during the contest en route to a 79-48 drubbing of the host Buccaneers. Seven of those nine came in the second half as the Rams continued to hit open shot after open shot against a Grand Haven team that grew more demoralized as the game moved ahead and their deficit grew bigger. The win moved Rockford to 4-2 in OK Red play and 6-9 overall. This week looms extra large for Rockford as they square off with the two teams they need to overtake in order to win the conference title. Rockford will first host Hudsonville on Tuesday, February 17th (too late for press) before traveling to East Kentwood to again face off with the powerful Falcons on Friday, February 20th

Rockford Students Present “Seussical” The Musical

February 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Broadway hit Seussical has traveled the world since its premiere in 2000. In a fun score and clever book, many of Dr. Seuss’ most popular stories come to life and are interwoven. Rockford students have been busy since their November auditions putting their unique stamp on this fun and entertaining musical. Seussical is of course emceed by the Cat in the Hat, but includes many favorite characters including Horton (both sitting on an egg and hearing a Who), the Grinch, Gertrude McFuzz, Yertle the Turtle, and more. Nearly twenty Dr. Seuss stories are incorporated into Seussical’s plot. Rockford’s production features many talented young actors and actresses from Rockford High School, led by senior Cash Maciel as The Cat in the Hat (understudy Harrison Witt). Central to the story is Horton the Elephant, played by junior Mitchell Todd (understudy Bradley Sinclair). Other lead roles include Gertrude McFuzz (senior Delaney Good, understudy Rachel Kreager), Mayzie LaBird (junior Baileigh Aldrich, understudy Maddy Mathias), the Sour Kangaroo (senior Madeline Fryc, understudy Carlee Bleeker), JoJo the Who (double cast with sixth graders Alex Hoffman and Sam Nelson), Mr. Mayor (senior Mathieu Hastings, understudy Kam Butler) and Mrs. Mayor (senior Eve Hillman, understudy Anna-Kristine Bakken Erichsen). The cast is made up of around 70 young men and women, supported by an equally talented student stage crew and pit orchestra. “The students have been working extremely hard,” says director Kaelynn VanBuren, “after school, weekends, even on school vacation days!” She mentioned that one new element in this production has been the addition of flying harnesses and rigging to the stage, allowing numerous characters to literally leave the ground. VanBuren also notes that for the first time, RHS Theatre has cast understudies for a number of lead roles. She say, “with eight performances, we know that the potential for illness increases. It also gives more of our talented students the chance to learn and grow through a lead character.” The understudies will be featured in two scheduled performances: Saturday, Feb. 21 at 2pm and Feb. 28 at 8pm. Presenting Seussical represents a departure from the more adult-themed musicals presented at Rockford in the last few years (Hello, Dolly!, Footloose, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Les Misérables to name a few). According to VanBuren, […]

Kent District Library Launches 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

February 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Kent District Library presents 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten at all 18 KDL branches. All children, infant through Kindergarten, are encouraged to participate in this program designed to prepare kids for school. The American Academy of Pediatrics promotes reading aloud to children daily, beginning in infancy. Families can visit their local KDL branch to get registered for the program. After each 100 books read, children will receive a sticker and have their name added to the Wall of Fame poster in the branch. Those who reach 1,000 books will receive a canvas tote bag and a certificate of achievement. Reading 1,000 books may seem like a daunting task, but children can reach their goal by hearing/reading three books a day for one year or one book a day for three years. Parents can read the same book many times and books heard at storytime count too.   For more information, visit www.kdl.org/kids/go/1000books.     Kent District Library is a public library system operating 18 branch libraries. KDL serves nearly 400,000 residents of 27 governmental units, comprising most of Kent County, Michigan. KDL is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by millage dollars and private donations.

Top 3 Misconceptions about Cruising

February 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Lori Visser, Travel Specialist   1: Cruise ships are “germ factories”, I’ll get sick on-board. 2: I get seasick; I wouldn’t be able to stay on a ship that long. 3: There’s nothing to do, I’ll feel trapped. I have realized that there are basically three types of people when it comes to cruises. The first type loves cruising, the second type will never be convinced to cruise, and the remaining type is interested, but not convinced. This last type usually states one or more of the reasons shown above. Let’s take each of those concerns and address them one-by-one with some facts and first-hand knowledge. Cruise ships are “germ factories”, I’ll get sick. Facts: First off, you could get sick anywhere. The illness that is reported in the media regarding cruise ships is the Norovirus. Norovirus is easily spread and is one of the most common illnesses around. So why does it seem to be prevalent on cruise ships in particular? It really is not more prevalent on cruise ships. The reason you hear about it is because passenger cruise ships participating in the CDC-VSP are required to report to the CDC any GI illness that affects any passengers before the ship arrives in a US port. No other provider in the hospitality industry has this standard or requirement. So, when cases are reported they are picked up by news sources and reported. Norovirus is actually more likely to be spread within a healthcare facility, restaurant, airplane, school or institutional facility. As a result, cruise ships, unlike some other resorts or forms of transportation feel very clean due to required cleanliness standards upheld through frequent ship inspections. Not convinced? In 2013 there were 1,349 cruise ship passengers with Norovirus reported to the CDC. In 2012, cruise ships welcomed over 20,000,000 passengers. Statistically, your chances of contracting Norovirus while cruising are very low. Of course no one wants to be ill during their vacation so taking standard precautions make sense. I get seasick; I wouldn’t be able to stay on a ship that long. Facts: This is an easy one for me to answer. I get motion sickness quite easily and had that same fear before my first cruise. I brought (and still do) […]

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