Rockford Rowing Competes at the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association Championship Regatta

May 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Rowing team traveled to Dillon Lake in Nashport, Ohio this past weekend to compete against 45 other teams from 7 states in the 2 day regatta. After a very hot day of racing on Saturday, May 9 Rockford sent 12 boats to the finals (out of 468 entries) which took place on Sunday, May 10. The men’s Lightweight 4+ (Anderson, Solomon, Solomon, Sawicki, c: Perini) took first place earning them a gold medal and the men’s varsity 2X (Crimp, O’Grady) took second place earning them a silver medal. Both the men’s boats qualified to race in the SRAA National Championship Regatta in Camden, New Jersey on May 22 and 23. The women’s Varsity 4x (Todd, Oostdyk-Howard, Wasson, Huerta) placed second earning them a silver medal and the woman’s Novice 8+ (Powers, Gillette, Klein, Bosch, Nielsen, Brom, Sears, Noon, c: Basso) placed 3rd earning them a bronze medal. Congratulations to the entire team as this sport epitomizes teamwork through dock support, boat care, and constant effort from every individual at all times. This was Coach Rob Johnson’s last regatta as he will be leaving the team this week to relocate to Denver, Colorado. The team had a special good-bye ceremony for Coach Rob and wishes to thank him for all his years of dedication to the Rockford Rowing Team. The team will compete for the State Championship this coming weekend at Riverside Park on Saturday, May 16. Please come out and support your team! GO RAMS!

Rockford Girls Lacrosse Finishes Runner-up in Conference Play

May 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Rockford girls’ lacrosse team finished up their conference play this past week with games against Catholic Central as well as the long awaited rematch with East Grand Rapids. For the first 10 minutes of play in the game against Catholic Central, the two teams seemed to be pretty well matched with Rockford leading 2-1. After that start however, the Rams showed that they were in control both on the offensive end as well as the defensive end and started to pull away from the Cougars. At the end of the game, Rockford had earned a 14-7 victory. In the win, 7 different girls scored for the Rams. Leading the offensive charge were Brooklyn Neumen with 4 goals, and Jessica Byers and Alex Vander Molen with 3 goals each. Also contributing on the offensive end was Maggie Hammer with 3 draw controls. Defensively, Katie Elwell and Bri Houle were dominant in goal with a combined save percentage of 69%. Ryann Deuel and Emily Byers each scooped up important ground balls while Zoe Newmann caused a turnover to swing the momentum in the Rams’ favor. Rachel Henry also contributed valuable defensive minutes coming off the bench. After the Catholic Central game Coach Mike Emery stated, “We played extremely well against Catholic Central to set up our rematch with East Grand Rapids. We were led by our defense led by Zoe Newmann, Ryann Deuel, and goalkeeper Katie Elwell. Our offense clicked with Jessica Byers, Alex Vander Molen, and Brooklyn Neumen gaining our 15th victory.”   On Wednesday of last week the Rams traveled to East Grand Rapids to take on the Pioneers, the top ranked team in the state. After losing by 1 in overtime to the Pioneers earlier in the season, the Rams wanted this win badly. The game started with both teams feeling the pressure as they went end to end without either team scoring. Finally after six minutes of play, the first score of the game showed on the scoreboard, and the Rams took the 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, that lead wouldn’t last. After a long hard fought game and an East Grand Rapids team that wouldn’t back down, the Rams ended the game with a 5-13 loss. This loss clinched the Rams a 2nd […]

Rockford Education Foundation Awards Inaugural Founders’ Grant To Rockford High School ‘Masters Class’ Music Program

May 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

ROCKFORD, Mich., May 5, 2015 – The Rockford Education Foundation (REF) has chosen a program that will bring world-class musicians to Rockford to teach and inspire future generations of band, choir and orchestra students as the recipient of its first $25,000 Founders’ Grant. Rockford High School Band Teacher Brian Phillips, Choir Teacher Mandy Scott, Rockford Aces Director Jed Scott and Freshman Choir Teacher Renee Vande Wege jointly submitted the grant application to fund twice-annual visits by prestigious musicians and ensembles for sessions with students. The program is designed to be self-sustaining, with community performances funding future visits in perpetuity. “The REF Board of Trustees was inspired by the way this grant not only will bring an exceptional educational experience to Rockford students, but also by the innovative way it will impact students for years to come,” said Beth Dornan, Chairman of the Rockford Education Foundation. The REF Founders’ Grant was launched in 2015 to fund major programs that enhance education in the Rockford community. The grant is part of an REF initiative to reach $2 million in grants awarded by the organization’s 30th anniversary in 2021. “The Board was very impressed by the quality of the programs proposed,” said Sarah Ginebaugh, who leads the REF Grants Committee. “We had hoped the Founders’ Grant would inspire creative thinking and the programs proposed were wonderful examples of the passion for education in our community.” “We are just thrilled to be awarded the first ever Founders’ Grant from REF,” said Mandy Scott, RHS Choir Teacher, “This Master Class Grant will enable us to bring in world class talent to interact with our students for years to come.” The Rockford Education Foundation (REF) was established in 1991 to provide resources for increased educational opportunities for people of all ages in the Rockford Community. The REF is an independent, non-profit corporation, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees from the community.   Teachers, students, and community members with innovative ideas have received grants for wide-ranging, educational purposes. Grants are awarded twice yearly based on the merit of the request and its ability to promote educational excellence. For more information, visit www.rockfordschools.org/ref.

The Courtland Township board unanimously votes to recommend denial of Sable Development’s Special Land Use Permit to mine sand on Shaner Avenue near the intersection of Eleven Mile Road.

May 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

John Bitely of Sable Development talks to the board about his intentions to remove sand from acreage on Shaner Avenue.   Amy Mueller pictured on a You Tube video about the Planning Commission meeting that took place Thursday, April 30 at North Rockford Middle School.   Courtland commission unanimous on sand pit vote   ‘He will be back’ neighborhood leader says of developer   by BETH ALTENA   The Courtland Township Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend the Courtland Township Board of Trustees deny a Special Land Use request for sand mining operations on Shaner Avenue off Eleven Mile road. The decision came during a special meeting Thursday, April 30 held at North Rockford Middle School to allow the large audience to attend. Preventthepit.org neighborhood organizers have been rallying against a sand mining operation in the township on land zoned rural residential that came as a surprise last fall by developer John Bitely of Sable Homes. Shortly after selling new homes his company built, he began mining sand in between the two properties without complying with or applying for required permits for sand removal. Residents in the two homes as well as a following of other area residents have been organized in their opposition of the commercial operation. Bitely had been issued a stop work order in the fall when the township became aware that he was mining land he had obtained approval for building homes on. He had also told the buyers of the two new residences that they would have neighboring homes between them on two acre lots and property behind the homes would be in continued use as farmland. Amy Meuller, who with her husband and their three children, were “devastated” when they learned of Bitely’s request to mine not only the four acres between her home and the new house to the north, but the additional nearly 18 acres behind the homes. The mining was planned to remove an estimate 350,000 yards of sand and gravel over five to seven years, according to a site plan Bitely submitted to Courtland Township. The Courtland Township Planning Commission meeting changed venue to North Rockford Middle School and neighbors against the planned sand mining operation were allowed a ten minute presentation outlining their reasons […]

2015 Michigan EMS Practitioner of the Year Award Recipient Announced

May 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Okemos, Michigan, April 28, 2015— The Michigan EMS Practitioners Associations (MiEMSPA), the state’s largest professional association for licensed EMTs and paramedics in the state of Michigan, announced the Outstanding EMS Practitioner of the Year award recipient, Kevin Nawrot, Paramedic/FTO. Nawrot, is a Paramedic for the Rockford Ambulance in Rockford, Michigan and lives in Grand Rapids. Matt McConnon, Operations Manager at Rockford Ambulance states that “Kevin has quickly climbed the ranks to become Lead FTO and has proven to be a great role model to everyone that comes into contact with him.” While Nawort has a record of achievements during his tenure at Rockford, he is most notably known from a call that came in May 2014, when Nawort was the lead provider and witnessed a cardiac arrest. Nawort and his team worked on the pulseless patient for over 55 minutes. Once at the hospital the patient regained pulses and was treated by the hospital staff. The patient was able to make a great recovery and was discharged home with minimal deficits. “To walk out of the hospital after 55 minutes is very unusual,” reported Dr. Todd Chassee during a media interview in May 2014, who cared for the patient. “Without their efforts, I don’t think the patient would be here today.” Rockford Ambulance has a cardiac arrest survival rate of 50 percent, higher than the national average of 33 percent. The EMS Practitioner of the Year award recognizes an individual for his/her excellence and outstanding achievement that they have accomplished in the emergency medical services. Qualifications for the award are included that they hold a current licenses either as a Medical First Responder, EMT, Specialist, Paramedic, or Instructor-Coordinator; been licensed for a minimum of 2 years in the State of Michigan; and the nominee continually promotes the profession of EMS through innovation and leadership; and much have a high personal integrity and character on and off the job. ### The Michigan EMS Practitioners Associations promote the professionalism of Michigan’s EMTs and paramedics through public and professional education, support of research that is pre-hospital specific, and participation in Michigan’s legislative process.

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