FUN WITH A PURPOSE—Members of Boy Scout Troop 228, Collin Gates, Andrew March and Trevor Carlson, help the Webelos learn knot-tying skills. Boy Scout Troop 228 held their annual Cub Scout open house on November 5. The event is designed to give the Webelos-level Cub Scouts the opportunity to experience the next level of Scouting by visiting a Boy Scout troop. “Scouting is fun with a purpose,” according to Scoutmaster Jim Grissom. “The goal of Scouting is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. As a troop, the boys strive to grow in moral strength and character, to practice participating citizenship and develop physical, mental and emotional fitness.” Following the opening flag ceremony, the younger Scouts attended different work stations set up by the troop members. Each station allowed the older boys to demonstrate their skills in areas such as pocket knife safety, knot tying and outdoor cooking. Troop 228, chartered to Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, is open to any boy in grades 6-12 or have completed Cub Scout Webelos. To learn more about becoming a member, contact Scoutmaster Jim Grissom at (616) 361-6964.
A venerable Rockford-area landmark has been selected as one of the top five sites to host a wedding statewide. InFrame Bride magazine bestowed the award upon Blythefield Country Club in its premiere issue, launched earlier this fall. The magazine lauded the club for its “tranquil whispering of the Rogue River and gentle rustling of lush trees over sweeping vistas of green” and how the site provides a “surreal and enchanting backdrop to those most momentous steps down the aisle.” “We’re very honored,” said Club Manager Patti Butcher, “but hardly shocked, since we’ve long been sharing with friends and neighbors that Blythefield is one of the best-kept secrets when it comes not only to weddings, but all sorts of events.” Butcher noted that Blythefield also was recently recognized for “Best Appetizer” and “Best Presentation” at the 11th Annual Taste of the Chamber hosted by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve worked very hard to earn the respect of our members and their guests,” said Butcher, “and that extends to everything we do—from the golf course to our superb dining to the outings which we’re proud to host all year long.” InFrame Magazine is a new publication that showcases high-end photographers, videographers and wedding vendors throughout Michigan. Blythefield Country Club, which has been proudly serving the West Michigan community for 80 years, is nationally ranked and respected for its challenging course, gorgeous views and top-notch food and event services. For more information on events or membership, call Andrea Miller at (616) 361-2661 or e-mail email@example.com.
Thur.–Fri., Dec. 10–11 Grand Carriage Rides—5:30 to 8:30 p.m. downtown Rockford. Rides are free! Load in front of Custard by the Dam. Rides are sponsored by Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Friday, December 11 Howard City Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony—6:30 p.m. at the corner of Ensley and Edgerton, behind the library. Enjoy a live nativity scene, coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies. Saturday, Dec. 12 Annual Christmas Cookie Walk—9 a.m. until gone, at North Kent Presbyterian Church, 6175 Kuttshill Dr. NE, Rockford. Public welcome. Cookies only $6 a box. Church cookbook will also be available. Sunday, December 13 Holiday Concert—2:30 p.m. at Forest Hills Eastern High School, in the auditorium, 2200 Pettis Ave. NE, Ada. Concert band music by the Forest Hills Adult Community Band. Free admission. Handicap parking and seating available. For more information, visit www.fhacb.org. “On Wings of Valor”—3 p.m. at North Kent Bible Church, 7210 Courtland Dr., Rockford, presented by Rogue River Community Theatre. Donations go to the North Kent Service Center. For more information, call (616) 874-5264. Tuesday, Dec. 15 Dine to Donate—Enjoy dinner at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, 5401 Northland Dr., Grand Rapids, and 15 percent of the total bill will be donated to the Bruce Clarke family benefit. A donation coupon is required. The coupon is available at The Rockford Squire, 331 Northland Dr., or by calling Dawn Taylor at (616) 365-2434 or Kathy Uzarski at (616) 361-9821. Bruce is fighting leukemia and will be off work for six months to a year. Thur.–Fri., Dec. 17–18 Grand Carriage Rides—5:30 to 8:30 p.m. downtown Rockford. Rides are free! Load in front of Custard by the Dam. Rides are sponsored by Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Sunday, December 20 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3.50 for children under age 12. Enjoy all-you-can-eat roast beef, potatoes, corn, beans, roll, dessert and beverage. Bring your papers for recycling! “Best dinner in town… Bring the whole family!” Visit www.rockfordvfwpost3946.org. Monday, December 21 Free Food for Needy Families—5 p.m. in the Mobile Food Pantry at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Drive (corner of Northland Drive and Rogue River Rd.; entrance on Kuttshill), Rockford, providing free food for needy […]
A Rockford motorcyclist received multiple injuries when a truck turned into his path on Wednesday, December 2. William Mong lost the tip of his left thumb, had his left leg broken and sustained multiple rib fractures when his motorcycle collided head-on into a truck turning into Northtown Motor Homes Inc, 10947 Northland Drive about 1:30 p.m. Mong, who was southbound on Northland Drive, braked his vehicle for nearly 100 feet but was unable to avoid colliding with the truck, witnesses reported. Rescue workers from Algoma Fire Department and Kent County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident. Deputy Dianna Lude said that the accident was still under investigation and additional information was not available as of press time.