Thursday, December 3 Christmas Potluck—6:30 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin, presented by the Rockford Area Historical Society and hosted by Pat Frye and Carla Blandford. Bring your own table service and a dish to pass. Friday, December 4 Art to the Rescue—2 to 7 p.m. at Humane Society of Kent County, 3077 Wilson NW, Grand Rapids. This unique event will feature arts and crafts from local artists, including jewelry, pet-themed items, handmade clothing and crafts, and much more for all your holiday shopping needs! All day, adoption specials will be offered on all animals, along with microchipping, refreshments, and more! For more information, call (616) 791-8088 or visit www.hskc.org. Saturday, December 5 66th Annual Santa Parade—11 a.m. downtown Rockford, presented by Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Visit the jolly old elf and his wife after the parade in the Rotary Pavilion from noon to 2 p.m. Enjoy FREE Santa goodie bags, photos with Santa, cookies and milk, and more fun activities! Annual Cookie Walk—9 a.m. until gone, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 N. Division, Rockford. Cookies are $5 per pound with all proceeds going to mission projects. 27th Annual Fine Art & Craft Holiday Sale—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lowell High School, 11700 Vergennes, Lowell, presented by the Rogue River Artisans. Over 120 juried artists and craftsmen will sell their creations of sculpture, pottery, jewelry, glass, metal, wood, soaps, wearables, naturals, holiday and floral, specialty foods, furniture, wildlife art, painting, photography, candles and more! Holiday lunch will be available. Admission is $1, with proceeds going to Red Arrow special activities. Crafty Christmas Bazaar—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 505 S. Lafayette St., Greenville. Photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find unique gifts, handcrafted items, homemade baked goods, lunch, and raffles. Students will help you carry all your finds to your car. For more information, call (616) 754-4194. Christmas Delites—9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, corner of Post Road and Pine Island. Enjoy a cookie walk and more! Sunday, December 6 Cookies & Cocoa with Santa—1 to 3 p.m. at Rockford Sportsman’s Club. This event is open to the public, free, and inside a warm building. Bring the kids to talk to Santa, decorate cookies, and hear Christmas stories. […]
The driver who was going the wrong way on the East Beltline and caused a fatal crash had five times over the legal limit of alcohol to drive, the Michigan State Police said Tuesday, December 1. Thirty-year-old Aaron Hayes was killed Monday, November 23 on his way to work as a first grade teacher in Greenville. He was northbound when a vehicle operated by Leonel Franco-Avina, 38 years old, hit Hayes car head on while driving the wrong way. Witnesses told investigators that Franco-Avina’s vehicle may have been driving without lights. There were alcohol and beer containers in the car, which was not owned by Franco-Avina. Franco-Avina, born July 18, 1971, was arraigned in 63rd District Court before Judge Sara Smolenski on a two-count warrant for Second Degree Murder and Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death. He was arraigned at Spectrum Health downtown campus where he will remain, guarded by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department until he can be released to the jail. A search warrant was obtained for his blood to determine the amount of alcohol in his system at the time of the crash. His level was .425 percent, over five times the legal limit in Michigan of .08. The accident remains under investigation.
Hessenius Mr. John R. Hessenius, age 85, of Shalimar, Florida, passed away quietly with his family by his side on November 23, 2009, at his home. John was a native of Rockford and moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1956. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jeanette Lane Hessenius of Shalimar; daughters, Sandra Bressan and husband Bob of Pueblo, Colo., Sherry Kelley and husband Jerome of Fenton, Mich.; son, Phillip W. Hessenius of Destin, Fla.; granddaughter, Michelle Lyberg of Charlotte, N.C.; grandson, Justin Kelley of Zurich, Switzerland; great-granddaughter, Emma Lyberg of Charlotte, N.C. Mr. Hessenius was an Army WWII veteran, and loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He made his living as a carpenter and cabinet maker. A funeral service for Mr. Hessenius was held on Friday, November 27, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL, (850) 864-3361, with Pastor Jim Vail officiating. Interment was in Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Fla. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.
Student Assistance Team helps struggling students by TOM HOSFORD Assistant Principal, Rockford High School Our Rockford Public Schools take great pride in the success of our students. Our community should be proud of the numerous awards Rockford students receive for their success in the classroom. We should be equally as proud of the success and progress that our schools achieve with those students who struggle or are identified as “at risk.” Each of our schools is challenged with students who struggle in the classroom due to various reasons which create a barrier that hinders success at school. When this occurs, it is time for the Student Assistance Team to step in! The Student Assistance Team, or S.A.T., is a district-wide, building intervention program that meets on a weekly basis to hold discussions regarding students and their individual needs. This team is made up of building counselors, social workers, school psychologists, teacher consultants and school administrators. It is a valuable resource for teachers and parents to refer to when they begin to notice students struggling in the school environment. Issues such as academic struggle, a recent change in behavior, absenteeism, etc. are valid concerns that are brought to S.A.T. The mission of the S.A.T. is to investigate the situation, gather data from parents/teachers and, through collective collaboration, implement strategies and interventions. The ultimate goal is that the student will respond in a positive manner and achieve success. There are literally hundreds of proven strategies and interventions that can be implemented. If, after careful evaluation, an intervention is not working, the team will reconvene and delicately implement another. On occasion, students are affected from situations that occur outside of the school setting. The S.A.T. can be helpful in this regard as well, due to the fact that there is a network between S.A.T. and several agencies that offer a variety of services ranging from counseling, testing or family services. The important factor is that the student has constant support with proven methods. It is definitely a privilege to work with all the professionals on the team. Each member of S.A.T. truly has the passion and expertise to make a positive difference in a student’s life. If you have any questions about the S.A.T., please contact the administration […]