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by ANA OLVERA Placed outside of Rockford Community Federal Credit Union, at 3 N. Monroe St., are five Cedar Sapiens. They were created by Georgia Donovan, a member at the credit union. Donovan entered the Cedar Sapiens in the Art Prize 2009 contest. Her entry placed in the top 50 out of 1,218 entries. Her artwork, titled “Cedar Sapiens—Dance of the Tree People,” was placed at The B.O.B. “Now they’ve planted their roots in Rockford,” said Cassandra Chartier, a staff member at the credit union. The Cedar Sapiens were moved to Rockford at the end of October. “Rockford is all about uniqueness and we wanted to get people talking around town,” said Josh Fortuna, another staff member. The Cedar Sapiens will keep the public up to date on the upcoming events at the credit union. “We love them. They’re great conversation starters,” said Chartier. One of the Cedar Sapiens, “Pat,” was dressed as a witch for Halloween. Currently she is dressed as a Rockford Ram cheerleader while the marquee sign reads, “Go Rams!” Rockford Community Federal Credit Union will take ideas from the public on how to dress the Cedar Sapiens. The credit union can be contacted through their website, rcfcumember.com, by phone at (616) 866-8570, or one can stop by.
Douglas Martin grew up just 120 miles from Rockford, but after he earned his doctorate in dentistry, the Air Force and his following career took him all over the country. Now, with 23 years of experience and with plenty of progressive West Coast practices to offer, he has taken over the general dentistry office of Dr. John Conklin, who spent his entire career working from downtown Rockford. Some people are still moving to Michigan for work. Serving as proof is Rockford’s newest dentist, Dr. Martin, who came here in part because of a position his wife was offered as dean at Grand Rapids Community College. Martin said the Midwest is very solid in dentistry and the Grand Rapids area in particular has much to offer. He also hoped to return to the area to be closer to family. Finding a dentist who hoped to find a replacement so he could retire was a perfect fit. Dr. Conklin, with an office located at 112 Monroe St., has been serving his patients for many years and is known for his passion of golf. He and Martin even officially shook on the agreement over the practice while on a golf course. Martin said he thought this a fitting gesture, given Conklin’s fondness for the game. Now retired, Conklin will likely have more time for the sport and add to his lifetime seven holes-in-one. Martin aspired to a career in dentistry because it fit in with his interest in science, his desire to help people, and his desire to be his own businessman. A native of Wisconsin, he graduated from the University of Marquette and looked to the military to offer him his start. “To start from scratch can take a long time,” he said of his profession. Martin said new dentists can sometimes make a go of a practice in a suburb of a large city, such as Dallas, Texas, or in a town that is small and has no dentist. Usually, though, it is tough to start out cold. “That’s why so many dentists form a partnership when they are young.” Martin’s partnership with the United States was the success he’d hoped. As a commissioned officer, he built up the experience and skills for his own successful […]
Led by senior co-captain Drake Veitenheimer’s All State performance, the Rams’ boys team moved up two from last year’s seventh-place finish in fifth place out of the 33 teams running at the state level. On Saturday, Nov. 7, a blustery fall afternoon—at Michigan International Speedway (MIS), in Brooklyn—that saw the temperature reach nearly 70 degrees with strong winds blowing in the 30 mph range, the 280 participants representing the best runners in Michigan nearly sprinted through the first 800 meters of the state championship race. Starting on the infield of the MIS track, and heading out a makeshift cinder path to the fields and woods, the experienced Ram runners demonstrated a well-coached and well-learned strategy of running in a tight pack. The Rams ran through the first mile at a pace that suited them well. Senior Grant Gunneson was leading the Rockford contingent. Following Gunneson through the first mile was senior Nick Shear, Veitenheimer and juniors Spencer Gerber and Stephen Ek. All of the Rockford runners were under 5:15 for the first mile. Coming up on the second mile, the pack was still very tight, and the order remained the same, as all of the Rockford runners looked focused and strong. Rockford’s top five runners were around 10:25 for the first two miles and in great positions to finish strong and score valuable team points. Positioning themselves by running to various strategic places on the course, Head Coach Andy Martin and Assistant Coach Josh Miller shouted instructions and encouragement over the roar of the thousands of fans. Imploring all of their runners to make bold moves, Veitenheimer heeded his coaches’ advice and made his move just after the two-mile mark. As he passed his teammates, they tried to keep pace, but this was going to be Veitenheimer’s day to shine. At the two-mile mark, Veitenheimer was in 62nd place, meaning he had to pass at least 32 runners to win an individual medal. Battling both a formidable field and a strong headwind as he re-entered the MIS track, Veitenheimer was able to pass 35 runners by implementing his well-known kick. Veitenheimer ended up in 27th place overall as he made All State for the first time. One of Veitenheimer’s teammates asked him if he […]
The Rockford High School marching band took third place in the Michigan Competing Band Association’s (MCBA) Flight I state championship at Detroit’s Ford Field on Saturday, Nov. 7. The band’s exceptional performance of “The Four Freedoms,” a musical composition based on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1941 famous speech, received a score of 84.9, Rockford’s highest score and ranking ever at the MCBA championship. “It’s been an incredible season right from the start! The staff knew we had a great show. It was simply up to what the kids were going to do with it. They’ve worked so hard to get here. They should be proud!” said Brian Phillips, Rockford marching band director. Four flights of competition comprise MCBA’s championship contest with 10 high school bands from across the state competing in each flight. The judging system for the event places an emphasis on music as the most important aspect of the performance, with marching as the presentation and visual enhancement. The scoring system places 60 percent of value on music, and 40 percent on visual performance. At the same time, 60 percent of the score is within the area of general effect and 40 percent within the performance area, though it all boils down to precision of the material performed. Rockford’s marching season came to a close with a banquet on Monday, Nov. 9. Several students received varsity letters, awards and recognition, and Phillips thanked the many parents and staff who helped make the season a success. Dr. Michael Shibler, superintendent of Rockford Public Schools, also made an appearance and praised the band members. “I could not miss this opportunity to say congratulations,” said Shibler. “You do not know how proud we are of what you’ve accomplished. The bar has been set high.” The band now moves into concert season with the wind ensemble’s brass section performing at the annual lighting ceremony in downtown Rockford’s Peppler Park on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5:45 p.m., and at the Cannonsburg Christmas celebration on Monday, Nov. 30 at 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.rockfordbands.org.