Girls tennis takes first place at Ludington

The Rockford girls varsity tennis team celebrates their first-place victory at the Ludington Invitational on Saturday, May 2.

The Rockford girls varsity tennis team celebrates their first-place victory at the Ludington Invitational on Saturday, May 2.

The Rockford girls varsity tennis team brought home a first-place trophy last week from the Ludington Invitational, which occurred at Ludington High School’s brand-new Schoenherr Tennis Center on Saturday, May 2. The invitational also featured Traverse City West High School. Forest Hills Eastern High School bowed out, citing swine flu concerns.

The Rams posted 10 points, the TC West Titans 8, and the Ludington Orioles 6. Rockford players who received medals for winning their flights were Alex Stembaugh (third singles), Mackenzie Young and Michaela Young (third doubles), and Lindsay Gauger and Meliah Mead (fourth doubles).

Earlier in the week, the Rams traveled to Grand Haven and posted a 4-4 tie. Stembaugh won at third singles, 6-3 and 6-2. Also snagging wins in Grand Haven were second doubles players Anna Sinkevics and Heather Williams (6-3, 7-6), Young and Young at third doubles (6-0, 6-0), and Gauger and Mead at fourth doubles (6-3, 6-2).

At a non-conference match last week, the Rams claimed a 5-3 victory over Northview, the alma mater of Rockford Coach Tom Huzing.

A full schedule was planned for the week of May 3, as the Rockford team was to play two matches that were postponed by rain earlier in the season, as well as two scheduled matches. The week is expected to culminate on Saturday with the OK Red conference meet at Jenison High School.

So far for this rainy spring season, the Rockford Rams girls varsity tennis team has a record of four wins, one loss and one tie. The team has won two invitationals and came in second in another.

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Riddering receives Cancer Federation Award

Camille Riddering, a Hope College junior from Belmont, received the Cancer Federation Award at the Hope honors convocation on Thursday, April 23, 2009. The award is in recognition of superior achievements and dedicated commitment to standards of excellence in the advancement of cancer research.

Riddering also was inducted into Mortar Board, a national honor society that recognizes students for scholarship, leadership and service. This recognition also took place during the college’s annual honors convocation.

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Local student volunteers during CMU Alternative Break

Central Michigan University (CMU) junior Danielle Schmutz of Rockford recently participated in CMU’s Alternative Winter Break volunteer program.

Schmutz, a Rockford High School graduate and daughter of George and Tina Schmutz of Rockford, was among more than 120 CMU students who took part in the week of service travel organized by the university’s Volunteer Center.

During Alternative Winter Break, 11 teams of CMU students volunteered around the world with organizations that address such social issues as at-risk youth, disaster relief, sexual abuse, hunger and homelessness, terminal illness, care for the elderly, and civil rights. Schmutz was a volunteer at Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City, Mo., working in classrooms and conducting activities for the nearly 700 children served by the center, who are among Kansas City’s poorest-about 25 percent of whom are homeless. She is majoring in child development and sociology and minoring in global justice at CMU.

Created in 1994, Alternative Breaks is a program that provides CMU students with opportunities to travel domestically or abroad to experience meaningful service projects. Teams led by trained CMU student site leaders engage in public service and social issue-based education on the trips, which take place during winter, spring and summer breaks, as well as on weekends during the academic year.

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Rewards of volunteering (for Rogue River Cleanup) greater than ever

Andrew Kersting cleaning Rogue River.

Andrew Kersting cleaning Rogue River.

Rockford resident Andrew Kersting is an old hand at helping the Rogue River be its best. Kersting began his annual Rogue River Cleanup in May, 2005, after realizing at a young age that life can be short and you need to do what you can while you can.

Kersting has scheduled this year’s Cleanup for Saturday, May 30 and hopes others who love the river will turn up to help out. This year, volunteers will again enjoy the pizza party donated generously by B.C. Pizza after the mornings work. Water and trash bags are always donated by Rockford D&W Fresh Market, and the City of Rockford picks up the bagged trash afterwards.

But wait, there’s more. This year volunteers will be further be rewarded by being entered into a drawing for a four-pack of tickets to the West Michigan White Caps. Only those who attend the event will be eligible for the drawing.

In its sixth year, the Cleanup crew has seen a lot ofdebris and made the river a much cleaner environment for its recreational users as well as its wildlife. Each year Kersting is proud of the workers who turn up with or without waders, and ready to haul trash. The job would be quicker and better if a few more folks help out.

This year Kersting hooked up with environmental students at  Grand Valley State University, and they gave him some tips on how to promote the project, including the ticket giveaway. 

Registration for the project is from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at Richardson-Sowerby Park off the White Pine Trail. Parking is available in the public parking lot off South Main Street behind Powers Outdoors. Volunteers should wear boots or waders and a good comfortable pair of gloves for picking up litter.

To find out more call Kersting at (616) 866-5896 or e-mail him at andrew@TheRogueRiverProject.org.

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Chamber After Hours at Founders Bank & Trust Monday, May 11

WELCOMING YOU—The staff at Founders Bank & Trust look forward to building relationships through networking at the next Chamber After Hours.

WELCOMING YOU—The staff at Founders Bank & Trust look forward to building relationships through networking at the next Chamber After Hours.

Rockford area business people are invited to the next Chamber After Hours networking event to be held Monday, May 11, at Founder’s Bank & Trust (FBT).  Join other business leaders at this fine establishment located on 5020 E Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  FBT Assistant VP, Craig Terpstra invites everyone to bring lots of business cards and be prepared to network like crazy.

Founders Bank & Trust is a locally owned community bank specializing in a superior level of personal attention. Founders Bank & Trust has four convenient branch locations in the Grand Rapids area, and offers a wide range of personal and business loans and deposit products as well as trust and investment management services.

The event is free; however, in order for Craig and his staff at Founder’s Bank & Trust to properly plan for this event, we ask that you RSVP by Friday, May 8 at the Chamber office.  Please contact us at (616) 866-2000 or email membership@rockfordmichamber.com.

Remember to bring lots of business cards and be geared up to meet lots of amazing business leaders. We look forward to seeing everyone on May 11.

Business doesn’t always have to be hard work. Getting to know others is the best part of your job.

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