Students at Crestwood Elementary were riveted by the wild bird show put on by Joe Rogers of the Wildlife Recovery Association. They learned that loons are not closely related to ducks but are related to penguins. Students had many questions about the owls, hawks and turkey vulture they were able to see as well as a pigeon and chicken they were able to pet. The visit was paid for by a donation to the wildlife program by the family of Lance Urbanski, a student at the school. The Wildlife Recovery Association is a non-profit 501c3.
A local church church is the drop off point for a world wide children’s program. Crossroads Church, 8331 Meyers Lake Road, Rockford is part of Operation Christmas Child. U.S. kids have no time to waste helping bring joy to millions of needy boys and girls this holiday season. Sending hope to hurting children worldwide is a full-time, year-round effort that requires the contagious compassion of West Michigan families, right now! Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, is calling on local kids, families, churches, businesses, schools and community groups to fill shoeboxes full of gifts for children overseas who are suffering from disease, famine, war, terrorism and natural disaster. “My shoebox gift might be the only gift a child has ever received,” said Jennie Nichols, who has been happily packing shoebox gifts for the past seven years. “A shoebox can make a difference. It lets children know that someone really does care about them.” Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has collected and hand-delivered more than 68 million shoebox gifts to hurting kids in some 130 countries since 1993. “It’s amazing how much simple gifts like small toys, pencils, toothbrushes and a handwritten note mean to children who may have nothing to call their own,” said Lori Hoyt, who volunteers and packs shoebox gifts. Here’s how you can help: • PREPARE—Enlist families, churches, community groups, and businesses to take part in making shoebox gifts for needy children. • PACK—Fill shoe boxes with toys, necessity items, school supplies, candy and a letter of encouragement. • PROCESS—Sign up to join thousands of Operation Christmas Child volunteers this fall, at one of hundreds of collection sites across Michigan, to collect and prepare millions of shoebox gifts for delivery to underprivileged children on six continents. For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, visit www.samaritanspurse.org.
The Rockford Planning Commission is seeking nominations for the annual Property of Distinction Awards. These awards are intended to recognize exterior building restorations, renovations and/or landscaping enhancements which make a significant contribution toward improving the appearance of the City of Rockford. Nominations will be taken throughout the year, and may be mailed to the Rockford Planning Commission, PO Box 561, Rockford, MI 49341, with a brief description of the changes completed that make the building’s appearance worthy of the award. For this first year of the Property Improvement Awards, nominations can be made for improvements made within the last 10 years. Residential, commercial, public/nonprofit and industrial facilities will all be considered. Property owners should acknowledge their willingness to participate. Awards may be given in all categories or only in one or two, dependent upon the nominations received. A “before” and “after” photograph is helpful, but not required. The review panel will consist of a member from the Rockford City Council, the Downtown Development Authority, the Planning Commission, one City staff member and one City resident at large that will be appointed by the review panel. Award winners are presented with a weather-proof plaque for mounting on the improved building at a City Council meeting. • • •
Ott graduates from Marine Corps Recruit Training Chelsea Ott, a native of Saginaw Township and current resident of Rockford, recently graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. Private Ott is a 2006 graduate of Forest Hills Eastern High School and three-year attendee of Central Michigan University. As a Marine, Private Ott went to Camp LeGuene, N.C. for additional combat training and received a Meritorious Mast Certificate for Excellence and graduated in the top five percent of her class. She is currently training for her Military Occupational Specialty which is electronics maintenance in California. Private Ott is the daughter of Bernie and Stacy Sunday of Rockford, sister to proud brother Benjamin Ott of Rockford, granddaughter to proud grandparents Philip and Donna Bird of Saginaw Township, and Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Sunday of Rockford. The Marine Corps is proud to have her serving in its ranks. Neville graduates from basic training Army National Guard Spec. Kenneth E. Neville has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics. He is the son of Gordon and Barbara Neville of Rockford, and is a 2009 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. Reda graduates from ROTC Jesse Reda of Rockford has recently graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) leader’s training course at Fort Knox, Ky. The four-week course is a leadership internship for cadets that can lead to the ultimate goal of becoming an army officer. College students experience and examine the army without incurring an obligation to serve in the army or ROTC, and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers and attend the advanced ROTC course at their college. Cadets are observed and evaluated during classroom and field-training exercises to determine their officer potential in leadership abilities and skills. The cadets are trained to have a sound understanding of traditional leadership values during the challenging, motivating “hands-on” training. The training […]