Beauchamp Mrs. Letha Beauchamp, age 85, of Rockford was welcomed home on Friday, October 2, 2009, to be with her Lord and Savior whom she faithfully served and trusted. As a young woman, she accepted Christ into her life. Letha always made sure her children and grandchildren attended Sunday school. Her Bible was used a lot, with many verses committed to memory. During WWII, she served her country in the Army Air Corps. Her family has many precious memories of Letha playing the banjo while her husband played the guitar. She enjoyed drawing and painting; many of her artworks were of her early childhood. After Letha traveled to Israel, she captured many of those scenes in her art. She volunteered at the Mel Trotter Mission as a cook, and later in life, Letha took college courses in art. She is survived by her loving family: her children, Dick and Wanda Beauchamp of Sparta, and Mrs. Dixie VanderMey of Rockford; grandchildren, Melinda Barajas, Lori Danko, Julie and Jason Neumann, Bill and Traci Beauchamp, Bethany Beauchamp and Chris Helmholdt, Brook and Richard Speck, Richard and Deb VanderMey, Marshall VanderMey, Michael and Roni VanderMey, Mrs. Cindy Baldridge; 27 great-grandchildren; brother, Donald and Betty Westbrook; sister-in-law, Helen Platt; sister, Joyce Westbrook; daughter-in-law, Deborah Beauchamp; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Beauchamp, on September 28, 1984; her son, Kenneth Roy Beauchamp, in 1981; her grandson, Caleb Matthew Neumann, on February 11, 2003; her son-in-law, Robert VanderMey, on October 14, 2006; her grandson-in-law, Dr. Rob Baldridge on July 9, 2007; her brothers, William Westbrook, Fred Westbrook, and Merle Westbrook; her sisters, Mary Munson, Jane Kessler, and Dorothy Westbrook. The service for Mrs. Beauchamp was Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Sparta Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Tim Smith officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the Army National Guard with interment in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Sparta Church of the Nazarene or Friends of Michigan Veterans Home. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Members of the Sheriff’s Department Law Enforcement Division trained with the Mounted Unit (horses) in civil disturbance techniques on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Johnson Park in Walker. The sheriff’s office has been actively training in a deployment strategy referred to as Mobile Field Force. The concept of Mobile Field Force was created in the spring of 1994 to maximize the effectiveness of initial response efforts by police when a major civil disturbance occurs. Civil disturbances, union conflicts, public demonstrations, and other events involving large or disorderly crowds require skillful response by police agencies.
Calling all parents of RHS class of 2010 Can you believe they are seniors already? This year will go by even faster than all the rest, and plans for AfterGrad 2010 are underway! AfterGrad is a drug- and alcohol-free celebration for Rockford High School (RHS) graduates, held at a “secret location” immediately after the graduation ceremony at the Delta Plex on June 8, 2010. AfterGrad is an all-night, lock-in party featuring great food, music and entertainment. Transportation from the Delta Plex to the “secret location” and back to RHS is provided. Parents can be assured that their grads will have a great time in a safe and secure environment. Parents of all RHS class of 2010 seniors should plan to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the RHS staff dining room (next to the cafeteria). The purpose of the meeting is to provide details about the AfterGrad party, and have parent input in the planning. Registration is now available for AfterGrad 2010, and are available at the RHS main office. The cost for this year’s event is $75, which covers only a portion of the actual cost of the event. Additional fundraising events are ongoing throughout the year. RCTV broadcast now available on Web In the past, RCTV (an education and government access channel) has been available only through Charter Communications. However, the broadcast is now available on the Web via the “Beyond the Rock” website. Three years ago, RCTV-21 and the Rockford High School broadcasting class teamed up to form the student-run video production company “Beyond the Rock Productions.” Students create shows promoting curricular and co-curricular activities, highlight schools in our viewing area, and assist in the production of community awareness videos. These opportunities create an environment that helps students develop a sense of commitment to their school community and the community in which they live. To watch RCTV via the Web, simply go to www.beyondtherock.com and select “Watch RCTV Live Stream.” RCTV is still available via Charter Communications as well. Be sure to watch the live broadcast of the 2009 Rockford homecoming assembly on Friday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Geri Curtis, RCTV station manager, […]
The Sparta Township Historical Commission (STHC) is proud to sponsor “Preserving the Past for an Educated Future” as a new museum fundraiser. On Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p/m/, join the STHC at the Sparta Church of the Nazarene to meet Fred Meijer with the authors of Stories of his Life. In the book, Bill Smith and Larry ten Harmsel offer an engaging glimpse into the life of Fred Meijer (b.1919), a prominent retailer whose Grand Rapids-based company has grown from one local store in Greenville to a chain of nearly 200 stores in five Midwestern states. Smith and ten Harmsel have gathered reminiscences from nearly 100 people who have known and interacted with Fred during the past 80 years, from U.S. Presidents and ambassadors to clerks at the grocery checkout. The result is a unique biography of an innovative and energetic businessman whose economic, philanthropic and philosophical influence has been felt across a broad segment of the Midwest. Replete with photos and captivating anecdotes, Fred Meijer: Stories of His Life is an inspiring read not only for Meijer buffs but also for students of business and management in modern America. As a courtesy to STHC, Fred and Lena Meijer, along with Smith and ten Harmsel, will graciously be available for book signings immediately following the program. For more information, please call Martin Pulsifer at (616) 887-1566 or (616) 340-7076.
On Wednesday, September 30, youngsters in a car escaped serious injury after their four-door vehicle struck a tree head-on on Young Avenue south of Ten Mile Road. The vehicle had been heading northbound over a hill. The crash occurred around 4 p.m. and at least two people were treated on the scene by Rockford Ambulance. Cannon Township Fire Department responded to the accident along with the Kent County Sheriff Department and the Michigan State Police. Northbound vehicles were diverted from that stretch of road until the scene was cleared. The vehicle was removed by Nelson’s Towing. Cannon Fire Captain Brian Morris said the vehicle was likely going too fast over the hill.