Author discusses images left out of Images of America Rockford Bobbi Schirado had difficult decisions to make when she was choosing images for the recently published historic book featuring Rockford’s past. The native Rockfordite gathered her images of Rockford from museums, libraries, the public and old family albums for the book, Images of America Rockford. With hundreds and hundreds of pictures of varying quality, she needed to narrow down her choices to enough pictures to fill the 120-page book that now may be purchased from the Rockford Historical Museum and other locations in the area. Schirado told her story and presented the book at the September meeting of the Rockford Historical Society on Thursday, September 3. She said she chose Rockford for the history book in part because of the historical society and museum. “You have already done a lot of the work,” she said. Schirado said she is a firm believer that you don’t know where you are going until you know where you’ve been. She believes in the value of history and what we can learn about our own town’s roots through the images and stories of the past. “When I was growing up, you knew the history of your town because people remembered it,” Schirado said of her reason for publishing the book. “Now lots of people come from elsewhere and don’t know the history.” She said that while she was signing books at the recent first Rotary Reading Rocks in Rockford festival, a family came up to her, excited about the book. “They said this history was so cool. It turns out they are the family that just bought Clarence Blakeslee’s house,” Shirado stated. When researching for the book, Schirado had help from many individuals. “I didn’t know how much I didn’t know,” she said to the group. Her research helped her learn plenty about Rockford’s past, but also left unanswered questions. The cover image of the book is a good example. “I really liked this picture of a band. There has always been music in Rockford,” she said. Picturing a band with the name on a drum: Decker’s Rockford Band, the cover art raises the unanswered question of who the Decker was that sponsored the musicians. “We found a family […]
Rickson-Haas Sara Rickson of Rockford and Brian Haas of Allegan are proud to announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Rick and Sue Rickson of Rockford. She is a graduate of Rockford High School, the University of Michigan, and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. The groom-to-be is the son of Don and Debbie Haas of Allegan. He is a graduate of Allegan High School and Grand Valley State University. The couple has set a wedding date for October 24, 2009, in Grand Rapids. Parrish-Carrick The marriage of Diana Parrish and Brad Carrick will be celebrated on October 10, 2009. The future bride of Wyoming is a graduate of Cedar Springs High School, Grand Valley State University with a degree in marketing, and is currently attending Cornerstone University for her MBA. She is employed by H.T. Hackney.Her parents are David and Julie Parrish of Rockford and Joann Parrish of Cedar Springs. The future groom of Wyoming is a graduate of Forest Hills Central and Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is employed by Brinks. His parents are Steven and Marcia Carrick of Byron Center, and Susan Carrick of Grand Rapids. Matron of honor will be Amy VanderLann with bridesmaids Jennifer VanderLaan, Victoria Andres and Sandra Temple. Best man will be David VanderLann and groomsmen Matthew Brozowski, Jim Lane and John Lane. Flower girls will be Samantha VanderLaan and Dakota Harmon. Ring bearers will be Mitchell VanderLaan and Isaac Parrish. The wedding ceremony will be at Holmdene Gardens at Aquinas College, and the couple will honeymoon on a cruise in the Caribbean.
Plank-Dombrowski Johnathan William Plank and Lindsay Renee Dombrowski were united in marriage on July 11, 2009, at Ballard Church of Christ in Sparta. Johnathan is the son of Tim and Connie Plank of Rockford. He is a 2004 graduate of Northview High School, is employed by One Stop Screen Printing in Walker and is a student at Baker College in Muskegon, studying aviation management. Lindsay is the daughter of Mike and Pam Dombrowski of Rockford. She is a 2006 graduate of Rockford High School. The bride was attended by maid of honor Stephanie Dombrowski and bridesmaids Katie Dombrowski and Rochelle Korcal. The groom was attended by best man Jason White and groomsmen Timothy J. Plank and Steven Zykolwski, who is one of Rockford’s newest firemen. The wedding ceremony was officiated by the groom’s father, Timothy Plank. The couple honeymooned in Mackinaw and now reside in Comstock Park.
Help your child build for success by JULIE DEVEREAUX Principal, Meadow Ridge Elementary A good part of success in life is to be able to set goals and then be able to attain them. During a lifetime, goals will vary from being able to tie your shoes to creating a new medical cure that will affect millions. As a parent, you have the power to teach your child the important components necessary to set goals and reach them. As we begin another school year, it is your choice as a parent to support your child’s learning, school year, and their success. Here are some suggestions to consider: • Let your child know that school is a priority. • Make attendance job number one. • Listen carefully and let them share school happenings every day. • Show you care and that you are interested in their learning. • Talk about what they are going to learn and how it will be important later in their life. • Encourage your child to treat studying as a daily routine. • Set a time and a place for studying to happen. • Spend a few minutes each evening looking over any paperwork that your child brings home. • Let your child’s teacher know if you can help them out, at school or home. • Communicate with your child’s teacher(s) on a regular basis. • Talk about responsibility and explain what it looks like at their age in life. As a parent, you are the most important role model for your children. Show them what that responsibility looks like in your life. By example is the strongest way to teach. Help your child think about choosing goals for home and school; write those goals down. Be sure to notice and praise when you see them working on their goals. Help and encourage your child to follow through. Talk about the things that you see them doing that will help them achieve their goals. Celebrate when goals are accomplished! Talk about how they feel when they are responsible and achieve their goals. Help them enjoy their success.
Enjoying the healthful and physically beneficial value of massage therapy is more affordable than ever, thanks to a new membership concept offered by Simply Massage, 6575 Belding Road, Rockford. According to owners Heidi and Scott Oostdyk the idea of paying a low membership fee—only $45 per month— for a monthly massage and special family rates for additional services, allows visitors to affordably make massage a part of their lifestyle. “I had a new idea for West Michigan to offer a membership-based massage. It’s a concept being practiced in other areas of the country but was needed here,” she said. Simply Massage opened the studio doors in July of 2009. “I love the Rockford community. Everyone I’ve met and had the pleasure to serve has confirmed my belief that this is truly what I am meant to do,” she said.