Jerry and Myrna Schuiling, of Rockford, recently returned from their vacation of a lifetime, in Alaska. Among highlights is Jerry’s “grand slam” of fishing—catching five species in one day. Schuiling caught an Arctic grayling, Arctic char, Northern pike, king salmon (he caught three that day, one at 36 pounds, which he released so it could spawn) and a chum or dog salmon. Schuiling said people from all over the country were visiting the Anvik Lodge, where the couple stayed for much of their two-week trip. He said he met fishermen from California, Texas, Wisconsin, and as he stepped off the plane he met sports legend Larry Csonka. The couple visited historic Seward, Alaska, Fox Island, the Denali National Park and Preserve, Fairbanks and the town of North Pole, where letters to Santa are sent. They saw moose, caribou, bear, eagles and sheep and enjoyed spectacular scenery. “To get the feel of Alaska, you have to see it. Pictures will never do it justice,” Schuiling said.
Matthew Newman, a 13-year-old homeschooler, was recently honored at the end of a summer barbeque as the proud first-place winner of this year’s Michigan Optimist Club’s Oratorical Contest. After winning the boys’ regional title on March 3, Newman advanced to the state competition held May 16 in Port Huron. In addition to laying claim to the title of state champion for the boys’ division, he was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. “Simply put, Matthew is a gifted speaker,” stated Tina Schmutz of the Grand Rapids Optimist Club, Newman’s sponsoring organization. In the finals, Newman was pitted against competitors all older than himself. The speech had to center around the theme of “For me, optimism is…”
Over 50,000 Rockford Rotary chicken dinners sold Dear Editor, Rockford Rotary Club is again serving its famous BBQ chicken dinners during the first weekend of Harvest Fest, Friday and Saturday, September 25-26, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drive-up service is available at the Rotary Pavilion at Courtland and Squires streets. Rotary’s famous chicken BBQ goes back to 1982, and has been part of the opening weekend of Harvest Fest ever since. Thanks to the great support of the Rockford area business community, this year’s pre-sales of dinners have put the all-time total of dinners sold to over 50,000. Many businesses purchase 10 or more dinners to give as employee “atta boys” or to give as customer appreciation gifts. The over $200,000 raised over this period have built the Rotary Pavilion, helped support the Rotary Park on Fremont Street, paid for lighting of the dam, helped pay for renovation of the Rockford Community Cabin, sponsored the Rockford Reading Festival, supported North Kent Service Center, and on and on. Dave Speese Chicken BBQ Chairman Rockford Rotary
This makes up for the flowers he didn’t get her on their 40th anniversary this July. Gary Allen, morning host of newsradio wood 1300, was the lucky winner of a 2009 Corvette, a car that sells in the $50,000 range and boasts about 435 horsepower. The car was the prize for this year’s Grand Valley Corvette Association annual raffle, which the club has been holding for 28 years. The ticket sales for the raffle were sold out this year, and allowed the club to give a $15,000 check to an organization for Downs syndrome children and $15,000 check for a Spina Bifida foundation. In the 28 years of the raffle, the group has raised and donated just under $600,000. The couple took possession of the vehicle on Monday, September 14 at Kool Chevrolet on Plainfield Avenue. Laurie, Gary’s wife, said that in their family, she has always driven the cars without automatic transmission, so this car should be hers. “He always lets me be the one to drive the sticks, so I guess this is my car,” she stated. She said the couple has already had conversations about whether the family dog, Calvin, will be allowed in the vehicle. He says no, she says yes. “I have a sheepskin I put in the back and there is a perfect space for him right there.” Dave Bailey, sales manager at Kool Chevrolet, said he is proud to partner with the automotive club in their efforts. “I never really realized how hard they work selling the tickets to raise this money,” he said. “Members are out at car shows every weekend, trail-ering the car all over the state and selling tickets. We are proud to be part of this every year and will continue to do so.” Bailey said Allen buys tickets every year and he is happy the couple won the summer of their 40th anniversary. It is also the Grand Valley Corvette Association’s 40th year, making it an extra special coincidence. “This is a cool (Kool?) story,” Bailey said. “A Corvette is nice, but so is a 40th anniversary.” Allen said he thought the first trip in the car would likely be a nice color tour around the state. “This is a happy day,” said […]
19th Paul Krupp, Haley Pilgrim, Roberta Sheils, Roberta Shripka 20th Alton Klinger, John Luton, Stacey Schluckebier 21st Richard Amon, Ruth Denick 22nd Jack Ferguson, Bev Maher 23rd Lois Ives, Ursula James, Lola Leder, Alyce Milligan, Fran Pleune 24th Char Krupp, Jerry Rodel, Paul Sedrowski, Andy Tidey 25th Betty Houting, Frank Phillips