by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL As was their usual habit, far southeast Grand Rapids residents “Skippy” Waivo and her gentleman friend, Bob Shaffer, were visiting Rockford and its Farm Market last Saturday. Bob told us that one day Skippy showed up sporting a pair of multi-colored socks. Bob told Skippy they looked sexy, to which she replied, “Why don’t you get a pair yourself?” Bob responded, “Where would I wear them?” to which Skippy answered, “Why, anywhere you please!” To the admiring delight of envious market-goers, they wore them to the popular Saturday Farm Market. Which goes to show, “You are only young once, but you can always be immature.”
In 1980, Rosario and Angela Candela left their homeland of Motelepre, Sicily, looking for a new start in America. Along with their three children, Sam, Joe and Anna, the couple worked with relatives in a local restaurant as they adjusted to life in America. Gaining experience and longing for their own personal tradition preparing Italian cuisine, the family opened a restaurant in 1982. Angela’s Pizza started as a small take-out pizza place located across the street. In 1985, the restaurant moved to its present location, and by 1995 became a full-service restaurant—Angela’s Italian Restaurant, located at 240 E. Division in Sparta, offering authentic Italian cuisine. Rosario and Angela continue the tradition of preparing the finest Italian cuisine along with the assistance of family members including Sam and his wife Lucy, Anna and her husband Domenico, and Joe. With the help of employees and the support of its patrons, Angela’s Restaurant has put a little touch of old world Italy in the community of Sparta. As a close-knit family, Rosario and Angela appreciate spending time with their children and 10 grandchildren. The family regularly travels to Sicily to visit relatives and brings back new recipes to add to their menu. Angela’s Restaurant offers daily specials (see their advertisement below), and welcomes everyone to stop in for an authentic Italian dining experience.
by TONY ANDERSON On Friday, Sept. 11 the Rockford Rams hosted the Hudsonville Eagles. Rockford won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half. The Rams then kicked off to the Eagles. There was a fumble on the play and the ball was recovered by Rockford’s Kevin Badersnider. The Rams took over on the 16-yard line, and the Rockford running back lost a yard on the first play. However, on the second play, quarterback Taylor Masiewicz ran 17 yards for the touchdown, and Paul Mudgett added the point after. Hudsonville returned the kickoff to the 25. After a big pass play for first down, the Eagles looked to have some momentum, but the Ram defense buckled down. Matt Karamol sacked the Hudsonville quarterback for an 11-yard loss, forcing the Eagles to punt. Rockford took over on the 47, and went to work by mixing run and pass play among several players. Ryan Darby took it the last 11 yards for a touchdown, and Mudgett added the point after. Mudgett then kicked the ball into the end zone for a touchback, giving the Hudsonville Eagles the ball on the 20-yard line. The Ram defense once again forced a punt. The punt return saw Darby hand the ball to Solomon Grant on a reverse, taking the ball to the 48. Masiewicz hit Karamol on a massive pass play, but it was negated by a holding call. The first quarter came to an end with the score of Rams 14, Eagles 0. At the start of the second quarter, the Rams’ offense stumbled a bit and were forced to punt. The Eagles took over on the 28-yard line and were starting to move down the field, but Taylor Huizenga picked off the Hudsonville quarterback and returned it to the 41-yard line. The Ram offense tripped up and had to punt. The Hudsonville receiver fumbled the fair catch, but the Eagles recovered on the eight-yard line. The Ram defense forced a three-and-out and returned the Eagle punt to the 21-yard line, but a penalty pushed them back to the 39-yard line. The Rams picked up one first down, then slowed down and Mudgett came in to kick a 37-yard field goal. The Eagles and […]
On a day that started out with a long, early morning bus ride in heavy fog, the Rockford boys cross country team made their own sunshine for Coach Andrew Martin, as they won their second consecutive invitational of the 2009 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 12. Traveling to Bath, near Lansing, the Rams joined 12 other schools in the large school division and came home with the championship trophy as they scored 55 points, outdistancing a very strong Saline team by 15 points. Running without Nick Shear, one of the team’s captains and top runners, the Rams showed their overall team depth, placing all five of their scorers in the top 23 racers. Leading the way for Rockford was senior Grant Gunneson, followed closely by junior Spencer Gerber. Gunneson’s time of 16:34 was good enough for fifth place. Both running 16:41, Gerber nailed down sixth place while senior teammate Drake Veitenheimer edged in closely for eighth. The story of the day may have been the next runner to score for the Rams, as junior Steven Ek ran a 16:57, which placed him 13th and definitely gave the Rams the step-up performance that was needed to win the meet. Rounding out the scoring for Coach Martin’s squad was up-and-coming freshman Drew Woznick, who ran a very solid 17:22. The final two varsity runners for the Rams, and a further testament to the overall team depth, were 400-meter track-and-field convert Ryan Romain and Devon Liu, who ran 17:24 and 17:25 respectively in finishing 26th and 27th overall in the 91-runner field. When asked to explain the winning performance of his team, Coach Martin said, “These boys deserved to bring home the trophy. On Thursday we ran the guys on their toughest hill workout of the season and some thought they might have some weary legs, but they showed that all their efforts in practice translated very well in the race results today.” In the junior varsity race, the Rams triumphed once again, scoring an almost perfect 17 points (15 is perfect) while beating second-place Saline by 21 points. All five scorers for Rockford in the JV portion of the invitational broke the 18-minute barrier. First-place finisher Evan Bruin led the way, running a 17:40 for the 5K distance. […]
Early victories over Hudsonville, Troy Athens, and Troy put Rockford in the final four. The three games featured a balanced scoring attack by Rockford—every player contributed at least one goal. The Rams then squared off in the semifinals with rival Ann Arbor Pioneer. Four hard-fought quarters weren’t enough to decide a winner. Neither was a standard shootout. Finally, after several rounds of sudden-death shootout, Pioneer netted the win. East Kentwood then defeated Rockford 8-7 in the consolation game, giving the Rams a fourth-place finish in the tournament. “It was a tough weekend for us,” conceded senior Tyler Manikowski. “But we’re looking to bounce back next week.” Coach Dave McWatters isn’t discouraged by the week’s performance. The Rams suffered one-goal losses to three very good teams. “There are more quality teams in the state this year than ever before,” noted McWatters, “and the top teams are evenly matched. The key will be which team improves the most as the year progresses. I’m hopeful that our young team will pull ahead of some competitors.”