Rockford’s junior varsity soccer team had two home games this week. The first game was Wednesday, Sept. 9 against the West Catholic Falcons. The Rams had an easy time with the Falcons. The first goal came at four minutes into the game. Connor Doud shot a penalty-kick bullet past the Falcons’ defense into the back of the net. The Rams didn’t have to wait long for another goal. It came five minutes later. Ben Przybylski shot a line drive into the net with an assist by Michael Becker. The Rams continued their onslaught of shots at goal. Ian Stankus shot a line drive into the back of the net away from the goalie with an assist by Doud at 12 minutes into the half. Then, four minutes later, Stankus drilled a bullet by the goalie with an assist by Victor Pulaski. With four minutes to go in the first half, Jesse Aronoff shot one by the Falcons’ goalie with an assist by Justin Mohr. With two minutes to go, Becker shot a corner kick that confused the Falcons and rolled for a goal by the Falcon defenders and goalie. The half ended with the score at Rams 6, Falcons 0. The second half was the opposite of the first. One minute into the second half, Stankus had a tap in goal. With the score being Rams 7, Falcons 0, if the Rams scored one more goal, the MHSAA “goal differential rule” would be used and the game would end. This rule states that if one team is up by eight goals over the other team, the game ends. The Rams and Falcons played with no further goals made by either team. The game ended at Rams 7, Falcons 0. On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Rams hosted the Portage Central Mustangs. This was a hard-fought game from start to finish. The Mustangs drew first blood with a goal 28 minutes into the first half. The Rams answered with a hard shot by Nick Krampe with the assist going to Ian Dayton. The first half ended with a 1-1 tie. In the second half, the Rams pressed the attack against the Mustangs. Doud scored from a penalty kick at the 27-minute mark. This was a planed penalty-kick […]
Fisher Carole M. Fisher, age 44, passed away September 12, 2009, from accidental injuries. Born in Big Rapids, she graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1982. With her family, she enjoyed yearly tent camping trips to the Upper Peninsula. Prior to an accident in 1991, she loved to dance and roller-skate, and later played Bingo, a variety of card games, and computer games. She had a deep love for her sons who survive her, Edward Roger Fisher Jr. and Jess Bennett. Also surviving are her sister, Debbie and Lee Bliss of Cedar Springs; her nieces and nephews; and her long-time companion, Virgil Turner. She was preceded in death by the father of her sons, Edward Fisher Sr. A memorial gathering was held on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at the American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 in Cedar Springs, with Pastor Keith Hemilla officiating. Inurnment will be in Mecosta-Austin Cemetery. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider the needs of the family. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Each year Crossfire Ministries celebrates a Harvest celebration featuring a key international speaker from an affective missions ministry. On Sunday, Sept. 20, Reverend David Ogren will be the special speaker at the 10 a.m. worship service in the conference room adjacent to MVP Health Club, 515 E. Division, Rockford. The public is cordially invited to attend this service. Special music will be provided by Crossfire’s worship team, led by Pastor Judy Hemmila. Chili, cornbread and pie will be served for lunch following the service. Ogren has pastored four congregations over the past 35 years. He pastored two churches on the West Coast in Washington and two congregations in the Midwest. He has been married for 37 years to Colleen and is the father of three children and the grandfather of four. While pastoring Philadelphia Church in Seattle, Wash., from 1996-2007, Pastor Ogren served as the missions director for International Russian Radio and Television (IRR/TV). After he resigned his church in 2007, IRR/TV asked him to be the U.S. and Canadian representative for this mission’s ministry. He now travels throughout North America casting vision for IRR/TV and ministering to pastors and churches. IRR/TV is a nondenominational, modern mission’s organization which focuses on taking the Gospel to the nations of Russia, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. The tools of television, radio and the Internet greatly enhance the fulfillment of the Great Commission of Christ. To achieve the goals of reaching these different people groups, IRR/TV produces evangelistic radio programs, television programs, videos and literature in 20 languages. In 2005, IRR/TV received the National Religious Broadcasting International Ministry Award during the 62nd Annual Convention in Anaheim, Calif. Missions are the heart of God for all people groups in our world today. This service will help you understand how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is communicated in a different culture. Pastor Ogren will inspire and challenge you to make your Christian witness relevant in the world which you live. Don’t miss this opportunity.
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL For maybe the second time in his life, Dave Heyboer, chairman of the Friends of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail (Friends), was struck speechless. It was Thursday, August 7, and Heyboer had just been presented a check for $502,240 from the Meijer Foundation to further augment a million dollars that had been previously granted some years ago. This latest donation was gifted to provide the 20% matching monies to a recently received federal grant of $2,240,000 to be used toward the final engineering and further paving of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail (FMWPT). “It was money sent from heaven,” said Heyboer. The 92-mile-long FMWPT is a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) linear park that is the jewel of the state’s Rails-to-Trails system. Traveling north to south, it connects the cities of Cadillac and Grand Rapids. Some 35 miles have already been paved and are heavily used by countless numbers of people as a recreational destination. These users are not only local residents but also Michiganders from around the state and visitors from across the nation as well. The new monies received will go toward the complete engineering of the entire unpaved portion of the FMWPT. The balance remaining will allow paving from Cadillac southward to, hopefully, LeRoy in late spring or early summer of 2010. This southward paving is a departure from the Grand Rapids northward paving that has been previously completed. By completing the engineering, further paving can move forward without delay as new monies come available. Last Friday, September 11, a ceremony was held at the FMWPT staging area in Cadillac that was attended by 150 people. Federal, state and local officials, along with area businessmen, representatives of the Michigan Snowmobile Association, and members of the Friends were present. The guest of honor was to have been Fred Meijer, who was a little “under the weather” and unable to attend. Rob VerHeulen and Mike Julien of the Meijer Foundation ably represented Fred, himself. Friends Chairman Dave Heyboer, who—along with the group he heads—has dedicated a major portion of his life toward the goal of the complete paving of the FMWPT, couldn’t be happier […]