On an unseasonably cool and gray day, the Rockford boys cross-country team opened their 2009 season with a dominant performance in winning the Third Annual Rockford Cross Country Invitational. Although the team acted as gracious hosts to the seven schools attending the meet, on the scoreboard the Ram harriers were anything but kind, as Rockford won the meet with a score of 23 points. Second-place Forest Hills Central scored 67 points. Scoring at the Rockford Invitational is unique to this meet. Five boys run in the 11/12 varsity upperclassman race and five boys run in the 9/10 varsity underclassman race, with the top three boys from each school scoring in each race. The final scores are determined by adding together the six scoring runners from each school. Rockford runners were second, third and fifth in the upperclassman race and first, third and ninth in the underclassman race. Rockford established dominance from the opening gun in the upperclassman race as senior co-captain Grant Gunneson and junior Spencer Gerber pushed the pace. They were joined in the small lead pack by a single runner, Jeff Sattler of Byron Center. Senior co-captains Nick Shear and Drake Veitenheimer were in the trailing pack but close behind. Gunneson held the lead for most of the first two miles. However, on a long uphill with about 1,200 meters to go, Sattler made a bold move and captured the lead. Sattler did not relinquish the lead, as Gunneson finished second at 16:53 to Sattler’s 16:37. Gerber was third at 17:02, with Veitenheimer completing the scoring for the Rams in this race, finishing fifth in 17:10. In the underclassman race, freshman Drew Woznick easily outdistanced the field, running 17:23, as he pulled away from a very determined Middleville runner at the two-mile mark. Rounding out the scoring in the underclassman race for the Rams was third-place finisher sophomore Connor Jewell at 18:15, followed by ninth-place freshman Austin Benoit, who ran 18:57. The Rams later swarmed the field as 37 Ram runners lined up for the start of the junior varsity race. In the JV race, which wrapped up the competition, the Rams placed the most runners in the top 10 with the fastest time being turned in by second-place finisher, senior Ryan Romain. […]
Hope Community Church is celebrating the canine-human bond with a day of celebration on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. Over a dozen events are aimed at families with sociable dogs up-to-date on shots and on a leash held by an adult. Prizes and trophies valued over $150 will be awarded in the Pet Costume Contest and the Pet/Person Kinda-Look-Alike Contest. Enter to win a year’s supply of dog food provided by Chow Hound. This fundraiser for Hope Community Church’s build-a-parking-lot fund includes a need-not-be-present-to-win raffle for stunning pet items every half hour, nail trims, ear cleaning, brush-a-pet station, and homemade pet and people baked goods. Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary, Paws with a Cause, and the Humane Society of Kent County will be present with events and information. AKC will also provide information for pet parents. Pastor Scott will preside over the Blessing of the Dogs Ceremony, which will be offered several times during the event. Hyer Luv Kennel and Groomers is creating and coordinating this event with Hope Community Church members, Plainfield Pet Hospital, Wise Photography, Iams Corporation, Rockford Animal Hospital, Ada Hospital for Animals, Rogue Valley Vet Hospital, Ric’s and those businesses still coming on board to support the community and Hope Community Church.
Enjoy the sights Visit Stacy Niedzwiecki, Rockford photographer, at Art in the Park on Saturday, September 12 at Rockford’s Art tn the Park at Garden Club Park (behind Arnie’s) in downtown Rockford from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Multi-media artworks—sculpture, jewelry, weaving and no crafts—will be available for viewing or purchase.
Cannon Township to close portion of trail Cannon Township will soon be closing a section of the trail while repair work is performed, hoping that the repairs will be completed in a two-week period. During that time, no traffic will be allowed on the section of the trail running west from Sunfish Lake Avenue to Dix Farms. Please do not try to go around this area by walking on the private drive or through the woods. These repairs should solve the township’s water problems. Wolverine World Wide Inc. announces new appointments Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE: WWW) recently announced the appointment of Bill Dodge as vice president of product development for the Outdoor Group, and Mark Sandquist as president of Global Apparel. These senior leadership roles will help accelerate several of the company’s key growth initiatives for the Merrell, Patagonia Footwear and Chaco businesses. Both Dodge and Sandquist will report to Jim Zwiers, president of the Outdoor Group. Commenting on the appointments, Zwiers stated, “Wolverine remains focused on executing its global growth initiatives, which includes growing Merrell into our first billion dollar brand and capitalizing on the potential of the Chaco brand. We are privileged to have Mark Sandquist and Bill Dodge enhance our already strong senior leadership team, and look forward to their contributions to drive innovative product creation and future growth. Mark’s experience and past success in outdoor apparel will be instrumental in helping us grow our apparel platform. At the same time, the alignment of all Outdoor Group footwear product development under Bill’s leadership will provide synergies and help us realize the potential of the Merrell, Patagonia Footwear and Chaco brands.” For additional information, please visit www.wolverineworldwide.com.
Obedience training for your pets by SAM HYER “In many ways, dogs are like children,” says Bob Yamall Jr. of Kimbertal Kennels, Kimberton, PA., a nationally respected judge, breeder and trainer. They are curious and lively—dogs will spend much time trying different activities and exploring new behaviors. But only by consistent, firm obedience training will they learn the subtle nuances of civilized behavior in a human household—namely your household. Yamall specializes in breeding and training Dobermans and Rottweilers. He says that once your dog realizes that you are his sole source of food, walks and amusement, he’ll try a variety of ways to attract your attention so he gets what he wants. Let’s say that constant barking, whining or jumping on others gets the desired result; your dog will continue to do it until you teach him otherwise. This is where obedience training comes into play. The time to begin training your puppy comes when you first bring him home. The most important command is “come when called.” It is the first thing you need to teach your puppy—his name and to answer to it. This is easy to do. Just call the pup by name each and every time you address him, and praise him lavishly when he comes to you. Talk to him, using his name and the same words over and over, and soon he will know what you mean and desire. For example when you put him in his crate say, “Crate, Benny.” When it is dinnertime say, “Dinner, Benny,” and time to potty, “Potty, Benny.” Short and simple will assist your pet in knowing what you desire, and his desire is to please you. So make it easy for him to do so, and reward him for doing it, so it is his desire to repeat the loving moments between the two of you. By keeping the phrases simple and repetitious, it will not take long for a young pup to figure out that “dinner” means food, “car ride” is a trip, “out” and pup will head for the door, or “crate” and pup will go to his room. You also need to teach your pet to behave when the doorbell rings and when you and other family members arrive home. […]