Wanted: a good friend by PASTOR JON HUIZENGA River Rock Church Recently I heard a mom say that the nicest thing a friend had done for her was to have brought a meal over when she really needed it. Not having that one detail hanging over her head meant a lot. A friend like that is fantastic—and unusual. You need a good friend. Someone needs you to be his or her good friend. What would that friendship look like? Here is a summary of the Bible book called “Proverbs” on the subject: • Constant—“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity,” Proverbs 17:17. • Candor—“Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses,” Proverbs 27:6. • Counsel—“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another,” Proverbs 27:17. • Considerate—“Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—too much of you, and he will hate you,” Proverbs 25:17. I smile at that last one. Good friends even know when it is time to go. Spiritually speaking, Jesus tells us that the very thing that will show him to the world is our treating each other like that. (His actual words: “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another,” John 13:35.) So, my encouragement to you is: When you’ve enjoyed your reading of the Squire, get off your chair and go be a good friend!
While many recent high school graduates are busy with summer jobs, planning for college or pursuing career opportunities, seven young women from Rockford have been studying all summer—and loving it! Rockford High School class of 2009 graduates Dani McDonald, Danea Mather, Michelle Morgan, Liz Downer, Rena Steed, Shannon Wilson and Cristin Jamba have been taking voice lessons and practicing throughout the school year and into the summer months with voice instructor Joyce Kash. Some of the girls will be pursuing music careers this fall at various universities; others just love to sing and want to improve their skills. To celebrate their accomplishments, the girls joined Kash and piano accompanist Diane Crosby at Reds on the River in downtown Rockford for their Senior Recital on Wednesday, August 5. Each girl performed two songs for family, friends and Reds guests. Keyboard World provided the piano for the recital. Reds Executive Chef Glenn Forgie was thrilled with the talent and professionalism of each girl. “This is a real treat for our guests,” he said, “and whenever we can partner with our community and provide a venue for students to gain experience performing, we are happy to help.”
Jim and Kay (Ziegler) Coleman of Rockford will celebrate 50 years of marriage on September 12, 2009, with an open house on Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Rockford Community Cabin from 4 to 8 p.m. Their friends in the community are welcome to attend. The couple were married in 1959 in Fond Du Lac, Wis. They have five children, Kelly (Barb) Coleman, Michael (Tammy) Coleman, Gary Coleman, Chris (Lindsay Ryerson) Coleman, Diane (Tom) Biggs; six grandchildren, Jeni, Joe, Maddison, Mitch, Drew, Margot, and one on the way; and four great-grandchildren, Max, Avery, Noah, Levi, and another on the way (in loving memory of Alec and Owen).
Rockford City Manager Michael Young said the federal restrictions on money provided by the stimulus program may make the cash not worth the effort. Before Rockford City Council on Monday, August 10, Young told the board that Rockford may receive approval for stimulus monies for a $120,000 project to repave Main Street. Because handicap ramps in the project area are not up to federal standards, they would likely have to be replaced. There are 12 that would be included in the project. “It’s stupid,” said Young. “This money could go five times farther without these types of restrictions.” He said the ramp replacements would add about $25,000 to the project. “These are pristine ramps that have served for ten years or more.” Young said federal guidelines require the handicap ramps have a colored, textured section in front of the beginning of the ramp which would be useful for the visually impaired. The money would also be limited to the driving portion of the street. Young said the two lanes of Main would fall under acceptable guidelines to use the stimulus money, but Rockford would have to pay for the repaving of the sides of the road where cars park. Funding the paving with stimulus money, the project could begin next July. This was also raised as a concern. “With Wolverine possibly taking down buildings next summer, we would hate to pave the street and then have all those trucks on it,” Young said. Young also gave council an update on the progress of the decomissioning of the tannery. He said company has told him that by mid-September all tanks on the property will have been cleaned and all chemicals will have been removed. Wolverine will then bring in an assessor to evaluate the buildings and contents. He said redevelopment of the property could begin as early as 2010 and Wolverine will be present at an upcoming informational meeting open to the public.
The Montcalm Community College spring 2009 semester honors lists include 596 students. Of these, 308 students obtained a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average (GPA), earning them a place on the President’s Honors List or the Part-time President’s Honors List, and 288 students earned a place on the Honors List or Part-time Honors List with GPAs of 3.3 to 3.69. Full-time students must have earned at least 12 credits during the semester and part-time students must have earned at least six credits during the semester to be eligible for honors. Students named to the President’s Honors List (3.7 to 4.0 GPA) are Jacob Bielecki, Tina Hansen, Jeremy Menefee, Andrew Middleman, Roseanne Shears and Nicholas Wagner, all of Cedar Springs. Greenville students include Andrew Aylsworth, Courtney Baker, Lacy Bittenbender, Benjamin Bowser, Andrew Chrisman, Addie Clark, Kelly Crittenden, Bethanie Culey, Roxana Dumitru, Joseph Fletcher, Aleeson Gladding, Harmony Goodacre, Dannielle Grochala, Landon Hansen, Victoria Hare, Alyssa Heffernan, Stephanie Joki, Emily Martin, Brian Miller, Brittany Miller, Jeffery Navarro, George Quiriconi, Elena Ritter, Lisa Rosier, John Schmiedicke, Heather Sherwood, Brian Simones, Joshua Snyder, Lisa Thompson, Matthew Tissue, Eric Vaughn and Christian Wagner. Cheryl Shapiro of Rockford and Candice Russell of Sparta were also named to the President’s Honors List. Students named to the Part-time President’s Honors List (3.7 to 4.0 GPA) are Katie Bellingar, Alexander Feravich, Wendy Kempkers, Rebekah Raisch and Michael Wheat, all of Cedar Springs. Greenville students include Julienne Adrianse, Valerie Barnes, Jennifer Bjordahl, Carrie Brovont, Robert Byram, Ashley Chaprnka, Kristy Curry, Laurie Ann Derosha, Lawrence Dyer, Lois Elliott, Alexander Franz, Brittney Howell, Hannah Hutson, Isaac Hutson, Andrew Krause, Raybecca Krick, Angelita London, Morgan MacDermaid, Samantha Phillips, Alyssa Purdy, Jennifer Reynolds, China Ricket, Carly Roderick, Timothy Rogers, Abigail Rouhan, Krysta Russell, Pamela Scheese, Kristin Scholten, Jamie Simmons, Jessica Stewart, Sarah Stoots, Emily Tousley, Jeremy Vandenburg, Patricia Varney and Laura Waldron. Rockford students Candy Deforest, Lisa Doneth and Cindy Murray were also named to the list. Students named to the Honors List (3.3 to 3.69 GPA) include Tiffany Francisco and Dennis Menefee, both of Cedar Springs. Greenville students include Sarah Bradbury, Rebecca Bristol, Christa Cook, Jeremiah Edwards, Benjamin Gardner, Jessica Garvin, Margaret Gladding, Matthew Green, Chelsea Herald, Stacey Hopkins, Jessie Howard, Nichole Jensen, Amanda Major, Jamie May, Susie Pethers, Jesse […]