Longhurst Donna Jeanne Hart Longhurst, age 79, of Rockford peacefully left us July 27, 2009. Donna will be deeply missed by her husband of 61 years, James E. Longhurst; her children, Randy (Rachel) Longhurst, Marie (Lynn) Farrance, Keith Longhurst and partner Marie Schultz; grandchildren, Jason (Andrea) Longhurst, Krystin (Jacob) Sponsler, Lindsey (Andrew) Maki, Ashley Farrance; great-grandchildren, Issac, Kayla, Gaberial, Skyler and Christian; and her dear four-legged companion, Sophie. Donna will be lovingly remembered for her bright sense of humor, generous nature, love of family, and hugs she gave to everyone to express her appreciation and love. In her early years she enjoyed her work with her family on their 4-H fair projects, country living, traveling, bowling with friends, history and reading. Bird-watching was a favorite, but seeing the busy hummingbirds brought her the most joy. The Longhurst family would like to express their deepest appreciation to their thoughtful neighbors and the entire Spectrum Health Hospice team for their wonderful support and guidance. The service for Mrs. Longhurst will be Thursday afternoon, July 30, 2009, at 1:00 at Pederson Funeral Home with Chaplain Susan Cleveland officiating. Interment will be in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. The family will greet relatives and friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 at the funeral home. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford. Bailey Mr. Gerald “Jerry” Bailey, age 83, of Rockford passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 24, 2009, surrounded at home by his loving family. While attending Rockford High School, Jerry lettered in football, baseball and basketball and still held a part-time job at the Kroger Store. After graduating from Rockford High School in 1944, Jerry enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as a seaman first class on the USS John A. Bole (DD 755) during WWII. He graduated from Albion College and worked as an insurance adjuster. Later he represented several real estate companies as an agent. Jerry enjoyed golfing, bowling, working crossword puzzles, and playing a good card game. He was an avid reader, enjoying biographies and books about politics. Jerry was a life member of the Merritt Lamb Post #102 American […]
The directors of Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE: WWW) have recently declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on November 2, 2009, to stockholders of record on October 1, 2009. The dividend is equal to the last quarterly dividend and reflects an indicated annual dividend of $0.44 per share.
Alice Bronswell Phillips, 58, died when the vehicle which she drove was struck by that of a 19-year-old Grand Rapids woman on Alpine Avenue just south of Lamoreaux, on Sunday, July 26. According to the Michigan State Police, Phillips lost control of her car after the impact and ran off the right side of the road and overturned, hitting a utility pole. She was taken to Butterworth Hospital by Life Ambulance and died. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor and all parties had their seatbelts on.
Wed.–Thur., July 29–30 “Christmas in July” Sale—9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wed., and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thur., at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford. All proceeds to benefit the North Kent Service Center Food Pantry. Thursday, July 30 Free Child ID Program—10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockford Christian School, 6060 Belding Rd., Rockford, sponsored by the Rockford Masonic Lodge #246. Each child who enters the program will receive a dental impression and a CD containing a photo, video, digital fingerprints and vital information. Parents or guardians of children who participate must be present and fill out a permission slip for the child. This program is part of the Kent County Sheriff’s Kids’ Day in conjunction with the Rockford Police Department, Greater Grand Rapids Safe Kids, and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. The day also includes the Mounted Unit, Bike Patrol, Motorcycle Unit, Parks Unit, Marine Division and a Kids Bike Rodeo (bring your bike and helmet). FREE ADMISSION. To register, call (616) 632-6221. For more information, contact Ron Grew at (616) 874-3182 or visit www.michip.org. Saturday, August 1 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants. Monday, August 3 Chamber Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series—noon to 1:30 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Inn, 8521 Belding Rd., Rockford. Rockford Public Schools (RPS) Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler will give updates on what is happening with RPS. Open to the public; please RSVP by noon Friday, July 31 by calling the Chamber office at (616) 866-2000 or e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $15 for Chamber members; $20 for nonmembers. Blood Drive—noon to 7 p.m. at Rockford Community Donor Center (Rockford Community Cabin), 220 N. Monroe Street. Register to win a weekend casino getaway! Blood Drive—3 to 7 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational United Church of Christ, fellowship hall, 7979 Belding Rd., Rockford. Register to win a family “Staycation.” Tuesday, August 4 Huntington Rogue River Blues Series “After the Blues”—7 to 9 p.m. at the Garden Park Stage, along the White Pine Trail near the dam, every Tuesday through August 11. This week features The Concussions (surf). Mended Hearts Meeting—7 p.m. […]
This spring, The Rockford Squire reported that five historic people in the Rockford area were honored at Recognition Plaza at Peppler Park. The event is a newer tradition in its second year and organized by the Rockford Area Community Endowment (RACE). Each year, RACE will honor people from the City of Rockford and the townships of Algoma, Cannon, Courtland and Plainfield. In addition to the gift of grants, recognizing the people who have contributed significantly to the history of the area is among the Endowment’s goals. When visiting the beautiful Peppler Park Recognition Plaza (on the west side of the dam), take the time to read the names on the bricks under your feet and in plaques on the columns in the park. The following is one more of the stories of this year’s honorees, with others to follow in future issues of the Squire. Clarence Blakeslee Not long ago, renowned newsman Tom Brokaw wrote a book entitled “The Greatest Generation.” That book recognized the generation of Americans who were born in the early 1900s, survived two world wars and the most crippling economic depression in American history. Clarence Blakeslee exemplifies that generation and all that it stands for, as well as any American. The Rockford area was truly blessed by many of that greatest generation, and the history of this community will always be much more richly colored because of the lives of those people, not the least of which is our own Clarence Blakeslee, or as he has come to be known, Mr. Rockford. Clarence was born in Grand Rapids in 1914. By 1918, his parents had divorced and he moved to Courtland Township for his first Rockford experience. He moved several times after that, including back to Grand Rapids and to Ionia, but in 1926 his mother—with a horse and wagon load of kids, furniture and a new husband—moved back to the Rockford area. It was a move that brought a lifetime of mutual love and respect between Clarence and his new home and neighbors of Rockford. Clarence graduated from Rockford Senior High School in 1932 after a distinguished high school career that included varsity letters in track, football and basketball. The classroom was a success also and it was recognized by […]