Bella Vista Church volunteers to produce 100,000 life-saving meals

In September, hundreds of Rockford community members will work to feed thousands of starving children in the developing world. Through a partnership Bella Vista Church and global hunger charity Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), volunteers will prepare 100,000 life-saving meals at an FMSC MobilePackTM event. The MobilePack will take place September 14, 2013 at Bella Vista Church, 5100 Belding RD, Rockford, MI.

Community members can support this MobilePack by making a donation to cover meal costs, or by volunteering to package food at the event. Donations may be given immediately, and volunteer registration is available .To learn more, visit bellavistachurch.org.

To schedule an interview about this event, contact Ron Hughey at 874-7727or ron@bellavistachurch.org. For more information about FMSC, contact the Communications Manager, at 763.267.6319 or media@fmsc.org.

A Christian non-profit founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children tackles world hunger by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to an estimated 70 countries, where they’re used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics, and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. Last year, the charity welcomed 657,000 volunteers to pack 163 million meals in 33 states. FMSC spends 92% of total donations directly on feeding the hungry and has maintained the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator for eight consecutive years.

 

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Chamber welcomes Kelley to staff

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) would like to announce the addition of Amy Kelley to its staff. Kelley comes as a replacement for Charylene Powers in the role of Financial Administrative Assistant. Powers retired at the end of July.

Kelley is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a BSBA in accounting and carries a CPA license. She brings years of accounting experience to her new job with the chamber.

She is married to Michael Kelley, a Rockford podiatrist who offers foot and ankle care. The couple has four children, Megan, Shannon, Jacob and Joe. The family has resided in Rockford for 21 years. She enjoys spending time watching her children engage in sports and activities and stays busy volunteering with the Rockford Public Schools system and Our Lady of Consolation Church, where she is a member.

“We were very sad to see Char go,” said RCC Executive Director Jeannie Gregory. “Anyone who knows Char knows how dedicated she has been to the Rockford community. She also had such a wonderful and sharing personality that was engaging to both our visitors and membership. Add her expertise in finances and organizational skills and you have a difficult position to replace – we thought it would almost be impossible. But Amy came in with an impressive accounting background, had deep community roots, knows the Rockford area because they have lived here so long, and is well-known within the Rockford community as a caring individual who has given her time and her heart. Whenever I tell anyone who knows Amy that we have hired her for the position they say, ‘what a great fit!’ We are very happy to welcome Amy to our Chamber family, and we couldn’t agree more, she is a great fit for the job.”

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Girls Swim & Dive team Champions of the West Michigan Relays

Rockford Lady Rams Swim and Dive Team winners of the 2013 West Michigan Relays.

Rockford Lady Rams Swim and Dive Team winners of the 2013 West Michigan Relays.

Backstroker Rachel Fredricks leads off in the 400 Medley Relay.

Backstroker Rachel Fredricks leads off in the 400 Medley Relay.

On Saturday, September 7, 2013 the vast majority of girls from West Michigan participating in high school swim & dive converged at Holland Community Aquatic Center for the annual West Michigan Relays. The meet showcased very talented athletes from 16 teams that competed in 10 relay swim events as well as diving performances. The meet is very fun for all who participate and marks the first major meet of the swim & dive season.

The Rockford Girls combined their strength and depth to deliver an outstanding performance. Rockford topped all teams with 372 points followed by East Grand Rapids (354), and Holland (332). Not only did Rockford place in the top-five in every relay, they took 1st place in four of the ten events. While racking up the points, the Rams placed 1st in four events, 2nd in two events, 3rd in one event, 4th in two events, and 5th in one event.

The meet began with the 400 yard medley relay. Rachel Fredricks, Sydney McDowell, Maddie Trimble and Meegan Snyman came out fast and started the day with a 3rd place finish for the Rams in a time of 410.06. In the 200 yard breaststroke relay, Stephanie Mull, Christina Hanssen, Lauren Mirecki and Sydney McDowell touched the wall at 214.98 finishing 5th. In the progressive 500 yard freestyle relay, the combination of Dakota Noble, Emily Smith, Sara Fredricks and Megan Schremp took the 4th place spot with a time of 449.34.

In the next three events, the Rams kicked up the heat and pulled out an exciting three event streak of first place finishes. In the 400 yard 4×100 individual medley relay, Meegan Snyman, Marissa Marion, Delayni Kornak-Kotarba and Kara Vandawater stood proud on the first place podium with a time of 414.45. Next to wear first place medals were Delayni Kornak-Kotarba, Kallen Wolfer, Erin Hudson and Maddie Trimble who clocked a 148.52 in the 200 yard butterfly relay. Rounding out the consecutive streak on the first place podium in the 800 yard freestyle relay was Megan Schremp, Emily Smith, Sara Fredricks and Marissa Marion who finished their race with a time of 808.13.

The Rams did not let up and the relay team of Delayni Kornak-Kotarba, Cory Stage, Rachel Fredricks and Kara Vandawater stayed strong and finished second in the 200 yard backstroke relay with a time 155.27. The 400 freestyle relay placed 4th as Sara Fredricks, Dakota Noble, Emily Smith and Megan Schremp combined to finish in 346.38. What followed was the 200 yard medley relay team of Kara Vandawater, Sydney McDowell, Maddie Trimble and Erin Hudson with another thrilling 1st place victory for the Rams. The swim portion of the meet ended in a race for the finish with Rockford’s team of Dakota Noble, Meegan Snyman, Marissa Marion and Erin Hudson coming in second place with a time of 140.08.

The diving portion of the meet featured the trio of Ali Cook, Mikayla Scogg and Sarah McCabe who combined their scores to come in 7th place. Their performance coupled with the swim relay results catapulted Rockford to the top of the leader board.

As each swimmer can only swim a maximum of three events and the dive team can only enter three divers to make a scoring team, combinations and meet strategy was a key element to Rockford’s ultimate success. Coach Tom Parks was very proud of his entire team and is impressed by strong performances so early in the season. Senior captains Ali Cook & Kara Vandawater were also extremely happy as they helped their team hoist the 1st place trophy at the close of the meet.

Next up for the Ram swimmers and divers is a return trip to Holland Community Aquatic Center on Saturday, September 14, 2013 for a tri meet with Holland and Mercy.

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Girls’ cross country runs strong at Bath Invitational

Rockford varsity runners enjoy a moment with their well-earned trophy. Shown left to right Harney, Paige Parker, Brasure, Natalie Napolillo, Benoit, Hill, Schoff.

Rockford varsity runners enjoy a moment with their well-earned trophy. Shown left to right Harney, Paige Parker, Brasure, Natalie Napolillo, Benoit, Hill, Schoff.

Weir (#4587), Medich and Beach lead a tight Rockford pack at start of JV race.

Weir (#4587), Medich and Beach lead a tight Rockford pack at start of JV race.

The Lady Rams displayed great strength and speed in two separate races at Bath last Saturday.  The 7-runner varsity squad captured 3rd place in the invitational’s Division 1 race.  An additional seven Rockford runners placed in the top ten at the later JV race.

Tough competition from Saline (1st) and Hudsonville (2nd) packed enough girls amidst our runners to nudge the Lady Rams out of a top-2 trophy by a mere seven points.  Rockford still kept the score very tight, and made sure the other teams worked hard to earn their awards.

Lauren Brasure led the pack throughout the varsity race to clinch 1st place with a phenomenal 17:58.  Kerianne Schoff was not far behind at 18:36 to take 6th place in the event.  Morgan Harney finished 15th at 19:36; Morgan Benoit took 17th at 19:43; and Maja Hill scored 20th at 20:08.  Brasure and Schoff both set new lifetime personal records (LTPR) with their results.

Another 39 girls from Rockford ran in the JV race.  The Lady Rams continued to show great team depth as all but one of the top seven finishers were from Rockford.  Freshman Molly Weir (20:18) grabbed 1st place as sophomores Larissa Medich (20:36) and Avri Beach (20:42) took 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

 

 

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Boys varsity tennis comes through with a strong showing at EPI

#1 Singles Mark Veitengruber gets set to stroke the backhand winner.

#1 Singles Mark Veitengruber gets set to stroke the backhand winner.

#1 Doubles Thomas Hall serves while Sam Dater waits to crush the return.

#1 Doubles Thomas Hall serves while Sam Dater waits to crush the return.

In recent RHS tennis action the Rams Boys Varsity kicked off the week of August 26 playing in the Elliott Pearce Invitational, hosted by Forest Hills Central High School. The EPI is a tourney the Rams play in annually and is well known to have one of toughest draws in the state for multi school tournaments.

While the competition was stiff, the Rams finished with one of their best showings ever, scoring 11 points in the tournament!

Taking matches on the day were the # 1, 2 and 3 singles players, Mark Vietengruber (versus GR Christian), Luke Van Fleet (versus East Kentwood) and Jerry Hewitt (versus Petoskey). Also taking matches in doubles play were #1 Sam Dater\Thomas Hall (versus Detroit Catholic Central) and #2 Ken Smith\John Macgregor (versus GR Catholic). Posting a pair of wins were #3 John D’Mour\Conner Krupp (versus Petoskey, St Joseph). Wrapping it all up on the day were #4 Ben Ramsey\Morgan Hale with two wins (versus Petoskey, GR Christian) good for 3rd place in their tournament flight.

All in all, a great day for an “Tom Izzo\MSU basketball like, TOUGH” early season tourney on the schedule and a great way to be “battle tested” for the rest of the season.

As of press time of this article, the Rams Boys Varsity Tennis team will have played two more matches (Monday 9\9-Northview, Wednesday 9\11-Grand Haven) as they continue on in preparation for the all important conference and regional tournaments in October. The Rams close out this very busy week with an away match against The Fighting Scots of Caledonia. Look for a report the week of 9\16 for the scores and highlights of these exciting RHS Varsity tennis matches!

 

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