Out with old, in with new GM The deer season got monumentally better for me on Saturday, Nov. 20. I was able to forget all about my escapades of the opening two days. My split lip is mostly healed up and my flat tire was an easy, albeit $125, fix. I could afford to move those bad memories to the back of my mind because at about 10:30 a.m. I found myself in a position to shoot a spike horn buck. Where I am hunting, you don’t get much time to dawdle. It’s not like those television shows where the shooter has an eternity to line up the deer and seems to take forever to shoot. Through experience, we have concluded we get about five seconds from the time you hear or see a deer coming to the time it’s gone. The first three seconds you determine if it’s a buck or a doe, calculate how big you think it is, and determine if you are going to shoot at it. Then you have two seconds to make the shot. That’s not much time. It all happens so fast that there is really not even enough time to catch a case of buck fever. Fortunately, I was able to put the five seconds to good use this time and made a good shot. Other times, I have not been so fortunate. I either missed the shot or didn’t even get a shot off. Of course, those memories go to the same place as the above-mentioned opening two days memories—into the far recesses of my mind. Happy thoughts are always better. Last week was Thanksgiving. We celebrated and gave thanks to God for all that we have. There is a group of people, however, who may have found their thankfulness tempered by a dose of reality. They are the common share stockholders of the “old” General Motors Corporation. When our federal government agreed to inject approximately 50 billion dollars into General Motors (GM) in exchange for an equity position in the “new” GM, every person who owned shares in the old GM saw the value of their shares go to zero. They are allowed a tax write-off for the cost of the shares, but a tax […]
Thursday, December 2 Rockford Area Historical Society Christmas Potluck—6:30 p.m. at the Community Cabin. Bring your own table service and a dish to pass. Hostesses will be Pat Frye and Carla Blandford. Intro to Digital Memory Keeping—9 to 11 a.m. at The Memory Boutique, 925 Northland Dr., Rockford. Free workshop designed to help you get started with the My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software program. Sign up at www.thememoryboutique.net or call (616) 828-2402. Fri.–Sun., Dec. 3–5 Food 4 Soles Holiday Food Drive—a benefit for North Kent Community Services, at the Rockford Footwear Depot, North Main Street in downtown Rockford. Donate a non-perishable food item and get a coupon for 20% off any one item. No limit on food donated; limit of 10 coupons per customer. Valid for in-store purchase only Dec. 3-5; not valid on employee purchases, online purchases or gift certificate purchases. Saturday, December 4 Santa Breakfast—8:30 to 10 a.m. at John Ball Zoo, in the “ballroom” featuring all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit and beverages, including a personal visit with Santa, a take-away souvenir, and an up-close demonstration with three animals. The breakfast is limited to 100 people; all seats must be reserved. Call (616) 336-4326. Cost is $15 per adult and $13 per child for non-members, or $12 and $10 for zoo members. “Books Are Fun” Sale—noon to 4 p.m. at Rockford American Legion Post, 330 Rockford Park Dr., hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary. 28th Annual Fine Art and Craft Holiday Sale—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lowell High School, 11700 Vergennes (just east of Ada), Lowell, sponsored by the Rogue River Artisans, featuring more than 100 juried artists and craftsmen. For more information, visit lowellholidayartshow.com. 29th Annual Crafty Christmas Bazaar—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 505 S. Lafayette St., Greenville. Unique gifts, hand-crafted items, homemade baked goods, lunch and raffles. For more information, call (616) 754-4194. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Annual Cookie Walk—9 a.m. until the cookies are gone, 310 E. Division, Rockford. Proceeds from the sale of their homemade cookies go to various mission projects sponsored by the Ladies Guild. For more information, call the alumni office at (616) 526-6142. Monday, December 6 Blood Drive—noon to 7 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin, Rockford. Tuesday, December 7 Crafts Around the World—6:30 […]
Keith-(Seeley) VanRee Jennifer (Seeley) VanRee and Andrew Keith were united in marriage on November 3, 2010 on the beach at Montego Bay, Jamaica. Parents of the bride are Larry and Nancy Seeley of Rockford. The groom’s parents are Kim and Sue Keith of Rockford and Allison Hayes of Lake Station, Mich. The newlyweds celebrated with family and friends at an open house on November 13 at the Rockford Community Cabin. They are residing in Rockford. Axdorff-Cronn Bailey Cronn and Eric Axdorff were pronounced husband and wife on October 9, 2010 at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids. Parents of the couple are Blaine and Darcie Cronn of Cedar Springs and Rich Axdorff and Wajma Saka of Rockford. Maid of honor was Chelsea Cross, friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Lindsey Blodgett, Darleena Haukedaul and Jessica Branch, friends of the bride. Flower girl was Fionna Noori, cousin of the groom. The best man was Alex Axdorff, brother of the groom. The groomsmen were Blaine Cronn, brother of the bride, David Bond and Sam Bogard, friends of the groom. The ringbearer was Keith Spicher, cousin of the groom. Ushers were Jake Kelley, Kyle Lienesch, Kole Daigle and Ryan Egnatuck, friends of the groom. Guest book attendants were Megan Rahn and Kyle Cushman, friends of the bride and groom.
Since opening in August 2006, Reds on the River has partnered with Rockford Public Schools on numerous occasions, including co-op work opportunities, numerous fundraisers, benefits for the Rockford Education Foundation, and the Community Unity program with the sports boosters and Youth Initiative Community Service Club. One particular favorite for both Rockford High School students and Reds is hosting the Rockford Chamber singers, led by high school music director David Duiven. For the past three years, Rockford’s top choir students have performed holiday music at Reds in December, in exchange for Reds’ donation to the Choir Boosters to help offset some of their musical expenditures. “The partnership has been tremendous,” noted Reds Executive Chef Glenn Forgie. “The students perform in quartets and meander about the dining room, singing carols. They jazz up their concert attire with fun holiday scarves and hats and really have fun with it. Our guests love the festive spirit they create, and they love the fact that we are showcasing our students’ talent.” The music has become so popular that Reds has expanded the schedule and invited other area schools to perform. The lineup includes: • Thursday, Dec. 2: Northview High School • Tuesday, Dec. 7: Rockford High School Chamber Quartets • Thursday, Dec. 9: Northview High School • Tuesday, Dec. 14: Rockford High School Chamber Quartets • Thursday, Dec. 16: East Grand, Rapids Bella Voce • Tuesday, Dec. 21: Northview High School • Thursday, Dec. 23: Forest Hills Eastern Quartet Holiday carols are peformed from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each evening.