In their last regular season competition, the Rockford High School (RHS) marching band swept top honors in Flight I competition at the West Shore Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 30 with a score of 83.53 and won all caption awards for music, marching and general effect. Twenty-one bands participated in the invitational, which was held at Rockford’s Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium and was sponsored by Reeths-Puffer High School. Brian Phillips, RHS band director, was happy with band’s evening performance. “It was our best performance yet, by far, and the students and staff are all very excited about where the show is going. They have so much to be proud of!” Following the West Shore Invitational, Rockford is seeded fifth in Flight I state standings—based on the average of each band’s top two scores—with the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA). The top 11 bands in each flight competed at the MCBA state championship on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Ford Field in Detroit. Newaygo swept the field in Flight IV taking all captions and a score of 75.18. In Flight III, Stevensville Lakeshore took the caption for marching with a score of 77.56 behind first-place winner Byron Center, 77.91, who took music and general effect awards. In Flight II, Jenison dominated the field with a score of 84.91 and won all captions. Rockford’s 2010 show, entitled “Steel, Steam and Speed,” based on Frank Sullivan’s “Fast Track,” is a high-energy show and centers on the aesthetic sounds and experiences of locomotion.
Attend an informational meeting for parents and players of Rockford girls lacrosse, the most exciting and fastest-growing sport in Michigan, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the LGI Room at Rockford High School, for girls in grades nine through 12. In three years as a varsity sport, Rockford’s girls lacrosse team has won one state championship and three regional championships. Help start a new tradition!
Community invited to enjoy turkey dinner with all the trimmings Rockford Reformed Church has been a part of the Rockford community since 1959. They are an outreach-focused congregation and truly enjoy being involved in the community. For the fourth year in a row, the church hopes to once again serve more than 150 patrons on Thanksgiving Day. The doors will open at 12:30 p.m. for a special Thanksgiving blessing with meal service starting at 1:00 p.m. “We as a church are so very fortunate and blessed to have a Family Life Center that we enjoy sharing with the community,” said Mary Newkirk, dinner organizer at the church. “We have a large building, many volunteers and the means, and we feel a dinner would be of help. Our dinners are not only hot, homemade and delicious, but great family fun as well.” Newkirk stresses that the complimentary meal does help those in a struggling economy, but is also offered to help those who have family out of town, who are new to the area, or simply families looking for a fun place to spend Thanksgiving Day. “We even have the funds to gift attending families with prizes and giveaways,” said Newkirk. The youth room will also be open for all the kids with fun activities planned for all ages. “Rockford is such a fabulous town; I love how willing we all are to help one another. If each of us reaches one person, it is pretty amazing what can be accomplished. The blessings we receive are pretty awesome as well,” shared Newkirk. “So, we hope to see lots of folks spend Thanksgiving Day with us.” Rockford Reformed Church is “the beacon on the hill,” located at 4890 Eleven Mile Road, Rockford. Call (616) 866-2308 to RSVP and visit www.rockfordreformedchurch.org for more information.
Committed to making life better in their community, the Rockford Masonic Lodge presented $1,350 to the Rockford American Legion Post, in support of the Post’s Operation Cornucopia. The American Legion Post created Operation Cornucopia in 2009 to distribute food to northern Kent County residents who are experiencing difficult times. To date, more than 70,000 pounds of food have been distributed to more than 600 families in need. “With charity being the cornerstone of Masonry, it seemed only natural to join with the American Legion to feed the hungry in our community,” said Worshipful Master Jim Penrod. “When called upon to help, the members dug into their own pockets along with hosting a dinner theater to provide the necessary funds. I can’t thank the brothers enough for supporting this most worthy and noble cause.” “We are very thankful for this very gracious gift and pleased to have the members of the Masonic Lodge on our team,” replied Clyde Sinclair, Commander of the Rockford Post. “Operation Cornucopia is truly a community work and, without the assistance of other community members, we would be unable to provide the aid that we do.”
J. Brett Grill 1997 RHS graduate Brett Grill studied figurative sculpture at the University of Michigan following his 1997 graduation from Rockford High School. There he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in 2001. He continued his education at the New York Academy of Art, earning his master of fine arts degree in 2003. Brett has been awarded artist residencies in France and Norway. He has lectured on his own work throughout the Midwest, and his work has been exhibited nationally including venues in Chicago and New York. He is represented in private collections all over the nation. He has received numerous figurative sculpture commissions, including the portrait sculpture of Rev. Duncan Littlefair for Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids. Most notably, in 2008, after a national search, Brett was awarded the President Gerald R. Ford Memorial Sculpture commission. Steven Ford, son of President Ford, stated that Brett “…captured the essence of dad.” Brett’s work will be installed in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., as part of the National Statuary Collection. Currently Brett is an assistant professor of art at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., where he teaches drawing and painting while continuing his own artistic endeavors.