RCS Students participate in downtown Rockford scavenger hunt

Bernadette Murdoch, Teagen Lenderink, Brianna Weber, Cole denDulk, and Carter Meyer

Bernadette Murdoch, Teagen Lenderink, Brianna Weber, Cole denDulk, and Carter Meyer

Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt Teaches Kids About Navigating Their Community

More than 40 first-and second-graders from Rockford Christian School raced around downtown Rockford in January during their Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt.

Prior to the event, students learned about communities and how to read maps using landmarks and street signs.

Students traveled in groups of five or six children and were given clues to various destinations around town.

The clues took the students to Krause Library, Douglas R. Martin Dental, Rockford Flooring, the Post Office, the Corner Bar, the dam, the Foot Depot, the fire department, Wardís Barber Shop, and the Rockford Community Federal Credit Union.

Emily Groenenboom, Alexandra Fedrigo, and Abbigail Poquette

Emily Groenenboom, Alexandra Fedrigo, and Abbigail Poquette.

At each location, the racers would ask, “Have you seen our gingerbread friends?” To which the merchants would reply, “They were here, but quickly left, leaving behind this clue.” The students were then given another clue to the next destination.

One of the parent-chaperones said, “The kids ran the entire time. It was non-stop fun.” The last clue took the students to the banquet room at Arnie’s. The racers then decorated gingerbread cookies with sprinkles, gum drops, and frosting.

It was a great day for some fun in downtown Rockford. Special thanks to the amazing merchants in Rockford for making this event a great learning experience for the students.

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Rockford Venture Crew 2228 off to another adventure

The Rockford Venture Crew 2228 holds their annual yard sale to raise funds for adventures.

The Rockford Venture Crew 2228 holds their annual yard sale to raise funds for adventures.

Have you ever tried climbing frozen waterfall, 40 feet tall? The Rockford Venture Crew 2228 tries to go every year. They also hope to go white water rafting and have a scuba diving adventure.

This is all made possible by fundraising and organization. The group holds an annual yard sale, and has recently held a lasagna fundraiser at Bostwick Lake Church. It was a success largely due to the generous donations from D&W, and 15 pounds of ground chuck from Story’s Meats in Rockford.

Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. Previous Scouting experience is not required. The Venture Crews are run by Scouts with adults in attendance, according to Scout bylaws. Most Venture Crews have men and women adult leaders, using two-deep leadership for Scouting events.

The adventures, camping and regular meetings are youth-run. To experience a program that is full of challenge and adventure, attend a meeting. Meetings are held on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Church on Belmont Road in Rockford. For additional information, please call Nancy at (616) 696-7782.

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Lady Rams triumph in exciting game at Forrest Hills Northern

Basketball season—over in a flash, four years of high school competition gone by fast, while the memories will last. Memories last a lifetime. The Rockford Rams planned to make some memories at Forest Hills Northern (FHN) on Saturday night, Jan. 23.

This non-conference match-up with FHN (5-6, 3-1) proved to be memorable for the Rockford Rams (8-2, 3-2) with a 54-50 victory. Tonight FHN was just what the Rams needed after dropping their last two contests.

Coach Yonkers’ Rams led throughout the game, leading 29-28 by half. The lead was extended further into the third quarter, however, the cushion vanished midway through the final quarter.

A full court press by Rockford proved to be FHN’s undoing late in the fourth quarter, as the Rams outscored the taller Huskies 25-22 in the final stanza.

The Rams had no answer for FHN’s Andrea Byl, their 29-point leading scorer and one-person wrecking crew, rebounding and pouring in baskets mostly around the glass. The Huskies were 18 for 30 from the foul line, while the Rams went 16 for 22. The Huskies out-rebounded the Rams on both ends of the court. The difference came via bench scoring, Rockford 18, FHN 6.

The Rams proved to be the deeper team, with eight Rams scoring: Megan Kelley 13, Caitlyn Patterson 12, Kate Huyser 7, Halle Peterson 6, Kimberly Weston 5, Andi Raymond 5, Karli Showers 4, and Allison Huyser 2. The Rams continue to do many little things to persevere while competing with taller opponents.

Tuesday night, Jan. 26, the Rams get back to OK Red conference play, traveling to meet Jenison (3-8, 0-5). Then they will travel to Muskegon on Friday, Jan. 29.

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Rockford artist Callihan in Michigan artists exhibit

One of Michael Callihan’s paintings.

One of Michael Callihan’s paintings.

There are only 10 Michigan artists selected for the exhibition The Michigan Collection: Artists from the Great Lakes State and Rockford artist Michael Callihan has been selected as one of the best in the exhibition at Saper Galleries in downtown East Lansing.

Callihan’s pastoral oil pantings of Michigan landscapes, both real and imagined, are at the centerpiece of the exhibition which continues through February.  “Spiritually, emotionally, and aesthetically pure”, is how gallery owner Roy Saper describes Callihan’s dreamlike landscapes.

Michael Callihan and his wife in front of a banner announcing his gallery.

Michael Callihan and his wife in front of a banner announcing his gallery.

The exhibition is free to the public Monday through Saturday 10am to 6 p. m. and Thursday nights until 9 pm.  More info at www.sapergalleries.com. Sunday, February 7 the gallery is open from 1 to 4 p. m.

The exhibition www.sapergalleries.com/MichiganCollection.html features paintings, limited editions, sculpture, and mobiles by artists with a Michigan connection from the Saper Galleries inventory.

 Saper Galleries, celebrating its 31st year, was selected as the top exhibition gallery in the nation by Art World News magazine in 2009.

Callihan paintings are shown at www.sapergalleries.com/Callihan.html.

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Rockford boys ski to second place in GGRASC week two

Taylor Noakes skis to an 11-place finish in giant slalom for the Rams.Taylor Noakes skis to an 11-place finish in giant slalom for the Rams.

Week two of the Greater Grand Rapids Area Ski Conference (GGRASC) kicked off Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Cannonsburg Ski Area with 11 area high school teams competing. After an impressive first-place finish in the first week of the competition, Rockford High School boys finished this week in second place behind a strong East Grand Rapids team.

Leading the Rockford boys team was senior Michael Dix with a third-place finish in slalom with 1:04.84 and a fifth-place finish in giant slalom (GS) with 57.31. Also placing in the slalom event was fellow senior John Milewski in fourth place (1:06.65), freshman Ben Avink in 10th (1:07.99), and senior Tyler Manikowski in 16th (1:10.97). In the GS event, Ben Avink finished close behind Dix in sixth place (57.47), junior Taylor Noakes placed 11th (58.98), and Milewski placed 12th (59.17). Senior Travis Fleming also competed on the varsity team, but did not post a qualifying finish.

Michael Dix races in the giant slalom event to place sixth for Rockford.

Michael Dix races in the giant slalom event to place sixth for Rockford.

 

Rockford’s combined score of 67 was well ahead of third place Forest Hills Central (FHC) at 119, but just behind East Grand Rapids (EGR) with a total score of 40. Forest Hills Northern (FHN) placed fourth and Grand Haven finished in fifth place.

Rockford girls placed fifth this week after finishing in second place on the first race of the season. The girls were once again led by junior Julie Daukss with a first-place finish (1:09.77) in the slalom event and a second-place finish in GS (56.09). Junior Carly Funk placed fifth in GS (57.70), freshman Ashley Rister placed 25th in slalom (1:35.59), freshman Emily MacCauley placed 27th in slalom (1:38.58) and 31st in GS (1:04.34), freshman Kaiti Bartholomy placed 34th in slalom (1:42.03), and junior Bethany Hicks finished 33rd in GS (1:05.67) to round out the girls’ scoring. Emily Kommer also raced, but did not have a qualifying finish.

The Rockford girls’ total score was 158. Grand Haven won the event with a total score of 55, FHN was second with 116 points, FHC was third with 129 points, and EGR was fourth with 151 points.

On Thursday, Jan. 21, the junior varsity team raced at Cannonsburg and the boys had another excellent night, once again demonstrating the depth of the team this year.

In the GS event, Rockford boys placed four racers in the top five, with senior Casey Hefferan in first place (54.60), freshman Ryan Donley in third (55.97), sophomore Jake Lewis in fourth (57.28), and senior Dan O’Connor in fifth (57.30). Filipo Rosseti placed 10th.

On the slalom course, Donley placed second, O’Connor placed fifth, Rosseti placed 11th, and Michael Kommer placed 15th.

For the girls, Alysse Quinn finished 22nd in GS and 23rd in slalom, while Christina Cayetano placed 24th in GS.

The next races are Tuesday, Jan. 26 and Thursday, Jan. 28 at Cannonsburg Ski Area. Then the team travels to the steeper slopes of Caberfae Peaks outside of Cadillac on Friday, Jan. 29.

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