Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher — May 27, 2010

May 27, 2010 // 0 Comments

The hook We’re not doing so hot in the Middle East. Its movement towards democracy isn’t exactly a mad dash. What possessed us to think we could march in and change a social system solidly in place for hundreds of years? Over the centuries, many human groups have found out that it’s easier to get in than get out. You’d think we’d learn. There’s a good reason the barb on a fishhook faces backward. Wise words Mary Eadie sent us a bunch of good stuff. Mary’s on Rockford’s City Council and she’s a former mayor. It’s good to know we have people in local government who understand the important things in life, including parenthood: • You spend the first two years teaching children to walk and talk. Then you spend the next 16 telling them to sit down and be quiet. • Mothers of teens know why some animals eat their young. Ignorance was bliss Jim Beach sent the following comments on the re-education we all get from our e-mail contacts: As we progress into the year 2010, I want to thank all of you for your informative e-mails over the past year. I no longer open a bathroom door without using a paper towel, or have the waitress put lemon slices in my ice water. (Bacteria on the lemon peel!) I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving, because now I know that the number one pastime while driving alone is picking one’s nose. Eating a little snack gives me high anxiety. I’m haunted by how many gallons of transfats I must have consumed over the years. I’m especially thankful to whoever sent me the one about rat poop in the glue on envelopes. I now use a wet sponge for every envelope that needs sealing. I also scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason. I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking out for me, and St. Theresa is about to grant my every wish. I never have a drink in a bar because 1) the bartender’s damp towel is a sewer of dangerous bacteria and 2) I’m afraid I’ll wake up in a bathtub full of ice with my […]

RHS Advanced TV Studio takes honors

May 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford High School (RHS) Advanced TV Studio students recently competed in a video competition sponsored by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Their assignment? Produce a 30-second public service announcement that addresses the issues of distracted driving. The distractions? Everything from texting while driving, to putting on makeup, eating, dropping CDs and reaching to pick them up, drinking, and using cell phones. The students were also instructed to encourage teenage drivers to use their seat belts. The campaign is titled, “Buckle up, heads up, hang up, it all adds up!” The 25 students in Advanced Broadcast Communications put their heads together to discuss and execute the project. “When it is a teenager that produces the video and its message, I think other teenagers tend to pay more attention to it,” said RHS senior James Springvloed. “We had so many great ideas and it was tough to narrow the project down to 30 seconds,” RHS senior Ali McNamara explained. RHS senior Emily Pitcher said, “This project was like making a short film. It is incredible how much hard work goes into making great videos.” What the groups came up with were powerful public service announcements that impressed Sheriff Tim Erhardt. “Rockford High School always produces quality work in their video department and the class worked so hard on this community project. I was very proud of all of their efforts,” Erhardt said. The students took second and third places in the video competition, and some of their work will be shown on WOOD-TV 8 during the month of May. The RHS Broadcast Communications/TV Studio courses are taught by Colleen Pierson, and Jason Springer is the TV Studio technician and RCTV station manager. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Pierson at (616) 863-6030 or cpierson@rockfordschools.org.

Rockford Register — March 18 2010

March 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

Fri.–Sat., March 19–27 Charlott’s Webb—7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Saturday manitees at 2 p.m. Presented by at Master Arts Theatre, adapted by Joseph Robinette, based on. the book by E.B. White. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. All seats reserved. Call (616) 455-1001 for reservations or visit www.masterarts.org for more information Saturday, March 20 Wild Game Dinner—6 p.m. Algoma Baptist Church gym, 10515 Grange Ave. (south of 13 Mile, between Algoma Ave. and Pine Island Dr., Rockford. The speaker is Vern Oosterhouse a hunting and fishing guide in Alaska. Tickets are $5. Call the church office at (616) 866-1274 or pastor Dave (616) 866-4760 to purchase tickets. Please bring a wild game dish to pass. Garage Sale—9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 11 Mile, Rockford. All proceeds benefit the youth ministry of the churh. Donations can be dropped off at the church Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 21 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at VFW Post 3946, located at 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults; $3 for children. Tuesday, March 23 Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Rockford Garden Club March Meeting—7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Community Room, 159 Maple, Rockfod. Meeting topic discussion is “knowing your sunlight for a successful garden.” Guest speaker is Kerry VerMeulen. For more information call (616) 874-0186 or visit www.rockfordgardenclub.htmlplanet.com/index_1.html. Thursday, March 25 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Saturday, March 27 Blood Drive —9 am. to 1 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Avenue, Rockford. Cannonsburg Elementary Family Fun Day —11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids and adult games, silent auction, lunch, free babysitting for kids from 2 to 5 p.m. Free entrance, small cost for tickets. For more information call (616) 874-1293. Pancake Breakfast —8 to 11 a.m. at Courtland Township Fire Department, 7480 14 Mile Rd. Pancakes, […]

Classifieds — February 4, 2010

February 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

FOR SALE Mixed hardwood. All-nighters, extra long, or the way you want it. Excellent burning. $60 a face cord, delivered. (616) 773-4549.      p05cp ______________________ ANTIQUES REDUCED! Antique Victorian desk, 5 ft. tall, 4-1/2 ft. wide and 2-1/2 ft. deep, $675. Call (616) 866-1478 and leave a message.      ftfn ______________________         CLASSES AND LESSONS Guitar Lessons—Learn guitar the RIGHT way and enjoy it for a lifetime. Lessons also on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, Dobro, etc. Call Joe (616) 874-8582.     btfn ______________________ SERVICES Caregiver with 10 years of experience, perfect work history and proper credentials is looking for a client to provide care 2 to 3 days weekly. Call for interview, (231) 250-1438.      p05cp ______________________   Tax Preparation! Quick and Accurate! Fixed rates—$55 single filers, $120 joint. Includes federal and state e-file. Call Financial Visions, LLC. (616) 863-9760.      p05 ______________________ Dump truck for hire to pick up and deliver bulk materials, large items, etc. We clean attics, job sites, yards, etc. Clean, modern truck. Courteous, professional personnel. Daily rates available. References upon request. (616) 890-2515 between 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.      p06 ______________________   I’ll design your flier, brochure, business card for a low rate! Other graphic design also available. Over 18 years experience. Professional design guaranteed. Flier design starting at $30. References available. Call Melanie Ragsdale at (616) 889-9082 or view design samples online at ragsdaledesign.com.      ftfn ______________________ LOST AND FOUND FOUND—one set of keys, found on Thursday, January 21 in front of Young Insurance (downtown Rockford). Call (734) 675-2030 or e-mail eaerber@gmail.com to describe and claim.      ftfn ______________________ FOUND—much loved baby doll left at Rudy Kazoody’s before Christmas. She wants her mommy! (616) 433-9361.      ftfn ______________________     FOUND—very friendly male cat with black and tan markings, white paws, red collar with bell. Found on Byrne Industrial Dr. on Monday, January 4. Call Wee Folk, (616) 866-4740.      ftfn ______________________ FOUND—tame white rabbit with brown spots. Found on Maple and Fremont in downtown Rockford. Call to identify, (616) 862-5313.      ftfn ______________________   LOST—Burton Blunt snowboard near 13 Mile and 14 Mile roads in Rockford. Lost on Sunday, December 20 off the back end of a truck. (616) 889-9931.      ftfn ______________________ LOST—blue Olympus digital camera at the Rockford Freshman Center, December 18. Family pictures on […]